Security Corner:

July, 2009


July 30, 2009  8:54 PM


Posted by: Ken Harthun
Cyber-criminal, Cyber-vandal, Cybercrime, Malware, Rogueware, Security

Rogueware? The names just keep coming. It’s another name for Scareware, that stuff designed to cause shock, anxiety, or the perception of a

July 30, 2009  3:45 PM

Video: I Go Chop Your Dollar

Posted by: Ken Harthun
Fun stuff, Humor, Nigerian 419 Fraud, Scam, Security

This video is a good example of how not all the effects of crime are bad. After all, if we didn’t have Nigerian 419 scammers, we wouldn’t have a song about the infamous Nigerian 419 scams that haunt email inboxes these days. Lyrics are a little hard to pick out, but the chorus repeats enough...

July 29, 2009  9:08 PM

I’ll Say it Again—Turn Off the Remote Web Management Interface!

Posted by: Ken Harthun
Embedded systems, Exploits, Firewalls, Hacking, insecure, Remote Code Execution, Security, Security management, Storage, Vulnerabilities

I don’t know how many times I’ve told people that the embedded management interface on most devices is a security breach waiting to happen. I just got wind of some news, but can’t seem to find anything more than this mention. As soon as I dig up some details, I’ll let you know. This...

July 27, 2009  8:50 PM

“Of Course, I Never Reply to Spam – Except Sometimes”

Posted by: Ken Harthun
Botnet, E-mail scam, Email security, Phishing, Secure Computing, Security, security awareness, spam

Sounds funny, doesn't it?  But that's part of the title of a consumer survey recently completed by the Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group (MAAWG): "A...

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July 18, 2009  3:20 PM

Fraud Alert: eBay, craigslist Broken?

Posted by: Ken Harthun
E-mail scam, eBay Fraud, Fraud, Scam, Security

Bruce Schneier’s June 19, 2009 post Fraud on eBay stands as a testament to the fact that all is not well with the online auction giant.

I expected selling my computer on eBay to be...

July 17, 2009  2:32 PM

Panda’s CloudAntivirus Update

Posted by: Ken Harthun
Anti-malware, Anti-virus, Fun stuff, Secure Computing, Security, Security management

When I turned on my laptop this morning, I was greeted with a red X on the Panda icon in my system tray. When I clicked on it, the program informed me that my beta version would expire in 10 days and I should download the latest release. I was ready for a sales pitch; I’m happy to say there...

July 16, 2009  8:28 PM

Hacker HighSchool is a Great Idea!

Posted by: Ken Harthun
education, Hacking, security awareness, Security practice

Steve Gibson of Spinrite and Security Now! podcast fame talked about Hacker HighSchool in his most recent

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July 10, 2009  8:30 PM

“I guess I forgot to lock the door.”

Posted by: Ken Harthun
Intrusion detection, physical security, Security, Security practice

Physical security is something we often take for granted, but it can be just as important as cyber security. One of my clients recently called to say that some suspicious files had suddenly appeared on one of their servers. Naturally, I investigated, but I couldn't find any breach in the firewall...


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