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PandaLabs has identified over a million spam links used to target Google searchers looking for information about automotive parts from Ford and Nissan especially. Panda calls it “a major Blackhat SEO attack” designed to dupe searchers into downloading spyware or purchasing phony security software.
U.S. consumers think mobile banking is important but do not want to pay for it and are hesitant to use their mobile devices for financial transactions and online banking, according to a survey by accounting firm KPMG.
The survey of about 500 U.S. consumers found the majority (91%) had never tried banking on a mobile device. Of those respondents who have never done banking on a mobile device, 48 percent said security and privacy were the main reason.
Chinese and Russian cyberspies have hacked into the U.S. electrical grid and have left behind software that could be used to interfere with the system, a report said Wednesday.
According to the Wall Street Journal, U.S. intelligence officials said cyberspies had penetrated the system repeatedly last year, without damaging it. The officials warned they could try to disrupt it during a crisis or a war.
It’s a bit of a vicious cycle: Greedy, bad actors taking advantage of the good times until good times end in bad times and a different set of greedy, bad actors start taking advantage of the bad times—and there goes a little more faith in humanity.
When the press and the security industry weren’t obsessed with the non-event of the Conficker.C worm, warnings went out about laid-off employee sabotage and theft, spam targeting the financially concerned and technological clueless. Today’s stern warning is about industrial espionage.
March Madness has been a very buzz-worthy topic over the last month or so, but as the NCAA tournament has gotten closer to its end, the buzz has faded consistently. A different topic has generated buzz however, and that is the Conficker computer virus that is supposed to hit the Internet on April 1st. According to Wikipedia:
Google has announced three new feaures in Google Sites for making gadgets more useful for Google Apps Premier Edition cusotomers. These are:
1. Start Page Template
2. Private Gadgets
3. End-to-End Security
With the Start Page template, site owners can allow individual users to personalize specific areas of the site, presumably similar to what users can do with iGoogle.
Before we get started I need to tell you that I will need to fight a strong bias here to write about the issue of health records online. I have some background in the use, power and neglect of medical records from my days in the insurance business.
Symantec has released the public beta of Norton Online Family, an Internet safety service aimed at helping parents protect children online.
Norton Online Family is currently free and available in English only. It’s compatible with both Macs and PCs.
The service encourages discussions between parents and their children and provides customizable tools to manage online activity.
If you are worried about the loss of personal, confidential and business data than Data Locker is the device to use.
The product from the company of the same name features an external USB hard drive with touch screen, and the ability to enter up to an 18-digit PIN for security.
No power supply is required as the Data Locker is powered through the USB connection.
Data Locker is available with an 80GB, 120 GB, or 250 GB storage capacity. It is compatible with PC, MAC and Linux operating systems, allowing cross-platform file sharing.
Spammers are now taking their cue from search engines and advertisers by making their emails more personalized in attempts to steal users information, according to a new security report from Cisco.
The report found there was a 90 percent growth in threats coming from legitimate domains, nearly double what was seen in 2007. While targeted spear-phishing represents about 1 percent of all phishing attacks it is on track to become more widespread as savvy criminals personalize spam and make messages appear more credible.
You may remember a few weeks ago when vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s Yahoo! email account was hacked. This was revealed to be the work of David Kernell, the son of Tennessee Democratic State Representative Mike Kernell. David was indicted Wednesday morning, and faces a maximum of 5 years in prison and a $250,000 fine after turning himself in.
Internet users are becoming increasingly concerned about online threats such as viruses, spam and identity theft, according to survey by the American Consumer Institute.
Consumers also report significant worry that their privacy might be invaded by programs that track and record which Internet sites they visit.
The majority (74%) of those surveyed said they were "very concerned," about identity theft, compared to 68 percent who indicated great worry about identity theft in a similar ACI survey from 2006.
Everyone knows that vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s Yahoo! email account was hacked into. Naturally Bill O’Reilly had something to say about that matter:
Actor Brad Pitt has surpassed Paris Hilton to become the most dangerous celebrity to search for on the Web according to Internet security company McAfee.
