No posting for a couple of weeks

I’m going to be gone for a couple of weeks so you won’t see any new posts on here until late December.  Until then, ho-ho-ho and have a Merry Christmas (or Happy Holidays, if you’re so inclined to celebrate something else)!  

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Password advice you can use… maybe

A few days ago, security researchers published a report indicating something that we all know – users use weak passwords and reuse them.  But the Canadian press recently published an article with something that is actually useful: Online security experts say there are a number of tactics to thwart hackers when it comes to passwords,…

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Brazil–the newest up and comer

The VB Conference last month had some good presentations, including this one by Fabio Assolini of Kaspersky.  He spoke about how Brazil is the the newest up-and-comer on the cyber crime block. The tale begins with the story of Igor and Emily, two cyber criminals operating out of Brazil.  Together, the two of them stole…

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What snoeshow spam looks like

While at the VB conference in Barcelona last month, I also had the chance to attend a presentation on Snowshoe Spamming, presented by Brett Cove of Sophos. What is snowshoe spamming?  Well, it’s a different type of problem than the traditional spam problem.  Whereas botnet spam has declined over the past 12 months, snowshoe spam…

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Senate to take up cyber bill in 2012

Reuters published an article today indicating that the US Senate plans to draft up a bill to tackle cyber security in 2012: The Senate will take up cybersecurity legislation next year to fight online fraud, espionage and intellectual property theft whether or not Republicans and Democrats reach agreement on a comprehensive bill, Senate Majority Leader…

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Taking a timeout from security–the passing of an antispam community member

This isn’t something that I normally might write about, but one of the members of the Antispam community – J.D. Falk – recently died of cancer. If you don’t know who he is, J.D. worked on email, anti-spam systems and policies for more than fifteen years including collaboration with influential companies such as the original…

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What Advanced Persistent Threats look like

While at that same Virus Bulletin conference that I was talking about earlier in my other two posts, I attended a session put on by some folks from MessageLabs that talked about the observations that they have made regarding Advanced Persistent Threats, or APTs.  What do they look like?  What are some of their characteristics?…

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What Chinese DDoS malware looks like

While at that same Virus Bulletin conference that I was talking about earlier in my other post, I also had the chance to check out a session on Chinese DDoS malware put on by some folks from Arbor Networks.  As little insight as I have into Android malware, I know even less about Chinese DDoS…

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What mobile malware looks like

Last month at the Virus Bulletin Conference in Barcelona, I took in one of the sessions on mobile malware.  This type of malware is foreign to me because I mostly stay in the email space at work (and even then, I am focusing more on day-to-day issues of running a large mail provider than I…

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Distribution of spam by country in the past 4 months

Sophos recently posted on its Naked Security blog the top 12 countries relaying spam for the past quarter (July – September).  I thought I would go and do my own comparison. Before I post the results, here are some disclaimers: This is only on post-IP blocked mail.   If we were including those stats, these statistics…

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Anonymous’ Online Tactics Against Mexican Cartels

This article originally appeared online at Stratfor and is a transcription of Stratfor analyst Ben West. A member of the online activist group, Anonymous, released a video statement October 31 stating that it will continue to search for and publicize sensitive data about Mexican criminal organizations despite the physical threat of doing so. Based upon…

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ATMs now recognize handwriting

One of my favorite Apple references on the Simpsons comes from the following clip.  During a school assembly, Kearney tells his buddy, "…take a memo on your Newton: Beat up Martin." He scribbles away only to see the Newton’s handwriting recognition interpret his memo as "Eat up Martha."  With my Simpsons-geek friends, I still sometimes…

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