Measuring your level of online safety

Microsoft has released a new web page that teaches people about how to be safe online and gives you a way to measure your online safetyness score, as determined by Microsoft.  You can read all about it at that first link and take the test for yourself here: Take the survey. The page has some…

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Humor: Some funny images

Funny stuff.  Both from Cracked.com.      

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The coolest MAAWG ever

(Note: Even though I am posting this during the MAAWG session in Paris that is occurring this week, this post does not refer to that.  Don’t let the title mislead you.) One of the things about MAAWG, well, any conference, is the interesting speakers where I can learn a thing or two.  At a previous…

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Another conference: Cybersecurity Conference and Expo

A reader pointed me to another cybersecurity conference – the 2011 Cybersecurity Conference and Expo taking place this December in Washington, DC.  This is a cool concept as it brings together government and private industry to learn about advanced technologies and strategies addressing global information security threats. Just poking around at the agenda, there some…

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Blocking foreign languages in Forefront Online

From time to time, we hear customers complain of problems with foreign language mail – mostly Chinese but sometimes Portuguese.  We hear these complaints and understand the frustration; however, the problem of foreign language spam is more complicated than regular spam. Chinese language spam occurs in much smaller volumes than regular spam.  It is not…

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Oil and Gas Cyber Security Forum

A reader recently brought to my attention an upcoming conference in London in the UK – The Oil and Gas Cyber Security Forum.  Here’s a little blurb: Despite investments into state of the art technology, a majority of the oil and gas industry remain blissfully unaware of the vulnerabilities, threats and capability of a malicious…

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New malware variant: son of Stuxnet?

Today, a co-worker pointed out to me a recent discovery – a precursor to a variant of the Stuxnet worm that appeared last year. In case you have forgotten, Stuxnet was a worm that used several zero-day vulnerabilities and erased itself at a certain point in time.  Furthermore, it used two signed certificates from two…

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Hacking isn’t always high-tech

I was reading on Yahoo News today that the hacker who broke into various celebrities’ email accounts like Scarlett Johansson, Mila Kunis and Christina Aguilera was ordered to appear in an LA courtroom in November. The accused defendant, Christopher Chaney, hacked into their email accounts and posted several sensitive photos of them online.  I don’t…

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SEC asks companies to disclose cyber attacks

I came across an interesting article on Reuters today: U.S. securities regulators formally asked public companies for the first time to disclose cyber attacks against them, following a rash of high-profile Internet crimes. The Securities and Exchange Commission issued guidelines on Thursday that laid out the kind of information companies should disclose, such as cyber…

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My experiences with Apple products

With the passing of Apple’s CEO Steve Jobs, I thought I would take a time out from security and reminisce about my own experiences with Apple products over the years. I am deeply saddened by the loss of Jobs for some reason.  I am not sure why… I just am. I haven’t had as many…

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Zero day threats are overstated

Earlier this week, Microsoft released its 11th version of the Security Intelligence Report.  In the report, the headline story was that fears of zero-day malware threats are overblown.  Yes, they are a problem but they comprise less than 1% of all vulnerabilities that infect computers. The rest are exploits for which patches have existed for…

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Your Browser Matters

Today, Microsoft launched the web page Your Browser Matters.  As outlined in the blog post by the Internet Explorer team, the page is designed to get users to upgrade their browsers: This last point is particularly concerning because data from Net Applications shows that about a quarter of all PCs connecting to the Web are…

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Is a spammer running Netflix?

A few months ago, I posted a spoofed Netflix phishing spam that I made up that poked fun at Netflix’s decision to increase their prices, and how spammers could exploit that.  I’ve been wanting to write a follow up post about how wrongheaded Netflix is these days. You have to wonder if a spammer is…

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