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Stuxnet minus the hype - What you actually need to know

Don't panic

There has been a lot of hype and speculation in the media over the last few weeks about the Stuxnet virus. I thought it might do us some good to ignore the conjecture and look at the implications of the Read more…

Comcast to provide new opportunities for fake AV

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Comcast has announced they are beginning a nationwide roll out of their "Constant Guard" botnet detection service. Comcast is the largest cable internet service provider in the United States, so this could have a large impact on zombied US computers. Read more…

Sophos Security Chet Chats 27 & 28 and Sept 90 Second News

Sophos Security Chet Chats 27 & 28 and Sept 90 Second News

The 20th Virus Bulletin conference is over and now we can return to our daily lives and continue protecting you from cybercrime. The conference was great fun, but with all the work (and a good deal of socializing) I fell Read more…

"The Social Network" puts Zuck's life on display

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When the time comes to sum up what 2010 meant to many internet users it may boil down to one word... Privacy. It all began in December 2009 when Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google, said during an interview on CNBC, Read more…

4chan takes on MPAA, RIAA and Aiplex... and wins

4chan takes on MPAA, RIAA and Aiplex... and wins

Update 3:BPI went down occasionally for short periods of time, but they seem to have gained the upper hand in defending their site. Update 2:RIAA is back online as of 9:10 PM Pacific time. The attack on the BPI is Read more…

Canada Revenue Agency decides your privacy isn't important

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The largest data breach in the history of the Canada Revenue Agency (our version of the IRS) recently occurred here in Vancouver, but you probably didn't hear about it. Why? The CRA decided that you don't need to know. According Read more…

The Pentagon awakens from cyberslumber

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I must start this post by professing that I am a proud American citizen. I am proud of what my country stands for, its accomplishments and what its citizens are capable of when we come together for a common purpose. Read more…

Happy birthday, blog! & Sophos Security Chet Chat 23

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Today is the one year anniversary of my blog here on Sophos.com. I've had an incredibly fun time writing this blog with the help of my friends and colleagues throughout the security industry. I started out slow, but have picked Read more…

Facebook - Promises, malware, and spam, part 1

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Is anyone else sick of the Facebook saga? I'm ready for them to get their act together so I can move on to other topics, but I can't ignore an issue that impacts the security and privacy of over 300 Read more…

Google collecting Wi-Fi data is not the problem

Google collecting Wi-Fi data is not the problem

If you read the IT security rags this morning, you would think Google committed a major crime with all the bad press they've been getting. Granted, while driving down the street invading people's privacy with their car-mounted cameras, they should Read more…

3 types of "viruses" demystified

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In the anti-malware business we often quibble over details the general public does not care about. To us these differences are important, though, as classifying a piece of malware helps us define and understand its nature and helps those of Read more…

CanSecWest 2010 Day 1

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As a Vancouverite it always seemed to be a bit of a shame that I have never attended a CanSecWest conference. This year I am here, the 11th annual CanSecWest conference, and I would like to thank Dragos Ruiu for Read more…

Russians cooperate with FBI, arrest 3

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The Financial Times reported this morning that the Russian FSB (the reincarnation of the KGB) detained three suspects in last year's RBS Worldpay payroll debit card scam. There were four major players, one of whom discovered the flaw in RBS's Read more…

Sophos Security Podcast #1

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I am pleased to announce that we are launching a new weekly series of podcasts on relevant topics from the previous week, and interesting findings from SophosLabs. I will be having security related conversations with many people from around Sophos, Read more…

Wanted: money launderers in Canada

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One of my favorite things about having a blog at Sophos is the opportunity to share the stories that we research related to cybercrime. I was doing some work today in SophosLabs and stumbled upon an email trying to recruit Read more…

Time to move on from IE6 exploits?

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Guest blogger Sean Richmond from Sophos Australia (SophOz), wonders why organizations are still using Internet Explorer 6. One of my Twitter followers @mcbazza said a similar thing "I'm an IT professional, and not using WinXP and IE6 was my idea". Read more…

Privacy is not dead, in fact it's more important than ever

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My wife has recently had an issue that illustrates why privacy is important, even in 2010. And without further commentary I share with you Mrs. Wisniewski's guest blog. I'm a full-time student. About two weeks ago, I started getting bizarre Read more…

Can anyone be a malware researcher?

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While enjoying my holiday and catching up on my reading this morning, I discovered a post that raises some concerns I would like to share with you. I use the social networking service LinkedIn to keep in touch with colleagues Read more…

Schwarzenegger denies consumers knowledge of their own stolen data

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To everyone's surprise, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed senate bill SB-20 last week. The bill would have required businesses to inform consumers of what data about them was lost during a breach, inform the California Attorney General if more than Read more…

Guest Blog: The Data Protection Challenge - Wake up and realize that there is no spoon!

Guest Blog: The Data Protection Challenge - Wake up and realize that there is no spoon!

Guest blogger Rami Jebara is a technical product manager working on our web filtering solutions in Vancouver, Canada. Rami shares with us today his view of the changing corporate landscape and the challenges we face as IT administrators. Recent economic Read more…