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September, 2009


September 30, 2009  9:43 PM

Security Maxims of a Different Breed



Posted by: Ken Harthun
cyber security, Humor, physical security, Security, Security management, Security maxim, Security policy

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September 30, 2009  8:22 PM

Microsoft Security Essentials Goes Live



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Anti-malware, Anti-virus, Microsoft, microsoft security essentials, Security, Security management

Microsoft Security Essentials is now out of beta and ready for download.

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September 29, 2009  12:58 AM

New IRS Scam and It Could Cost You More Than Taxes!



Posted by: Ken Harthun
data stealer, E-mail scam, IRS Phishing, keylogger, Security, Social Engineering, Trojan

You usually see this around tax season, but it seems the cyber-crooks have figured out that fear of the IRS is an evergreen topic.

US-CERT is aware of public reports of malicious code circulating via spam email messages related to the...


September 26, 2009  2:46 AM

Protect HTML Code for Increased Security



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Encryption, secure coding, Security

If the challenges at Hackthissite.org illustrate one thing, it's that viewing the source code of web pages can often reveal exploitable vulnerabilities. Beyond that, eCommerce sites often have payment buttons, shopping carts and other means to facilitate transactions. If the code for these things...


September 23, 2009  8:15 PM

Hacking Skills Challenge – Level 5



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Email security, Ethical hacking, Hacking, Password, Security, security awareness

So far, we’ve explored the first 4 basic missions at HackThisSite.org. As we get to each new level, the difficulty increases, but they’re still pretty easy.


September 20, 2009  9:54 PM

Google Safe Browsing Diagnostic Page



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Browsers, Firefox, Malware, Phishing, Security, Security management, Security tools

Thanks to Google, there’s a tool you can use to check any site and see if Google lists it as hosting any suspicious files or acting as a malware intermediary. Yes, I know there’s a Firefox extension and that the Google Toolbar for Firefox incorporates the tool, but what if you’re out in the...


September 20, 2009  5:45 PM

Hacking Skills Challenge – Level 4



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Ethical hacking, Hacking, Security

So far, we've explored the first 3 basic missions at HackThisSite.org. As we get to each new level, the difficulty increases, but they're still pretty easy. Today, we solve level four:

An email script has been set up, which sends the password to the administrator. Requirements: HTML...


September 19, 2009  3:05 PM

Malvertising an Ever-expanding Threat



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Anti-malware, Cybercrime, Firefox, Fraud, Malware, Microsoft Windows, Scam, Scareware, Secure Computing, Security

As if we don’t already have enough to deal with, it seems that malvertising--a technique where malicious code is placed in an online ad to either mislead the user or infect their computer—is on the rise. Microsoft recently filed five lawsuits against unnamed individuals accusing them of posting...


September 16, 2009  6:38 PM

Hacking Skills Challenge-Level 3



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Ethical hacking, Hacking, Password, Security, Vulnerabilities

My most recent post, Hacker Skills Help Save a Client’s PC, is a real-life practical example of how honing (or developing) your hacking skills can help you better serve your clients. So...


September 16, 2009  6:03 PM

Hacking Skills Help Save a Client’s PC



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Ethical hacking, Hacking, Malware, Microsoft Windows, Scareware, Security

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