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Security Firm Predicts “Murder By Internet-Connected Devices”

January 2nd, 2013 01:02 admin View Comments

Security

Curseyoukhan writes “Infosec vendor IID (Internet Identity) probably hopes that by the time 2014 rolls around no one will remember the prediction it just made. That is the year it says we will see the first murder via internet connected device. The ability to do this has been around for quite some time but the company won’t say why it hasn’t happened yet. Probably because that would have screwed up their fear marketing. CIO blogger challenges them to a $10K bet over their claim.”

Source: Security Firm Predicts “Murder By Internet-Connected Devices”

Skype Hand’s Teenager’s Information To Private Firm

November 6th, 2012 11:21 admin View Comments

Privacy

New submitter andrew3 writes “Skype has allegedly handed the information of a 16-year-old boy to a security firm. The information was later handed over to Dutch law enforcement. No court order was served for the disclosure. The teenager was suspected of being part of a DDoS packet flood as a part of the Anonymous ‘Operation Payback’.” According to the article, Skype voluntarily disclosed the information to the third party firm without any kind of police order, possibly violating a few privacy laws and their own policies.

Source: Skype Hand’s Teenager’s Information To Private Firm

Microsoft Escapes Kaspersky’s Top 10 Vulnerabilities List

November 3rd, 2012 11:19 admin View Comments

Microsoft

An anonymous reader writes “Security firm Kaspersky has released its latest IT Threat Evolution report. There were some interesting findings in the report, as always, but the most interesting thing that stuck out was all the way at the bottom: ‘Microsoft products no longer feature among the Top 10 products with vulnerabilities. This is because the automatic updates mechanism has now been well developed in recent versions of Windows OS.’”

Source: Microsoft Escapes Kaspersky’s Top 10 Vulnerabilities List

Security Firm VUPEN Claims To Have Hacked Windows 8 and IE10

November 1st, 2012 11:27 admin View Comments

Microsoft

An anonymous reader writes “Windows 8 was released late last week, and already this week French security firm VUPEN says it has broken Microsoft’s latest and greatest security features. The company claims it has developed a 0-day exploit for Windows 8 and IE10, by chaining multiple undisclosed flaws together.”

Source: Security Firm VUPEN Claims To Have Hacked Windows 8 and IE10

Apple Yanks Privacy App From the App Store

July 19th, 2012 07:41 admin View Comments

IOS

wiredmikey writes “Back in May of this year, Internet security firm Bitdefender launched ‘Clueful,’ an iOS App that helps identify potentially intrusive applications and show users what they do behind their back, and giving users an inside look at all the information app developers can gather about a user. Seems legit, right? Apple doesn’t think so. Or at least they have an issue with something behind the App that sparked them to pull it from the App Store. After initially reviewing and approving the App that was released on May 22, Apple has had a change of heart and has just removed the App from the AppStore. It’s unclear [why it was yanked], and Bitdefender told SecurityWeek that the company is under NDA as far as explanations for the removal. Interestingly, Bitdefender did share some data that they gathered based on Clueful’s analysis of more than 65,000 iOS apps so far, including the fact that 41.4 percent of apps were shown to track a user’s location unbeknownst to them.”

Source: Apple Yanks Privacy App From the App Store

A Week After Apple’s Fix, Flashback Still Infects Half a Million Macs

April 20th, 2012 04:40 admin View Comments

Security

Sparrowvsrevolution writes “Security firm Dr. Web released new statistics Friday showing that the process of eliminating Flashback from Macs is proceeding far slower than expected: On Friday the security firm, which first spotted the Mac botnet earlier this month, released new data showing that 610,000 active infected machines were counted Wednesday and 566,000 were counted Thursday. That’s a slim decrease from the peak of 650,000 to 700,000 machines infected with the malware when Apple released its cleanup tool for the trojan late last week. Earlier in the week, Symantec reported that only 140,000 machines remained infected, but admitted Friday that an error in its measurement caused it to underestimate the remaining infections, and it now agrees with Dr. Web’s much more pessimistic numbers.”

