Archive for 'Cyber Security'

Protecting yourself in a
multi-device, multi-platford world

Posted at Aug 18, 2012 | Posted in  Cyber Security, Google+ Posts | By IT Pixie | No comments
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You have antivirus and firewall on your home and/or work PC, and you use (semi) strong passwords to lock your PC.  But how many of you have only a work PC and/or a home PC running Windows?  In this day and age, you are most likely living at least some part of your life "online".

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Malware Targeting WordPress Pluggable.php

Posted at Aug 15, 2012 | Posted in  Cyber Security, Google+ Posts, WordPress | By IT Pixie | No comments
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One of WordPress' core files, /wp-includes/pluggable.php has been targeted as host to a malware payload, according to a security company +Sucuri LLC.  What this means is while it is not a vulnerability in WordPress' code, the following malicious code is getting inserted into pluggable.php. Once the malicious is inserted, it then attempts to load more

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Mat Honan hacked:
Apple, Amazon the weakest links

Posted at Aug 07, 2012 | Posted in  Cyber Security, Google+ Posts | By IT Pixie | No comments
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Mat Honan, the WIRED journalist who got his online accounts hacked or deleted, and his iDevices completely wiped over the weekend, recounts how the perp(s) managed to nuke his digital life.  Here’s the highlight: Apple tech support gave the hackers access to my iCloud account. Amazon tech support gave them the ability to see a

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Phishing Scam: Domain Registration Renewal

Posted at Aug 06, 2012 | Posted in  Cyber Security, Nerd Speak | By IT Pixie | No comments
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While doing some housecleaning of my email accounts, I noticed this odd email in my Spam folder: (Click image to enlarge) It was odd because: 1) The email was sent to an email address that was not used for our domain registrations; 2) The email did not come from our regular domain registrar.  In fact, I

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5 Security Lessons From an Ex-FBI Official

Posted at Aug 06, 2012 | Posted in  Cyber Security, Google+ Posts | By IT Pixie | No comments
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5 Security Lessons From an Ex-FBI Official… That businesses and organizations can benefit from. These are lesson learned by FBI and other intelligence agents, and knowledge that private sector companies can use.  The two basic idea are: "The private sector has to accept that companies can't keep focusing on protecting the network perimeter but acknowledge

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Hacked! News Roundup: Reuters &
Hacking via AppleCare

Posted at Aug 05, 2012 | Posted in  Cyber Security, Google+ Posts | By IT Pixie | No comments
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Another More horror stories of getting hacked… First, news of Reuters News blogging getting hacked broke, and some fake interview with a Syrian rebel leader was posted. The Reuters blogging website was taken down briefly to fix the problem. Update August 6, 2012: Reuters hacked via outdated WordPress install Then today, The ReutersTech Twitter account

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Hacked! News Roundup: August 1, 2012

Posted at Aug 01, 2012 | Posted in  Cyber Security, Google+ Posts | By IT Pixie | No comments
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Another busy two weeks passed by, with organizations getting hacked and info leaked… Here are the headlines popping into my RSS reader: 8.24 million Gamigo passwords leaked after hack { Link } Gamigo was hacked back in February but only now are we seeing the results. More than 8.24 million e-mail addresses and passwords have

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Dropbox users got spam,
because Dropbox got hacked

Posted at Aug 01, 2012 | Posted in  Cyber Security, Google+ Posts | By IT Pixie | No comments
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Several weeks ago there were reports of Dropbox users getting spammed in email addresses that they use for Dropbox only, which prompted speculations about whether Dropbox was hacked and leaked users' email addresses.  Dropbox investigated and the initial finding was no intrusion detected.  But the company continued the investigation, with the help of an outside

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Old osCommerce Exploit Resurfaces

Posted at Jul 31, 2012 | Posted in  Cyber Security | By IT Pixie | 1 Comment
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Today I received several hacking attempt warnings in my mailbox, and the exploit the hacker (IP: 85.17.48.23) used was not the usual TimThumb or Uploadify variety. The exploit has the following element: Puzzled, I Googled the code, and it turned out it’s an old osCommerce exploit from back in November 2010. The vulnerability, exploiting /admin/categories.php,

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Stolen Domains: A Horror Story of Being Hacked

Posted at Jul 26, 2012 | Posted in  Cyber Security, Google+ Posts | By IT Pixie | 1 Comment
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I came across this story (and see update below) via Mari Smith on Google+… Domain theft is not something we think about or even hear about very often, but it is absolutely a real risk.  And if you have unfortunately been a victim of domain theft, you know how much pain and hassle it is to

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