Microsoft EMET v5.0 Release

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Microsoft has just released version 5.0 of the EMET security tool http://blogs.technet.com/b/msrc/archive/2014/07/31/general-availability-for-enhanced-mitigation-experience-toolkit-emet-5-0.aspx http://blogs.technet.com/b/srd/archive/2014/07/30/announcing-emet-v5.aspx   First, the new Attack Surface Reduction (ASR) mitigation provides a mechanism to help block specific modules or plug-ins within an application, in certain conditions. For example, customers can now configure EMET to prevent their browser from loading Java plug-ins on external […]

Facebook – Account Enable Account Scam JULY 2014

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Malwarebytes warns of phishing scam circulating that has an FB-like address that attempts to capture personal and even credit card information http://blog.malwarebytes.org/fraud-scam/2014/07/enter-details-here-to-enable-your-account/   Here’s one in-the-wild phishing campaign that we spotted homing in on users. Unfortunately, we couldn’t trace back the origin of this campaign; however, it’s highly likely that it started off as an […]

Mobile Security – Major Security threats to be shared at Black Hat conference next week

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Widespread vulnerabilities discovered in client control software affecting smartphone platforms will be shared at next weeks conference http://www.darkreading.com/mobile/new-mobile-phone-0wnage-threat-discovered/d/d-id/1297686 Rogue cellular towers and phony base stations long have been a tradition of researchers at Black Hat and DEF CON, who test and demonstrate how they can intercept or manipulate cellphones, but a team of researchers has […]

Leadership – Examples from NASA moon landing in 1969

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John Maxwell shares excellent leadership guidance in following post: http://www.johnmaxwell.com/blog/traveling-to-infinity-and-beyond-means-leaving-self-centeredness-behind   Forty-five years ago, on July 20, 1969, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin accomplished a feat considered impossible for much of human history. Escaping the gravitational pull of the earth, and soaring beyond its atmosphere, they were the first persons to set foot on […]

Oracle – Critical Security updates JULY 2014

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Users should promptly patch their systems for critical JAVA updates and other products as shared in links below http://www.intego.com/mac-security-blog/critical-java-patches-misery/ http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/topics/security/cpujul2014-1972956.html http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/topics/security/cpujul2014-1972956.html#AppendixJAVA https://blogs.oracle.com/security   Oracle, the maker of Java, has released a flood of security patches affecting a wide array of its products.  In all, Oracle has released some 113 security fixes in its July Critical […]

AntiVirus – Malware Cleanup Test July 2014

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Malwarebytes achieved a perfect score in malware cleanup during recent testing by the AV-TEST Institute. http://securitywatch.pcmag.com/security-software/325924-antivirus-software-for-the-morning-after http://www.av-test.org/en/news/news-single-view/17-software-packages-in-a-repair-performance-test-after-malware-attacks/ When your antivirus software is nicely installed and integrated with Windows, it has lots of chances to prevent malware infestation. It can block access to the malicious URL, kill the download before it executes, eliminate known malware based […]

Facebook – New Buy Button capability being pilot tested

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Facebook is testing new e-commerce capabilities that have both security and privacy needs in a social networking environment http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Testing-A-%e2%80%9cBuy%e2%80%9d-Button.html/ https://www.facebook.com/business/news/Discover-and-Buy-Products-on-Facebook-Test Facebook announced this week that it’s testing a “Buy” button feature on the site that would allow users to make purchases without leaving Facebook. While it’s a good idea, and an inevitability, to combine online […]

Facebook Privacy – Ad tracking expands to non-FB sites

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Some recent concerns have been raised for expanded ad integration outside of Facebook sites http://allfacebook.com/trans-atlantic-consumer-dialogue_b133565     Facebook’s announcement last month that it will include data from non-Facebook websites and applications in its ad preferences tool did not sit well with two privacy advocacy groups. Bloomberg reported that European Consumer Organization Senior Legal Officer Kostas Rossoglou and Center for […]

Facebook Security – Instagram on public Wi-Fi risk

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This article warns of a security flaw between the two social networks that can be compromised in certain circumstances. http://www.cio.com/article/2459062/using-instagram-on-public-wifi-poses-risk-of-an-account-hijack-researcher-says.html A configuration problem in Facebook’s popular Instagram application for Apple devices could allow a hacker to hijack a person’s account if they’re both on the same public Wi-Fi network. Stevie Graham, who describes himself as […]

Security – 2014 Dell Study of Data centric security model

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A security model that centers around the embedding security within the data itself, rather than today’s focus on users, devices or operating systems might emerge in future. http://www.cio.com/article/2457657/data-protection/security-must-evolve-to-be-all-about-the-data.html But there was little debate Thursday morning in Boston at a panel discussion among Dell security experts, partners, analysts and customers that the digital equivalent of GMO […]


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