Ten reasons Windows 8 may provide improvements

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eWeek speculates on 10 reasons Windows 8 may provide improvements over Windows 7 Ten reasons Windows 8 may provide improvements  http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Enterprise-Applications/Microsoft-Windows-8-10-Reasons-It-Will-Shatter-Windows-7-759149/ QUOTE: Windows 8 is just around the corner, and rumors are swirling about the upcoming operating system and what it will feature when it’s likely released next year. Although details are relatively slim for […]

Microsoft Silverlight Update – April 2011

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A new security update for Microsoft Silverlight is available.  Please update your system, if you have this installed. Microsoft Silverlight Update – April 2011 http://isc.sans.edu/diary.html?storyid=10747 QUOTE: Microsoft has issued a security patch for Silverlight KB2526954. It fixes six issues. If you have Microsoft update running, it is ready to install. This is rated as important and […]

Easter Cards and Royal Wedding links used in Fake AV attacks

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Sunbelt has issued warnings related to Easter Cards and Royal Wedding links as noted below. Please be careful with anything you select as only one wrong click can mean hours of repair work. Royal Wedding and Easter Cards used in Fake AV attacks http://sunbeltblog.blogspot.com/2011/04/fake-av-we-are-not-amused.html http://sunbeltblog.blogspot.com/2011/04/easter-cards-more-rogue-av.html QUOTE: The Royal Wedding is going to spring into action […]

SQL Slammer Worm – Activity increases in April

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Security experts noted a sudden and unexplained drop in activity for this 8 year old Internet worm during March, but unfortunately this trend was only temporary. SQL Slammer Worm – Activity increases in April http://blogs.mcafee.com/mcafee-labs/sql-slammer-worm-regains-momentum QUOTE: At McAfee Labs every day we monitor millions of intrusion prevention systems (IPS) alerts from our sensors around the […]

Mobile Phone Security – Advice from a Professional Hacker

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Users should avoid e-commerce or banking transactions by smart phone where possible.  Smart phone software should be kept up-to-date as security patches emerge.  Also, always be careful of all applications you request and install as there are a few malicious applications circulating. Mobile Phone Security – Advice from a Professional Hacker http://www.kiplinger.com/columns/kiptips/archives/smart-phone-safety-tips-from-a-professional-hacker.html QUOTE: Smart phones […]

Royal Wedding spam, scams, and malware

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Please be careful as several security firms are warning users to be careful with email and web searches related to this upcoming event. Royal Wedding spam, scams, and malware http://sunbeltblog.blogspot.com/2011/04/collection-of-royal-wedding-fakeouts.html http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/04/21/royal_wedding_scareware_scam/ http://blog.eset.com/2011/04/20/i-take-you-xpantispyware-to-be-my QUOTE:  One of the most common ways to propagate malware through social engineering is to piggyback it on some attention-catching news event. This […]

Microsoft Security Bulletins – April 2011

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The Patch Tuesday updates installed successfully on both work PCs and no issues have been discovered in early testing.  This is a large group of updates (76MB) including Office 2010 and Framework.  These updates take several minutes to update. The Framework update is lengthy and may even seem to hang, so users should be patient.  […]

LizaMoon Mass SQL Injection attack – Additional websites infected

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The LizaMoon attack continues to infect thousands of vulnerable websites.  While some technical articles have published alarming statistics that over-inflate total infections, this attack continues to spread and users should exercise caution with web search results, Facebook links, or email links.    LizaMoon Mass SQL Injection Attack Escalates Out of Control http://blogs.pcmag.com/securitywatch/2011/04/many_web_sites_compromised_in.php LizaMoon – Excellent update […]

Harning Botnet was also shutdown along with Rustock

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It appears that multiple botnets may have been impacted by the recent raid to stop Rustock which impacted over 1 million users. Harning Botnet was also shutdown along with Rustock http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Security/Harnig-Malware-Botnet-Also-Shutdown-After-Rustock-Raid-723294/ QUOTE: Rustock is not the only botnet that has stopped operations. The Harnig botnet, also known as Piptea, also went offline at about the […]

Facebook – HTTPS based security improvements

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Facebook recently started allowing secure connections and HTTPS based controls are gradually improving Facebook – HTTPS based security improvements http://www.f-secure.com/weblog/archives/00002131.html QUOTE: There’s been some encouraging progress since then, and this is now what happens when a non-HTTPS application is accessed. So at least the setting is persistent. Hopefully the feature will be more dynamic in […]


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