Facebook – Robbery occurs after posting photos of money online

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This MSNBC article illustrates the principle of “loose lips sink ships” that I learned in an early security training class.  It is important to avoid posting vacation plans or any other details that might encourage attacks by criminals. Family robbed after teen posts photo of money on Facebook http://digitallife.today.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/05/29/11935908-family-robbed-after-teen-posts-photo-of-money-on-facebook QUOTE: On Thursday, a teenage girl […]

Skywiper (Flame Virus) – Complex cyber-warfare targeted attacks

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The most complex malware attack constructed to date has been identified and is currently being researched by security firms: Skywiper (Flame Virus) – Complex cyber-warfare targeted attacks (FAQ) http://securitygarden.blogspot.com/2012/05/flame-aka-flamer-or-skywiper.html https://www.securelist.com/en/blog/208193522/The_Flame_Questions_and_Answers http://blogs.mcafee.com/mcafee-labs/skywiper-fanning-the-flames-of-cyber-warfare http://www.symantec.com/connect/blogs/flamer-highly-sophisticated-and-discreet-threat-targets-middle-east http://www.f-secure.com/weblog/archives/00002371.html   Crysys Security — DETAILED TECHNICAL ANALYSIS http://www.crysys.hu/skywiper/skywiper.pdf QUOTE (McAfee link) — Over the weekend, the IR Cert (Iran’s emergency response team) […]

Microsoft – Decade of TWC progress shared at RSA conference

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An excellent and detailed history to Trustworthy Computing over past decade. Microsoft – Decade of TWC progress shared at RSA conference http://blogs.technet.com/b/security/archive/2012/05/25/webcast-code-red-to-zbot-10-years-of-tech-researchers-and-threat-evolution.aspx MALWARE DEVELOPMENTS PAST DECADE PDF – EXCELLENT (4.5MB) http://365.rsaconference.com/servlet/JiveServlet/download/38-4003/May_23_2012_Webcast_Microsoft.pdf QUOTE: For those of you that joined us at RSA this year in San Francisco, you may have taken in the session presented by […]

Android Malware – McAfee shows increase for Q1 2012

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Smartphone users should always be careful of applications installed and links selected as malware attacks continue to increase for this vector Android Malware – McAfee shows increase for Q1 2012 http://securitywatch.pcmag.com/none/298206-android-malware-spikes-in-2012 QUOTE: According to McAfee the number of malicious Android apps surged from the hundreds to the thousands in the first quarter of 2012, compared […]

Facebook – Advanced New LilyJade Cross Platform Worm

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Kaspersky Labs shares a highly advanced new Facebook worm.  This new Javascript based worm can spread from three different browsers (IE, Chrome, and Firefox) providing a cross platform attack. Facebook – Advanced New LilyJade Cross Platform Worm http://www.securelist.com/en/blog/706/Worm_2_0_or_LilyJade_in_action It is quite rare to analyze a malicious file written in the form of a cross-platform browser […]

Facebook – New STECKCT worm spreads Instant Messaging

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A new malicious IM attack is circulating in the Facebook environment, as document by Trend Security Facebook – New STECKCT worm spreads Instant Messaging http://blog.trendmicro.com/worm-spreads-via-facebook-private-messages-instant-messengers/ QUOTE:  We recently received reports about private messages found on Facebook and distributing a link, which is a shortened URL pointing to an archive file “May09-Picture18.JPG_www.facebook.com.zip”. This archive contains a […]

Nmap version 6 – Free Network Vulnerabilty Scanner

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Nmap is an excellent analytical tool used in the past and the new version 6 has been officially released https://isc.sans.edu/diary/nmap+6+released/13267 http://nmap.org/6/ QUOTE:  May 21, 2012—The Nmap Project is pleased to announce the immediate, free availability of the Nmap Security Scanner version 6.00 from http://nmap.org/. It is the product of almost three years of work, 3,924 […]

Microsoft Security – May 2012 Updates

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Please ensure your Windows and Office environments are up-to-date to ensure the best levels of protection.  A number of patches were rated as critical this month. Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for May 2012 http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/bulletin/ms12-may Microsoft Security – ISC analysis for May 2012 https://isc.sans.edu/diary.html?storyid=13159

AntiVirus Products for 2012 – Review by PC Magazine

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PC Magazine reviewed and ranked cleaning tools, free AV projects, and premium suites in the attached article: AntiVirus Products for 2012 – Review by PC Magazine http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2372364,00.asp QUOTE: To evaluate antivirus utilities I rely on hands-on, real-world testing. The malware removal test involves installing each product on a dozen malware-infested virtual machines and challenging it […]

Microsoft Security Essentials 4.0 – Review of new version

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PC Magazine shares an recent review of MSE 4.0 … In personal testing on all family PCs, there is more consistency in auto-updating and it continues to be transparent in terms of impacting performance.   No issues so far in use on XP and Windows 7 systems. Microsoft Security Essentials 4.0 http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2403986,00.asp QUOTE: This product is a straight-up […]


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