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 […]

Credit Card Crime – Weaknesses in current system

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This informative NBC news article shares weaknesses in current CC system http://www.nbcnews.com/technology/online-hacks-plastic-fakes-strange-life-stolen-credit-card-2D11803344 QUOTE: If there is a weakness in a system, opportunistic hackers will find it. In 2007, criminals exploited the lax Wi-Fi security used with hand-held price-checking devices at multiple Marshalls locations. That resulted in 45.7 million credit card numbers being stolen from the […]

Microsoft Security Updates – December 2013

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During December 2013, critical security patches were released for Windows, IE, Office, and other products. ISC rates two of these as PATCH NOW (highest rating). All corporate and home users should install these updates to ensure best levels of protection. http://isc.sans.org/diary/Microsoft+December+Patch+Tuesday/17198 http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/bulletin/ms13-dec

Website Defacement Attack – OpenSSL.org

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The Internet Storm Center documents website defacement that was quickly repaired and is being investigated by authorities. https://isc.sans.edu/forums/diary/OpenSSL+suffers+apparent+defacement/17309 https://www.openssl.org/news/ QUOTE: Update 29 DEC: Per OpenSSL.org, re: web site defacement, “Investigation in progress, more details to follow.” While now recovered and seemingly back to normal, http://www.openssl.org appears to have been defaced. As soon as root cause […]

Target Data Breach – Highly Sophisticated and Planned Attack

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As articles below note this may be one of most well planned and sophisticated attacks of all time, where highly advanced malware was secretly implanted within POS register systems. The timing of attacks was also conducted at peak of e-commerce season. Impacted users should immmediately change CC# & PIN# plus carefully monitor future statements closely. […]

Target Stores – Data Breach impacts up to 40 million credit cards

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The holiday season is an active time for cybercrime as it is a peak time of the year for ecommerce activities http://www.nbcnews.com/business/40-million-credit-debit-card-accounts-may-be-hit-data-2D11775203 http://krebsonsecurity.com/2013/12/sources-target-investigating-data-breach/ http://pressroom.target.com/news/target-confirms-unauthorized-access-to-payment-card-data-in-u-s-stores QUOTE: Target said Thursday that the credit and debit card information of as many as 40 million customers was compromised over three weeks of the holiday shopping season — one of […]

Cybercrime – Twelve scams to avoid during Christmas 2013

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The BBC has published an excellent article on attacks to avoid, as this is a peak season of year for scams and ecommerce crime http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-25200338 QUOTE: This Christmas looks like being a bumper one for online shopping but not everyone is filled with the festive spirit and some have already set online traps they hope […]


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