Malware – Ploutus ATM malware

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 Symantec shares an overview of Ploutus ATM malware currently found in Mexico and may be spreading to other areas http://www.symantec.com/connect/blogs/backdoorploutus-reloaded-ploutus-leaves-mexico QUOTE; A malicious software program found in ATMs in Mexico has been improved and translated into English, which suggests it may be used elsewhere, according to security vendor Symantec. Two versions of the malware, called […]

Business Systems – New Architecture emerges for future

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From business perspective, many changes noted in insurance sector are occuring in other professions http://www.insurancetech.com/architecture-infrastructure/the-new-architecture-of-how-things-are-d/240160655 QUOTE: As insurance shifts from being a risk product to a consumer product that is more usage-based, there will be dramatic changes in the way insurance is bought, sold and distributed.   The shifts in business models will dramatically change the […]

Mobile Security – 2013 study on top user concerns

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Key mobile phone user concerns were recently assessed and they center around security http://securitywatch.pcmag.com/mobile-security/317222-what-smartphone-users-are-really-worried-about QUOTE: It’s easy to see we’re attached to our devices. Of those surveyed, 63 percent of users said they’d be upset if they left the house without their phones. Without phones, 29 percent of users would miss texting the most followed by calling […]

Facebook – Fake Social Empires gaming scam in circulation

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Bitdefender warns regarding a fake scam pretending to be associated with FB Social Empires game http://securitywatch.pcmag.com/malware/317257-facebook-users-fall-victim-to-social-empires-cheat-scam http://www.hotforsecurity.com/blog/fake-social-empires-cheat-exposes-over-135000-facebook-users-to-fraud-7224.html QUOTE:  Facebook games have amassed huge audiences with their broad, social appeal. However, among these expanding user bases are some more casual players who aren’t necessarily the world’s most tech-savvy people. Case in point, 135,000 players of the […]

SPAM – USA top nation sending in 2013

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Sophos shares recent detailed study on SPAM http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2013/10/17/dirty-dozen-spam-sending-nations-find-where-you-finished-in-our-q3-spampionship-chart/ http://securitywatch.pcmag.com/spam/317274-us-reigning-spampions QUOTE:  Prepare yourself for the results of the latest Spampionship. SophosLabs conducted a study calculating the “Dirty Dozen” spam sending countries.  United States, Belarus, and India take the leading three spots on the “Dirty Dozen” list for countries that send the most amount of spam; consistent […]

Trend – Halloween infographic theme on Malware

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Trend has published a creative theme that documents the dangers of malware http://securitywatch.pcmag.com/security/317442-the-haunted-house-of-cyber-scares http://blog.trendmicro.com/vampires-zombies-ghostsoh/ QUOTE: Happy Halloween! Ready for a really good scare? Check out our latest infographic titled “The Scariest Cyber Security Threats.” Our clever team of researchers have created this creepy artwork by comparing the traditional frightening Halloween characters with their associated cyber […]

WordPress 3.7 – Introduces automated server based updating

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EWeek shares the new automated Server based updating found in WordPress 3.7 http://www.eweek.com/enterprise-apps/wordpress-3.7-debuts-improving-security-for-millions.html QUOTE: A new version of the open-source WordPress content management and blogging platform, Version 3.7, has been officially released, providing users with improved stability and security. The impact of the new WordPress platform on the Web as a whole is nontrivial, as […]

Windows 8.1 – Ten improvements in October 18th release

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EWeek highlights 10 improvements found in Windows 8.1, including security http://www.eweek.com/enterprise-apps/slideshows/10-windows-8.1-improvements-microsoft-hopes-will-placate-users.html QUOTE:  Windows 8.1 promises to strike a proper balance between Microsoft’s vision for the future of its operating system and the average user’s view on what features it needs to make the OS as effective for their needs as possible. While Windows 8.1 is […]

Microsoft MMPC – Windows XP support ends April 2014

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MMPC highlights SIR v15 report and Windows XP vulnerabilities, noting latest Windows versions are safer and more reliable.  The popular O/S is now 12 years old and is being retired for improved and more secure control systems for the PC, laptop, or device. http://blogs.technet.com/b/mmpc/archive/2013/10/29/infection-rates-and-end-of-support-for-windows-xp.aspx QUOTE: Earlier today we published a blog post that discussed a new […]

Microsoft SIR v15 – Windows XP 5 good reasons to update your OS

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As shared in volume 15 of the SIR report, more recent operating systems (Windows 7/8) are better hardened for security and can mitigate or prevent most attacks circulating today, with complementary defenses in place (i.e., AV, Firewall, safe user practices, etc) http://www.microsoft.com/security/sir/default.aspx If you need a strong supporting argument and five good reasons to upgrade, look no […]


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