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Mac lovers, hold onto your machines—it's going to be a bumpy ride after yet another Mac Trojan was found on the security threatscape, once again wreaking havoc on the once typically sheltered Mac OS X users. Moscow-based antivirus firm Kaspersky Lab warned users in a blog post that the new Mac threat, dubbed Backdoor OSX SabPub.a, is another Trojan exploiting a Java vulnerability known as Exploitl.Java CVE-2012-0507.bf, which seems to have developed a talent for circumventing antimalware scanners and is likely used in Mac APT attacks. The latest,... [Read More]
by RSS Stefanie Hoffman  |  Apr 17, 2012  |  Filed in: Industry Trends & News
Last week, critical security bugs were addressed with Apple-and Microsoft-issued updates, while HP scrambled to warn users about ProCurve switches shipped with malware. Here's a look at the security landscape for April 9-13. HP Ships Malware Laden Flashcards: Last week, HP warned its users that some of its ProCurve switches, version 5400, shipped with malware-infected flash cards, which could potentially compromise users' systems if an infected flashcard were reused in their PC, according to HP's security advisory. HP was scarce on details regarding... [Read More]
by RSS Stefanie Hoffman  |  Apr 16, 2012  |  Filed in: Industry Trends & News
Tuesday was quite a day for IT administrators—for the month of April, both Microsoft and Adobe released patch loads repairing a slew of critical flaws that could easily pave the way for users to become victims of malicious attacks. For its April Patch Tuesday security bulletin, Microsoft released six updates repairing a total of 11 vulnerabilities. Of the patches released, four were given the highest severity rating of “critical,” indicating that the vulnerabilities could enable remote hackers to launch attacks, usually without requiring... [Read More]
by RSS Stefanie Hoffman  |  Apr 10, 2012  |  Filed in: Industry Trends & News
Security took a few unexpected twists and turns for the first week of April. For one, Mac owners received a bit of a jolt when a rapidly spreading botnet ran rampant on their machines. Meanwhile, Anonymous is expanding its reach to the world's most populous nation and the public white board Pastebin appears to be cracking down on data dumps from its hacker users. Here's a look at last week's security landscape. Flashback Attacks Macs: Last week, Apple Mac owners stood in the shoes of their Windows loving peers when a massive strain of malware—known... [Read More]
by RSS Stefanie Hoffman  |  Apr 09, 2012  |  Filed in: Industry Trends & News
Pastebin.com, the notorious bulletin board site that has served as the premier dumping ground for Anonymous, Lulzsec and other groups, is planning to be a bit more judicious about what it lets pass through its gates, according to the BBC. The public white board was purchased by Jeroen Vader, a 28-year-old Dutch entrepreneur, who bought the site from its original owner in 2010. Since then, Vader has grown the site exponentially, attracting some 17 million unique visitors a month, up from around 500,000 Of course, it's not entirely off the mark... [Read More]
by RSS Stefanie Hoffman  |  Apr 06, 2012  |  Filed in: Industry Trends & News
As of late, Apple has been looking a little more like Windows. Or at least, feeling the pain known all too well by its Redmond-based counterpart. In recent days, the seemingly impenetrable Mac OS X platform was pummeled by not one, but two information-stealing attacks typically reserved for Windows. One of those in-the-wild attacks was a gaping Java vulnerability that enabled cyber hackers to install the Flashback Trojan onto victims’ Mac OS Xs. The Flashback Trojan stealthily made its way onto users' Windows machines last fall by disguising... [Read More]
by RSS Stefanie Hoffman  |  Apr 05, 2012  |  Filed in: Industry Trends & News
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Once upon a time in 2009 the City of Bozeman, Montana found itself at the brunt of a public firestorm when it became known that members had the audacity to request social networking credentials from applicants. Oh, those were the good ole' days. The issue once again came to the forefront of public attention in recent weeks when news reports started indicating that not only are other employers following suit, but demanding users' social networking credentials was staring to become an accepted hiring practice. In one story, the AP illuminated... [Read More]
by RSS Stefanie Hoffman  |  Apr 02, 2012  |  Filed in: Industry Trends & News
“Big” seemed to epitomize last week in security—from big botnet takedowns to big breaches to big privacy issues related to a certain social networking site. Here is this week's lowdown. Zeus Takedown: Microsoft kicked off the week by announcing late Sunday night that it had taken down several of the most damaging botnets connected to the powerful Zeus banking Trojan. Altogether, the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit, along with the United States Marshals and several financial organizations aligned to coordinate an 'unprecedented, proactive cross-industry... [Read More]
by RSS Stefanie Hoffman  |  Apr 02, 2012  |  Filed in: Industry Trends & News
Application security: It's something that no network can live without, especially in the age of Web 2.0. But what is application security exactly and what is its role in the enterprise? While most users have a very concrete understanding of most standard security measures, such as antivirus, firewalls and intrusion prevention, the definition of application security seems to be a bit more nebulous, if not more misunderstood, with the emergence of Web 2.0 and the explosion of social, interactive and streaming media. So here's a bit of a tutorial. Application... [Read More]
by RSS Stefanie Hoffman  |  Mar 29, 2012  |  Filed in: Industry Trends & News
Score another point for Microsoft. The Redmond, Wash.-based software powerhouse announced late Sunday night that it had taken down several of the most damaging botnets connected to the powerful Zeus banking Trojan. In what it described as its “most complex effort to date,” the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit, in collaboration with the United States Marshals and several financial organizations including Financial Services—Information Sharing and Analysis Center, NACHA—The Electronic Payments Association and Kyrus Tech, aligned to coordinate... [Read More]
by RSS Stefanie Hoffman  |  Mar 26, 2012  |  Filed in: Industry Trends & News
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