New Zeus Variant claims to be from Australian Taxation Office

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The significant aspect of the new Zeus attack is it’s creation from the special exploit kit . While it currently only targets Australian users, there is a potential for it to be used in other locations as well. TREND LABS – Another Modified ZeuS Variant Seen in the Wild http://blog.trendmicro.com/another-modified-zeus-variant-seen-in-the-wild/ QUOTE: This new version, detected […]

Dennis M. Ritchie – Passing of creator of “C” programming language

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Another great contributor to computer technology passed away this week also. Dennis M. Ritchie – Passing of creator of “C” programming language http://isc.sans.edu/diary.html?storyid=11806 http://cm.bell-labs.com/who/dmr/ QUOTE: Dennis M. Ritchie, the creator of the C Programming language and well known for contributing to the creation of the UNIX Operating System, died on October 8, 2011, hit the […]

Apple OSX – October 2011 Critical security update

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The ISC rates this critical OSX security update as “PATCH NOW” and more information can be found at: Apple OS X – Critical security update for October 2011 http://isc.sans.org/diary/Critical+OS+X+Vulnerability+Patched/11797 QUOTE: With today’s focus on the release of iOS 5, and people worldwide refreshing the UPS shipping status page to check if the iPhone 4S left Hong […]

Microsoft – Security Intelligence Report v11

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Sunbelt Security offers an excellent synopsis of SIR v11 reflecting developments during the first half of 2011  Microsoft – Security Intelligence Report v11 http://sunbeltblog.blogspot.com/2011/10/microsoft-released-volume-11-of-sir.html QUOTE: SIR volume 11 has a lot more findings, insights, and observations from the the first half of 2011. Below are just some facts and figures from the report that are worth noting for […]

Apple iCloud – PC Magazine Review

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PC Magazine offers a detailed evaluation of Apple’s new iCloud facility as noted below: Apple iCloud – PC Magazine Review http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2394611,00.asp QUOTE: The new iPhone 4S is grabbing most of the headlines this week, but a less concrete new offering from Apple may be just as momentous—iCloud.  The new Web-based service will not only replace […]

BlackBerry – Services fully restored after 3 day outage

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Hardware issues created a world-wide system outage and these appear to have been successfully resolved BlackBerry – Full Services restored after 3 day outage http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2394609,00.asp QUOTE: Research in Motion co-founder Mike Lazaridis today apologized for the ongoing BlackBerry outage and said that the company has “restored full services.”  “Since launching BlackBerry in 1999, it’s been […]

Microsoft Security Updates – October 2011

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Users should apply these changes expediently to ensure the best levels of protection Microsoft Security Updates – October 2011 http://isc.sans.edu/diary.html?storyid=11779 http://blog.trendmicro.com/microsoft-releases-eight-bulletins-for-october-patch-tuesday/ QUOTE: Eight security bulletins have been released to include patches for 23 vulnerabilities for software such as Microsoft .NET Framework, Microsoft Silverlight, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Forefront United Access Gateway, and Microsoft Host Integration Server. […]

Skype – New R2D2 Listening Agent discovered

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This new development is still being analyzed by security firms:  Backdoor Snoops on Skype, MSN, and Yahoo! Messenger http://blog.trendmicro.com/backdoor-snoops-on-skype-msn-and-yahoo-messenger/ http://www.f-secure.com/weblog/archives/00002250.html QUOTE: We recently came across reports about a hacker group that was able to detect a backdoor which was found capable of monitoring online activities and recording calls when using Skype. However, apart from its routines, it […]

Windows 8 – Striving to improve memory management

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The new Metro UI may allow for Windows 8 to load resources to memory as they are opened and needed. Windows 8 – Striving to improve memory management http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2394426,00.asp QUOTE: Microsoft’s Windows 8 is aiming to minimize a PC’s memory usage through efficient design, allowing it to run on hardware originally designed for Windows 7.  […]

Android Malware – Symantec Research Study of Monetary Incentives

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The Symantec research study provides an excellent overview regarding monetary incentives for Android mobile computing malware. Android Malware – Symantec Research Study of Monetary Incentives  http://securitywatch.pcmag.com/malware/288932-how-android-malware-makes-money QUOTE: In the old, old days researchers wrote virus code to prove a point and lone coders released malware that disseminated a message or simply vandalized computers. Modern malware […]


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