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July, 2010


July 31, 2010  12:56 PM

How to Avoid Online Shopping Scams – Part 2



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Fraud, Online Scams, Online Shopping Scam, Scam

[Part 1 covered five ways to avoid online shopping scams. This second, and final, installment covers the remaining five. Again, this is a heavily-edited article whose original version is posted at

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July 30, 2010  11:07 PM

How to Avoid Online Shopping Scams – Part 1



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Fraud, Online Scams, Online Shopping Scam, Scam

[What follows--in two parts--is a heavily-edited article whose original version is posted at http://www.tomtop.com/blog/antiscam/ if you want to read it. I had to edit the article heavily because its English is quite fractured. In...


July 29, 2010  6:49 PM

Pardon Me, Steve



Posted by: Ken Harthun
DNS Rebinding Attack, Security, Security Now!, Vulnerabilities

MySpace Layouts Consider me duly humbled. I took Steve Gibson...


July 29, 2010  5:57 PM

Why People Are Complacent About Security



Posted by: Ken Harthun
insecure, Security, security awareness, Vulnerabilities

Every day I see another example of an insecure system. When I inquire about it, I'm told things like "Oh we used to keep up with it, but we haven't had any problems" or "We don't use that program anyway." I've always wondered: Why are they so complacent? I think I've finally figured it out: The...


July 27, 2010  1:41 AM

Secunia Half Year Report 2010 Paints a Bleak Picture



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Patch management, Secunia PSI, Software for Secure Computing, Vulnerabilities

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July 26, 2010  12:56 AM

Vulnerability in Windows Shell Could Allow Remote Code Execution



Posted by: Ken Harthun
secrurity practice, Zero-day vulnerability

Well, Microsoft continues to keep us security professionals busy -- and employed -- which is both good and bad. Good, in that it keeps us employed; bad, in that puts people at risk. To wit:

Microsoft Security Advisory (2286198) Microsoft is investigating reports of limited,...


July 24, 2010  12:49 AM

The Router Attack is Back in the News – Ho-Hum



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Black Hat conference, Hacking, Routers, Vulnerabilities

Subtitle: "How to Hack Millions of Routers" This really isn't anything new, it's just back in the news again. According to this article on Forbes.com:

Craig...


July 21, 2010  1:23 AM

Facebook is in trouble with Germany



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Facebook, Privacy, Social Engineering

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July 19, 2010  1:28 AM

Sunbelt’s ClearCloud DNS Sneak Peek



Posted by: Ken Harthun
ClearCloud DNS, DNS spoofing, Malicious Website, OpenDNS, Sunbelt Software

Sunbelt Software, maker of Vipre Anti-Malware software, is about to release a new DNS service, ClearCloud DNS, that is designed to prevent users from  inadvertently accessing dangerous websites. The service is so new, that Sunbelt hasn't even finished building their website about it. As I write,...


July 18, 2010  4:21 PM

I Just Scored 65.1% on the LastPass Security Challenge



Posted by: Ken Harthun
LastPass, Password, password manager, secrurity practice, Secure Computing

Last week, I posted the results of my first LastPass Security Challenge where I scored 55.7%. I was a...


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