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November 21, 2013

Cryptolocker

One of my friends recently received an alert from her sheriff’s office, warning her about something called Cryptolocker. The language in the alert was quite alarming, and she wanted my opinion.

August 12, 2013

The Age Of Enterprise Malware (A.k.a APT vs AFT)

Over the weekend, however, came the “revelation” that the FBI was using exploits and malware that they’d developed themselves to catch Bad Guys...

June 20, 2013

Infosecurity Professional - Interview with George Japak

George Japak, managing director of ICSA Labs, discusses testing, certification and security challenges in a Q&A interview with Infosecurity Professional's Joyce Chutchian.

May 20, 2013

Lessons from the latest Mac malware

Given that an organization of one is about the smallest SMB you could find, it is clear that any person or group that has valuable enough information, or who makes someone mad enough, can be targeted by organizations with either the resources to write a 0-day exploit, or steal some legitimate code signing ability.

April 25, 2013

Assume You’re Breached

The Verizon DBIR came out today, and, as usual, it’s full of interesting data...my favorite sentence was in the opening paragraph. It said, “A growing segment of the security community adopted an “assume you’re breached” mentality.”

March 10, 2013

Windows 8

One other feature in Windows 8 is built in anti-malware protection...

January 14, 2013

Thoughts about this week’s Java 0-day

A few days ago, the world became aware of the existence of a new Java exploit...

December 19, 2012

Why Online Shopping with a Debit Card is a Bad Idea – Part II

Naturally, I’m watching my account closely, and you can imagine my surprise when two more odd-looking transactions appeared last night...

December 17, 2012

Why Online Shopping with a Debit Card is a Bad Idea – Part I

A couple of weeks ago, I had my debit card stolen. I found out because I logged into my bank account and noticed a pending purchase of $50 from Facebook. Now Facebook is a lot of fun, but I’ve never bought anything from Facebook, and probably never will.

December 4, 2012

Social networks tumbling

Recently, some bad guys found a vulnerability in Tumblr that allowed them to spread, in a worm-like fashion, what they thought was a funny message. Thousands of Tumblr users were affected, and while it probably caused some minor embarrassment to both Tumblr and those who were infected, there are two bigger issues in these days of cloud computing and burgeoning social sites.