Apple Security Updates – July 2011

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Apple has released important security updates for it’s operating system and other products, as noted below: Apple Security Updates – 07/25/11 http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222 iOS 4.3.5 Software Update: An error in the handling of X.509 certificate chains (principally used for SSL/TLS encryption and authentication of network) could allow an intermediate compromise, i.e. a man-in-the-middle attack. This bug […]

Facebook – Warning related to third party Advertisements

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Facebook users should lock down their settings for applications and third party advertisers, which are sources of spam and even malware attacks.  Settings can be adjusted as noted using the second link below. Facebook – Warning related to third party Advertisements http://blogs.pcmag.com/securitywatch/2011/07/youre_in_an_ad_on_facebook_how.php QUOTE: Famed author and magazine starter-upper John Battelle was surprised to find himself in an […]

Best Practices – How to harden Apple iOS Devices

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This document from the government of Australia is excellent and discusses how to harden Apple iOS devices How to harden Apple iOS Devices http://www.dsd.gov.au/publications/iOS_Hardening_Guide.pdf QUOTE: This guide includes the following chapters: Chapter One Introduction to Mobile Device Security Architecture Chapter Two Installing iOS 4 Chapter Three Security Features and Capabilities Chapter Four Suggested Policies Chapter […]

Google Plus – Beware of Survey Scam

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A new survey scam is circulating which tries to capitalize on the popularity of Google Plus, so that folks potentially offer up sensitive personal information.  Please avoid this new scam and use only direct invites from Google to participate in this new facility. Survey Scam Offer Google+ Invites http://blog.trendmicro.com/survey-scam-offer-google-invites/ http://blogs.pcmag.com/securitywatch/2011/07/survey_scam_offer_google_invit.php QUOTE:  The release of Google+ was […]

JBME 3 – New Zero Day PDF attack in Apple iOS systems

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iPad and iPhone users should be extra careful when processing PDF files until a patch emerges for this new zero day attack. Jailbreakme Takes Advantage of 0-day PDF Vuln in Apple iOS Devices http://isc.sans.org/diary/Jailbreakme+Takes+Advantage+of+0-day+PDF+Vuln+in+Apple+iOS+Devices/11185 QUOTE: Three days ago a new version (v3) of Jailbreakme (aka jbme3.0), the website used to jailbreak Applie iOS devices (such […]

F-Secure – Internet Security 2012 Beta emerges

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F-Secure is debuting their new Internet Security 2012 beta and inviting testers to participate.  F-Secure – Internet Security 2012 Beta emerges http://www.f-secure.com/weblog/archives/00002200.html QUOTE: Do you enjoy bug hunting? Do you like to test software? Our F-Secure Internet Security 2012 Beta launched a couple of weeks ago, and it’s off to a very promising start. There […]

POPUREB – New MBR based Trojan attack

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Trend Labs and Microsoft are warning of a new Master Boot Record attack that is difficult to clean.  More details are noted below: POPUREB – New MBR based Trojan attack http://blog.trendmicro.com/popureb-vs-tdl4/ http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9217953/Rootkit_infection_requires_Windows_reinstall_says_Microsoft http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9218062/Microsoft_clarifies_MBR_rootkit_removal_advice http://blogs.technet.com/b/mmpc/archive/2011/06/22/don-t-write-it-read-it-instead.aspx http://www.microsoft.com/security/portal/Threat/Encyclopedia/Entry.aspx?Name=Trojan:Win32/Popureb.E QUOTE: A new Master Boot Record (MBR) rootkit has recently taken the threat spotlight. The Microsoft Malware Protection Center (MMPC) […]

New SPAM attacks – Ebay purchase issues and Online Traffic Tickets

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During the past 2 months, there seens to be a sharp increase in the daily volume of SPAM received.  The ebay phishing attacks come in massive waves with dozens of messages bearing the same title.  Please be careful and delete them without clicking on links or attachments.  A recent update from Sunbelt is also noted below: […]

Microsoft ends support for Office XP and Vista SP1 on 07/12/11

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Microsoft ends support for Office XP and Vista SP1 on 07/12/11 http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9218164/Microsoft_to_retire_Office_XP_Vista_SP1_next_week QUOTE: Microsoft will retire 2001’s Office XP and the first service pack for Windows Vista next week, according to the company’s published schedule.  Both Office XP and Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) will exit all support July 12, this month’s Patch Tuesday. That […]

TDL4 – Massive botnet infects possibly 4 million PCs

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TDL4 is one of the most sophisticated Windows attacks circulating with rootkit and encrypted command-and-control capabilities.  While this highly advanced attack is difficult to detect and clean, some rootkit scanning tools can locate these infections.  A few years ago, the Storm Worm’s botnet command-and-control network were so advanced that master servers could not be located.  […]


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