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  • A question for our network gurus.

    05/22/2017 9:23:15 AM PDT · by LouAvul · 15 replies
    I recently installed a Netgear Nighthawk X6 router. I've replaced the default passwords with 10 digit, random, unrelated characters. Two of my devices (a desktop and a laptop) are running Avast free virus protection. When I run an Avast scan, it says Service is vulnerable to attacks from within your network. When I click on their recommended solution, they say to update the firmware. I've gone to the Netgear website and it says all is updated. I recently vacationed in Colorado. I stayed at a private condo and used their wifi. I ran the Avast scan on my laptop. At...
  • Google clashes with Microsoft over Windows flaw disclosure (actively exploited zero-day vuln)

    10/31/2016 6:41:58 PM PDT · by dayglored · 25 replies
    PC World ^ | Oct 31, 2016 | Michael Kan
    Google and Microsoft are butting heads over the disclosure of vulnerabilities. On Monday, Google revealed a critical flaw in Windows after it gave Microsoft a ten-day window to warn the public about it.Google posted about the zero-day vulnerability on its security blog, saying Microsoft had yet to publish a fix or issue an advisory about the software flaw."This vulnerability is particularly serious because we know it is being actively exploited," Google said. It lets hackers exploit a bug in the Windows kernel, via a win32k.sys system call, to bypass the security sandbox.The search giant originally told Microsoft about the problem...
  • (Drudge) Major internet problems reported after cyberattack

    10/21/2016 8:14:30 AM PDT · by Freedom56v2 · 68 replies
    Mashable ^ | 10/21/2016 | Emma Hinchliffe
    Sites across the internet had problems on Friday morning following a cyberattack on a major internet management company. On Friday morning, Dyn — a company that hosts domain name systems — announced it has been the subject of a cyberattack that caused major problems for numerous websites. People reported issues with Twitter, Spotify, SoundCloud, Vox Media sites, Airbnb and numerous other sites. SEE ALSO: It's war: U.S. officially blames Russia for recent hacks Domain name systems (DNS) are essentially the GPS of the internet, taking the text URLs you type into a browser and figuring out where those websites’ data...
  • POPULAR SECURITY SOFTWARE CAME UNDER RELENTLESS NSA AND GCHQ ATTACKS

    06/22/2015 7:33:22 AM PDT · by rickyrikardo · 100 replies
    GLENN GREENWALD's (Snowden's pal) Firstlook.org The Intercept ^ | June 22 ,2015 | ANDREW FISHMAN AND MORGAN MARQUIS-BOIRE
    The National Security Agency and its British counterpart, Government Communications Headquarters, have worked to subvert anti-virus and other security software in order to track users and infiltrate networks, according to documents from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. The spy agencies have reverse engineered software products, sometimes under questionable legal authority, and monitored web and email traffic in order to discreetly thwart anti-virus software and obtain intelligence from companies about security software and users of such software. One security software maker repeatedly singled out in the documents is Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab, which has a holding registered in the U.K., claims more than...
  • Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification for May 1, 2014

    05/01/2014 9:47:15 AM PDT · by VanShuyten · 19 replies
    Microsoft ^ | 5/1/2014 | Microsoft Security Tech Center
    This is an advance notification for one out-of-band security bulletin that Microsoft is intending to release on May 1, 2014. The bulletin addresses the security vulnerability in Internet Explorer described in Microsoft Security Advisory 2963983.
  • Google Knew About Heartbleed and Didn’t Tell the Government

    04/16/2014 12:55:45 PM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    National Journal ^ | April 14, 2014 | Brendan Sasso
    Federal systems remained vulnerable to hackers even after researchers identified the bug. Google knew about a critical flaw in Internet security, but it didn't alert anyone in the government. Neel Mehta, a Google engineer, first discovered "Heartbleed"—a bug that undermines the widely used encryption technology OpenSSL—some time in March. A team at the Finnish security firm Codenomicon discovered the flaw around the same time. Google was able to patch most of its services—such as email, search, and YouTube—before the companies publicized the bug on April 7. The researchers also notified a handful of other companies about the bug before going...
  • GPS pioneer warns on network’s security

