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February, 2010

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February 24, 2010  2:12 PM

This you??? Twitter phishing campaign spreads rapidly

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A shortened URL leads to a convincing Twitter login page. Twishing also spreads to Facebook. The latest attempt to grab user names and passwords from Twitter users has been spreading rapidly on Twitter and Facebook. The phony direct message: “This you????” is followed by a...

February 23, 2010  4:55 PM

FTC probes P2P corporate data leaks

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An FTC investigation found financial records, drivers’ license and Social Security numbers available for viewing on P2P networks. Monitor your network traffic, experts say. The FTC this week notified nearly 100 organizations that personal information, including sensitive data...


February 23, 2010  3:21 PM

Microsoft patching issue tied to Alureon rootkit

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Blue screen issues tied to deployments of Microsoft’s Windows kernel patch is the result of the Alureon rootkit. Microsoft issued the results of its investigation into a number of people reporting a Blue Screen of Death condition after deploying its February batch of patches,...


February 11, 2010  1:41 PM

How to turn off Google Buzz and avoid privacy issues

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Google’s new Twitter-like tool in Gmail, called Google Buzz, has prompted some privacy advocates to cry foul. Here’s how to turn it off. Google’s new Twitter-like tool it calls Google Buzz was added this week in its popular Gmail webmail service. While many are praising...


February 9, 2010  2:20 PM

Spyware code targets BlackBerry users

Robert Westervelt Robert Westervelt Profile: Robert Westervelt

Proof-of-concept code released by a security researcher could be tweaked for use on almost any device. Demonstrates need for caution with mobile applications. A security researcher demonstrating some of the weaknesses in mobile devices has chosen to target Blackberrys with new...


February 4, 2010  1:02 PM

Torrent phishing scheme trips up Twitter users

Robert Westervelt Robert Westervelt Profile: Robert Westervelt

Attacker steals torrent site account passwords and attempts to access Twitter, other social networks. If you signed up for an account on a torrent forum or website and use similar passwords for other accounts, change your passwords now. A savvy attacker is skimming passwords...


February 2, 2010  1:36 PM

Chinese hacker says most are not skilled coders

Robert Westervelt Robert Westervelt Profile: Robert Westervelt

Automated tools fuel rise in less savvy hackers. How much do they really profit? The New York Times managed to track down and interview a 1 Comment     RSS Feed     Email a friend


February 1, 2010  2:44 PM

Browser exploit kit probe highlights need for patching, vigilance

Robert Westervelt Robert Westervelt Profile: Robert Westervelt

Eleonore exploit kit targets browser vulnerabilities and plug-in holes that have been patched by vendors. A standard, but widely used exploit kit known as “Eleonore,” attempts to exploit dozens of commonly known vulnerabilities, looking to prey on users who fail to install...


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