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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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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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Oracle settles with FTC over “deceptive” security updates?

January 5th 2016

https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/press-releases/2015/12/oracle-agrees-settle-ftc-charges-it-deceived-consumers-about-java How were Oracle deceptive? By only removing the most recent vulnerable version of Java from user’s computers, leaving older versions in situ. “In 2011, according to the FTC’s complaint, Oracle was aware of the insufficiency of its update process. Internal documents stated that the “Java update mechanism is not aggressive enough or simply not […]

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Bugged electronic typewriters

October 14th 2015

Sure, it’s from the 1980’s, but gee it’s very interesting: https://www.nsa.gov/about/_files/cryptologic_heritage/center_crypt_history/publications/learning_from_the_enemy_the_gunman_project.pdf

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Sophos: Linux machines represented approximately 80% of the 178,635 newly malicious websites discovered during one week.

October 14th 2015

80%.  Really.  And here are the reasons they gave: Linux servers are preferred by budget cloud hosting providers for their low cost (free) and flexibility. These providers do not provide security services and largely cater to amateur web enthusiasts. Linux servers are undefended. Linux administrators and server operators have the perception that Linux is immune […]

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Not a good look there, Optus

March 27th 2015

Enforceable Undertaking offer by Optus to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner: http://www.oaic.gov.au/privacy/applying-privacy-law/enforceable-undertakings/singtel-optus-enforceable-undertaking What did Optus do wrong?… In February 2013, Optus made a change to its website. Due to a coding error that occurred during this change, between February 2013 and April 2014, when Optus customers who had elected not to have their […]

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For those of you in Australia, welcome ACORN

December 12th 2014

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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