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

April 23rd 2016 in safety and privacy on the Internet

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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Malvertizing grows by 325% in 12 months

January 12th 2016

Yes, really, and it has far more dangerous than it used to be (think ransomware): http://www.pandasecurity.com/mediacenter/family-safety/all-you-need-to-know-about-the-worrying-popularity-of-malvertising/  

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Malware on an LG Smart TV … maybe ….

January 12th 2016

Cite: https://www.reddit.com/r/Showerthoughts/comments/3zjl8p/ive_clicked_thousands_of_links_on_reddit_without/cymy89a You’ll see much arguing in the comments about whether the TV is infected with a DNS Hijacker, or if its just a web page pop-up/redirect.  While Smart TVs do have DNS controls, I have never heard of a webpage hosted malware changing TV managed DNS – its not as if Smart TVs are running Windows or OSX, […]

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Microsoft only support IE 11 from now on

January 12th 2016

Well, it is already January 12 here in Australia… “Beginning January 12, 2016, only the most current version of Internet Explorer available for a supported operating system will receive technical supports and security updates,” explains the software giant, in a post on its website. “Internet Explorer 11 is the last version of Internet Explorer, and […]

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