Google Chrome – New security controls to prevent malicious extensions

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This popular complementary browser has been further strengthened as noted below: http://securitywatch.pcmag.com/none/306341-google-acts-against-malicious-chrome-extensions QUOTE: Google’s latest steps will make it harder for malicious developers trying to exploit Chrome users via browser extensions. Extensions are plugins for Google Chrome and allow developers to add extra functionality to the Web browser. Many Chrome extensions are supremely useful, such […]

AV-Test 2012 Security Suite Endurance Test

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AV-Test recently published test results for leading AV security suites as noted in following link: http://securitywatch.pcmag.com/none/306431-security-suite-endurance-test-winners QUOTE: Once you settle on your preferred security suite, most likely you’ll stick with it for the long haul. It’s important to choose a tough, effective suite. Researchers at AV-Test evaluated 17 major security suites over a period of […]

Android Security – SpamSoldier Botnet steals SMS premium services

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For safe mobile phone experiences, users should be careful with every application they install (esp. non-mainstream apps which promise free games or other services) http://securitywatch.pcmag.com/none/306149-sms-botnet-spamsoldier-lures-victims-with-fake-games https://blog.lookout.com/blog/2012/12/17/security-alert-spamsoldier/ As botnets go, the Android SMS botnet was “an unsophisticated attack,” Andrew Conway, a security researcher with Cloudmark, wrote on the company blog Dec. 16. An SMS message offering […]

CAPTCHA – More difficult to read as malware agents grow in sophistication

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To ensure real folks are using resources, rather than a malcious program, CAPTCHA controls continue to become more complex and may even challenge users with math problems.  This is to keep automated spam agents from joining email or forum groups.  As the article notes, this is also challenging for users to invoke these resources. http://www.nbcnews.com/technology/technolog/why-captchas-are-getting-harder-read-1C7657741 […]

Mayan Calendar and End of World links may be malicious

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While a number of humorous links and photos are circulating on Facebook and in email, please be careful and avoid selections of any suspicious items http://www.komando.com/tips/index.aspx?id=13792 QUOTE: If you haven’t been paying attention to the news for the last year, or haven’t been visiting my always-updated Breaking Tech News page, you might not know that […]

Online Charitable Giving – ISC Safety Tips

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Some excellent tips on safety and techniques to ensure gifts go to the folks who are in need https://isc.sans.edu/diary/A+Consumer+s+Guide+to+Spotting+Fake+Charities/14737 QUOTE: Earlier in the week we’ve mentioned that people should be on the lookout for “fake” charities trying to exploit the Sandy Hook tragedy. About 150 or so domains have been registered that are “suspect” and […]

Newtown Tragedy – Possible Fake Charity Sites

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The ISC notes several new related domains have been registered and also warns that some may be potentially fake.  My own thoughts and prayers continue for all who were impacted. https://isc.sans.edu/diary/Watch+for+Newtown+Connecticut+scam+sites+/14716 QUOTE: Following the tragic events in Newtown Connecticut last week several new domain names related to those events have been registered.    I have little […]

Passwords – Use Unique and Complex control techniques

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This MarketWatch article shares many best practices for password protection http://www.marketwatch.com/story/hacker-proof-your-password-2012-12-19 QUOTE: Don’t believe proclamations that the password is dead. Even with increasingly sophisticated software programs able to rapidly burn through an endless array of possible character combinations, the password is not only alive, but as important as ever. “Passwords are the bane of our […]

Necurs Rootkit – Infected over 80,000 PCs in November

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Once the Necurs rootkit infects a machine, it can hide itself from the operating system, download additional malware and stop security applications from functioning. http://blogs.technet.com/b/mmpc/archive/2012/12/06/unexpected-reboot-necurs.aspx http://www.darkreading.com/risk-management/167901115/security/attacks-breaches/240144203/necurs-rootkit-spreading-quickly-microsoft-warns.html QUOTE:  Necurs is a prevalent threat in the wild at the moment – variants of Necurs were reported on 83,427 unique machines during the month of November 2012. Necurs […]

Trend Labs – 2013 Security predictions

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Some key vectors for attack next year have been identified by Trend Labs http://blog.trendmicro.com/trendlabs-security-intelligence/observations-on-the-evolution-of-cyber-tactics-in-2013/ QUOTE:  A dramatic shift in the modus operandi of cybercriminals will occur in 2013. I predict five major shifts in attack vectors: Man-in-the-browser attacks will flourish as automated transfer system attacks become mainstream due to the advent of mobile banking. Inserting […]


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