Source: A Week After Apple’s Fix, Flashback Still Infects Half a Million Macs

Flashback Trojan Hits 600,000 Macs and Counting

April 5th, 2012 04:23 admin View Comments

Desktops (Apple)

twoheadedboy writes “A Flashback variant dubbed Backdoor.Flashback.39 has infected over 600,000 Macs, according to Russian security firm Dr Web. The virulent Flashback trojan infecting Apple machines sparked interest earlier this week after it was seen exploiting a Java vulnerability, although it was actually first discovered back in September last year. The Trojan has a global reach after Dr Web found infected Macs in most countries. More than half of the Macs infected are in the US (56.6 percent), while another 19.8 percent are in Canada. The UK has 12.8 percent of infected Macs.”

Source: Flashback Trojan Hits 600,000 Macs and Counting

30K WordPress Blogs Infected With the Latest Malware Scam

March 7th, 2012 03:56 admin View Comments

Security

alphadogg writes with an excerpt from an article over at Network World: “Almost 30,000 WordPress blogs have been infected in a new wave of attacks orchestrated by a cybercriminal gang whose primary goal is to distribute rogue antivirus software, researchers from security firm Websense say. The attacks have resulted in over 200,000 infected pages that redirect users to websites displaying fake antivirus scans. The latest compromises are part of a rogue antivirus distribution campaign that has been going on for months, the Websense researchers said.”

Source: 30K WordPress Blogs Infected With the Latest Malware Scam

For Sale: Your Old Tweets

February 28th, 2012 02:29 admin View Comments

privacy_erase.pngTwitter is the latest social network to turn a buck with content you created.

The company sold two years worth of old tweets to Datasift, a marketing data firm. Datasift will make the tweets and other data, including the locations of where people were when they used Twitter, available to its clients. Datasift is the first of what is believed to be more than 1,000 companies on a waiting list to purchase the data.

We’ve asked for Twitter to comment and will update as soon as we hear back.

By now, most people know that social networks generally claim ownership of content and other data users post using their services. Graham Cluley from security firm Sophos still expects some users to be shocked and, more than likely, outraged.

“You thought that tweets you posted months ago had vanished, or were simply hidden away so deeply and awkwardly on the Twitter website that they would be too difficult to uncover? Think again,” Cluley told The Daily Mail.

The news may be doubly upsetting to Twitter users who bemoan the fact that they typically can’t access tweets that are more than a few days old. But Twitter is not the first to quietly sell off the data treasure trove to marketers: other social networks, including Facebook, have done the same thing.

“If you aren’t comfortable with firms being able to mine your past tweets – and potentially gather information about you – you may wish to delete your old postings,” Clueley said.

Datasift has released a video plugging its services and showing how it will slice and dice the millions of tweets. Advertisers seeking to access the tweets now owned by Datasift will be charged at least $1,000. Twitter had previously made old tweets available to advertisers, but only seven days worth.

Source: For Sale: Your Old Tweets

For Sale: Your Old Tweets

February 28th, 2012 02:29 admin View Comments

privacy_erase.pngTwitter is the latest social network to turn a buck with content you created.

The company sold two years worth of old tweets to Datasift, a marketing data firm. Datasift will make the tweets and other data, including the locations of where people were when they used Twitter, available to its clients. Datasift is the first of what is believed to be more than 1,000 companies on a waiting list to purchase the data.

We’ve asked for Twitter to comment and will update as soon as we hear back.

By now, most people know that social networks generally claim ownership of content and other data users post using their services. Graham Cluley from security firm Sophos still expects some users to be shocked and, more than likely, outraged.

“You thought that tweets you posted months ago had vanished, or were simply hidden away so deeply and awkwardly on the Twitter website that they would be too difficult to uncover? Think again,” Cluley told The Daily Mail.

The news may be doubly upsetting to Twitter users who bemoan the fact that they typically can’t access tweets that are more than a few days old. But Twitter is not the first to quietly sell off the data treasure trove to marketers: other social networks, including Facebook, have done the same thing.

“If you aren’t comfortable with firms being able to mine your past tweets – and potentially gather information about you – you may wish to delete your old postings,” Clueley said.

Datasift has released a video plugging its services and showing how it will slice and dice the millions of tweets. Advertisers seeking to access the tweets now owned by Datasift will be charged at least $1,000. Twitter had previously made old tweets available to advertisers, but only seven days worth.

Source: For Sale: Your Old Tweets

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