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February 27th, 2012:

Flashback.G – New Mac Java Trojan in wild

Apple Mac users should be careful of potential attacks from a trojan horse which disguises itself as a Flash Player installer:

Flashback.G – New Mac Java Trojan in wild
http://isc.sans.edu/diary.html?storyid=12664

QUOTE: A Mac Trojan named Flashback released last year masquerading as a Flash Player installer appears to back under a new variant. A new variant of the Flashback Java Trojan known as Flashback.G is circulating in the wild running on OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard). According to Intego, if your system has been compromised, Safari and Skype maybe prone to frequent crashes and find a Java applet.  Additional information can be found at:

http://blog.intego.com/flashback-mac-trojan-horse-infections-increasing-with-new-variant/
http://www.macrumors.com/2012/02/24/flashback-trojan-returns-with-a-multi-pronged-infection-strategy/
http://isc.sans.org/diary/Apple+Improving+OS+X+Anti-Malware+Feature/10951

Facebook – Users improve Privacy protection during 2011

Studies reflect a trend for improved privacy settings among Facebook users

Facebook – Users make improvements in Privacy protection
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/facebook-users-take-a-sharp-turn-toward-privacy-2012-02-21
http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/are-facebook-users-more-privacy-aware-now.html

QUOTE: A study of 1.4 million Facebook users shows a sharp rise in protecting personal information. The most notable statistic was the number of users choosing to hide their friend list. This figure rose over 200% during the 15-month period of the study. Further analysis revealed that women and higher income users were more apt to have stricter privacy settings. Here are a couple of fun Facebook facts from their research:

* In March 2010, 17 percent of users had their friends list hidden from public view. 15 months later this figure rose to 53%.

* Other profile information, such as, age, high school, graduation year, network, relationship, gender, interests, hometown and current city also were hidden more frequently. (12% in 2010 and rose to 33% in 2011)

Banking and Credit Cards – Keep your PIN protected

The 4 digit PIN number used for ATM processing should always be difficult to guess and not easily associated with the person. In review of 32 million PIN numbers the person’s birthday was the most common PIN setting.

Banking & Credit Cards – Keep your PIN protected
http://securitywatch.pcmag.com/security/294415-pro-tip-for-thieves-the-pin-is-in-the-wallet

QUOTE: So you’ve stolen a wallet. You’ve pocketed the cash, and now you’re standing at an ATM with your victim’s debit card and only a four-digit PIN standing in the way of the bounty. Four-digit numeric PINs aren’t impossible to guess, but at an ATM you only have, what, three guesses before the account is placed on lockdown?  According to some statistical math wizards at Cambridge University, your best bet is to enter the person’s birthday. The researchers modelled 32 million PIN numbers provided by 32 million PIN numbers provided by the RockYou gaming website breach in 2009, iPhone passcodes, and thousands of online surveys.