February 24, 2012
by Lon Seidman | February 24, 2012 4:10pm
America’s first geek, Benjamin Franklin, offered this piece of advice way back in the 18th century: “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” It’s sage wisdom in the wake of the House Republicans’ website being taken down recently by a potentially dangerous computer virus.
Tags: hacker, rootkit, WordPress, virus, Republicans, Lon Seidman
August 8, 2011
by Lon Seidman | August 8, 2011 4:09pm
Unskilled hackers at your local coffee shop can gain complete access to your Facebook account as well as other online services with a simple mouse click. Fixing the problem is easy but many people haven’t implemented it, surfing away completely unaware of how vulnerable they may be to a cyber intrusion.
Tags: Facebook, hacker, hacker, wifi, security settings
July 21, 2011
by George Gombossy | July 21, 2011 10:45am
“Google has begun issuing warnings to millions of people that their PC has been infected with a virus,” says a report today by BBC News.
“The malicious code pipes browser traffic through sites that promote the scammers’ wares, which include fake security programs. Those hit by the virus will be warned with a message that will appear at the top of searches carried out via Google. The search firm estimates that more than two million people have been hit by the infection.”
Google security engineer Damian Menscher posted the following information:
July 15, 2011
by Jeremy Kirk for PCWorld | July 15, 2011 11:43am
Criminals are willing to pay thousands of euros for a discontinued Nokia mobile phone with a software problem that can be exploited to hack into online bank accounts, according to a fraud investigator in the Netherlands.
About 10 days ago, investigators observed someone transfer €25,000 (U.S. $32,413) for a Nokia 1100 phone, said Frank Engelsman of Ultrascan Advanced Global Investigations. The candy-bar style phone is one of Nokia’s all-time best-selling models, and originally sold for under €100.
Engelsman said police contacted Ultrascan about six months ago to see if the security company knew why the phones were in demand. Since then, Ultrascan has seen the price for the Nokia 1100 rise from around €5,000 to the latest figure. “We thought ‘What could be so special about the phone?’” Engelsman said.
April 14, 2011
by Lon Seidman | April 14, 2011 1:43am