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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

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/

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

Change your LinkedIn password NOW: 6.5 million accounts at risk

 

LinkedIn users are advised to change their passwords after it was revealed that more than 6.5 million encrypted passwords were posted to a Russian hacker website. The hackers are attempting to enlist help to crack the encryption, and 300,000 accounts are already compromised

Change your LinkedIn password NOW: 6.5 million accounts at risk

10 Things You Should Know About Facebook’s New Privacy Policy

 

Facebook updated its privacy policy last Friday, clarifying what it does with your data, while also blurring the limits of what it can do with your information. Commendably, it posted the entire document with tracked changes in red. It’s a 14-page document, which I know you all have time to read (insert SarcMarc).

10 Things You Should Know About Facebook’s New Privacy Policy

One in 10 US Facebook users don’t protect privacy

 

About 13 million Facebook users in the United States either do not use or do not know about the social network’s privacy controls, sharing private information they would not have otherwise. This amounts to one out of every 10 users in the country.

One in 10 US Facebook users don’t protect privacy