Saving Your Passwords In Your Browser? Bad Idea!

I just read an interesting article in Sophos about the rather insecure method that the Google Chrome browser saves passwords.  If you click on the click on the “Customize and Control” icon at the far right of the address bar, choose “settings” from the menu, click “Advanced Settings from the link at the bottom of that window, then scroll down to “Passwords and Forms”

Chrome example

Chrome password settings

Click on the “Manage saved passwords” link.  You will ...

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Escrow Firm Loses $1.5M In Cyber-Heist

A nine-person Californian escrow firm lost $1.5 million in three electronic transfers in December 2012 and January 2013, and has subsequently been closed down by state regulators. The culprit?  A remote access Trojan horse program that was installed on the computer that they used for online banking.  The money disappeared into Russia and China, and only the Russian transaction has been recovered so far.

You can read the entire sad story on Sophos, but the important takeaways follow.

First, while ...

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Girl Tracks iPhone Thief Via Dropbox Picture Upload

A young woman had her iPhone stolen in Ibiza, Spain one night during an episode of drunken skinny dipping.  When she and her friends returned from their moonlit swim, all their stuff was gone: purses, passports, clothes, phones, the works.

The young man who stole the phone evidently did not think to turn off the automatic upload to Dropbox feature on her phone, and subsequently she was able to identify Hafid from Dubai, as the likely culprit, and has chronicled his ...

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Traitor or Whistleblower?

We are currently watching three different but somewhat related events in the area of breaching national security secrets. 

The first is the trial of Pvt. Bradley Manning, who released classified information about the war in Afghanistan to Wikileaks in 2010.  He is currently being court-martialed, the verdict is due tomorrow.  Pvt. Manning is 26 years old.

The second, of course, is the saga of Edward Snowden, the NSA contractor who also released classified information about the NSA and it’s domestic spying ...

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SysAdmin Day 2013–Friday July 26

Friday is System Administrators Day, and this post is just a gentle reminder that gifts, food,  appreciation, and, dare I say it, even tokens of affection are appreciated by those of us who toil in the hot and noisy server rooms, dusty equipment closets, and under your desk kneehole as we work to keep the networks secure and the computers humming.

There are some splendid gift ideas on the SysAdmin Day website.  I am not sure that ...

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Should You Be Using Encryption?

With everyone and their Uncle Sam spying on your online activities these days, the question is: should you be using encryption to keep your online communications private.  The answer is: you probably are already.

For instance, any time that you are using a web site that has an HTTPS address, such as, https://www.mybank.com, that session between your computer and the bank’s server is encrypted.

Some of us are using encrypted email systems.  You may be doing so without even knowing you ...

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Cyber Attackers Take Aim At Manufacturing Systems

Manufacturing automation and control systems, and SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition)systems are being targeted by cyber attackers, due to the weak and often missing security controls on these systems.  Unfortunately, due to the widespread perception that “there is nothing interesting here,” managers of these systems take the attitude that convenience and ease of use is better than security with a little more inconvenience and difficulty.

In 2012, an anonymous researcher created an "Internet Census" tracking all of the open embedded ...

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Hacker Wars – USA vs. China

Thanks to Edward Snowden, the NSA whistleblower, we now know for certain what many of us suspected all along – the government of the United States is spying on its citizens – on everyone with a cell phone, landline, or Internet connection.

This revelation broke as President Obama was meeting with the new premier of China, Xi Jinping.  Part of the meeting was Obama telling the Chinese Premier to knock it off with all the hacking that China has mounted against ...

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Security Policy for On-line Banking

If my last post made you want to tear out your Internet connection and go back to burying your money in coffee cans in the backyard, despair not.  Here is a really great idea that will allow you to secure your online banking in ways that will be hard to defeat.  This comes to us courtesy of Krebs on Security.

Cyber-criminals gain a foothold on your business network by infecting your computer with some sort of malware, ...

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