Adobe – Critical Security updates for May 2014

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Critical priority “1” security updates were issued for Adobe Reader and Flash Player to fix issues found in the recent pwn2own contest  https://isc.sans.edu/diary/Adobe+May+2014+Patch+Tuesday/18115 QUOTE:  We are now up to 3 bulletins from Adobe Adobe Reader XI — 11.0.07 Adobe Reader X — 10.1.10 Adobe Flash Player 13 — 13.0.0.214

Microsoft Security Updates – MAY 2014

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Critical Security updates to Microsoft Windows, IE, Office and other products became available on Patch Tuesday.  Users should promptly update to enjoy best levels of protection.  The Internet Storm Center has a “PATCH NOW” rating on IE due to zero day attacks circulating in the wild. https://isc.sans.edu/diary/Microsoft+May+2014+Patch+Tuesday/18113 http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/bulletin/ms14-may QUOTE: IMPORTANT: Don’t miss MS14-029. This bulletin fixes […]

Zberp Banking Trojan – New threat combines Zeus and Carberp malware agents

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Several security sites are warning users to be cautious when accessing bank accounts online as two of the worst malware agents have been combined into a new unified threat. http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9248567/New_banking_Trojan_Zberp_offers_the_worst_of_Zeus_and_Carberp http://www.infosecurity-magazine.com/view/38597/meet-zberp-unholy-spawn-of-two-top-crimeware-bugs/ http://securityintelligence.com/new-zberp-trojan-discovered-zeus-zbot-carberp QUOTE: A new computer Trojan that targets users of 450 financial institutions from around the world appears to borrow functionality and features directly […]

Windows XP – Using POSReady 2009 version of Windows Update is risky

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An alteration of the Windows registry can be used to make an expired “Windows XP” system resemble a “POSReady 2009” operating system (that is normally used in a highly specialized and restrictive corporate setting).  While this may “work” for many future security updates, making an XP operating system emulate the newer and more modularized POSReady […]

EBAY – Emergency Password reset urged for 145 million users

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While no incidents of account or e-commerce mis-use have been reported far, EBAY is urging all users to quickly change passwords to help avoid issues http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/05/21/us-ebay-password-idUSBREA4K0B420140521 http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/may/21/ebay-urges-users-to-reset-passwords-after-cyberattack http://krebsonsecurity.com/2014/05/ebay-urges-password-changes-after-breach/ http://money.cnn.com/2014/05/21/technology/security/ebay-passwords/ http://investor.ebayinc.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=849396 https://www.paypal-community.com/t5/PayPal-Forward/eBay-To-Ask-Users-to-Change-Their-Passwords-No-Evidence-PayPal/ba-p/815612 QUOTE: (Reuters) – EBay Inc said on Wednesday that a cyber attack carried out three months ago has compromised customer data, and the company […]

ProtonMail – Major demand for new NSA proof email service

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An interesting development related to email privacy http://www.networkworld.com/community/blog/huge-demand-nsa-proof-email-protonmail-uses-months-server-capacity-3-days QUOTE:  There’s a huge demand for private and secure email that is as easy to use as Gmail or Outlook, just ask the Harvard and MIT studentswho created a Swiss-based end-to-end encrypted email service called ProtonMail. You can request a beta signup and even reserve your ProtonMail […]

Windows 8.1 KB-2919355 – Early technical workarounds for installation failure

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EXCELLENT and highly technical posts appear to share some helpful early information on this issue. Resolution of issue may be associated with Profile paths or directory structures that the Windows Update process needs further adjustment for. As a number of WIN8 users have reported issues, WIN8 users should carefully monitor developments for possible replacement update […]

Windows 8 – Recommended Rootkit removal tools and techniques

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Sophos, Trend, ESET, Malwarebytes, Microsoft Sysinternals, McAfee, F-Secure, etc. all provide great stand-alone tools … it’s valuable to perform scans with multiple products if user suspects a rootkit infection These evaluation articles highlight 4-5 recommended products: http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-rootkit-scanner-remover.htm http://www.guidingtech.com/4474/remove-rootkits-windows/ http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/virus-removal/rootkits http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/five-apps/five-free-portable-rootkit-removers/ http://dottech.org/129897/13-top-best-free-rootkit-removal-anti-rootkit-programs-windows-xp-vista-7-8/ Microsoft’s guidance in protecting WIN8 from ROOTKITS https://www.microsoft.com/security/portal/mmpc/threat/rootkits.aspx

Target CEO – Steps down after massive Data Breach 5 months earlier

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Target and a few other firms were impacted severely by the data breach during peak of holiday season, where POS devices were infected and RAM scraping malware captured highly confidential and sensitive customer information. http://www.marketwatch.com/story/target-ceo-resigns-5-months-after-holiday-data-breach-2014-05-05 http://www.welivesecurity.com/2014/05/05/targets-ceo-gets-chop-retailer-suffers-massive-data-breach/ QUOTE: Target’s board has been meeting monthly since the data breach, where 40 million credit and debit cards and […]

Windows 8 – TechNet Corporate Support Solutions

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A highly informative and comprehensive guide is available for corporate users http://blogs.technet.com/b/topsupportsolutions/archive/2014/04/30/top-support-solutions-for-windows-8-and-windows-8-1.aspx QUOTE: Here are the top Microsoft Support solutions for the most common issues IT Pros experience when using or deploying Windows 8 or 8.1 (updated quarterly). 1. Solutions related to installing or upgrading Windows: 2. Solutions related to wireless networking and 802.1X authentication: […]


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