Facebook – Photo notification in email may trigger malware attack

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Sophos security is warning of malicious email messages that appear to come Facebook.  Please avoid opening any attachments.  This is documented as follows: http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2012/08/28/facebook-friend-photo-malware/ QUOTE: Computer users are being warned to be careful about opening unsolicited email attachments, after a malicious Trojan horse was spammed out posing as a Facebook notification that the recipient is […]

Facebook – Timeline and User Location concerns

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Facecrooks Security shares steps on how to remove the map if desired from the new Timeline feature http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/facebook-timeline-publishes-users-location-data.html QUOTE: Facebook is requiring all users to switch over to Timeline by fall, but some aspects of the feature aren’t exactly sitting well with users. For instance, some posts are now displaying a map with the location […]

Java Exploit – Zero Day attack prevention techniques

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Hopefully an out-of-band patch will emerge sooner than the anticipated mid-September timeframe from Sun/Oracle. Below are  approaches to stay protected until a patch arrives: 1. AVOIDANCE — Stay as safe as possible with respect to email, websites, Facebook, etc … Stay on mainstream sites and avoid anything suspicious.  An ounce of prevention is worth a […]

Windows 8 – new licensing terms

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In his blog, Ed Bott shares an excellent summary of licence changes associated with Windows 8 Windows 8 – new licensing terms http://www.zdnet.com/how-the-new-windows-8-license-terms-affect-you-7000003028/ QUOTE:  What’s changed in Microsoft’s radical new license agreements for Windows 8? I’ve got full details about how you can transfer Windows to a new PC, downgrade rights, and who qualifies for […]

Official Microsoft Blog – Master list of blog resources for all products

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On the right side of the Official Microsoft Blog site is a list of numerous blog resources covering virtually every product and technology Official Microsoft Blog – Master list of blog resources for all products (please see list on right) http://blogs.technet.com/b/microsoft_blog/  

Java – New Zero Day malware spreading for unpatched exploit

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Security firms are warning of two new Java based exploits that are unpatched and actively being used in new malware attacks. Java – New Zero Day malware spreading for unpatched exploit http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9230736/Java_zero_day_exploit_goes_mainstream_100_sites_serve_malware?source=CTWNLE_nlt_virusv_2012-08-29 http://community.websense.com/blogs/securitylabs/archive/2012/08/28/new-java-0-day-added-to-blackhole-exploit-kit.aspx QUOTE: Attackers using two recently-uncovered Java unpatched vulnerabilities, or “zero-days,” have quickly expanded their reach by going mainstream, security experts said today. […]

Windows Phone 8 debutes – Samsung ATIV S model

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The first Windows 8 based phone model has been announced as noted below Windows Phone 8 debutes – Samsung ATIV S model http://windowsteamblog.com/windows_phone/b/windowsphone/archive/2012/08/29/this-is-the-samsung-ativ-s-the-first-of-many-amazing-windows-phone-8-devices-coming-this-year.aspx QUOTE: Samsung lifted the curtain on its first Windows Phone 8 device, the ATIV S. This is just the first in a big lineup of new hardware that’s coming with Windows Phone 8, but it’s […]

Microsoft – Corporate Logo revised

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Technet shares key information related to this recent change Microsoft – Corporate Logo revised http://blogs.technet.com/b/microsoft_blog/archive/2012/08/23/microsoft-unveils-a-new-look.aspx QUOTE: It’s been 25 years since we’ve updated the Microsoft logo and now is the perfect time for a change. This is an incredibly exciting year for Microsoft as we prepare to release new versions of nearly all of our […]

Microsoft Security Updates – August 2012

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All corporate and home users should ensure critical Windows updates have been successfully installed this month.  The ISC provides a great analysis of current exploits and other guidance in summary form. Microsoft Security Updates – August 2012 http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/bulletin/ms12-aug Microsoft Security Updates – August 2012 (ISC analysis) https://isc.sans.edu/diary.html?storyid=13900

Facebook – Malware SPAM is harvesting

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The ISC is reporting a growing trend in automated malware attacks that gleam Facebook credentials and other private information. Malware Spam harvesting Facebook Information https://isc.sans.edu/diary/Malware+Spam+harvesting+Facebook+Information/13981 QUOTE: A couple years back at our annual RSA “top threat” panels, one of the possible exploits I suggested was the use of social network information for more automated targeted […]


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