24-9-2011- 18-9-2011

Facebook changes creeping out some customers

 Posted by Caspertwin on September 23, 2011 at 11:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Mark Zuckerberg showing off Timeline at F8.

Mark Zuckerberg showing off Timeline at F8.

(Credit: James Martin/CNET)

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Errant character to blame for Twitter ‘hack’

 Posted by Caspertwin on September 23, 2011 at 11:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Is this real?

Is this real?

In the sometimes slippery world of the Web, it can pay to cross your “t”s and dot your “i”s.

Case in point:

A colleague sent me a link to a tweet that at first seemed …

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The Following Is Scam Circulating On Facebook It’s Totally False “

 Posted by Caspertwin on September 23, 2011 at 11:10 PM Comments comments (0)

The Message circulating on Facebook claims that Facebook will soon start charging for access but those who repost the message on their walls will get to keep their free accounts if their Facebook icon turns blue.
The claims in the message are totally false. The message is nothing more than an updated version of an old hoax and should not be reposted.

Example

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Google Gmail has enterprise viability says Gartner

 Posted by Caspertwin on September 23, 2011 at 12:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Google’s enterprise Gmail is now a viable alternative to Microsoft’s cloud email for large organisations, according to Gartner.

The Google service has matured to become a serious competitor to Microsoft Exchange Online, the only two email systems that Gartner says have show momentum in the enterprise space in recent years. Novell GroupWise and IBM Lotus Notes/Domino, have lost market momentum, the analyst company …

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Google Gmail has enterprise viability says Gartner

 Posted by Caspertwin on September 23, 2011 at 12:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Google’s enterprise Gmail is now a viable alternative to Microsoft’s cloud email for large organisations, according to Gartner.

The Google service has matured to become a serious competitor to Microsoft Exchange Online, the only two email systems that Gartner says have show momentum in the enterprise space in recent years. Novell GroupWise and IBM Lotus Notes/Domino, have lost market momentum, the analyst company …

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CAs decide Linux fate in Windows 8

 Posted by Caspertwin on September 23, 2011 at 12:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Microsoft could ban Linux installations on Windows 8 machines under its secure boot protocol according to academics.

The protocol was part of the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) (pdf), a more secure and efficient replacement for the BIOS.

Microsoft’s principal lead program manager Arie van der Hoeven said the secure boot protocol ̶…

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ACCC revises mobile termination prices

 Posted by Caspertwin on September 23, 2011 at 11:55 AM Comments comments (0)

To Telstra’s benefit, Vodafone warns.

The competition watchdog has revealed plans to revise the regulated charge of a voice call terminating on a mobile network from nine cents a minute to six cents beginning next year.

Under the Australian Competition and Consumer…

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Brisbane drops residential fibre project

 Posted by Caspertwin on September 23, 2011 at 11:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Brisbane City Council has begun to tear down the last vestiges of a years-old plan to build its own fibre-to-the-premises network, seven months after contracts with a third party collapsed.

The plan had been broken into two parts. Existing homes were to receive fibre connections run through sewer ducts, while homes in new estates received fibre at the housing developer’s expense.

The council has now started scaling back requirements for new housing estate developers …

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New OS X trojan horse sends screenshots, files to remote servers

 Posted by Caspertwin on September 23, 2011 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (0)

These days when people think of malware and OS X the first name that comes to mind is likely MacDefender or one of its variants, which were rogue utilities designed to trick users into giving up personal and financial information. As the Mac gains in popularity there will undoubtedly be more attempts like this, and recently a new trojan horse attempt for OS X has surfaced that tries to steal users’ personal information.

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Apple, Dropbox join Electronic Privacy Act fight

 Posted by Caspertwin on September 23, 2011 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Apple and Dropbox have joined the Digital Due Process coalition, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), which is one of the sponsors of the group, announced yesterday.

Digital Due Process (DDP) is made up of a host of organizations and com…

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Face facts, Facebook has changed

 Posted by Caspertwin on September 23, 2011 at 1:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Full Tilt Poker lashes out at Ponzi scheme claims

 Posted by Caspertwin on September 23, 2011 at 1:45 AM Comments comments (0)
Full Tilt Poker doesn't believe it was a Ponzi scheme.

Full Tilt Poker doesn’t believe it was a Ponzi scheme.

