Monthly Archives: January 2011

Sophos HQ hosts UK Cyber Security Challenge

Sophos HQ hosts UK Cyber Security Challenge

25 finalists in the UK's Cyber Security Challenge "Treasure Hunt" were invited to Sophos to test their mettle against a series of real-world malware challenges.

Sound easy? It wasn't. Many of the finalists weren't able to complete the tests.

Did Anonymous 'spokesperson' rickroll The Alyona Show?

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An Anonymous "source", interviewed by a TV news programme, appears to be no stranger to internet memes when discussing arrests in the USA and UK.

Lonely heart scams: Woman gives £80,000 to handsome 'soldier'

Lonely heart scams: Woman gives £80,000 to handsome 'soldier'

Looking for love online? Beware the internet fraudsters who are more interested in your wallet than your heart.

Breaking news: Christian Slater is NOT dead

Breaking news: Christian Slater is NOT dead

Christian Slater has not died in a snowboarding accident, despite what you might have read on the internet. Check out our (incomplete) list of other people who haven't died.

Facebook hacked in France to insult someone's little brother

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The website of Facebook France appears to have been hacked. It doesn't appear to be a vulnerability, but did you know that anyone can change the text of non-English Facebook sites?

Intel to eliminate zero-day threats, pigs to fly

Intel to eliminate zero-day threats, pigs to fly

According to widespread media reports, technology from Intel will soon eliminate zero-day threats. (Quite how is still a secret, but the headlines aren't mincing their words.)

This sounds good. But is it likely?

Spam from Egypt vanishes after cutting off internet access

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SophosLabs data confirms the nearly total isolation of Egypt from the internet. Spam received from Egyptian IP addresses has dropped more than 85% in the last 48 hours.

Educating users on the safe use of whole device encryption

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With more and more organizations deploying full disk encryption it's more important then ever to educate our users on how to safely use this new protection.

Zero day vulnerability found in Windows MHTML renderer

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Microsoft has acknowledged a new zero day vulnerability in all versions of Windows (except Server Core). Find out how to secure your Windows computers from attack until an official fix is released by Microsoft.

Facebook awarded over $360 million damages against spammer

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Facebook has won a legal case against spammer Philip Porembski to the tune of a whopping $360,500,000.

How to enable HTTPS/SSL encryption to secure your Facebook account

How to enable HTTPS/SSL encryption to secure your Facebook account

Many Facebook users can now choose to enable encryption when accessing their service. Watch this video to learn how to choose this function for enhanced security.

FBI executes search warrants on 40 "anonymous" WikiLeaks defenders

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The FBI today executed more than 40 search warrants against "anonymous" DDoS attackers, believed to have been acting in response to WikiLeaks censorship.

Met Police arrest five in Anonymous DDoS attacks probe

Met Police arrest five in Anonymous DDoS attacks probe

A dawn raid by UK computer crime cops investigating WikiLeaks-related DDoS attacks results in the arrest of five people, aged 15-26.

Malware spammed out as Facebook password change notification

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If you received an email from "Facebook Service" telling you that your password had been changed because a spam message had been sent from your account, would you believe it?

Mark Zuckerberg fan page hacked on Facebook: What really happened?

Mark Zuckerberg fan page hacked on Facebook: What really happened?

High profile fan pages on Facebook were defaced via API vulnerability, says Facebook.

So, what does this mean for you if you're a sysadmin responsible for securing your company's Facebook presence?

Facebook steps up security, but it's opt-in?

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Facebook announced today they will be offering HTTPS access and a new form of authentication to thwart phishers, read on for the ins and outs of the new features.

Egypt versus the internet - Anonymous hackers launch DDoS attack

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Hackers are bombarding official websites in Egypt with a DDoS attack, hot on the heels of similarly politically-motivated attacks against websites belonging to the governments of Tunisia and Zimbabwe.

South African news website forced offline by hackers

South African news website forced offline by hackers

The website of the Mail & Guardian, a weekly South African newspaper, has been shut down following an attack by Russian hackers.

SSCC45 - Do not track, David Rice, OS X tips and more in this week's podcast

Sophos Security Chet Chat 41

Sophos Security Chet Chat 45 covers the week's security news including Google Chrome's "Do Not Track" feature, Apple's new CISO, government web credentials for sale and Nicolas Sarkozy's hacked Facebook profile.

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg in fan page hack - on Facebook!

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According to numerous online technophile sites, a prominent Facebook fan page has been hacked, defaced and, as a result, closed down.

The victim? None other than Mark Zuckerberg himself.