Microsoft HOTMAIL to be replaced with special verison of OUTLOOK

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Microsoft has announced a replacement of Hotmail as noted below, re-branding it to use the Outlook user interface. Microsoft HOTMAIL email service to be replaced with special verison of OUTLOOK http://www.marketwatch.com/story/microsoft-replacing-hotmail-with-outlook-2012-07-31 http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9229828/Microsoft_reboots_Hotmail_to_build_consumer_destination_says_analyst QUOTE: SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Microsoft Corp. is replacing Hotmail, its Web-based consumer e-mail system, with an expanded version of Outlook, the system […]

MS-CHAPv2 Protocol used by PPTP VPNs compromised with 100% success

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Corporate security teams should evaluate and address the risks associated with any current usage of this protocol.  The analysis of the protocol, proof-of-concept cracking approach, and special PICO supercomputer used, make this a fascinating read for security professionals.  It requires a sophisticated setup and some time to reconstruct the plain text versions of passwords from the NT Hash for […]

London Olympics 2012 – Scams and Malware attacks circulating

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McAfee Labs, Trend, and other security firms share an awareness of scams and malware attacks using the London Olympics as bait for users to disclose sensitive information or infect their computers with malware. London Olympics 2012 – Scams and Malware attacks circulating http://blogs.mcafee.com/mcafee-labs/scams-surround-london-olympics http://blog.trendmicro.com/more-london-olympics-related-threats/ http://blog.trendmicro.com/relay-race-to-ruin-cybercrime-in-the-olympics/ http://blog.trendmicro.com/illegal-tv-cards-allowing-free-olympic-viewing-sold-online/ http://blog.trendmicro.com/bogus-london-olympics-2012-ticket-site-spotted/ http://blog.trendmicro.com/countdown-to-the-olympics-are-you-safe/ QUOTE: These mails inform the recipients […]

NIST Computer Security Updates – July 2012

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NIST standards provide helpful guidance in the corporate world for development of policies, standards, and procedures. NIST Updates Computer Security Guides http://www.informationweek.com/news/government/security/240004585 QUOTE: The National Institute of Standards and Technology has released updated guidance on how federal agencies and businesses can deal with network attacks and malware. The advice comes in the form of two […]

Windows 8 – McAfee Labs evaluates security

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McAfee has a special series of articles related to security for Windows 8 and it’s new application environment.  While the operating system itself is very secure, user actions and application security controls present key risks as in other versions of Windows.  Below are the first three articles: Windows 8 – McAfee Labs evaluates security http://blogs.mcafee.com/mcafee-labs/windows-8-metro-brings-new-security-risks […]

Microsoft Windows 8 – Offers Improved Security

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Security researchers at the Black Hat security conference report low-level security improvements seen with Windows 8 that will enhance protection  Windows 8 Much More Secure than Windows 7 http://securitywatch.pcmag.com/none/300781-windows-8-much-more-secure-than-windows-7 QUOTE: Researchers Chris Valasek (Senior Security Researcher at Coverity) and Tarjei Mandt (senior vulnerability researcher at Azimuth Security) spend their days seeking ways to compromise security […]

Microsoft Windows 7 – Disable third party Gadgets

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Black Hat security researchers warn of dangers associated with non-Microsoft based gadget controls in Windows 7 that could be used maliciously. Microsoft Windows 7 – Disable third party Gadgets http://securitywatch.pcmag.com/none/300819-kill-your-gadgets QUOTE: Do you have any gadgets on your Windows 7 desktop, other than the ones that came with Windows? Kill them now! That’s the message […]

Safari 6 – New browser version emerges

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New version of Safari has been released as noted below Safari 6 – New browser version emerges http://www.apple.com/safari/ http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5364 QUOTE: The new advanced features in Safari make it an even better place to explore the web. Safari searches even smarter so you’ll find web pages faster. It shows you all your open tabs in a […]

The Internet Association – formed to protect key interests

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A new major trade group has been formed to provide a voice for key Internet economic interests to legislators The Internet Association – PR accouncement http://internetassociation.org/PR-InternetAssociation-120725.pdf QUOTE: WASHINGTON – The Internet Association, the nation’s first trade association representing the interests of the Internet economy and America’s leading Internet companies, today named Michael Beckerman as its […]

Facebook Scam – Received reports that your account has violated a policy

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Scammers use a number of tactics to capture sensitive information, including free offers.  Facecrooks security warns users with a tactic of “fear” to take action or they might lose privileges if they do not respond.  As one must login to respond to this new phishing scheme, it can result in security compromise of one’s Facebook account.  […]


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