YouTube – Resources for personal legal downloads for offline use

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PC Magazine shares resources for creating “personal use” only legal downloads from U-Tube as noted in links below.  One should respect artist rights & all legal copyright considerations when creating MP3 and MP4 formats https://www.pcmag.com/news/331905/how-to-download-youtube-videos https://www.pcmag.com/feature/362854/how-to-convert-youtube-videos-to-mp3-files When the topic of downloading YouTube videos comes up, there’s a side subject that must be broached: Is it […]

FBI – Targeted Business email compromise top crime for 2018

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https://www.eweek.com/security/fbi-email-enterprises-scam When the FBI released its 2018 Internet Crime Report on April 22, one topic appeared as the very first of the hot topics that should give business leaders reason to pause. There, as the first of the report’s hot topics, was Business Email Compromise. This is a type of scam that’s specifically aimed at businesses or […]

Windows 10 v1903 – requires 32GB minimum disk space

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https://www.howtogeek.com/412435/windows-10-now-requires-12-16-gb-more-storage/ Microsoft has raised Windows 10’s minimum storage requirement to 32 GB. Previously, it was either 16 GB or 20 GB. This change affects Windows 10’s upcoming May 2019 Update, also known as version 1903 or 19H1.  These details come from Microsoft’s minimum hardware requirements web page. They were first spotted by Pureinfotech and brought to our attention by Thurrott. Before […]

Chrome – New mobile exploit and phishing attack APR-2019

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Researcher James Fisher has found a new Chrome mobile exploit that takes advantage of how the app displays the address bar. https://jameshfisher.com/2019/04/27/the-inception-bar-a-new-phishing-method/ https://www.engadget.com/2019/04/29/chrome-exploit-uses-a-fake-address-bar-for-phishing-attacks/ In Chrome for mobile, when the user scrolls down, the browser hides the URL bar, and hands the URL bar’s screen space to the web page. Because the user associates this screen […]

Data Breach – Data exposed on 80 million US households

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This exposed demographic data base includes information on addresses, income levels and marital status.  It’s origin is unknown & was discovered as a cloud stored object. https://www.cnet.com/news/exposed-database-reveals-details-on-80-million-us-households/ In yet another blow to the privacy of consumers, the addresses and demographic details of more than 80 million US households are listed on an unsecured database stored […]

Windows 10 – Ten Power Tools for advanced users

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PC World highlights 10 Power Tools + 10 best Tips/techniques for advanced WIN10 users https://www.pcworld.com/article/3387950/10-truly-helpful-windows-10-tools-you-might-not-know-about.html https://www.pcworld.com/article/2875600/windows-10-the-best-tips-tricks-and-tweaks.html Windows 10 offers many other power tools for enthusiasts—if you know where to find them. Some are older, yet still obscure. Others are relatively new, added during the twice-annual major upgrades Microsoft’s been pushing out since Windows 10 launched […]

PENTEST – Corporate research techniques for Service Account Passwords

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Tools & techniques are shared for research of Service Account Passwords, in this informative series of SANS Internet Storm Center articles: https://isc.sans.edu/forums/diary/Pillaging+Passwords+from+Service+Accounts/24886/ In our “pretend pentest” that we’ve been running these last few days, we’ve now got all the domain admins listed, all the service accounts found and listed, and the intersection of those two […]

Security Best Practices – Find and Reduce LOCAL ADMIN accounts

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Techniques are shared to find & reign-in LOCAL ADMIN accounts in this informative ISC article: https://isc.sans.edu/forums/diary/Finding+Local+Administrators+on+a+Domain+Member+Stations/24876/ Local Admin used to be a common thing, back in the early XP days when Windows Security was new.  It was common back then to see everyone’s AD account have local admin on their own machine, so that they […]

Security Best Practices – Find and Reduce DOMAIN ADMIN accounts

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Techniques are shared to find & reign-in DOMAIN ADMIN accounts in this informative ISC article: https://isc.sans.edu/forums/diary/Where+have+all+the+Domain+Admins+gone+Rooting+out+Unwanted+Domain+Administrators/24874/ Ever been in an internal security assessment or penetration test, and need to list all domain admins? First of all, why would you need to do that?  All to often, you’ll find that way too many people have domain […]

Malware – Cryptocurrency Mining Attacks decrease after Coinhive shutdown

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https://www.pcmag.com/news/368032/cryptocurrency-mining-based-attacks-hitting-browsers-decreas Cryptocurrency Mining Attacks Hitting Browsers Show Big Drop — The recent shut down of Coinhive has caused Malwarebytes to see far fewer attempts to mine cryptocurrencies over people’s internet browsing sessions. “We went from tens of millions of blocks to an estimated two million per day,’ said a company researcher.  The chances of your […]


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