Apple Mac OSX – 3 new File Stealing trojan horses found May 2013

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Mac OSX users should ensure they have up-to-date AV security controls in place plus carefully process email to bypass suspicious items. http://www.intego.com/mac-security-blog/two-new-variants-of-backdoor-trojan-found-targeting-activists/ http://www.intego.com/mac-security-blog/yet-another-filesteal-variant-found-today/ QUOTE: New variants of a backdoor trojan named OSX/FileSteal have been found to be targeting activists via targeted email. The trojan is signed using a developer certificate to bypass certain levels of […]

Facebook – Improving Efforts to Eliminate Objectionable Speech

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As recently documented Facebook will make improvements to better control of it’s content: http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Vows-to-Increase-Efforts-to-Eliminate-Hate-Speech-in-the-Face-of-Public-Pressure.html QUOTE: Earlier this week, the women’s rights group Women, Action & The Media sent an open letter to Facebook demanding that they revise their policies regarding offensive content on the site. Facebook vice president Marne Levine published a post on Tuesday […]

MS13-037 – Microsoft addresses IE vulnerabilities recently discovered in CanSecWest contest

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Microsoft has strengthened IE security for many of the vulnerabilities discovered during a recent security convention.  All home and corporate users should update their systems promptly with the May security updates. http://blogs.technet.com/b/srd/archive/2013/05/14/ms13-037-addressing-pwn2own-vulnerabilities.aspx QUOTE: MS13-037 addresses a number of vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer, several of which were reported to us by the TippingPoint Zero Day Initiative (ZDI) […]

Zeus Trojan returns in 2013 after months of inactivity

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Zeus (ZBot) is specialized trojan horse that data mines the infected user’s session for login credentials, bank account information or other sensitive information. Users should ensure their systems are free from malware while conducting banking or other sensitive e-commerce activities. http://securitywatch.pcmag.com/malware/311889-zeus-trojan-makes-a-comeback-after-months-of-silence http://blog.trendmicro.com/trendlabs-security-intelligence/zeuszbot-malware-shapes-up-in-2013/ QUOTE: The Zeus banking Trojan is back, with new code and capabilities, Trend […]

AV-Test May 2013 – BitDefender rated as a leading product

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Independent anti-virus test sites provide one valuable point of view in choosing an AV product, and it’s always beneficial to evaluate other sources of input as well. http://securitywatch.pcmag.com/security-software/311939-bitdefender-still-leads-the-pack-in-av-test-evaluation QUOTE: For a number of years German antivirus lab AV-Test rated antivirus products on three criteria: Protection, Repair, and Usability. Starting last month, they switched to Protection, […]

Oklahoma Tornado charitable organization scams and malware

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The ISC warns to please be careful of emails, links, mobile donations, etc. associated with recent disaster in Oklahoma.  It is always best to donate to the most mainstream organizations such as the Red Cross to ensure monies will go to those in need. https://isc.sans.edu/diary/Moore%2C+Oklahoma+tornado+charitable+organization+scams%2C+malware%2C+and+phishing/15854 QUOTE: I find it sad that in times when people […]

New Yahoo Phishing Scam – Example of May 2013 attack

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As the Yahoo spam filtering did not catch this new incident circulating, this new attack was discovered in my inbox this morning. However IE 10 shows the malicious URL when hovering link The social engineering behind these attacks is to create anxiety for the user If they do not carefully check, they can disclose their […]

Anti-Virus – Performance Testing April 2013

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Microsoft Security Essentials is basic and impacts performance less than many products.  Recent product testing rates other AV product performances against the MSE performance base line http://securitywatch.pcmag.com/security-software/311241-speed-up-pc-performance-by-replacing-microsoft-s-built-in-antivirus QUOTE: However, you use your computer every day, and the last thing you want is protection that slows down everyday tasks. AV-Comparatives researchers have once again put a collection of […]

Privacy – Corporate security monitoring of employee activities

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This article shares the latest developments in monitoring employee activites for security purposes.  It also shares challenges of personal device activity (BYOD) in corporate setting http://lifeinc.today.com/_news/2013/05/16/18280258-big-brother-may-not-be-watching-but-your-employer-probably-is QUOTE: The idea of a totalitarian government monitoring your every move is probably still the stuff of fiction, but that doesn’t mean your boss doesn’t have a pretty good […]

PC Magazine – Ten Question Security Test – May 2013

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This “pop quiz” can be taken quickly and shares realistic examples for many of the latest attack scenarios.  While I got almost all items right, I did miss a couple of questions by not reading question thoroughly or not choosing the best answer http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2418514,00.asp


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