Monthly Archives: October 2012

Phishing email hijacks Windows 8 launch

Cybercriminals don’t waste much time these days. Keep on top of trends and significant events, whether it is PayPal’s changing terms and conditions, an overdue student loan or the launch of a new tech product — any hook that cybercriminals … Continue reading

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One million Facebook users’ names and email addresses: $5

Name and email addresses of Facebook users are available online at prices as low as $5 per million. The dodgy trade was uncovered by Bogomil Shopov, an internet marketeer and blogger in the Czech Republic. Shopov said he approached the … Continue reading

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South Carolina breach exposes 3.6M SSNs

In the biggest data compromise of the year, Social Security Numbers (SSN) belonging to about 3.6 million residents in South   Carolina have been exposed in an intrusion into a computer at the state’s Department of Revenue. Another 387,000 credit and … Continue reading

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Why Patch Management is Vital to Your Business Network Security

If your business has any IT resources at all and is connected to the Internet, it’s not a question of if you will suffer a security incident; it’s just a matter of when. Just how bad such an incident will … Continue reading

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Barnes & Noble halts use of PIN pad devices after data breach

Barnes & Noble has removed PIN pad devices from all of its nearly 700 stores nationwide as a precaution after detecting evidence   of tampering with the devices at 63 of its stores in eight states. It a statement Wednesday, the … Continue reading

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‘Jesus,’ ‘welcome’ join list of worst passwords

Despite the vulnerability presented by weak passwords, many Internet users continue to put their security at risk by using common words or number sequences that are easily guessable. Unchanged from last year, the three most popular passwords for 2012 were … Continue reading

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Potential Phish for Regular Webmail Accounts

I was looking through my spam folder today and saw an interesting phish.  The phishing email is looking for email account information.  Nothing new about that, except this one seemed to have a broad target range.  Normally, these types of … Continue reading

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Localized Dorkbot malware variant spreading across Skype

Security researchers from Avast have intercepted a currently spreading Darkbot malware campaign, that’s affecting millions of Skype users. The malware spreads by messaging all of your contacts with a bogus “new profile picture message“. It targets all the major Web … Continue reading

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How the hacker bogeyman is coming to get you

In 1947, Harry Truman wanted Congress to vote for $400 million in aid to support Greece and Turkey against the threat of communist takeover. That was a lot of money back then. What’s more, Truman had to win over a … Continue reading

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FBI warns users of mobile malware

As mobile malware increases at break-neck speed, the U.S. government wants to be sure users are aware of its dangers. The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), which is a government task force that includes the FBI, issued a mobile malware … Continue reading

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