Target Data Breach – Part Two Encrypted PIN Data Stolen

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Hackers are already launching targeted attacks and are likely performing brute force attacks on the encrypted PIN numbers. Once both credit card and PIN# information is disclosed, hackers can register charges as desired. As shared earlier affected Target customers should change their PIN# immediately to reduce risks. http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/12/27/targets-nightmare-goes-on-encrypted-pin-data-stolen/ QUOTE: Target said criminals had made off […]

PC Magazine – Five security prediction articles for 2014

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PC Magazine has issues 5 separate prediction articles based on emerging trends seen during past year http://securitywatch.pcmag.com/security/319183-predictions-cyber-security-in-2014 http://securitywatch.pcmag.com/security/319244-predictions-securing-protecting-the-internet-of-things http://securitywatch.pcmag.com/business-financial/319224-predictions-more-retail-breaches-bitcoin-will-crash http://securitywatch.pcmag.com/security/319195-predictions-android-ransomware-mobile-banking-fraud http://securitywatch.pcmag.com/security/319190-predictions-rise-of-national-internet-tor-s-popularity-boom

BBC Server – briefly compromised on Christmas Day

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Reuters shares that BBC server was briefly compromised on Christmas Day http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/12/29/us-bbc-cyberattack-idUSBRE9BS06K20131229 QUOTE: A hacker secretly took over a computer server at the BBC, Britain’s public broadcaster, and then launched a Christmas Day campaign to convince other cyber criminals to pay him for access to the system. While it is not known if the hacker […]

Facebook – Recommended Restrictions for Friends List

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Facecrooks security shares informative article “How to Edit Your Facebook Friends List and Why You Should“ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/How-Edit-Your-Facebook-Friends-List-Why-You-Should.html/ QUOTE: Facebook is well known for having confusing and obscure and privacy controls. The little things do make a difference, and this is especially true when it comes to your online privacy and security. Facebook gives users the […]

Symantec – 2013 Internet Security Threat Report v18

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Excellent analysis of developments during 2013 http://www.symantec.com/security_response/publications/threatreport.jsp QUOTE: Highlights from 2013 Internet Security Threat Report, Volume 18 Key Findings 42% increase in targeted attacks in 2012. 31% of all targeted attacks aimed at businesses with less than 250 employees. One waterhole attack infected 500 organizations in a single day. 14 zero-day vulnerabilities. 32% of all […]

Windows XP – Support ends on April 8, 2014

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F-Secure highlights end of support on April 8, 2014. A new Windows 8.1 system with it’s hardened kernel will be more reliable and new interface can be learned in just a few days. http://www.f-secure.com/weblog/archives/00002648.html QUOTE: Christmas! It’s approaching quickly. And something else is looming on the horizon… the end is nigh for Windows XP! If […]

Adobe Security Updates – December 2013

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Major Adobe products are often updated on Patch Tuesday and critical updates were issued during December http://isc.sans.org/diary/Adobe+Updates+today+as+well./17201 http://helpx.adobe.com/security.html QUOTE: Adobe also has published updates today for Flash Player and Shockwave Player on the Windows and Mac platforms.  With this update applied, hese exploits also result in remote execution, so if you have Shockwave Player installed […]


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