Archive | June, 2012

Gmail accounts targeted by ‘state-sponsored attackers’ using Internet Explorer zero-day vulnerability

Posted June 15, 2012 Both Google and Microsoft have put out alerts about an unpatched, zero-day hole in Internet Explorer that is actively being exploited in the wild. If you’re using IE & Windows, install Microsoft’s Fix-it workaround immediately. I also included a bunch of tips from Graham on how to protect your Gmail account from […]

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FBI claims that Tor stymied child abuse investigation

Posted June 14, 2012 A recently published Freedom of Information Act (FOI) request has revealed that in at least one case, the US police’s hunt for online child pornographers has been hindered by Tor. Here’s the article.

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Microsoft and Yahoo are selling us to politicians, Facebook and Google are keeping out of it

Posted June 13, 2012 Microsoft and Yahoo are selling politicians the ability to target online ads to voters by name, zip code and other data they’ve collected from us. I think the word for this is pimping. Read it. 

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UK police hunting down thousands who bought identity fraud packages from Confidential Access website

Posted June 12, 2012 Met Police are looking for the 11,000 customers who bought fake IDs, driving licences, bank statements, tips on how to commit fraud and other illegal files from the site. Read it. 

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North Korea uses infected games to DDoS South Korea

Posted June 11, 2012 South Korean police have arrested a man from Seoul on suspicion of working with North Korea to develop games infected with spyware. Read the full story. 

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Interest in Cryptocat spikes following developer’s interrogation at US border

Posted June 8, 2012 Interest in a free, encrypted web chat service called Cryptocat has spiked following the detainment and interrogation of its developer at the US border. Here’s the story on Naked Security. 

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Facebook hacking and godawful gold lamé sneakers

Posted  June 7, 2012 How “devious cyberjerks” locked one user out, hijacked her account, spammed her friends, stole her mail, compromised her bank account, cashed credit card-linked checks, and tried to pawn off some (to her taste) truly godawful gold lamé sneakers. Here’s the piece.

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Burglars notify Brooklyn police of crimes via Facebook status updates

Posted June 6, 2012 Some people still haven’t learnt that you should be careful of who you friend on Facebook, and what you post online. Which, in some cases, is good news for the police. Read all about it.

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Employers on track to get more nosey with employees’ social media lives

Posted May 31, 2012 By 2015, 60% of employers are likely to be eavesdropping on our social media selves to make sure our e-blabbing isn’t poking security holes into their outfits, according to a recent report. Read the full story on Naked Security. 

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NJ mayor and son arrested for hacking site criticising their administration

Posted May 30, 2012 New Jersey town mayor was arrested on Thursday for allegedly hacking into a site that criticized his administration and intimidating individuals associated with it. You couldn’t make this stuff up… Here ’tis…

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