(Credit: Screenshot by Roger Cheng/CNET)

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Avast buys its way into Android security

 Posted by Caspertwin on September 23, 2011 at 1:45 AM Comments comments (0)
Avast

Avast, a maker of popular free security suites, has announced its purchase of mobile security company ITAgents, which makes the security app for

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Microsoft hands Rustock botnet case over to FBI

 Posted by Caspertwin on September 23, 2011 at 1:45 AM Comments comments (0)

exclusive Microsoft is hoping that federal agents will bring to justice one of the world’s most notorious spammers, known to the company only as Cosma2k.

According to Microsoft, Cosma2k is the handle of the alleged ringleader of the Rustock botnet, which earlier this year was the purveyor of more e-mail spam than any other network in the world, sending as many as 30 billion messages a day at its peak.

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Alleged LulzSec, Anonymous hackers arrested in Ariz., Calif.

 Posted by Caspertwin on September 23, 2011 at 1:40 AM Comments comments (0)

 An Arizona man was arrested today for allegedly stealing data from Sony Pictures Entertainment earlier this year, and two others were indicted on charges of participating in a denial-of-service (DoS) attack that temporarily shut down Santa Cruz County servers late last year.

Cody Andrew Kretsinger, 23, of Phoenix was indicted September 2 by a federal grand jury on charges of conspiracy and unauthorized impairment of a protected computer, the FBI said in a statement. K…

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Anonymous planning ‘Day of Vengeance’ on Sept. 24

 Posted by Caspertwin on September 23, 2011 at 1:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Hacktivist group Anonymous is planning to hold a special “Day of Vengeance” in several cities around the U.S. on Saturday.

Late last night, Anonymous–or at least people claiming to be from Anonymous–posted a press release on Pastebin, saying that Saturday will be marked by peaceful protests in cities across the U.S. combined with cyberattacks on “various targets, including Wall Street, Corrupt Banking Institutions, and the New York …

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Millions of student exams, tests and data exposed

 Posted by Caspertwin on September 22, 2011 at 3:25 AM Comments comments (0)

UpdatedMultiple zero-day security vulnerabilities have been found in the world’s most popular educational software – holes that allow students to change grades and download unpublished exams, whilst allowing criminals to steal personal information.

Vulnerabilities in the Blackboard Learn platform have the potential to affect millions of school and university students and thousands of institutions around the world.

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Russian cracker helps hoist $10m, fined $310k

 Posted by Caspertwin on September 22, 2011 at 3:25 AM Comments comments (0)

A Russian cracker has sold two St Petersburg apartments to cover a $309,000 fine for his role in hacking into the Royal Bank of Scotland’s RBS WorldPay service and stealing more than $10 million from ATMs.

Viktor Pleshchuk plead guilty and was slapped with six years’ probation and fined under new Russian laws that allow economic criminals to evade harsh punishment if they financially reimburse victims, local news outlet

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Flash zero-day patched

 Posted by Caspertwin on September 22, 2011 at 3:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Adobe has rushed out a patch to fix vulnerabilities in Flash Player including one actively exploited.

The Flash update (10.3.183.7) and earlier versions for Windows, Macintosh, Linux and Solaris have received several fixes.

The zero-day bug enabled cross-site scripting attacks and was exploited in phishing emails, Adobe said.

The patches included a fix for Flash (10.3.186.6) for Android, and others for vulnerabilities rated cr…

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Microsoft partner dumped for malware call scams

 Posted by Caspertwin on September 22, 2011 at 3:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Microsoft dumped Gold status partner Comantra following accusations it fleeced its customers in support call scams.

The Indian company was accused of calling Microsoft customers and charging as much as $300 to remove what it claimed were malware infections on their computers.

It has denied the allegations.

Support workers were said to have called customers on behalf of Microsoft and claimed their computers were infected wi…

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Defence scrambles to weed out false security clearances

 Posted by Caspertwin on September 22, 2011 at 3:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Thousands of security clearances performed by the Defence Security Authority in Brisbane and cleared by the Australian Security and Intelligence Organisation may need to be rechecked following systematic failures in the agency’s vetting process.

Documents processed by the office were riddled with so-called “workarounds” in which staff would fill in blank fields on clearance forms with bogus details.

