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Has LinkedIn Been Hacked?

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Well, that is the million dollar question, isn’t it?  I have seen a lot of accusation and rumor going around, but I have yet to see any substantiating evidence.

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Flashback Mac Malware Trojan

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Well, well, well.  What do you know.  Mac gains market share and now the malware wars begin.  Apple scrambled to push out an update today that removes the most common variants of Flashback and stop automatic execution of Java applets.  The threat is very serious as it attempts to mimic actions on websites for passwords.  This can fool the user into giving up very sensitive information, which is sent to remote servers.  You can simply do a Mac update to obtain the latest fix.

 

However, if you are already infected, you should utilize Apple’s fix or F-Secure’s Flashback Removal Tool or Symantec Flashback Removal Tool.  If you are unsure, do yourself a favor and use those removal tools just to make sure!

Stay safe.



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Adobe Reader/Acrobat U3D Memory Corruption Vulnerability

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A new zero day for the Adobe Reader has been identified.  That means that it has no solution as of yet.  Adobe is frantically putting together a fix for next week.  Here are the verions/systems affected:

  • Adobe Reader X (10.1.1) and earlier 10.x versions for Windows and Macintosh
  • Adobe Reader 9.4.6 and earlier 9.x versions for Windows, Macintosh and UNIX
  • Adobe Acrobat X (10.1.1) and earlier 10.x versions for Windows and Macintosh
  • Adobe Acrobat 9.4.6 and earlier 9.x versions for Windows and Macintosh

You can see the original report from adobe.



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Reveal Wifi Thieves

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Wifi has really exploded.  Doing away with the wires is a really liberating experience.  Unfortunately, that freedom has come with a price.  Hopefully, you are NOT one of many people running an open wireless.  What I mean is, for the love of all that’s decent, please don’t tell me you have no encryption on your wireless signal!  That would be tantamount to allowing anyone and everyone into your private affairs.  And please don’t tell me you are stilll using WEP.  WEP is really insecure and can be cracked (even at high ecryption bits) very quickly.  I know because I’ve done it.  If you don’t encrypt your signal, you can still utilize the following tool – but please just enable encryption first.  That will go a long way to helping your issues.  But let’s say that your wireless signal seems to be crawling or slowed down a ton.  Maybe, just maybe, you have a wifi moocher on your hands.  Well, it just so happens that we can find out where those moochers are hiding!

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Enable Verbose Messaging in Windows

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One of the things that can drive you batty is the lack of startup and/or shutdown information in Windows.  Yes, you can look into the log files to gather that information, but sometimes it’s not verbose enough.  I found a way to enable that verbose messaging so that you can get information on problems.

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