Weekend Update

A quick Saturday digest of cybersecurity news articles from other sources.


BlueBorne Bluetooth Vulnerabilities

09/12/2017 05:26 PM EDT  Original release date: September 12, 2017

US-CERT is aware of a collection of Bluetooth vulnerabilities, known as BlueBorne, potentially affecting millions of unpatched mobile phones, computers, and Internet of Things (IoT) devices. A remote attacker could exploit several of these vulnerabilities to take control ...

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New Phishing Scam Uses FBI and IRS Logos

There is a new twist on an old tax scam appearing in email inboxes recently.  The new phishing exploit uses both IRS and FBI emblems to scare recipients into provide personal information on a downloadable questionnaire.  You can read the official warning here.

I like to remind people that the IRS only communicates with taxpayers by postal mail.  Sometimes they might send a US Marshal.  And the FBI certainly would not be sending an email when they can ...

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Security Issue With CCleaner

Piriform’s CCleaner is a popular computer cleaning and optimizing product that many people use.  I have my doubts about the real effectiveness of these utilities, but many of my clients swear by it.  I have used CCleaner myself several times as one of the tools I used to clean up a malware infection.

Recently, the CCleaner software code was modified  to include a malicious backdoor.  This warning was published earlier in one ...

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The Weakest Link In Cybersecurity is in Your Mirror

That’s right, it’s still you.  Sorry.

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and this week’s theme is Simple Steps to Online Safety.

The toughest part of cybersecurity is securing the human mind, emotions, behaviors, and responses from the making a decision or taking an action that will open the door for a cyber-attacker.  The reality is that it is much easier to secure systems than humans. And unfortunately, humans have been given a ...

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BlueBorne Bluetooth Hijacker – What Do We Know?

Cybersecurity researchers at Armis Labs have released information about a new attack vector called BlueBorne.  This exploit has the potential to put millions of devices running Windows, Linux, Android or iOS operating systems at risk.

This exploit allows attackers to connect over the Bluetooth radio system with having to first pair the two Bluetooth enabled devices.  Once installed, the attacker has full control of ...

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Bad Passwords Still Allowed

The Sophos Naked security blog ran an article in August that was a disappointing revelation about major online brands that allow ridiculously easy user passwords.  Just because a web site will permit you to use a bad password, doesn’t mean you should.  Our current recommendation is to use passwords of at least 15 characters, and couple that with two-factor authentication at every opportunity.

The password management program Dashlane performed an audit of 37 online brands and rated their ...

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Don’t Miss It! I am a featured speaker next Tuesday at Joule Cram Day

NEW!

Joule U . CRAM DAY

Tuesday . September 26 2017

SIX 60 MINUTE CLASSES
Learn something new! Attend one, some or all.

My presentation, Shields Up for WordPress Websites and Blogs is from 2:30 to 3:30.

I know many of the other speakers and this looks like a terrific lineup.  Block out the day and get some valuable information you can ...

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Biometrics Not Really Secure

Two-factor and multi-factor authentication are becoming more important and more available as we struggle to secure our information from attackers. These factors are something you know, something you have, and something you are.   Biometrics (something you are) are one of the three factors used in computer, network, and application authentication.

Biometrics include thumbprint or fingerprint readers, palm scanners, iris and retinal scanners, facial recognition, speech recognition, and even arcane systems that detect ...

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