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Did you know you can see all recent signins to your Microsoft account?

This is very useful information: http://sbs.seandaniel.com/2014/01/checking-your-sign-in-history-in.html

Drive-by Download Attacks: Examining the Web Server Platforms Attackers Use Most Often

The top two - open source Apache and Nginx: http://blogs.technet.com/b/security/archive/2014/01/08/drive-by-download-attacks-examining-the-web-server-platforms-attackers-use-most-often.aspx

"The psychology of malware warnings"

A fascinating read: http://www.lightbluetouchpaper.org/2014/01/03/reading-this-may-harm-your-computer/ Direct link to report: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2374379

FTC Settlement and Default Judgment Impose Permanent Ban on Marketers of Scam 'Recovery' Kits

It kind of adds insult to injury. Imagine being bilked once, then being bilked again by somebody who promises to help you get your money back from the first bilking if you give them up to $499... The judgment against the miscreants was for $5.2 MILLION...

Tech support scheme participant settles FTC charges

He has to hand over all the money he made, and promise to be a good boy from now on :) http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2013/11/pccare.shtm

Boobytrapped iphone chargers / charging stations

Who would have thought! It gets to the point you begin to wonder if anything is safe... http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2013/08/03/apple-to-fix-iphones-vulnerability-to-boobytrapped-chargers/
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Press Release: Attorney General McKenna’s new laws go into effect Thursday

The full press release is below. The section most relevant to this blog is the new laws related to spyware. A change that I anticipate will have a great impact is that the new laws " Create liability for web hosting services who ignore violators...

New SWF analysis tools - thanks to TeMerc for pointing this out

Yay, a new tool . Thank you TeMerc , I owe you a drink of your choice when I am next in town... " In light of a growing problem that has the potential to effectively place every internet user at risk, even when only visiting sites they would otherwise...

Breaking news: skyauction.com, unauthorised malicious advertisements, a fake letter of mandate.. oh my...

My regular readers may recall my recent article about emusic's claim that various advertising networks ( uniqueads.com , adtraff.com and forceup.com ) were fraudulently claiming to represent emusic. Said advertising networks were apparently selling...

Is this the beginning of the end for malicious SWF files?

Oh, I hope so. Mind you, it's going to take me quite a while to get my head around this 7 page document, and all of the extra pages referred to ... anybody want to give me a crash course, or explain to my readers what sort of difference this will...

Not even my immediate family is safe from malware....

There's my Dad, searching the net for an update to a particular specialist programme on his system; he finds what he wants, he downloads, he starts to install (we don't know if he closed his Web browser first - I'm bettting not), he's...

US-CERT alert - MAC OSX Leopard

" US-CERT is aware of reports of possible flaws in the Application-Based Firewall in Mac OS X Leopard. According to these reports, users may be misinformed of the status of their firewall rule set, thus placing users with listening network services...

More on the MAC malware

Word is starting to spread about the MAC targetting malware "MacCodec" aka OSX.RSPlug.A , but I admit to being concerned at some of the reactions that I am seeing. " A spokesperson for Symantec suggested that Intego "has a tendency...

MAC users are being targeted in a porn trojan social engineering attack

Source: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/10/31/in_the_wild_osx_trojan/ " Miscreants have released a sophisticated Trojan into the wild that targets Mac users, according to Intego, a company that markets security software that runs on OS X. The malicious...

An interesting article by my friend Mauricio, and a timely warning

Operating System security is [only] as good as the admins http://www.geekzone.co.nz/freitasm/3578 "This last week, 5 of the 8 servers that are loco hosted but Canonical sponsored, had to be shut down due to reports that they were actively attacking...

Extremely disappointing - Trend Micro fails anti-malware test

"All three of its software products report false positives in VB100 testing. All three of the anti-malware products submitted by Trend Micro for Virus Bulletin's independent tests failed because they produced false positives. Of the 20 products...