Monthly Archives: October 2011

Mobile users afraid their data is not safe

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Oracle released a survey today showing customers lack of confidence in the security of data on their smartphones. Mobile control can help, IT administrators must partner with their users to make mobile data usage safer.

It's Halloween - let's kill some zombies!

It's Halloween - let's kill some zombies!

It's Halloween. A time for ghosties and ghoulies and long-leggedy beasties, and things that go bump in the night.

What better time can there be to kill some zombies?

Is Klout stalking your kids?

Is Klout stalking your kids?

One parent finds that, thanks to a lack of reliance on opt-in for Klout and Facebook's Byzantine new platform rules, her son has been accorded a Klout profile without intent nor desire. It could easily happen to your kids, too.

DevilRobber Mac OS X Trojan horse spies on you, uses GPU for Bitcoin mining

DevilRobber Mac OS X Trojan horse spies on you, uses GPU for Bitcoin mining

Spread via torrents, new Mac malware doesn't just try to rob you of your information - it's also keen to steal your computing time.

600,000+ compromised account logins every day on Facebook, official figures reveal

600,000+ compromised account logins every day on Facebook, official figures reveal

Every 140 milliseconds, an account is compromised on Facebook.

The social networking giant announces new security features, and talks about its fight against cybercrime.

Ducati Diavel - power, speed, looks, and a vulnerability lesson for Friday afternoon

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Naked Security reader Sean, who has an eye for wacky security holes, recently pointed me at the Ducati Diavel motorcycle Default Ignition Password vulnerability.

But is it true? Can you really walk up to Ducati's latest musclebike and simply ride away?

RIP John McCarthy, the LISP creator who sorted out memory mismanagement

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"Uncle John" McCarthy, the creator of the functional programming language LISP, died earlier this week in California.

McCarthy pioneered automatic garbage collection, for which we owe him a substantial debt of thanks.

Hackers targeted US government satellites, Congressional report claims

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It sounds like the stuff of James Bond - foreign hackers managing to gain unauthorised access to US satellites as they orbit 700 km above the Earth, and interfere with their controls.

But, according to a US Congressional Report, it's not fiction..

Mac malware: Tsunami backdoor variants discovered

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New variants of the latest Mac malware - the Tsunami backdoor Trojan - have been discovered.

The sky is not falling, and Mac users should not panic. But it may still be prudent to ensure your computers are protected against this and other Mac threats.

Diplomat held at JFK airport with a lot of cash - a convoluted Nigerian email scam

Diplomat held at JFK airport with a lot of cash - a convoluted Nigerian email scam

A diplomat has been stopped at JFK airport in New York, carrying a lot of cash destined for your bank account.

Please send the certificate proving you own the money, or you'll be charged with money laundering..

Mario Kart on Facebook? Fast-spreading scam hits many users' accounts

Mario Kart on Facebook? Fast-spreading scam hits many users' accounts

Facebook users are tricked into believing that they can play Mario Kart on the social network.

In reality, they're helping to put money into the pockets of scammers.

Top journalists' email passwords made public, as scandal impacts over 200,000

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A security scandal is making news headlines in Sweden as claims are made that newspaper journalists and politicians were spied upon, hundreds of thousands of users have their details exposed, and a major blogging portal shuts its doors.

Gaddafi email scam offers you millions, and to set up an orphanage!

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It's not just malware authors who are taking advantage of the death of Libya's Colonel Gaddafi.

Scammers and fraudsters are exploiting what they see as a money-making opportunity too.

Bundestrojaner, Sony breach, Duqu, OS X anti-anti-virus, MS hack - 60 Sec Security

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Enjoy the latest security news in brief by watching 60 Second Security!

This episode: the German Bundestrojaner controversy, Sony breached (again!), Duqu dubbed "Son of Stuxnet", OS X anti-anti-virus and Microsoft videos hacked.

Tsunami backdoor for Mac OS X discovered

Tsunami backdoor Trojan for Mac OS X discovered

The Tsunami Mac backdoor allows cybercriminals to gain access to your Mac computer and launch denial-of-service attacks against third-party websites.

Tour de France cheat faces suspended sentence in malware case

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Prosecutors in a computer hacking case have recommended an 18-month suspended prison sentence for disgraced former championship cyclist Floyd Landis.

The Pink Profile Pic Facebook virus hoax

The Pink Profile Pic Facebook virus hoax

A warning is being spread by Facebook users, worried that their friends may have caught a computer virus because their profile picture has gained a pink tinge.

Find out how a campaign to raise awareness and money to fight breast cancer turned into a computer virus scare.

Hackers steal data on nuclear plants and fighter jets

Hackers steal data on nuclear plants and fighter jets

A high-tech military contractor, which suffered an attack from hackers earlier this year, is reported to have lost sensitive data related to defence equipment including fighter jet planes and nuclear power plant plans.

Japanese parliament hit by cyber-attack

Japanese parliament hit by cyber-attack

Hackers were able to snoop upon emails and steal passwords from computers belonging to lawmakers at the Japanese parliament for over a month, according to newspaper reports.

Book review: Ninja Hacking - unconventional penetration testing tactics and techniques

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Senior Threat Researcher Paul Baccas reviews the book "Hacking Ninja: Unconventional penetration testing tactics and techniques".