Monthly Archives: July 2012

Facebook virus warning: Massive children charity scam

Cybercriminals have developed a custom piece of malware that injects itself into your Facebook session and prompts you to donate to a charity for sick children. The scammers’ goal is to make off with your personal data, especially your credit … Continue reading

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When good Android apps go bad — a security lesson

Security researchers testing Google’s Bouncer malware detection system forAndroidapps have managed to submit a benign app and then slowly update it to add malicious functionality, one of the researchers told CNET today. Nicholas Percoco, head of Trustwave’s SpiderLabs, and colleague … Continue reading

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California beefing up privacy-protection enforcement

The Attorney General’s office of California today announced a new Privacy Enforcement and Protection Unit in the state’s Department of Justice that will hold companies accountable for safeguarding consumer data. The newly created unit will reside within the eCrime Unit … Continue reading

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Security Recommendations to Prevent Cyber Intrusions (Update)

Overview US-CERT is providing this Technical Security Alert in response to recent, well-publicized intrusions into several government and private sector computer networks. Network administrators and technical managers should not only follow the recommended security controls information systems outlined in NIST … Continue reading

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Oracle Patches 87 Security Flaws in Critical Update

Oracle released on July 17 a sizeable security update fixing 87 vulnerabilities spanning a number of products, including 24 for the Oracle Sun product suite. The most critical of the vulnerabilities impacts the Oracle JRockit Java Virtual Machine (CVE-2012-3135), and … Continue reading

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Security firm: Android malware pandemic by year’s end

The following is an article from CNET.  While the title is alarming, individuals practicing net safety are not impacted.  Drop me an email if you need more information on safe use of the Internet.  (Email Fred) Android malware levels are … Continue reading

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The dark side of QR codes

There’s a pretty good chance you’ve scanned a QR code with your smartphone. QR is short for “quick response.” Hidden in those lines are embedded code only your smartphone can read that points it to a new location on the … Continue reading

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