That proc…

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Certificate phishing sucks bank customers into Blackhole

 Posted by Caspertwin on September 22, 2011 at 3:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Spammers are telling bank business customers that their SSL certificates had expired in efforts to exploit the blacklisting of certificate authority DigiNotar.

DigitNotar was blacklisted by major browsers after it was hacked and issued fraudulent certificates.

Barracuda Networks security researchers Dave Michmerhuizen and Luis Chapetti said the spam carried a dangerous message.

“The spammers try to create a sense of urgency …

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Apple password gaffe revealed by Adelaide Uni researcher

 Posted by Caspertwin on September 22, 2011 at 3:20 AM Comments comments (0)

An Adelaide security researcher has blown the lid on an explosive Apple OS Lion flaw that allows passwords to be accessed and changed by anyone.

The flaw exists in the way passwords are stored and accessed as encrypted shadow files.

These files are accessible due to flaws in the file permission structure that is designed to allow only authorised local users and administrators access to the shadow files.

But the oversight…

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Bank of Melbourne account cracked

 Posted by Caspertwin on September 22, 2011 at 3:15 AM Comments comments (0)

The Bank of Melbourne has moved to reassure customers their money was safe after its Twitter account was cracked.

The account began pumping out spam via direct messages to the banks to followers late Tuesday before it was brought under control.

It warned customers in a Tweet not to click on links sent in the messages, adding that “no customer/personal data [was] compromised.̶…

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DigiNotar files for bankruptcy

 Posted by Caspertwin on September 22, 2011 at 3:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Dutch certificate authority DigiNotar is closing up shop following a recent hacking attack that caused it to issue a series of phony online security certifcates.

Parent company Vasco

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Richard Clarke on Patriot Act, WikiLeaks, privacy

 Posted by Caspertwin on September 20, 2011 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Richard Clarke, former cyber security and counter-terrorism, author, and consultant.

Richard Clarke, cybersecurity and counterterrorism expert, author, and consultant.

(Credit: Good Harbor Consulting)

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How to prevent malware and adware downloads

 Posted by Caspertwin on September 20, 2011 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Every day computer criminals find new ways to trick us into downloading viruses, keyloggers, adware, and other software intended to steal our personal information, spy on us, or simply irritate. But malware prevention doesn’t have to be complicated. A few simple precautions can keep your PC free of infection.

Get the latest versions of whatever software you use

Computer security begins and ends with the operating system. If you use Windows, upgrade…

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Researchers to detail hole in Web encryption

 Posted by Caspertwin on September 20, 2011 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (0)

A pair of researchers plan to detail an attack called BEAST that they say undermines a very widely used technology for securing browser communications.

Juliano Rizzo and Thai Duong say the vulnerability compromises TLS (Transport Layer Security)1.0, the encryption mechan…

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Lloyd’s insurer sues Saudi Arabia for ‘funding 9/11 attacks’

 Posted by Caspertwin on September 20, 2011 at 6:05 AM Comments comments (0)

A Lloyd’s insurance syndicate has begun a landmark legal case against Saudi Arabia, accusing the kingdom of indirectly funding al-Qa’ida and demanding the repayment of £136m it paid …

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Mobile Safety Camera Sites Rostered 19 Sep – 25 Sep For Vic. Au.

 Posted by Caspertwin on September 19, 2011 at 7:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Mobile Safety Camera Sites Rostered 19 Sep – 25 Sep Victoria Police have rostered the following sites for mobile safety camera enforcement this week. Rostered sites, however, could change for a number of operational and environmental reasons.

Suburb Road Apollo Bay Great Ocean Road Apsley Wimmera Highway

Ascot Vale Ascot Vale Road Ashburton High Street Aspendale Nepean Highway

Aspendale Gardens Wells Road Avondale Heights Military Road Bairnsdale

Calvert…

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Cyberwar bad for business

 Posted by Caspertwin on September 19, 2011 at 7:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Governments and large organisations have shored-up infrastructure and talent in preparation for cyber attacks but warfare may be all talk according to an Australian academic and industry veteran.

The grounds for what constitutes an act of war were murky. The US Government said in 2004 that it could answer a cyber attack on its Domain Name Servers with bombs, and the British Government had spoken of its intention to build offensive n…

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StratSec opens hack detection service, cyber school

 Posted by Caspertwin on September 19, 2011 at 7:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Penetration testing company StratSec plans to open an enterprise hacking detection service and an IT security training “academy” after it doubled its head count over the last 12 months.

