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NetGear and Symantec vulnerabilities

July 1st 2016 in safety and privacy on the Internet

NetGear Web GUI Password Recovery and Exposure Security Vulnerability: http://kb.netgear.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/30632 “NETGEAR is aware of the security issue that can expose web GUI login passwords while the password recovery feature is disabled. This vulnerability occurs when an attacker can access the internal network or when remote management is enabled on the router.” Norton vulnerability: unclicked links […]

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Fake “Your Apple ID has been suspended” email

May 4th 2016

The domain being used to steal Apple ID usernames and passwords is mycloud-4.net, registered on 1 May 2016 via Crazy Domains.  Stay away.    

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Malicious spam

May 4th 2016

Just a reminder, be careful of the emails you open… all of the pictured emails are NOT legitimate, and included malicious attachments…

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Are you being prompted to download a JS (javascript) from areyouahuman.com?

April 23rd 2016

Apparently an areyouadownload.com partner incorrectly implemented a tag, causing the download prompt. Cite: https://twitter.com/areyouahuman/status/723529493202137088 areyouahuman.com is a service that tries to differentiate between bots, and “verified humans” before content, services and ads are presented to a website visitor.

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Urgent call to action: uninstall QuickTime for Windows

April 17th 2016

Cite: http://blog.trendmicro.com/urgent-call-action-uninstall-quicktime-windows-today/  

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Microsoft’s Edge browser to auto pause Flash based advertisements

April 12th 2016

It’s a good step forward in protecting users from malvertizing, but not a panacea. Cite: https://blogs.windows.com/msedgedev/2016/04/07/putting-users-in-control-of-flash/ By the way, have you updated Flash recently on your local computer? Please do so.  You can check the version you have installed here.  

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No more Wepawet or Anubis

April 11th 2016

How unfortunate 🙁

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Warning: malware via Facebook

April 11th 2016

Displayed URL in FB wall posts: IPV6.GOOGLE.COM Displayed picture associated with the URL: the infected victim’s Facebook profile pic Facebook wall post is set to Public. Behavior: The text of the FB wall post is only a lot of friends being tagged.  Sometimes multiple Facebook wall posts appear.  Some people report that clicking on the link on […]

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Safe Harbor is now EU-US Privacy Shield

February 3rd 2016

“After months of intensive negotiations, today (February 2) the European Commission and the United States announced agreement on a new framework for transatlantic data flows: the EU-US Privacy Shield. This new framework will protect the rights of Europeans where their data is transferred to the United States and provide a path to legal certainty for […]

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