The Security Detail:

February, 2011

February 27, 2011  11:18 AM

Prepare for Impending EU Data Breach Notification Mandate

Posted by: Tony Bradley
compliance, data breach notification, ENISA, EU, European Network and Information Security Agency, European Union

As of May 25, 2011, new data breach notification rules will be enforced across the European Union. Despite increased awareness and efforts to implement technology to protect data, breaches seem to occur at an alarming rate....

February 27, 2011  9:59 AM

Is Your Browser Secure? I Doubt It

Posted by: Tony Bradley
browser security, plug-ins, Qualys, vulnerabilities, Web browsers

The various browser vendors continue to enhance the security in the browser with each new release. For example, Internet Explorer 9 is significantly more secure than Internet Explorer 6. But, even if you are using the latest version of your chosen Web browser and you have kept it patched and up to...

February 27, 2011  9:27 AM

From the “WTF? Are You Serious??” Vault

Posted by: Tony Bradley
411 scam, Naperville man, Nigerian bank scam, online fraud

I have a simple rule: If someone you don't know asks you for money online, it is guaranteed to be a scam. There is a correlary that goes with the one simple rule: If someone you do know asks you for money online, you should pretend you don't know them and follow the one simple rule. The...

February 25, 2011  10:23 PM

Apple Invites Scrutiny of Mac OS X Security

Posted by: Tony Bradley
Apple, Lion, Mac OS X, security

Apple unveiled details of the upcoming Mac OS X 10.7, a.k.a. "Lion", a few months back. The company is still hard at work developing the OS, and apparently Apple is taking security much more seriously with this next release of the flagship OS. Apple has reportedly invited expert security...

February 24, 2011  3:39 PM

PayPal Users Targeted by Phishing Attack…Again

Posted by: Tony Bradley
AppRiver, malware, PayPal, phishing scam

It just sort of comes with the territory. If you have a massive financial network online that allows people to transfer money back and forth, the dark side of the Internet is going to recognize the opportunity that presents and take advantage of it. The fact that most of the PayPal users are not...

February 21, 2011  12:54 PM

Apple Looks to Protect Data with “Safe Deposit Box”

Posted by: Tony Bradley
Apple, cloud storage, data backup, file security, Mac OS X

Based on a recent patent filing with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Apple has plans to imitate a bank safe deposit box with a digital version designed to protect sensitive data. A

February 21, 2011  12:10 PM

Winamp Forums Security Breached

Posted by: Tony Bradley
identity theft, passwords, security breach, Winamp Forums

A post on the Winamp Forums titled Winamp Forums Security Breach FAQ explains that a security breach was detected. The post states, "My name is Geno Yoham and I am the General Manager of Winamp. Our entire team is...

February 19, 2011  7:06 AM

The Internet “Kill Switch” Controversy

Posted by: Tony Bradley
Cybersecurity and Internet Freedom Act, Egypt, Internet, kill switch

When protests gained momentum in Egypt, the government forced the shutdown of Internet access and other forms of communication to prevent protesters from being able...

February 14, 2011  11:49 AM

Seagate Announces Milestone for Self-Encrypting Drives

Posted by: Tony Bradley
data protection, encryption, Seagate, SED, self-encrypting drive

Seagate announced a major milestone at the RSA Security Conference: it has shipped over a million...

February 11, 2011  9:06 AM

“Night Dragon” Attacks Oil Industry

Posted by: Tony Bradley
china, energy sector, mcafee, oil industry, precision attack, targeted attack

A report published by McAfee illustrates in detail an extensive pattern of precision attacks targeted specifically against the oil industry. The revelation from McAfee is yet another...

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