The service would see StratSec collect detailed information on a customer’s network and security architecture, which is used to help harden systems and monitor for intrusions.

A tool built dubbed the Australian Cyber Intrusion M…

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Aussie war alliance extends to cyberspace

 Posted by Caspertwin on September 19, 2011 at 7:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Australia, New Zealand and United States will extend a 1951 ANZUS military pact to cover conflict in cyber space, Reuters sources say.

Diplomats from the three nations are meeting in San Franciso to discuss the 60-year-old treaty.

The pact means the nations will “act to meet the common danger” should one come under online attack.

It would be the first military alliance outside of NATO mutual agreements.

N…

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Doin’ time for data breaches?

 Posted by Caspertwin on September 19, 2011 at 7:45 AM Comments comments (0)

The British Government’s privacy watchdog has recommended prison sentences for the worst cases of inappropriate data access.

The call for tougher penalties for data breaches by the commissioner of the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), Chris Graham, follows a high-profile case where former Barclays cashier Sarah Langridge pleaded guilty to illegally accessing the account details of a customer, a…

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Coming soon: Track, lock and wipe your Intel laptop

 Posted by Caspertwin on September 19, 2011 at 7:45 AM Comments comments (0)

McAfee has announced a collaboration with parent company Intel to develop anti-theft software for Ultrabook devices.

The software will use unique technologies based on Intel’s anti-theft chips. The companies also said the solution will deliver capabilities including data wiping, device locking and location tracking.

George Thangadurai, general manager of the PC client services division at Intel, said: “To address the pervasi…

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Child abuse tip-offs sent unencrypted

 Posted by Caspertwin on September 19, 2011 at 7:45 AM Comments comments (0)

A British from its online forms to servers unencrypted.

Some of the data was hugely sensitive and contained personal information about child abuse cases.

The British privacy watchdog, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), received a complaint that after it was noticed the security gaffe on the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) website.

The ICO said it d…

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Hundreds of Go Daddy-hosted sites compromised

 Posted by Caspertwin on September 19, 2011 at 7:00 AM Comments comments (0)

 Hundreds of Web sites hosted by Go Daddy were found to be compromised this week and were redirecting visitors who’d arrived at the sites from search engines to a site with malware on it, the hosting provider told CNET today.

“Wednesday, Go Daddy’s Security Team detected that approximately 445 hosting accounts were compromised,” said Todd Redfoot, chief information security officer at Go Daddy. “The accounts were accessed by using the account holder’s username and pass…

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Italian researcher finds more SCADA holes

 Posted by Caspertwin on September 19, 2011 at 7:00 AM Comments comments (0)

 An Italian researcher has uncovered at least a dozen security flaws in software used in utilities and other critical infrastructure systems, prompting security advisories from the U.S. government.

Luigi Auriemma released information about the previously unknown vulnerabilities and proof of concept exploit code earlier this week on his Web site. He has been prolific, releasing a whopping 34 advisories–some with multip…

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Privacy at risk: Who’s watching you?

 Posted by Caspertwin on September 19, 2011 at 7:00 AM Comments comments (0)

CNET’s Security Center

Writers Elinor Mills, Seth Rosenblatt, Declan McCullagh, and others work to provide you with news, information, advice, and tools you need to understand security technology and its impact on your life.
(Posted in CNET)

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Missile maker sees network hacked

 Posted by Caspertwin on September 19, 2011 at 6:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries factories that build guided missiles and rocket engines; submarines; and nuclear-power equipment have had their computer networks hacked, according to a report.

The Reuters news agency said Japanese newspaper Yomiuri reported that information from Mitsubishi’s computer system was stolen in the attack. A representative of the company confirmed the attack, Reuters reported, but said the company was still looking into whether any data had been take…

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FBI investigating hacking of celebrities

 Posted by Caspertwin on September 19, 2011 at 6:55 AM Comments comments (0)

 The FBI office in Los Angeles is investigating a series of hacking incidents targeting high-profile victims.

“The FBI is investigating a person or group responsible for computer intrusions of high-profile figures,” FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller told CNET in a phone interview today.

Eimiller said she couldn’t say how many alleged victims there may have been, but estimated that there were “dozens.” The investigation has been going on since late 2010, she said. …

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