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New IE Zero-Day Used in Watering Hole Attack Targets Memory

Nov 11, 2013 2:32 PM EST
By: Fahmida Y. Rashid

Attackers are exploiting serious vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer in a watering hole attack, researchers from security firm FireEye warned. Users tricked into accessing the infected website are hit with malware that infects the computer’s memory in a classic drive-by attack.

http://securitywatch.pcmag.com/internet-explorer/317789-new-ie-zero-day-used-in-watering-hole-attack-targets-memory

Facebook to rip search opt-out from under those who were using it

If you checked that box saying you don’t want to appear in Facebook search results, get ready: soon, that choice is going away. Facebook announced in a blog post Thursday that it’s removing the ability to opt out of appearing in search results, both for friends and globally, for those who’ve had it enabled.

http://arstechnica.com/business/2013/10/opted-out-of-facebook-search-not-anymore-youre-not-says-facebook/

 

80 percent of smartphones unprotected against malware

80 percent of smartphones unprotected against malware
By Ian Barker
A new survey from tech analysts Juniper Research shows that 80 percent of smartphones will remain unprotected throughout 2013 despite growing consumer awareness of mobile security products.

I highly suggest AVAST Mobile Security & Antivirus for Android. You can even block phone numbers in it.

Critical Internet Explorer 8 and 9 Vulnerability

Please upgrade if you can to the latest version. www.microsoft.com/ie

If you are running a older version of Windows that you cannot upgrade past IE 9, please run this Microsoft Fix-It till it is patched. But even if you are on IE 8 and can upgrade to IE 9 please do.

For more info about the vulnerability: Microsoft Security Bulletin MS13-038 – Critical Security Update for Internet Explorer (2847204)

Better yet, if you cannot upgrade past IE 9, please try Firefox.

Don’t be scammed by fake Xbox 720 beta offers

I don’t mean to sound paranoid, but…it seems potential danger lurks everywhere on the Internet and your inbox — as criminals seek to infiltrate your computer or raid your bank account. That old saying that everyone is out to get you is basically true these days. Well, not everyone, but a surprisingly large number of people truly are out to get you.

http://betanews.com/2013/03/14/dont-be-scammed-by-fake-xbox-720-beta-offers/

Happy Veteran’s Day

Thank you very much Veterans for what you have done for this country! We are in a better place, have our freedom, and our way of life because of all of you. We will never forget. I want to thank one (of many) very special WWII vet, my Grandpa.

The problem with cloud security is…

 

Sharing details of the hack that “wiped his life” has earned Mat Honan a place in the annals of information system security; the specific interdependence of flawed authentication systems that cost him so dearly — encompassing Apple, iCloud, Amazon.com, Gmail and more — would probably still exist if Honan had not gone public. Wired has the full story for those who have not been watching it unfold on Twitter.

The problem with cloud security is…

Steve Wozniak is right — users are going to eventually be burned if they rely solely on cloud backup

 

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak this week warned of the perils of depending too much on cloud storage and the general press reacted like this was: A) news, and; B) evidence of some inherent failure in cloud architecture. In fact it is not news (Woz never claimed it was) and mainly represents something we used to call “common sense”.

Steve Wozniak is right — users are going to eventually be burned if they rely solely on cloud backup

Malware infects three-quarters of the world’s top banks

 

Eighteen of the top 24 banks in the world have malware problems, security firm Lookingglass says on Wednesday. Even three-year old worms that have long had patches and fixes to address them continue to infect the PCs of banks, including Conficker, found (gasp) in the IT deployments of 10 of the top 24.

Malware infects three-quarters of the world’s top banks

Facebook changes default emails to @facebook.com – Jun. 25, 2012

 

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — If you’re a Facebook user, you have a @facebook.com email address, whether you use it or not. Facebook is now automatically posting those addresses to users’ profiles and displaying them as the default email address.

Facebook changes default emails to @facebook.com – Jun. 25, 2012