Malware – New USTeal variant loads ransomeware payload

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http://about-threats.trendmicro.com/us/malware/TSPY_USTEAL.USRJ QUOTE: The newer variant that we detect as TSPY_USTEAL.USRJ, drops ransomware—detected as TROJ_RANSOM.SMAR—on affected systems. These ransomware files are created by a new toolkit builder that gives the attacker full control over the ransomware’s behavior, from the types of files it will encrypt to the ransom note to be displayed.  We detect this toolkit […]

Facebook – How to disable video autoplay

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Tuning Facebook security and privacy settings offer improved protection.  Another new technique was shared by Facecrooks security team recently. http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/How-Disable-Facebook-Video-Auto-Play.html/ https://www.facebook.com/help/633446180035470 QUOTE: As you may have noticed, your Facebook News Feed recently began auto-playing videos. This can be annoying on a PC and downright harmful on your mobile device, as it can eat up your […]

Smart Home Technology – Improved security controls needed

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http://securitywatch.pcmag.com/hacking/323165-smart-home-kits-easily-hacked http://www.av-test.org/en/news/news-single-view/artikel/test-smart-home-kits-leave-the-door-wide-open-for-everyone/ QUOTE: After installing a smart home kit, you can control and monitor your house in many ways. Turn the air conditioner on before you get home, make sure doors and windows are closed, switch lights on and off; these are just a few of the possibilities. However, researchers at AV-Test found some smart […]

Network Vulnerability Assessment tools – Six free scanners

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Network World shares 6 free NVA scanning tools as noted below: http://www.networkworld.com/news/2014/042914-free-network-vulnerability-scanners-281097.html QUOTE: Vulnerability scanners can help you automate security auditing and can play a crucial part in your IT security. They can scan your network and websites for up to thousands of different security risks, producing a prioritized list of those you should patch, […]


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