ISC – Malware cleaning experiences during 2011

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An interesting “real world” account is shared by one of the ISC handlers regarding the cleaning of infected PCs.  As noted a good security awareness program next year can help reduce infections ISC – Malware cleaning experiences during 2011 http://isc.sans.edu/diary.html?storyid=12268 QUOTE As 2011 draws to a close I am reflecting on the “compromised” computers that I […]

Facebook – New Christmas theme leads to malware and spam

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Please avoid any new Christmas, New Year, or other holiday themes or unusual links presented in the Facebook environment Facebook – New Christmas theme leads to malware and spam http://blog.trendmicro.com/christmas-theme-for-facebook-profile-leads-to-malspam/ QUOTE: Attacks that use the holidays as a social engineering lure are starting to pour in as the Christmas day draws near. We recently found a […]

AV Comparatives – New Real World Product Tests

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QUOTE: Running a static test on an antivirus product is extremely simple. You install the product, present it with many thousands of inert virus samples, and report how many it detected. However, that sort of test doesn’t reflect a user’s real-world experience. AV-Comparatives.org maintains an ongoing Whole Product Dynamic Test with the specific purpose of […]

PC Magazine – Top Five Security predictions for 2012

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PC Magazine speculates on some of the security risks possible for the coming year PC Magazine – Top Five Security predictions for 2012 http://securitywatch.pcmag.com/none/291879-top-5-security-predictions-for-2012 QUOTE: Looking ahead, what headlines will Security Watch see in 2012? Dozens of security vendors weighed in with their predictions. There was very little overlap but below, we name the five […]

Windows 7 – HTML vulnerability being repaired in kernel

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A new proof-of-concept vulnerability has been discovered and users should be alert for security patches from Microsoft New Vulnerability in Windows 7 64 bit http://isc.sans.edu/diary.html?storyid=12238 https://secunia.com/advisories/47237/ QUOTE A person released an HTML snippet that will cause the 64 bit version of Windows 7 to blue screen if viewed under Safari. The underlying vulnerability is however […]

Mozilla Firefox 9 Released

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Most users should automatically move to the new version through the update channel. Mozilla Firefox 9 Released http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/9.0/releasenotes/ http://www.us-cert.gov/current/index.html#mozilla_releases_firefox_9_and Mozilla Firefox 9 Security issues resolved http://www.mozilla.org/security/known-vulnerabilities/firefox.html#firefox9

MS11-087 – Microsoft patch for Duqu worm circulating in wild

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While each month we should promptly install security updates, MS11-087 provides critical protection from one of the most advanced malware threats circulating in the wild. Patch For the Zero-Day Vulnerability Used by Duqu http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/bulletin/ms11-087 http://www.f-secure.com/weblog/archives/00002281.html QUOTE: It’s patch Tuesday and Microsoft has just issued a patch for the zero-day vulnerability that was used by the Duqu […]

Santa provides a new Family PC for Christmas

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Santa has replaced our older family PC for Christmas, as we caught some great price reductions from Staples.  It is an awesome experience to move to true 1080HD monitor technology along with a powerful system that should should meet our needs for years to come. I’m now like a kid in the candy store 🙂 […]

Microsoft Security updates – December 2011 (Patch now)

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MS11-087 True Type Font Kernel Drivers CVE-2011-3402 is rated as a PATCH NOW for the level of importance, as it actively being exploited in the wild Microsoft Security updates – December 2011 http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/bulletin/ms11-dec ISC Analysis of Microsoft Security updates – December 2011 (always an excellent resource) http://isc.sans.edu/diary.html?storyid=12193

New Free iPad Scam – Be careful of mispelled domains

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This new scam is designed to gleam personal information for users.  Please be careful of all free offers and especially in websites visited (as many are often misspelled). New Free iPad Scam – Be careful of mispelled domains http://isc.sans.org/diary/You+won+100+or+a+free+iPad+/12184 QUOTE: Earlier today, SANS ISC reader Matthew reported one of his users stumbling over an odd […]


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