Monthly Archives: October 2013

When the phone call is more dangerous than malware

” at DEF CON 21, a pool of 10 men and 10 women, from diverse backgrounds and experience levels, tested their social engineering abilities against 10 of the biggest global corporations, including Apple, Boeing, Exxon, General Dynamics and General Electric. The complete results of the competition are in, and they don’t bode well for businesses.”  Help-Net

GPS Bullets

“It sounds like something out of a James Bond movie – GPS bullets that can track the location of a suspect’s car.”  BBC

Adobe Breach Impacted At Least 38 Million Users

“It also appears that the already massive source code leak at Adobe is broadening to include the company’s Photoshop family of graphical design products.”  Krebs

Firefox 25 is here.

Ten new security fixes.  You can download it from Slug.

Window XP, Time To Upgrade

If you’re still using XP, you need to seriously consider upgrading.  Browsers support on XP will soon end.    “Firefox and Chrome Will Soon EOL On XP”

Beware of CryptoLocker

The next generation of ransomware is very dangerous.  Once you are infected, the only choice is to pay the ransom unless you have good backups.  Edit: There may be a way to restore some files.

You should create recovery media for your OS.

It’s a good idea to create some restore media for your OS to supplement your backup strategy (you are backing up, correct?).  Apple has Recovery Disk Assistant while Windows (8.1, 8.0, 7.0)has its own method.  Some manufacturers also have recovery disk options but you’ll have to search Google for your model.

Windows 8.1 is here

The WinSuperSite has a guide on how to upgrade.  Make sure to create restore media before the upgrade.

October is Cyber Security Awareness Month

Please read this message from Dr. Joe DiPietro, President, University of Tennessee regarding the challenges we face to maintain data security in the higher education environment:  Click here for full text of  Dr. DiPietro’s message.

Report: Insiders are leading cause of data breaches

According to Forrester’s research in the October 1, 2013 edition of  “Understand the State of Data Security and Privacy” report, the major reason behind data breaches in the last 12 months stems from inadvertent misuse of data by employees.    Read full story…