Malware – Malicious Terror-alerts target users in Middle East and Canada

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Symantec shares that an active spam campaign is underway that appears to be terrorism alert messages.  Users should avoid this new malicious and targeted attack underway.   http://www.symantec.com/connect/blogs/terror-alert-spam-targets-middle-east-canada-spread-malware Cybercriminals spoof law enforcement officials in Dubai, Bahrain, Turkey, and Canada to send terror-alert spear-phishing emails containing Backdoor.Sockrat. Earlier this month, Symantec observed malicious emails spoofing the email […]

Facebook – Legal right to block content upheld in court

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Facecrooks Security shares a current court case where blocked Facebook content was challenged earlier this week http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Court-Facebook-Can-Legally-Block-Content-Without-Explanation.html/ A U.S. court ruled this week that Facebook has the right to block content without any explanation. The ruling was in response to a lawsuit against Facebook from Sikhs For Justice (SFJ), a group that alleged its Facebook […]

Leadership – Expressing gratitude for team members

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In any organization, your most valuable resources are the team members.  John Maxwell reflects on the value of expressing appreciation and affirmation as part of the leadership process.    http://www.johnmaxwell.com/blog/what-does-your-gratitude-list-look-like Thursday is Thanksgiving in the United States, and I know I’m looking forward to a wonderful day of food and family. I hope your plans for […]

Windows 10 – Gartner predicts 50 percent of Corporations will start rollouts during 2016

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During 2016, Gartner forecasts that corporate Windows 10 migration will ramp up more aggressively next year http://www.computerworld.com/article/3007059/microsoft-windows/half-of-all-enterprises-to-start-windows-10-rollouts-in-the-next-year.html Half of all enterprises will have at least started their rollouts of Windows 10 by January 2017, according to a Gartner report released Monday, suggesting the OS is on track for rapid adoption. While enterprises are known for […]

Kim Komando – Security Awareness Podcasts for Holidays

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Kim Komando offers several special podcasts that warn of scams and other risks associated with  Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping online.   Kim Komando On Demand – Recent Podcasts http://www.komando.com/listen/komando-on-demand?utm_medium=nl&utm_source=asd&utm_content=2015-11-22-article_1_0-title Kim Komando On Demand – RSS feeds http://feeds.podtrac.com/qjDxovCnSaSq If you enjoyed any of my podcasts in the past, you can listen to some of my latest […]

Microsoft Edge – New version strengthens security by blocking unsigned DLLs

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Microsoft Edge security was recently strengthened to block unsigned DLLs which are sometimes present on a malicious site.  Even legitimate sites can become infected from injection attacks that occur due to website security weaknesses. These latest Microsoft Edge release was automatically provided to Windows 10 users recently. http://blogs.windows.com/msedgedev/2015/11/17/microsoft-edge-module-code-integrity/ http://blogs.windows.com/msedgedev/2015/11/16/introducing-edgehtml-13-our-first-platform-update-for-microsoft-edge/ https://threatpost.com/microsoft-cracks-down-on-toolbars-unsigned-dlls-with-edge-update/115410/ In May, we announced that Microsoft […]

PENTEST Security Tools – NMAP VERSION 7 new release

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NMAP is popular open source network Penetration Testing tool suite which was just updated and released.  Below are a summary of key improvements found in version 7: NMAP 7 -HOME page https://nmap.org/7 NMAP 7 – DOWNLOAD CENTER https://nmap.org/download.html NMAP 7 – RELEASE NOTES (TOP SEVEN FEATURES) https://nmap.org/7/#7changes Hi folks!  After 3.5 years of work by more […]

Social Engineering – Tech Support scams rise in 2015

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The Talos security blog, sponsored by Cisco systems, highlights an increase in fake telephone calls, emails, and website popups that pretend to aid end users in identifying a virus or other system problem.  Often a scammer with an untraceable telephone number will work with user and convince them to share credit card numbers or allow them to […]

Microsoft – New Cyber Defense Operations Center

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced in Washington, D.C. the need for a new approach to security with the continued growth of cloud based computing. https://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2015/11/17/enterprise-security-for-our-mobile-first-cloud-first-world/ http://www.nbcnews.com/tech/security/microsoft-ceo-announces-cyber-defense-operations-center-n464946 To support a comprehensive, cross company approach to security, Microsoft invests more than a billion dollars in security research and development, every year. Deepening this commitment, we announced plans […]

Microsoft Security Updates – NOVEMBER 2015

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Microsoft recently released a large number of security bulletins for newly discovered vulnerabilities. Some early issues with KB3097877 caused Outlook 2010 and 2013 to abend with certain HTML based email messages and users should be cautious until key issues are worked out with a replacement update. https://technet.microsoft.com/library/security/ms15-nov http://blogs.technet.com/b/msrc/archive/2015/11/10/november-2015-security-update-release-summary.aspx http://blog.talosintel.com/2015/11/ms-tuesday.html https://isc.sans.edu/forums/diary/November+2015+Microsoft+Patch+Tuesday/20359/ http://community.hpe.com/t5/Security-Research/The-monthly-patch-review-November-2015/ba-p/6810208 https://community.qualys.com/blogs/laws-of-vulnerabilities/2015/11/10/patch-tuesday-november-2015#comments Microsoft’s Patch Tuesday […]


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