    02/13/2014 5:25:29 PM PST · by CedarDave · 10 replies
    The Financial Times ^ | February 13, 2014 | Sam Jones and Carola Hoyos
    The Global Positioning System helps power everything from in-car satnavs and smart bombs to bank security and flight control, but its founder has warned that it is more vulnerable to sabotage or disruption than ever before – and politicians and security chiefs are ignoring the risk. Impairment of the system by hostile foreign governments, cyber criminals – or even regular citizens – has become “a matter of national security”, according to Colonel Bradford Parkinson, who is hailed as the architect of modern navigation. “If we don’t watch out and we aren’t prepared,” then countries could be denied everything from ‘navigation’...
  • Tools to secure your Android phone

    12/14/2013 5:53:34 PM PST · by Innovative · 17 replies
    Time of India ^ | Dec 15, 2013 | Javed Anwer
    Did you know that Android - version 2.2 and later - comes with a feature that lets you track and manage your mobile device? Look for Google Settings among all the apps on your handset. It is denoted by a grey icon with a lower case 'g' and a gear symbol. Tap on the app, and choose the last option which reads 'Android Device Manager' . From here, you can activate features that will locate your device in case it is lost or misplaced, and you can also remotely lock and factory reset your handset. After you've checked these options...
  • Kim Komando: Stop Facebook from infecting your computer

    02/04/2013 11:20:55 AM PST · by EveningStar · 22 replies
    The Kim Komando Show ^ | February 3, 2013 | Kim Komando
    If there's one guarantee on the Internet, it's that there will be no shortage of security concerns on Facebook. Facebook invades your privacy, uses you in ads, misuses your Likes and could cost you your job. That's only counting threats from Facebook itself! Since it has more than a billion members, it only makes sense that hackers and scammers would target Facebook. People spend hours on the site and reveal all sorts of private information. That only makes a criminal's job easier.
  • Kim Komando: Browse like Bond: How to surf the Web like a spy

    10/06/2012 11:21:18 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 28 replies
    The Kim Komando Show ^ | October 6, 2012 | Kim Komando
    When you surf the Internet, everyone is watching... Well, it's not as hard as you may think to browse anonymously and preserve your privacy. All you need are a few tools and some coaching in covert ops. That's where I come in. Just call me Komando...Kim Komando...
  • Google warns hundreds of thousands may lose Internet in July

    05/25/2012 9:25:10 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 21 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | May 25, 2012 | FoxNews
    Google plans to warn more than half a million users of a computer infection that may knock their computers off the Internet this summer. Unknown to most of them, their problem began when international hackers ran an online advertising scam to take control of infected computers around the world. In a highly unusual response, the FBI set up a safety net months ago using government computers to prevent Internet disruptions for those infected users. But that system will be shut down July 9 -- killing connections for those people.
  • Feds: Cyber Criminals Hijacked 4 Million Computers

    11/10/2011 2:09:35 PM PST · by decimon · 8 replies
    ABC News ^ | November 9, 2011 | RICHARD ESPOSITO and LEE FERRAN
    > According to the indictment, the suspects entered into deals with various internet advertisers in which they would be paid for generating traffic to certain websites or advertisements. But instead of earning the money legitimately, the FBI said the defendants used malware to force infected computers to unwillingly visit the target sites or advertisements -- pumping up click results and, therefore, ill-gotten profits to the tune of $14 million. The malware was also designed to prevent users from installing anti-virus software that may have been able to free the infected computers. > In the first case, if a user searched...
  • Hundreds of thousands may lose Internet in July

    04/21/2012 2:24:07 AM PDT · by iowamark · 79 replies
    AP ^ | 4/20/2012 | LOLITA C. BALDOR
    For computer users, a few mouse clicks could mean the difference between staying online and losing Internet connections this summer. Unknown to most of them, their problem began when international hackers ran an online advertising scam to take control of infected computers around the world. In a highly unusual response, the FBI set up a safety net months ago using government computers to prevent Internet disruptions for those infected users. But that system is to be shut down. The FBI is encouraging users to visit a website run by its security partner, http://www.dcwg.org , that will inform them whether they're...
  • Thousands facing loss of Internet on July 9 Read more:

