Cyber Security

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Adobe
Adobe announced today that it will release an update for Adobe Reader (9.5.1) and Acrobat (10.1.3) and earlier versions for both Windows and Mac to fix critical security flaws. The updates will be released on August 14 — this coming Tuesday.  The pre-notification security advisory warning — APSB12-16 — gives few details, except noting the Continue Reading →
Apple
Apple is beefing up security for resetting user passwords after a journalist wrote about a hack affecting his personal data, highlighting possible weaknesses in the system protecting more than 400 million user accounts. The company is temporarily suspending the ability to reset AppleID passwords over the phone while it takes steps to make the procedure Continue Reading →
Mat Honan
In the space of one hour, my entire digital life was destroyed. First my Google account was taken over, then deleted. Next my Twitter account was compromised, and used as a platform to broadcast racist and homophobic messages. And worst of all, my AppleID account was broken into, and my hackers used it to remotely Continue Reading →
AuthenTec
Mobile and network security company AuthenTec Inc announced this morning that it has been acquired by Apple for $8 a share, which equates to $356 million (in cash). News of the deal comes from a 8-K filed by AuthenTec, which says that it has entered an Intellectual Property and Technology Agreement with Apple yesterday, allowing Continue Reading →
Spam
A major spam botnet that inundated email inboxes around the world with emails promoting fake prescription drugs is gone. So says the security firm that helped kill it. “The Grum botnet has finally been knocked down. All the known command and control (CnC) servers are dead, leaving their zombies orphaned,” wrote Atif Mushtaq of FireEye Continue Reading →
Dropbox
Over the past day, Dropbox users have reported receiving spam in email accounts created exclusively for the service. The company has confirmed the reports and says it’s investigating. Are our Dropbox passwords safe? TechCrunch reports that users in the Dropbox forums pointed out the weird spam email about a day ago. The users, most of Continue Reading →
Yahoo logo
First, change your Yahoo! password.  This really is not optional.  Yahoo! has been compromised.  And, until Yahoo! says that they have found and corrected the security bug that allowed the hackers to access the username and password files, be ready.  You may need change your password more than once. As you know, I am an Continue Reading →

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