Samsung Phones – Wiped clean by USSD factory reset hack on unpatched carriers

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A new mobile phone vulnerability is circulating.  By visiting a malicious web site, some Samsung models can be reset completely (because they support advanced dialer automation). All internal data and customized user settings would be lost. OEMs and phone service carriers need to patch these vulnerabilities.  PC Magazine highlights this as follows: http://securitywatch.pcmag.com/none/303097-dirty-ussd-hack-wipes-samsung-phones-is-yours-vulnerable QUOTE: If […]

Apple iOS 6 Security Features and Concerns

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Two articles by Intego security related to Apple’s recent iOS 6 release http://www.intego.com/mac-security-blog/apples-ios-6-release-a-mixed-bag-for-security-and-privacy/ http://www.intego.com/mac-security-blog/first-reactions-to-whats-new-in-ios-6-a-rundown-of-the-good-the-not-bad-and-the-ugly/ QUOTE: With Apple announcing the new iPhone 5 last Wednesday, we now have the release date for the next version of iOS – September 19th. There are a lot of new features (200, to be exact), some of which have some […]

Apple iPhone5 – Review from Intego security

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Recent review of the new iPhone 5 by Intego security http://www.intego.com/mac-security-blog/the-new-iphone-no-surprises-no-disappointments/ QUOTE: So, the question at the end of the day boils down to “is it worth it?” Thinner, lighter, better battery life… these are all things we have come to expect, but they don’t tip the scales of decision when you have a perfectly […]

Mobile PWN2OWN conference – Android and iPhone 4s models hacked

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The Android and Apple iOS operating systems were hacked during the recent Mobile PWN2OWN contest. Users constantly need to be careful with links, avoid unfamiliar apps, stay updated on patches and carefully read every prompt during an install. http://labs.mwrinfosecurity.com/blog/2012/09/19/mobile-pwn2own-at-eusecwest-2012/ http://securitywatch.pcmag.com/none/302977-samsung-galaxy-s-iii-hacked-by-nfc-at-pwn2own http://securitywatch.pcmag.com/none/302865-iphone4s-hacked-at-mobile-pwn2own QUOTE: Today MWR Labs demonstrated an Android vulnerability at the EuSecWest Conference in Amsterdam. […]

Internet Explorer – PATCH NOW for SEP 2012 out-of-band security release

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Microsoft quickly responded in patching a new vulnerability that started to be exploited in the wild.  Please patch expediently.  Most folks using the automatic Windows Update settings have already applied this over the weekend. http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/bulletin/ms12-063 http://securitywatch.pcmag.com/none/303008-microsoft-releases-emergency-ie-patch https://isc.sans.edu/diary.html?storyid=14155 QUOTE: Microsoft has released an out-of-band update fixing at least five vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer, including the recently […]

Microsoft Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET)

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Recently Microsoft highlighted EMET which monitors critical system processes and can help detect and prevent new threats in crticial Windows processes.  Ed Bott has a great write-up on this tool, from the past. http://www.zdnet.com/blog/bott/the-one-security-tool-every-windows-user-should-know-about/2848 EMET v3.0 (most current version) https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=29851 EMET v3.5 (Beta or Preview version) http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=30424 QUOTE:  The Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) is […]

MSRC – FIXIT patch being developed for new IE vulnerability

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MSRC provided following recent update … FIXIT patch is in the works and that in-the-wild attacks are very limited so far https://blogs.technet.com/b/msrc/archive/2012/09/18/additional-information-about-internet-explorer-and-security-advisory-2757760.aspx QUOTE: We will release a Fix it in the next few days to address an issue in Internet Explorer, as outlined in the Security Advisory 2757760 that we released yesterday.  While we have […]

Internet Explorer – New vulnerability documented in Security Advisory (2757760)

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A new unpatched IE vulnerability has been exploited in-the-wild.  Currently, it is not widespread and Microsoft is developing a patch.  Some prevention techniques include: * Best practice of “Risk Avoidance” always helps (ounce of prevention for suspicious websites, emails, facebook links, etc) * Antivirus protection (many products now offer exploit detection, including this new threat) […]

Babylon Toolbar – How to remove in IE, Firefox, and Chrome

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Kim Komando provides daily tips to consumers and home users.  Today’s newletter featured tips related to many free toolbars that become embedded in the browser environment. For IE, there are usually 3 types of removal approaches: 1. Control Panel and Uninstall programs 2. Remove Add-Ins in IE “Internet Options” settings 3. Antivirus or standalone removal […]

Mobile Phone Text Messages – Six Best Practices

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From PC Magazine, below are six tips to avoid text message mobile phone scams: http://securitywatch.pcmag.com/none/302736-six-tips-to-avoid-text-message-scams-on-mobile-phones QUOTE: a few tips for staying safe from these kinds of scams. 1. Never respond to unsolicited text messages: If you don’t know who sent it don’t respond. 2. Remember that these service are packed with hidden fees: Remind family […]


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