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For those of you in Australia, welcome ACORN

December 12th 2014 in safety and privacy on the Internet, Security

The Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network: “The Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (ACORN) is a national policing initiative of the Commonwealth, State and Territory governments. It is a national online system that will allow the public to securely report instances of cybercrime. It will also provide advice to help people recognise and avoid common types of […]

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Hold off installing MS14-066 / KB 2992611

November 16th 2014

Word is it is breaking stuff, including the ability to access using secure sites using Chrome. Possible fixes if you’re already affected: Open gpedit.msc Go to computer configuration > administrative templates > Network > SSL Configuration Settings > SSL Cipher Suite Order Set it to enabled Reboot The policy populates the Windows registry with the […]

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Ah, Toshiba, you disappoint me

November 5th 2014

I haven’t had my Qosmio laptop for that long, I am sure, but now that I need to replace the laptop battery, do you think there is a non-faulty **genuine Toshiba** battery available for purchase? Well, no. I did get a new battery costing $176 only to have it die within 48 hours of starting to […]

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Malvertizing is still around…

October 28th 2014

Incident reported on 22 October 2014.  Cite: http://www.proofpoint.com/threatinsight/posts/malware-in-ad-networks-infects-visitors-and-jeopardizes-brands.php “Without having to click on anything, visitors to the impacted websites may be stealthily infected with the CryptoWall 2.0 ransomware. Using Adobe Flash, the malvertisements silently “pull in” malicious exploits from the FlashPack Exploit Kit. The exploits attack a vulnerability in the end-users’ browser and install CryptoWall 2.0 […]

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Do you use Chrome? And have a Google account? And use 2 Factor Authentication? You may want a “security key”

October 28th 2014

https://support.google.com/accounts/answer/6103523 “If you use 2-Step Verification, you can choose Security Key as your primary method, instead of having verification codes sent to your phone. With Security Key, there’s no looking at codes and re-typing―you simply insert your Security Key into your computer’s USB port when asked.” Yes, you have to make sure you don’t lose […]

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Fake support scammer take-down

October 27th 2014

A New York based tech support scam business made $2,500,000 in the past two-and-a-half years. Is it any wonder those ‘your computer is infected’ phone calls are increasing?  The company in question also purchased deceptive ads online that led consumers to believe they were calling the technical support line for legitimate companies. The defendants are Pairsys, Inc., […]

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16th MVP Award received

October 8th 2014

I really didn’t think it would happen this year

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More information about the Doubleclick / Zedo malvertizing incidents

October 1st 2014

http://arstechnica.com/security/2014/09/advertising-firms-struggle-to-kill-malvertisements/ Take particular note of the fact that only every 3rd to 100th ad was bad, making it very hard to catch the bad guys in the act. Also, this wasn’t a matter of a failure of due diligence when choosing to allow onto network. According to the report, one of the online tools that Zedo provides […]

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Silk Road pirate caught by CAPTCHA

October 1st 2014

Gotta laugh at the irony: captured thanks to CAPTCHA. http://securitywatch.pcmag.com/security/327646-the-dread-pirate-roberts-s-fatal-mistake

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