It appears we have been living with viruses all the time, but if we are
looking back in history we find that certain types of viruses are
actually not that old. For example, the email-aware virus is turning
just 10 today. Melissa, the first virus of this kind, was estimated to
have infected more than one million PCs and caused damage in excess of
The third variant of the Conficker is expected to be spreading
beginning on April 1. According to security software companies, the
worm will send hundreds or thousands of update requests to its 50,000
domains. The result will be forced downloads of malicious code and
potentially an increased rise in spam mail. It may be a good idea
getting your security software up to date now.
A security researcher has posted malicious code that exploits a
vulnerability in Firefox 3.0.x. Mozilla reacted quickly and changed its
browser release schedule: Version 3.0.8, which will include a patch, is
scheduled for a release early next week.
It was reported last Friday that over the past several weeks, Wikileaks.org has been publishing what it claims to be a blacklist of banned websites ready to be targeted by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA). While the Australian government denies the list is actually theirs, a dentist office which appears on the list confirmed it was contacted by ACMA. Wikileaks claims to be a whistleblower organization.
Following a controversial site redesign which changed the user home page and brought users a more frequent Twitter-like update ability, content sharing, and better capabilities for group pages, the site has now begun allowing users to open up all or part of their profiles for all the world to see.
In a time when connecting directly with both your customer base and employee base is becoming more and more necessary and important, business are finding themselves struggling with the issue of protecting sensitive data and information due to employee practices.
On Friday, YouTube's Michelle Schlachta wrote in a blog that YouTube is working on some issues relating to user video view counts. They cite spamming and some internal inconsistencies as the cause of some recent unusual view count numbers.
Computer Associates (CA) said that it has been monitoring a new variant
of the Conficker (Downadup) worm that is apparently set to spread
beginning April 1. Win32/Conficker.C is prepared for a massive launch,
according to the security firm, targeting up to 50,000 URLs every day.
The Facebook group, Christians On Facebook, has become the latest target of attack for hackers who are posting pro-Islam messages. At 11:15pm CDT today, the group's name was changed to "La ilaha illallahu Muhammadur Rasulullah", which means "There is no god but Allah; Muhammad is the messenger of Allah." Since then the name has changed no fewer than ten times.
Microsoft has released its March security update, including one
“critical” and two “important” patches. There is also a new version of
the company’s Malicious Software Removal Tool (MSRT).
The Director of Federal Cyber Security has resigned after being on the job for a period of less than a year. His position was created in an effort to protect military, civilian, and intelligence networks. His resignation letter cites a lack of both funding and support in addition to an over-reliance on the National Security Agency (NSA) and its attempts to dominate the agencies cyber security efforts.
It’s the time of the month again – Microsoft software users will get
three important security updates next week and receive an updated
Malicious Software Removal Tool (MSRT). Mark your calendars for Tuesday
Yesterday morning, Google's e-mail service, Gmail, was smacked with an outage lasting several hours, and then later in the evening the company was hit with a phishing scam making its way around Google Talk, the chat protocol provided within the Gmail Web client.
Earlier this year, a worm known as Conficker, Kido and Downadup
targeted PCs running Microsoft Windows. 15 million computers have been
estimated to be affected to date. The virus embeds itself within the
operating system and provides spammers, cyber criminal and hackers with
back door which allows them to access an individual’s machine. Now we
are seeing a follow-up with Conficker B++, which aims at users with an
improved code base.
Chicago (IL) - The World Privacy Forum recently published a report which highlights and explains the risks to privacy and confidentiality which arise when in a cloud computing environment. Is cloud computing safe? Does it impose real security risks, such as known knowns, known unknowns and the dangerous unknown unknowns?
Chicago (IL) - Another United States based payment acquirer/processor has had its network hacked, thus exposing the credit card accounts and information of many consumers to thieves, bandits and thugs in this latest breach. And as is common in these types of security breaches, the consumers are only finding out about it many months later.
Full details as to what firm's data was breached has yet to be released. Several credit unions, however, are reporting that Visa alerted them of a payment processor who had discovered the data breach.
Last November the United States Military made the decision to ban all USB drives and removable media in attempt to put an end to worm infiltration. But now, the Air Force is taking bigger steps, shutting off Air Force bases Internet connections for not complying with strict security rules and regulations on its networks. The first base to have their plug pulled? Maxwell AFB in Alabama.
A week ago Microsoft issued a patch for a critical hole in Internet Explorer 7, and now cyber-criminals are exploiting that weakness. The patch Microsoft released addressed a vulnerability whereby the browser improper handled errors when attempting to access deleted objects.