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Baby Video Monitor Lets Neighbors Snoop On One Another, Class Claims

Toys R Us sells a “Summer Day and Night Video Monitor” that can be used to spy on the baby next door, according to a class action in Cook County Court. An Illinois man says he and his neighbor both bought one of the video baby monitors and found out they could each see and hear the other’s baby.
www.courthousenews.com/2009/11/03/Baby_Video_Monitor_Lets_Neighbors_Snoop_On_One_Another_Class_Claims.htm

Malware Conceals Itself as Boss’s Letter

Trend Micro threat analysts found spammed messages that pretend to be a letter coming from the “boss”. It bears the subject “get back to my office for more details” and instructs users to read the attached ZIP file, which contains a letter. The ZIP attachment is, of course, not a letter but an .EXE file (info.exe) detected by Trend Micro as TROJ_CUTWAIL.GT.

Read more: http://blog.trendmicro.com/malware-conceals-itself-as-bosss-letter/#ixzz0Vkvmeie4

Attack Of The Tweets: Major Twitter Flaw Exposed

U.K. researcher says vulnerability in Twitter API lets an attacker take over a victim’s account — with a tweet
Aug 27, 2009 | 03:54 PM
By Kelly Jackson Higgins
DarkReading

A newly exposed cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability in Twitter lets an attacker wrest control of a victim’s account merely by sending him or her a tweet.
www.darkreading.com/insiderthreat/security/attacks/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=219500368&cid=nl_DR_DAILY_T

‘Macs don’t get viruses’ myth dissolves before public’s eyes

It’s just one of those things that the media hungry –but security disinterested– public has turned into an axiom.
But now that OS X is garnering an increased share of the operating system market, it is increasing its value as a platform for malware, and consequently increasing in value in the software security market.

www.betanews.com/article/Macs-dont-get-viruses-myth-dissolves-before-publics-eyes/1251493625

Facebook May Not Be For Everyone

A few years ago I joined Facebook to write about privacy issues with their Beacon advertising system. I was quickly sucked in by the fun, convenience and easy ability to keep in touch with family and friends. I really enjoy the ability to share photos and even love to see vacation photos and cute babies from people I don’t really know in real life. While I am continuing to use Facebook, it may not be for everyone.

http://billpstudios.blogspot.com/2009/08/facebook-may-not-be-for-everyone.html

Google Chrome OS: Win or Fail?

Google’s new Chrome operating system could transform computing as we know it, or it could fizzle into obscurity like so many Linux variants have before. Which will it be? Our bloggers duke it out.

http://www.pcworld.com/article/168062/google_chrome_os_win_or_fail.html

Half Of Social Networking Sites Keep Users Photos After Deletion: Study – DarkReading

University of Cambridge study examined 16 popular Web sites that host user-uploaded photos,including social networking sites, blogging sites, and dedicated photo-sharing sites

via Half Of Social Networking Sites Keep Users’ Photos After Deletion: Study – DarkReading.

Conficker Info

I would have liked to write something better up, but due to an emergancy, I threw this up. Please understand the media hypes things like this up, but you need to make sure you are properly protected.

Conficker might be alot of hype Also a FAQ.

How to detect and remove it.

More info and removal from Windows Secrets

Facebook Presents A Serious Security Problem

February 20, 2009
Mark Joseph Edwards
Security Matters
Facebook did an aboutface this week after thousands of users protested the company’s overzealous attempt at a gigantic intellectual property grab.
http://windowsitpro.com/article/articleid/101556/facebook-presents-a-serious-security-problem.html

Pirated iWork ’09 installer may contain trojan horse

Rob Griffiths
Macworld.com

Intego, makers of VirusBarrier and other security software for the Macintosh, issued a security alert for Mac users on Thursday, advising them about the existence of a new Trojan Horse, which they’ve named OSX.Trojan.iServices.A. This new Trojan Horse can be found in pirated copies of Apple’s iWork ‘09 application suite, which has been downloaded over 20,000 times, according to Intego’s numbers.

http://www.macworld.com/article/138380/iworktrojan.html