Verizon Extends Antivirus, Storage Support to Macs

Verizon on Monday announced that it is offering a Mac version of its Internet security suite and online backup service. Customers can order the services independently or as part of a Verizon FIoS phone, Internet, and video bundle. Verizon Internet Security Suite (VISS) offers virus protection, a firewall, and parental controls, while Verizon Online Backup and Sharing (VOBS) offers between 5 Gbytes and 250 GB of storage for a monthly fee. "Mac users are an important and growing segment of the broadband community and Verizon is becoming more and more focused on providing them with services that enhance their online … Continue reading Verizon Extends Antivirus, Storage Support to Macs

Worm Attacks Reddit

The rash of attacks on social networking sites is continuing, this time in the form of a cross-site scripting worm that is currently plaguing Reddit, the popular social bookmarking portal. The Reddit attack is interesting in that it requires a minimum of user interaction in order to spread. The attack looks to be part of a spam campaign that was designed to submit a certain comment over and over again. Any user who copied a certain chunk of JavaScript code into the address bar of his browser would then find that he would automatically reply to all of the comments … Continue reading Worm Attacks Reddit

Botnet Reported Loose in Fortune 100

Last week Canadian security vendor Defence Intelligence reported that half the Fortune 100 companies have been compromised by a botnet they dubbed Mariposa. Discovered in May, Mariposa appears to have been built using the readily available butterfly bot kit. While the afflicted among the Fortune 100 haven’t stepped forward to corroborate this claim, the threat is definitely real. Mikko Hypponen, Chief Research Officer for the Finnish security firm F-Secure, says F-Secure has been tracking this threat for many months. "Nobody just detects it as Mariposa", says Hypponen. "Depending on the variant, we detect these as Palevo or Vaklik". F-Secure has … Continue reading Botnet Reported Loose in Fortune 100

Google shuts down bank snafu Gmail account

Google has resolved a lawsuit from a US bank that accidentally sent 1,300 confidential tax IDs to an innocent Gmail account, but not before the web giant complied with a court order to shutdown the account and disclose certain account info. It’s unclear what information was disclosed. In mid-August, according to court documents, an employee with the Wyoming-based Rocky Mountain Bank was asked by a customer to send a group of loan documents to a Gmail account used by a third party. The bank employee then proceeded to send the documents to the wrong Gmail address – alongside another file … Continue reading Google shuts down bank snafu Gmail account

iPhone Blackhat SEO Poisoning Leads to Total Security Rogue Antivirus

Websense Security Labs ThreatSeeker Network has detected that Google searches on terms related to iPhone SMS information are returning results that lead to rogue Antivirus software. The Apple iPhone which is one of the most popular smart phones on the market, announced last week the release of MMS on newer versions of the iPhone. Attackers reacted to this news by poisoning search engine results to lure iPhone users to malicious and fraudulant sites that were under their control. When Google is used to search for terms related to iPhone SMS information, malicious URLs are returned as high as the sixth … Continue reading iPhone Blackhat SEO Poisoning Leads to Total Security Rogue Antivirus

Microsoft’s New Tool in the Fight Against Malware Free to Consumers – Available Tomorrow, Sept. 29

Microsoft Security Essentials, Microsoft Corp.’s new no-cost, core anti-malware service that helps protect consumers against viruses, spyware and other malicious software, will be available tomorrow, Tuesday, Sept. 29. Microsoft Security Essentials, independently certified by West Coast Labs, is backed by the company’s global security response team and is built on the same award-winning core security technology found in the company’s security solutions for businesses. It requires no registration, trials or renewals and will be available for download directly from Microsoft at http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials. “Consumers have told us that they want the protection of real-time security software but we know that too … Continue reading Microsoft’s New Tool in the Fight Against Malware Free to Consumers – Available Tomorrow, Sept. 29

Phishing fraud hits two year high

Phishing attacks reached a record high during the second quarter of 2009, with 151,000 unique attacks, according to a study by brand reputation firm MarkMonitor. Brands in the financial and payment services sectors continue to be the favourite targets for fraudulent emails that attempt to trick users into handing over their login credentials. They were the subject of four in five (80 per cent) of all phish attacks in Q2 2009. Elsewhere, attacks targeting the login credentials of social networking websites more than doubled between Q2 2008 and Q2 2009, increasing 168 per cent over the course of 12 months. … Continue reading Phishing fraud hits two year high

Adobe, McAfee to combine DRM and data-loss prevention

Upcoming product aims to help companies better manage and protect important data Adobe Systems and McAfee will jointly develop a product that combines digital rights management capabilities with technology designed to prevent data from leaking outside corporate networks, the companies said Monday. The partnership combines Adobe’s expertise in digital rights management with McAfee’s data-loss prevention technology in a bid to give customers the ability to restrict access to documents based on how the documents are classified. That can help companies better protect information such as intellectual property and regulatory compliance data, the companies said in a statement. McAfee and Adobe … Continue reading Adobe, McAfee to combine DRM and data-loss prevention

Cyber Security Awareness Month

From SAN’s Handler’s Diary: October is Cyber Security Awareness Month, and as we have done the past two years we plan to use our handler diaries throughout the month to conduct a deep dive into various security issues. In 2007 we covered a large range of subjects based on what our readers submitted as ideas. In 2008 we took a closer look at the six steps of incident handling. This year we are going to examine 31 different ports/services/protocols/applications and discuss some of the major security issues plus pass along reader comments on tips and tricks for securing it. We’re … Continue reading Cyber Security Awareness Month

Australian Education Department Seeks To Build ‘Unhackable’ Netbook Network

ITNews, an Australian business publication, is reporting that the Department of Education of the state of New South Wales is using a variety of management software and techniques ‘to roll out 240,000 netbook computers into what CIO Stephen Wilson calls "the most hostile environment you can roll computers into" – the local high school.’ Students are offered a netbook in 9th grade through 12th and can keep them if they graduate. The reason for the Department’s optimism is Windows 7 and a highly-managed network using Microsoft’s System Centre (that’s Anglo for "Center") Configuration Manager, Remedy suite for asset management, Active … Continue reading Australian Education Department Seeks To Build ‘Unhackable’ Netbook Network