Monthly Archives: May 2012

How internet revenge by an ex-partner can lead to horrific violence

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There are some truly horrific stories about how jilted boyfriends have used the internet to get their (sometimes violent) revenge on former partners.

Are the authorities, and sites such as Craigslist, doing enough to protect us?

Yahoo leaks its own private key via new Axis Chrome extension

Yahoo leaks its own private key via new Axis Chrome extension

Yahoo just released a new iOS browser called Axis, along with corresponding extensions for desktop browsers. The Chrome extension came with a little something extra: Yahoo's private key.

Oops.

Anatomy of an exploit - six, in fact - as Google reveals details of Pwnium hack against Chrome

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Breaking into a browser isn't as easy as it was a few years ago. Back then, many browsers ran as a single monolithic process which could be leapt in a single bound.

That's unusual these days, so this is a hacking story of considerable derring-do.

Comcast users phished by Constant Guard spam lure

Comcast users phished by Constant Guard spam lure

A round of phishing emails is targeting Comcast cable internet users purporting to be a security service from the company called Constant Guard.

Has Google said your PC is infected with DNS Changer malware?

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Google is warning searchers that they could lose internet access on July 9th if they were hit by the DNS Changer malware - but could cybercriminals mimic the internet giant's warning for their own nefarious ends?

Bredolab: Jail for man who masterminded botnet of 30 million computers

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A man who was in command of a botnet of some 30 million computers worldwide has been sentenced to four years jail in Armenia.

Rock-and-roll Google celebrates analog computing - and Bob Moog

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Today's Google Doodle celebrates what would have been Bob Moog's 78th birthday. Moog was a pioneer in electronic music, using transistors to build analog computers.

Are today's digital computers superior to their analog counterparts?

Gorbachev is NOT dead - false news spreads on Twitter again

Gorbachev is NOT dead - false news spreads on Twitter again

Many Twitter users have repeated the "news" today about the death of Mikhail Gorbachev, the former Soviet statesman.

Let's not let the truth get in the way of a good story..

Multiply multilingual - Email scams aren't just from Nigeria

Multiply multilingual - Email scams aren't just from Nigeria

They used to be called "Letters from Nigeria", but it's not such a good name these days. Because they can come from any corner of the world, in a multitude of languages.

Wales announces World's First Wikipedia Town

Wales announces World's First Wikipedia Town

You might not yet have heard of Wikipedia GLAM. It's a project targeting galleries, libraries, archives and museums, aimed at "improving Wikipedia's coverage of topics related to the cultural sector".

Intriguingly, GLAM has just notched up its first Wikipedia Town.

Is it a Norton or an AOL phishing scam?

Is it a Norton or an AOL phishing scam?

A recent phishing scam targets Norton users... or is that AOL users?

It seems the cybercriminals can't quite decide.

SSCC 91 - Utah explains data breach, Facebook hacker jailed, FlashBack removal for Leopard, Pentagon expands data sharing

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This week's Chet Chat returns to our usual news format this week with guest Gary Korhonen (@hundredaire). Gary and Chet discuss the Utah data breach, Facebook hacker's prison term, OS X Leopard's FlashBack removal tool, Pentagon data sharing and Operation Phish Phry sentencing.

Facebook account cancellation malware poses as Adobe Flash update

Facebook account cancellation malware poses as Adobe Flash update

Have you received an email asking you to confirm that you wish to cancel your account?

Be on your guard.

Sophos anti-virus for Android updated - beta now works on tablets too!

Sophos anti-virus for Android beta updated - now for tablets too!

The beta version of Sophos Mobile Security for Android has been updated to support tablets.

Download a free copy now and tell us what you think!

What can secure software development learn from Shakespeare, Roosevelt and Nehru?

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Do you know what William Shakespeare, Eleanor Roosevelt and Jawaharlal Nehru have in common with the data security expert community (and possibly you)?

The Security Development Conference held in Washington DC provides the answer.

Doctors shouldn't buddy up with patients on Facebook or Twitter, hospitals warn

Doctors shouldn't buddy up with patients on Facebook or Twitter, hospitals warn

Hospitals, worried about lack of professionalism and inadvertent leaking of confidential data, are warning doctors not to set up relationships with patients on Facebook and Twitter.

Anatomy of a security hole - the break that broke sudo

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A recently-patched bug in the widely-used sudo command makes for interesting reading.

The patch reminds us of some important points in security-related programming.

State of Utah outlines mistakes made allowing theft of 780K records

State of Utah outlines mistakes made allowing theft of 780K records

After losing nearly 800,000 residents personal information the State of Utah admits to not encrypting the data, leaving default passwords in place and not performing regular audits to find the mistakes.

Should jailbreaking gaming consoles, mobile phones and tablets be legalized?

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Yesterday, US copyright regulators opened up the floodgates for a public hearing of proposals to change copyright law, including authorizing the cracking of tablets, DVDs, gaming consoles and mobile phones. Tell us what you think...

Cyber romance scams cost US victims $50 million in 2011

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Who doesn't love a good romance story? Oh, probably those who have ended up losing out on a lot of money.