SQL Slammer – sudden decrease in activity

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Below is an interesting post from the ISC reflecting an unexplained sharp decrease in port 1434 attacks by the decade old SQL Slammer worm Port 1434: Sudden Slammer Decline? http://isc.sans.edu/diary.html?storyid=10576 QUOTE: We’re interested to know what’s happening out there.  It has been observed through DShield data that Slammer traffic has had a sudden decline.  I […]

Mozilla Firefox 4.0 released

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New 4.0 release has just debuted and it is working well in testing as a complementary browser Firefox 4.0 – Home Page http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/products/download.html?product=firefox-4.0 Firefox 4.0 – Whats New http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/features/ Firefox 4.0 – Tips and techniques http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/tips/ Firefox 4.0 – Security http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/features/#advancedsecurity

Adobe Flash Update – March 21, 2011

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Please update the Adobe Flash component for your browsers as automatically prompted Adobe Flash Player update addresses a critical security issue (CVE-2011-0609) http://www.adobe.com/support/security/bulletins/apsb11-05.html http://isc.sans.edu/diary/Adobe+Flash+Player+update+RSA+further+notification+and+Play+com+breach/10585 QUOTE:  A critical vulnerability has been identified in Adobe Flash Player 10.2.152.33 and earlier versions (Adobe Flash Player 10.2.154.18 and earlier versions for Chrome users) for Windows, Macintosh, Linux, and Solaris […]

Microsoft’s DCU unit disrupts Rustock botnet

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Microsoft and other security firms continue to fight spam, botnets, and other sophisticated attacks.  Recently a major complex botnet known as Rustock was taken offline reducing spam attacks and helping to improve Internet safety Microsoft’s DCU unit disrupts Rustock botnet http://blogs.technet.com/b/microsoft_on_the_issues/archive/2011/03/18/taking-down-botnets-microsoft-and-the-rustock-botnet.aspx http://www.zdnet.com/blog/security/rustock-botnets-operations-disrupted/8456 QUOTE: Just over a year ago, we announced that the Microsoft Digital Crimes […]

Microsoft Office XP extended support ends July 12, 2011

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Microsoft Office XP extended support ends July 12, 2011 http://blogs.pcmag.com/securitywatch/2011/03/office_xp_to_go_off_support_in.php http://support.microsoft.com/common/international.aspx?RDPATH=dm;en-us;lifecycle&p1=2533 QUOTE: On July 12, 2011, Microsoft Office XP will exit its “Extended Support Phase ending, among other things, the provision of security updates for it.

Browsium UniBrows Tool – Run IE6 inside IE8 or IE9

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Thankfully, I’ve been able to move to IE8 for all home and work systems.  However, there are some legacy web applications that still may not run under the latest versions of Internet Explorer.  This new tool allows IE6 based applications to run in a virtualized mode in an IE8 tab if needed. Browsium UniBrows Tool […]

Japanese Earthquake based scams and malware circulating

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Within two hours of the 9.0 magnitude earthquake impacting Japan, a fake phishing site was established.  Always be careful with e-cards, related email, or websites during special holidays or news events. My thoughts, prayers, and deepest sympathies extend to those impacted by this great tragedy.  Please always donate to mainstream sites like the Red Cross […]

St Patrick’s Day based scams and malware circulating

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Always be careful with e-cards, related email, or websites during special holidays or news events. St Patrick’s Day based scams and malware circulating http://blogs.mcafee.com/mcafee-labs/so-predictable-st-patricks-day-scams QUOTE:  have blogged many times about how cybercriminals and scammers use holidays, sporting events, and disasters as lures in their never-ending schemes. Just like with tax season, every Valentine’s Day we see […]

Firefox 4 – moves from Beta to Release Candidate stage

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Mozilla’s Firefox browser is a great complimentary browser that I use in conjuction with Internet Explorer.  After beta testing the new version for several months, it has been promoted to the Release Candidate stage.  This indicates a production release will be forthcoming in the future  Firefox 4 – moves from Beta to Release Candidate stage […]

Microsoft Autorun v2.1 improves safety

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In recent years, malware has sometimes found it’s way to USB based devices (e.g., Flash Drives, MP3 players, etc).  On infected PCs, many malware agents will search for these devices to add a copy there as well.  Microsoft’s latest changes to Autorun helps prevent these devices from starting automatically and is available by Windows Update […]


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