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Just Disable Java Already: Plugin Hit With Third Zero-Day Exploit This Year

Oracle has had a busy 2013 so far as it has scrambled to fix dangerous zero-day exploits found in its Java browser plugin. The company will have no rest, however, as security researchers have found more exploits. Security research firm Security Explorations reported two new zero day exploits hit Java on February 25. Since then, the company has provided a …

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Virus Bulletin Backs Gmail Security Claims, Says Yahoo, Outlook.com Have Problems

Virus Bulletin has put out a report saying that its own data supports recent security claims made by Google about Gmail. Last week, Google put out a blog post claiming to have substantially reduced the amount of compromised accounts. The company said hit has reduced the number by 99.7% since 2011. Google security engineer Mike Hearn wrote: Every time you …

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HP Releases Cyber Security Risk Report, Organizes Its Security Research

Though the focus of the tech press this week will certainly be on the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, security researchers are having their own RSA conference this week in San Francisco. HP has managed to find itself at both conferences, straddling the line between its classic form as a hardware manufacturer and the enterprise products it sees as its …

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Twitter Goes DMARC To Fight Phishing

Over a year ago, fifteen major companies joined forces to create DMARC, a “technical working group” to develop antiphishing standards. The companies were: Google, Facebook, LinkedIn AOL, Microsoft, Yahoo, PayPal (eBay), Bank of America, Fidelity Investments, American Greetings, Agari, Cloudmark, eCert, Return Path and Trusted Domain Project. Today, Twitter announced that it is using the DMARC technology with its emails, …

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Apple Hacked with Same Attack That Hit Facebook, Will Release Anti-Malware Tool for Infected Macs

Facebook isn’t the only high-profile tech company reporting that hackers have targeted them. This time, it’s Apple. According to Reuters, Apple was hit with the same Java exploit that targeted Facebook employees last month (although the company didn’t release that info until last Friday). “Apple has identified malware which infected a limited number of Mac systems through a vulnerability in …

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Google Talks About Keeping Your Account From Being Hijacked

As Microsoft has announced a broad launch of its new Outlook.com webmail product, Google has taken the opportunity to discuss how prevalent fraudulent spam that appears to be coming from people you know has become, and the efforts it is taking to keep Gmail (and really Google Accounts) safe. According to Google, only one percent of spam emails even make …

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Facebook: We Were Hacked, But Your Info Is Safe

Facebook has just announced that last month they were targeted by a “sophisticated attack” that saw some of its employees let malware onto their systems after visiting a compromised site. Not to fear, though. Facebook says that they have found no evidence that any of your information was ever compromised. “Last month, Facebook Security discovered that our systems had been …

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Twitter May Be Getting More Serious About Two-Factor Authentication

Is Twitter ramping up their efforts to implement two-factor authentication to make your accounts more secure? Two-factor authentication (2FA), generically, is any approach to authentication that has multiple layers. Around the web (like with Google for instance), it is usually applied with a combination of a password and mobile alert. When a new device/location attempts to log on to a …

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Kim Dotcom Offers Cash Reward To Anyone Who Breaks Mega’s Security

Mega has been under a lot of scrutiny since it launched over a week ago, and not just from the copyright lobby. The Internet security community has been claiming that Mega isn’t as secure as Kim Dotcom claims. Now Dotcom is offering a cash reward to anybody that can prove it. In a tweet, Dotcom offered a €10,000 ($13,500) reward …

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Firefox Adding More Plugins To Click To Play Blocker

Java has had a bit of a rough year so far with it falling victim to a zero day attack, and then having a second, potentially more devastating attack, auctioned off to unknown hackers. To prevent attacks like these from affecting users, Mozilla is expanding its Click to Play plugin blocker. Mozilla announced today that Click to Play, which was …

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The Web Can Be A Dangerous Place: Learn To Protect Yourself

Malware, phishing scams and other dangerous entities are all over the Web these days. A report from earlier this month said 2013 was going to be even worse than 2012 in regards to the proliferation of malware across the net. It’s now more important than ever to protect yourself, but perhaps you don’t know how. That’s where these helpful tips …

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Facebook Phishing Scam Claims You’ve Violated Policy

Another day, another Facebook-based phishing scam looking to snatch all of your personal information (including bank account info) and use it for nefarious purposes. The latest scam to hit the network comes in the form of messages sent to users’ inboxes. These are not simply spam messages that will get caught up in that “other” inbox that Facebook reserves for …

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