Microsoft Security Update MS14-045 reissued on AUG 27th

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http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2993651 http://blogs.technet.com/b/msrc/archive/2014/08/27/security-bulletin-ms14-045-rereleased.aspx http://www.zdnet.com/microsoft-reissues-flawed-windows-security-update-7000033049/   A new version of MS14-045 has been pushed to Windows Update and the Download Center. Microsoft strongly recommends that users uninstall the old version first. Microsoft today re-released the updates for security bulletin MS14-045. This update had been released on the August Patch Tuesday, August 12, but withdrawn later in the […]

Hewlett-Packard – 6 million AC power cords recalled

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DETAILS from HP site below on free trade in http://h30652.www3.hp.com/ http://money.msn.com/business-news/article.aspx?feed=AP&date=20140826&id=17884547   HP is recalling about 5.6 million notebook computer AC power cords in this country and another 446,700 in Canada because of possible overheating, which can pose a fire and burn hazard. Consumers are advised to immediately stop using and unplug the recalled power […]

Leadership – Probing Questions to gather details

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The John Maxwell Leadership blog shares ideas related to preperation of questions when interviewing business professionals http://www.johnmaxwell.com/blog/questions-to-ask-during-a-learning-session QUOTE: Larry King, who has made his living speaking to people as a television talk show host, believes that asking questions is the secret of good conversation. He says, I’m curious about everything, and if I’m at a cocktail party, […]

Data Breach – UPS impacted by malware in 24 states

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UPS and authorities continue to investigate a data breach from a major malware infection removed on August 11, 2014 http://www.theupsstore.com/security/Pages/default.aspx   An assessment by The UPS Store and the IT security firm revealed the presence of this malware on computer systems at 51 locations in 24 states (about 1%) of 4,470 franchised center locations throughout […]

Word Press Security – New XMLRPC Brute force password attacks

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Strong password controls are recommended at Word Press sites to ensure safety as major brute force attacks are more actively circulating  http://blog.sucuri.net/2014/07/new-brute-force-attacks-exploiting-xmlrpc-in-wordpress.html QUOTE: Brute force attacks against WordPress have always been very common. In fact, Brute Force attacks against any CMS these days is a common occurrence, what is always interesting however are the tools […]

Targeted Attacks – Seven resources to check for new attacks

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Trend Labs shares techniques for spotting targeted attacks, which are highly specific and designed to blend into corporate email or other resource functions in a highly legitimate manner.  http://blog.trendmicro.com/trendlabs-security-intelligence/7-places-to-check-for-signs-of-a-targeted-attack-in-your-network/ http://about-threats.trendmicro.com/us/threat-intelligence/targeted-attacks/ QUOTE:  Targeted attacks are designed to circumvent existing policies and solutions within the target network, thus making their detection a big challenge. As we’ve stressed in our previous […]

Security – Built on foundation of Trust

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As McAfee security shares, “Trust Is the Most Valuable Asset” in protecting information resources http://blogs.mcafee.com/mcafee-labs/trust-valuable-asset QUOTE: Traditionally, providing security has been primarily a task of the state, but who should be responsible for safeguarding cyberspace? Who will build trust in it? Most of digital infrastructure is owned and operated by the private sector. Moreover, the […]

Passwords – TrustWave 2014 research report

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This study shares that LONGER passwords are more protective than extensive use of special characters in shorter passwords.  Several additional key findings are also shared in this study. https://gsr.trustwave.com/topics/business-password-analysis/2014-business-password-analysis/ http://securitywatch.pcmag.com/hacking/326374-make-passwords-strong-and-long   An automated tool can crack a completely random eight-character password including all four character types such as “N^a&$1nG” much faster than a 28-character passphrase […]

Leadership – Focus on Five most needful ingredients for success

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Another excellent leadership article from John Maxwell’s blog http://www.johnmaxwell.com/blog/take-5   Leaders should quit agonizing over the wording of an abstract mission statement that almost no one will read and that will have almost zero impact on their people. Instead, they should concentrate their efforts on developing and following a “Rule of 5” for their company.  […]

Facebook – Choking game warning issued

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Warnings have been issued for young people to avoid this dangerous new act, that is sometimes being promoted by their friends using social networking resources http://stlouis.cbslocal.com/2014/08/05/deadly-choking-game-spreads-among-teens-on-social-media/   The “choking game” has sparked a social media craze with teenagers posting photos and videos of people choking themselves for a brief high that causes people to pass out […]


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