Users searching for "Brad Pitt," "Brad Pitt downloads," and Brad Pitt wallpaper, screen savers and pictures have an 18 percent chance of having their PCs infected with online threats, such as spyware, adware, viruses and other malware.
Cybercriminals are also using names and images, like Beyonce and Justin Timberlake, to attract Internet users to bogus web sites that look legitimate.
If a study by a Cambridge researcher is accurate, email addresses with less common first letters get less spam than those with more common ones.
Firefox 3, which set a one-day record for downloads recently, has been reconfigured in a way that’s setting off alarms for webmasters who haven’t renewed their SSL certificates. As the US Army just learned, Firefox won’t bring up sites with self-assigned and/or expired certificates.
At least, not without some extensive hoop-jumping.
If you’re a merchant you should know that an SSL certificate encrypts data transmissions between two computers. Credit card information, for example, is protected during transmission between those two computers.
An ActiveX control used to view Microsoft Access report snapshots poses a potential avenue for exploitation.
ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers says that it has been the recent target of online attacks.
ICANN is the organization that regulates the use of domain names. The organization says the domain names icann.com and iana.com were briefly taken over allowing the hackers to direct those Web sites to other locations.
Webmasters this week were greeted with an "oops, not working" error when they tried using Google’s Malware Review form.
The form that was introduced last year in August to help webmasters solve issues of malware or badware, faced some technical problems this week and this was first reported at around 1 am on May 15th.
Employers in Australia may soon be able to read employees emails without consent under new anti-terror laws being proposed.
The Australian government says the proposal is aimed at preventing a cyber attack on national infrastructure like the stock exchange, electricity grid or transportation system.
IT people, please don’t blame us. We neither conducted nor responded to this security and compliance survey. But the survey’s results indicate that some people (and perhaps a certain search giant) feel you’re not overly effective or efficient.
The Department of Homeland Security is preparing to lead foreign governments, private companies, states and federal agencies in cyber war games.
Starting next week four foreign governments, 18 federal agencies and 40 companies will take part in Cyber Storm II. The weeklong simulation is designed to prepare those participating for cyberattacks. The FBI, the Department of Defense, and the CIA are some of federal agencies that will be involved.
Google has announced three new packages of email security products on the Google Apps platform powered by Postini.
Google Message Filtering, Google Message Security and Google Message Discovery. According to Google they will operate with any email system, including Lotus Notes, Microsoft Exchange and Novell Groupwise.
Google Message Filtering offers basic spam filtering for any email server and is available for $3/user/ per year. For $12/user/per year Google Message Security provides email security and policy management for incoming and outgoing email messages.
If this development centered on another subject, we’d wonder why Google labeled everything as "powered by Postini" – the phrase hints at a lack of corporate pride. But openness is an important part of security, and Google’s message security and compliance services are trying to get off to a good start.
It’s no wonder that your customers have learned to be a bit wary on the Web.
Spam steals their attention. Scams steal their money. Phishing steals their very identities. Some of your customers are relying on search engines to separate the wheat from the chaff. If your company shows up at the top of the search results, searchers assume that it’s because your company is reputable, but John Nagle thinks Google needs some help.
Imagine that a company built a car out of foam. Not a working car, of course – just a full-scale model. And then that company started trumpeting stuff about having no safety-related recalls. Well, Microsoft is proud to announce that Vista has fewer security vulnerabilities than its competitors.
A disturbing report via National Intelligence Director Mike McConnell says Big Brother (that’s the US government and its NSA if you haven’t been keeping up) wants access to any email, file transfer and Web search. Their main ally so far in the security game: AT&T.
Spam comprised 95 percent of all email traffic in 2007 according to anti-spam company SpamStopsHere.
Spammers experimented with attaching encoded messages in a variety of file formats including MP3, Zip, Excel, Word and PDF. MP3 spam proved to be short lived. Spammers attached MP3 files named after popular songs and artists. When a recipient opened the attachment an electronic voice delivered a message promoting a stock for a particular company.
Hackers turn the tables on the talk show host “Top Gear” who made an outrageous claim that no one could do anything evil if their banking information was stolen.
The humor part comes in that when he checked his bank account, someone had done a 500 pound (1000 dollar) donation to diabetes UK.