    04/21/2012 12:08:23 PM PDT · by SandRat · 12 replies
    http://azstarnet.com/news/national/thousands-facing-loss-of-internet-on-july/article_8624a50b-dc32-5
    AP story on threat.
  • Wi-Fi Security: Cracking WPA With CPUs, GPUs, And The Cloud

    08/15/2011 2:37:51 PM PDT · by decimon · 21 replies
    Tom's Hardware ^ | August 15, 2011 | Andrew Ku
    Is your network safe? Almost all of us prefer the convenience of Wi-Fi over the hassle of a wired connection. But what does that mean for security? Our tests tell the whole story. We go from password cracking on the desktop to hacking in the cloud.We hear about security breaches with such increasing frequency that it's easy to assume the security world is losing its battle to protect our privacy. The idea that our information is safe is what enables so many online products and services; without it, life online would be so very different than it is today. And...
  • Hacked! First the Senate, now the CIA... Computer gang accesses agency website...

    06/16/2011 9:25:16 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 10 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 16th June 2011 | Daily Mail Reporter
    A group of hackers who breached the Senate computer system earlier this week claimed responsibility for problems with the CIA's website today. The group, known as Lulz Security, tweeted 'Tango down - CIA.gov,' and there were difficulties throughout the early evening accessing the agency's website. The computer mischief appeared to be targeting the CIA's public website, which does not include classified data and has no impact on the CIA's operation. CIA spokesman Marie Harf said the agency is looking into the reports.
  • LulzSec hackers claim CIA website shutdown

    06/16/2011 8:51:45 AM PDT · by cartan · 26 replies
    The hacker group Lulz Security has claimed it has brought down the public-facing website of the US Central Intelligence Agency. The alleged attack on CIA.gov occurred on the same day the group opened a telephone request line so its fans could suggest potential targets. On its Twitter feed, the group wrote: “Tango down - cia.gov - for the lulz”. The CIA website was inaccessible at times on Wednesday but appeared to be back up on Thursday. LulzSec’s claim could not immediately be verified. It was unclear if the outage was due to the group’s efforts or to the large number...
  • Thousands of Web Sites Hit With New Twist on Old SQL Injection Hack

    04/01/2011 1:52:38 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 31 replies
    newenterprise.allthingsd.com ^ | Posted on April 1, 2011 at 1:10 PM PT | by Arik Hesseldahl
    A relatively simple hack has been used to compromise at least 500,000 Web sites, and perhaps as many as 1.5 million, in such a way that visitors are tricked into downloading fake PC security software. Dubbed Lizamoon, after the Web site where some users are in some cases redirected, the attack was first documented by the security research firm Websense The hack seeks to trick Web users into believing that their computer has been compromised by viruses and prompts them to download fake security software that itself causes further problems. Among the sites serving up the links to the fake...
  • Anonymous attacks US security company

    02/07/2011 12:03:27 PM PST · by dimk · 12 replies
    guardian.co.uk ^ | Monday 7 February 2011 | Charles Arthur
    The loose hacker collective Anonymous says it has taken revenge on a US security company whose principal claimed to have penetrated the group and identified some of its key people. They hacked the Twitter account of Aaron Barr, the chief executive of HBGary, and sent out a series of angry tweets while many Americans were watching the Super Bowl match on Sunday night, allegedly including Barr's social security number and address, and his mobile phone number.
  • Opinions of Skype

    09/13/2010 8:25:09 PM PDT · by pfflier · 47 replies
    My sister-in-law just joined Skype and is trying to drum up contacts. I am leery of anything "free" on the internet and see that Skype has some parts that are pay-to-use. I also assume, like facebook, they may have porous security or may exploit their member's personal information.Any opinions would be appreciated.