Malware – Malicious fake invoices with Word macro virus circulating

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Graham Cluley’s security site shares awareness on avoiding fake invoice emails that are circulating with Word macro viruses embedded (a 20 year old attack method):   It’s been over 20 years since the first Word macro virus reared its ugly head and pulled the carpet from underneath the feet of computer users worldwide.  Up until […]

419 Scams – Avoid the Casino Online Winner spammed email

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Malwarebytes shares awareness on avoiding all scams that appear to good to be true as the “Casino Online Winner” scam is circulating currently: https://blog.malwarebytes.org/fraud-scam/2016/02/avoid-this-casino-online-promotion-419-scam/ Remember the time when you won a ridiculous amount of money from a Casino you’d never heard of, much less visited?  Me neither, but as it turns out it doesn’t really […]

WordPress Security – Over 26,000 websites impacted by DDoS Attacks

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Active BOTNETs have been attacking the denial-of-service attacks against Word Press based sites (often used for blogs) as shared below.   https://blog.sucuri.net/2016/02/wordpress-sites-leveraged-in-ddos-campaigns.html We first disclosed that the WordPress pingback method was being misused to perform massive layer 7 Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks back in March 2014. The problem being that any WordPress website with […]

Windows 10 – Kaspersky Cleaner removes temporary work files rather than malware

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Kaspersky has introduced a new cleaner tool to remove temporary Windows work files that can accumulate and use large amounts of disk space.  The new Kaspersky Cleaner represents an alternative to cCleaner, the Wise Disk Cleaner, and other similar tools, as documented below: http://www.intowindows.com/kaspersky-cleaner-free-for-windows-10/ Kaspersky Cleaner is a free software from Kaspersky Lab to clean your […]

Data Breach – IRS confirms up to 700,000 households impacted

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The Internal Revenue Service shares an awareness that possbily 700,000 individuals may have been impacted by a data breach last year.  They have spotted some attempts to create false tax returns and are in process of warning additional impacted households. http://www.nbcnews.com/tech/security/irs-cyberattack-total-more-twice-previously-disclosed-n526846 Cyberattacks on taxpayer accounts affected more people than previously reported, the Internal Revenue Service […]

Android Security – FEB 2016 update patches 13 vulnerabilities

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Earlier this month, Google issued a critical security update which patched 13 vulnerabilities.  Users should update promptly to ensure the best levels of security protection. http://www.eweek.com/blogs/security-watch/google-patches-13-vulnerabilities-in-february-android-update.html Google has come out with its second security patch update for Android in 2016, this time patching 13 vulnerabilities in the mobile device operating system. Five of the vulnerabilities […]

Security Updates – OpenSSL release planned for March 2016

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Corporate users should carefully test, pilot, and install these new releases to better protect against critical vulnerabilities discovered and resolved by these updates. https://isc.sans.edu/forums/diary/OpenSSL+Security+Update+Planned+for+1+March+Release/20775/ https://mta.openssl.org/pipermail/openssl-announce/2016-February/000063.html The OpenSSL project team will be releasing OpenSSL version 1.0.2g and 1.0.1s on the 1 March 2016 that fixes several high severity vulnerabilities. They are also reminding everyone that version […]

Microsoft Cloud – New Security tools emerging in 2016

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As cloud based storage and application hosting are strategic for the future, improved security tools will be rolled out in 2016 to facilitate management and protection for these critical resources. http://www.pcworld.com/article/3038043/microsoft-adds-new-security-enhancements-to-its-cloud-offerings.html http://www.csoonline.com/article/3005736/data-protection/microsoft-touts-new-holistic-approach-to-enterprise-security.html Microsoft is adding a range of new security management and reporting features to its Office 365 and Azure cloud services as part of […]

Malware – Fake Zika Virus news alerts spammed in Brazil

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Symantec shares a security alert on a massive spam campaign in Brazil that centers around the Zika virus concerns.  Malware authors often sensationalize around major news events as bait to infect home or corporate users. Users should always go to mainstream news sites to verify these claims, rather than clicking on a potentially malicious link. […]

Leadership – Ask probing questions to learn from others

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John Maxwell’s leadership blog shares excellent advice on preparing good probing questions in advance. This is beneficial when interviewing users, executives, or others involved in IT or business projects.  http://www.johnmaxwell.com/blog/my-favorite-questions-to-ask-to-engage-others-and-learn-from-them Whenever I am preparing for a meeting with someone, I spend time determining what questions I want to ask. I do this because I want […]


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