SSCC 78 - IE 9 upgrades, Android malware, Carrier IQ and hospital shut down from malware

Filed Under: Apple, Featured, Internet Explorer, Malware, Microsoft, Mobile, Podcast, Privacy, Vulnerability

Chet Chat Christmas logoI am pleased to have a new guest on the Chet Chat this week, Gary Korhonen. Gary is a Global Escalation Support Engineer working in our Vancouver office.

Gary and I began the Chet Chat discussing the benefits and potential pitfalls of Microsoft's announcement that they will begin automatically upgrading Internet Explorer to the latest version as part of Windows Update.

Considering it has been about three weeks since the last Chet Chat we had to discuss the implications of the installation of "spyware" on mobile phones. Carrier IQ seems to have dug themselves a bit of a hole and whether their software is beneficial to ISPs or not, people are justifiably concerned.

After Chris DiBona's recent proclamation that security apps on the Android are charlatanism, Gary and I discussed the recent incident when Google had to remove 22 malicious Android apps from the Android Market.

Lastly we talked about the very serious problem of safety in medical computer systems after a recent malware outbreak at a hospital in Georgia, USA. Things are not as simple as we might like to think and the best minds in our business should work together to help come up with creative solutions to provide security with longevity.


(20 December 2011, duration 21:41 minutes, size 14.9 MBytes)

You can also download this podcast directly in MP3 format: Sophos Security Chet Chat 78, subscribe on iTunes or our RSS feed.

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One Response to SSCC 78 - IE 9 upgrades, Android malware, Carrier IQ and hospital shut down from malware

  1. Sigh Man · 1035 days ago

    My site has been infected with a malware and every time I visit it, I get a warning page either from google or firefox telling me that I have a virus on the site.

    I cleaned my webhost, upgraded joomla to the latest version and deleted all the old files. I then went to google and requested a review, same thing for StopBadware.

    is there anything else I can do to speed up the process?
    And how long am I supposed to wait before I get unlisted?

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Chester Wisniewski is a Senior Security Advisor at Sophos Canada. He provides advice and insight into the latest threats for security and IT professionals with the goal of providing clear guidance on complex topics. You can follow Chester on Twitter as @chetwisniewski, on App.net as Chester, Chester Wisniewski on Google Plus or send him an email at chesterw@sophos.com.