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“There is no magic fairy dust protecting Macs" – Dai Zovi, author of “The Mac Hacker’s Handbook"

Sneaky spam…

June 23rd 2014

User receives email.  Naive user writes back; trap sprung (sigh)

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Hands up who HASN’T done something like this at some time or other during their IT career?

June 20th 2014

…says me, smiling: http://blogs.computerworld.com/management/24036/honesty-definitely-most-improbable-policy

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It doesn’t take much to get people to download and run software

June 20th 2014

Want proof? Check this report out http://threatpost.com/research-project-pays-people-to-download-run-executables/106773 To summarise… “To most participants, the value extracted from the software (access to free music or screen savers) trumped the potentially dangerous security compromises and privacy invasions they had facilitated,” How disappointing 🙁 

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Senate report exposes dangers of online ‘malvertizing’

May 19th 2014

Yep, there has been a report issued by the United States Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: http://www.scribd.com/doc/224136762/Online-Advertising-Hidden-Hazards-to-Consumer-Security-Date-Privacy Cite: http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2014/05/14/Senate-report-exposes-dangers-of-online-malvertising/1391400080081

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Google: often a source of amusement

May 1st 2014

Does anybody even say “egads” anymore?   BTW, it’s not an actual failure – all that’s happened is I opened Chrome to that page when an update was already in progress. It’s a confusing message Google, you might consider fixing things so that the page shows that an update is in progress instead of scary, […]

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Worth a read…

April 17th 2014

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/protect/wiki/mse-protect_start/microsoft-security-essentials-452160-potentially/1328d67a-5720-4481-8662-e52a49a11a22 This article explains the behavior of Microsoft Security Essentials on Windows XP now that XP is no longer supported. IMPORTANT NOTE: Users of MSE will continue to receive **antivirus updates** until 14 July 2015; that will protect you from malware such as viruses and trojans.  It will NOT, however, protect you from security vulnerabilities […]

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Heartbeat vulnerability

April 10th 2014

I’m sure you’ve seen this all over the web.  Summary here: http://readwrite.com/2014/04/08/heartbleed-openssl-bug-cryptography-web-security There is a test page here that you can use to see if the sites you use are vulnerable (make sure you enter an HTTPS address, not HTTP): http://filippo.io/Heartbleed/ If the site is not vulnerable, then you may or may not be safe […]

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10 years of Mac OS X Malware

March 22nd 2014

Just sayin’ ;o) http://www.welivesecurity.com/2014/03/21/10-years-of-mac-os-x-malware/

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XP end of life message

March 17th 2014

Interesting, I saw this dialogue today after updating an XP VM and restarting.  The VM in question has all update processes turned off. My understanding was that this dialogue would only appear if Windows/Microsoft Update was set to automatically check for updates… Of course everybody should use Windows/Microsoft Update and make sure all of their […]

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Android phones with fake Netflix malware pre-installed

March 5th 2014

Do you own the following products? If so, you might want to read this article… SAMSUNG GT-N8013 Galaxy Note tablet, SGH-1727 Galaxy S III phone, SCH-1605 Galaxy Note 2 phone, SGH-1337 Galaxy S4 phone, SGH-1747 Galaxy S III phone, SCH-1545 Galaxy S4 phone MOTOROLA Droid Razar, Droiz 4, Droid Bionic ASUS A Eee PadA Transformer […]

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