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ICANN has released a draft study into WHOIS misuse, and the results are not surprising

November 27th 2013

URL: http://www.icann.org/en/news/public-comment/whois-misuse-27nov13-en.htm - you can download a copy of the draft report there. Report snippets: “In this study, we were concerned with the .BIZ, .INFO, and .ORG gTLD thick WHOIS Registries and the .COM and .NET thin WHOIS Registries. Per the GNSO’s request for this study, we did not attempt to study domain names registered under other […]

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Fake antivirus software uses your webcam to scare you

November 27th 2013

Details here: http://www.webroot.com/blog/2013/11/27/new-rogue-now-takes-screenshots/

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Your LG TV may be phoning home, and reporting on your activities

November 20th 2013

Now, I knew about monitoring of TV shows watched (a Smart TV advertisement that shows in Australia flashes a brief, small font, warning across the bottom of the advertisement) but I didn’t know about the monitoring and transmission of information about personal media files… This is worth a read: http://grahamcluley.com/2013/11/lg-smart-tv-can-spy/ Original, detailed, article: http://doctorbeet.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/lg-smart-tvs-logging-usb-filenames-and.html

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Facebook sues alleged Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez sex tape spammer

November 20th 2013

Good news “Facebook has turned to the courts for help in scraping off a pesky spammer who allegedly keeps coming back to do things like hijack victims’ accounts and automatically post celebrity porn, including a fake Justin Bieber-Selena Gomez sex tape. According to a complaint Facebook filed on Friday in the US District Court of […]

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FTC Settlement and Default Judgment Impose Permanent Ban on Marketers of Scam ‘Recovery’ Kits

November 20th 2013

It kind of adds insult to injury. Imagine being bilked once, then being bilked again by somebody who promises to help you get your money back from the first bilking if you give them up to $499… The judgment against the miscreants was for $5.2 MILLION (suspended upon payment of $90,000). http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2013/11/brs.shtm

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Tech support scheme participant settles FTC charges

November 20th 2013

He has to hand over all the money he made, and promise to be a good boy from now on http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2013/11/pccare.shtm

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Windows XP update locks machines with SVCHOST redlined at 100%

November 19th 2013

Some of my virtual machines were impacted by the problem described in the article below, and the recommended fix seems to work (well, it works in that SVCHOST pegs CPU at 100% for only half an hour or so instead of indefinitely – patience is certainly needed). http://www.infoworld.com/t/microsoft-windows/windows-xp-update-locks-machines-svchost-redlined-100-fix-it-kb-2879017-230733

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Update your install of Silverlight please…

November 15th 2013

Why? This: http://news.softpedia.com/news/Hackers-Find-Flaw-in-Microsoft-Silverlight-Millions-of-Users-Now-at-Risk-400666.shtml

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An excellent security article about Revive Adserver (previously known as OpenX)

November 14th 2013

Source: https://blog.avast.com/2013/11/14/malvertising-and-openx-servers/

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