Facebook – Game of Thrones cancellation hoax

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Security researcher Graham Cluley reports this hoax message triggers a fake JAVA update that may allow malicious software to be installed http://grahamcluley.com/2014/06/game-thrones-cancelled-java-update/ QUOTE: A message has been spread between Facebook users claiming that the hit TV series “Game of Thrones” has been cancelled. Knowing just how many people are avid watchers of the fantasy series, […]

Facebook – New Opt out Tool for targeted advertising

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A new third party tool from Digital Advertising Alliance can block the collecting browser history for targeted advertising http://securitywatch.pcmag.com/social-networking/324595-how-to-stop-facebook-from-sharing-your-web-browsing-history QUOTE: Facebook is going to start sharing app and Web browsing history it collects with advertisers to display more targeted ads. This includes all those non-Facebook sites you visit. If this skeeves you out as much […]

Mobile Security – Mojave Networks 2014 study

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These links highlight personal and corporate risks associating with 3rd party applications http://securitywatch.pcmag.com/mobile-security/324668-business-users-risk-data-loss-through-78-of-mobile-apps http://blog.mojave.net/2014/06/02/mobile-ad-libraries-create-major-risk-for-enterprise-data/ QUOTE: Many mobile apps come with a slew of ads, the ability to connect to social media, or both. These may seem like harmless add-ons, placed in the app for the purpose of profit for the app’s developer. However, these features […]

Rootkits – Necurs used by GOZ Botnet

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F-Secure highlights Necurs rootkit which is built in a modular fashion as “crimeware for sale” and is being used to help hide some botnet attacks http://www.f-secure.com/weblog/archives/00002717.html QUOTE: Necurs is a kernel mode driver best known at the moment for being used by Gameover Zeus (GOZ) to hinder attempts to detect and remove the malware. During […]

Microsoft Security Updates – JUNE 2014

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Critical Security updates to Microsoft Windows, Office,and other products became available on Patch Tuesday.  Users should promptly update to enjoy best levels of protection https://isc.sans.edu/diary/Microsoft+Patch+Tuesday+June+2014/18233 https://technet.microsoft.com/library/security/ms14-jun  

Microsoft Security Intelligence Report – volume 16 July 2014

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Latest version is available and highlights emerging trends and developments http://www.microsoft.com/security/sir/default.aspx QUOTE: SIR Volume 16: July 2013 to December 2013 — The Microsoft Security Intelligence Report (SIR) analyzes the threat landscape of exploits, vulnerabilities, and malware using data from Internet services and over 600 million computers worldwide. Threat awareness can help you protect your organization, […]

Malware – Microsoft will improve Adware detection in July 2014

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Improved Adware detection will be coming to MSE, Defender, and other Microsoft security products as noted in links below http://blogs.technet.com/b/mmpc/archive/2014/06/23/adware-changes-one-week-to-go.aspx http://blogs.technet.com/b/mmpc/archive/2014/04/03/adware-a-new-approach.aspx http://www.microsoft.com/security/portal/mmpc/shared/ObjectiveCriteria.aspx QUOTE: ​On 1 July, 2014 we will change the way our products behave when they detect adware. The programs that we still detect, and their supporting files, will be removed by default. This […]

Android Security – AVAST Simplelocker removal tool

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Several links below document a new tool AVAST new ransomware removal tool: http://securitywatch.pcmag.com/mobile-security/324708-simplocker-ransomware-on-your-android-new-app-fights-back http://securitywatch.pcmag.com/mobile-security/324666-mobile-threat-monday-android-ransomware-encrypts-your-files-don-t-pay-up https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.avast.android.malwareremoval https://blog.avast.com/2014/06/19/how-to-use-avast-ransomware-removal/ QUOTE: Simplelocker is a new ransomware program that encrypts your personal files and demands payment for the files’ decryption keys. There is an additional threat that the decryption keys will be deleted if the user doesn’t pay up. Fortunately, […]

Windows XP – Slow Migration after End of Life

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This ISC post encourages all users to move to newer operating systems that Microsoft supports, e.g., Windows 8.1.  And if users are not in a favorable position to do so, they should protect Windows XP by hardening security controls https://isc.sans.edu/forums/diary/Windows+XP+slow+to+die+-/18277 QUOTE: Having obsolete operating systems in a corporate environment is bad enough, there are still […]

Malware – Five Portable Removal tools recommended for 2014

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Recently, I assisted friends in cleaning their home computer.  In searching for cleaning tools, this link from Tech Republic was discovered, documenting some of the best free tools available.  These portable toolkits are free and they are valuable resources in recovery from malware infections.  We were successful in cleaning the malware infections.    http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/five-apps/five-portable-antivirus-and-antimalware-tools-to-carry-with-you-at-all-times/ QUOTE: Sometimes the […]


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