The Internet of Insecure Security Things

cameraIf the title seems confusing, it is not your fault.  It is really tough to get my head around the epic failure of purported security companies who bring products like these to market.  This practically qualifies as fraud!

The first story is about a manufacturer of security camera and DVR systems.  This company is a white box manufacturer, in that they build products that are privately labelled by other ...

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Lower Your Online Profile

anonymous-avatarHappy New Year!  This week we are going to investigate ways that we can recover some of our personal privacy and enhance the our security our online lives.

Let’s face it, many of us have been running amok on the Internet, busily sharing all sorts of personal information on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Snapchat, and who knows where else.  Every time we buy something online, ...

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Scary Disguises Hide Malware Too

goblinIt’s Halloween tomorrow, the traditional time when we dress up in scary or not-so scary costumes to disguise our identity and trick our friends and family.  It’s good to remember that malware often uses disguises to trick us into committing an action that releases the attack.  What follows are my scary Halloween stories.

  • Social Engineering – In this exploit the attacker may present themselves in person, over the phone, or by email, ...
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PC Trial-ware Is a Security Risk

So you bought yourself a new computer.  It has everything, a touch screen, built in WiFi and Bluetooth, anything you could want.  And a whole bunch of stuff you didn’t want, in the form of pre-installed software programs, trial-ware, and other bloat-ware and crap-ware that causes an unrelenting stream of pop-ups asking you to purchase and activate these mostly worthless programs.

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1.2 Billion User Names and Passwords For Sale

Is it time to change your password?  Now that security researcher Alex Holden, of Hold Security in Milwaukee has uncovered a huge trove of stolen user credentials on the Dark Net, you might as well assume that yours are in this mammoth collection.

Alex Holden was born in the Ukraine, and his current surname is not the one he was given at birth.  But he discovered that Russian cyber-criminals had gathered 542 million email addresses and 1.2 billion unique email and ...

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Removing Junk Programs From Your Computer

Bloatware, crapware, trialware, PUPs Potentially Unwanted Programs)  This stuff fills up our hard drive and usually has a component that starts automatically when we reboot our computer.  With all this unnecessary stuff running in the background, your computer runs slower. And a lot of this stuff pushes advertising, either as pop-up, search redirects, or on the web pages we are viewing.  Where does all this stuff come from?

If you bought your computer at retail, much of this stuff comes preinstalled. ...

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Rogue Security Software – “Scareware”

One of the more common viral or spyware infections I see more of is the installation of rogue or fake anti-virus or anti-spyware programs. These have been called “scareware” programs by some, because they work by “scaring” you into purchasing their security “solution.” They generally start out as an e-mailed invitation (SPAM) to run a free security scan, with a link that takes you to a web site. When you go to this web site and run the ...
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Drive-By Trojan Downloader Compromises Security

One of my collegues sent a link to a BBC article about the Sinowal Trojan horse , which is also known as Torpig and Mebroot. This trojan installs itself on victims’ computers when they simply visit certain web sites, and collects banking and credit card information and reports back to the what appear to be eastern European and Russian criminal gangs, such as the Russin Business Network. Links to the article are here.

Your best form of protection ...

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