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Monday: May 17, 2010

Google may have been accidentally snooping in on your wi-fi connections.Google may have been accidentally snooping in on your wi-fi connections.

Let this be a lesson to you all to never leave a wi-fi network unsecured. The good news is that Google has agreed to stop collecting this data, at least for now.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Security @ 6:37 AM | Tags (7) | google | network | security | security | snooping | streetview | wifi |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 21 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Tuesday: May 11, 2010

FYI, Windows 7 'compatibility checker' currently masquerading as trojan horse virus.FYI, Windows 7 'compatibility checker' currently masquerading as trojan horse virus.

Once a victim has installed the software, criminals can pretty much do whatever they want on the PC, Cosoi said. That could mean installing a keylogger to steal banking credentials or even gaining full access to the hacked system.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Security @ 6:19 AM | Tags (9) | trojan | virus | windows7 | security | compatibility | checker | horse | vulnerability | keylogger |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 7 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: May 10, 2010

Everything you wanted to know about the Facebook privacy war.Everything you wanted to know about the Facebook privacy war.

Wired goes into detail about all the recent privacy changes that Facebook has recently undergone and what they mean to you and your data. Long story short, make sure your privacy settings are all up to snuff (or cancel your account).

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Security @ 7:03 AM | Tags (8) | changes | data | facebook | privacy | settings | war | wired | writeup |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 14 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Tuesday: April 13, 2010

New study discovers that frequent password changes are basically useless.New study discovers that frequent password changes are basically useless.

someone who obtains your password will use it immediately, not sit on it for weeks until you have a chance to change it. 'That’s about as likely as a crook lifting a house key and then waiting until the lock is changed before sticking it in the door,' the Globe says.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Security @ 3:27 PM | Tags (6) | changes | frequent | passwords | security | security | yahoo |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 15 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Tuesday: March 30, 2010

A list of the ten riskiest cities for cyber-crime. Good to know.A list of the ten riskiest cities for cyber-crime. Good to know.

Traveling to Seattle, Boston, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Raleigh, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Denver, Austin or Portland in the near future? Make sure your computer is up to date with the latest virus protections and all of that - although it may not make much difference.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Security @ 6:38 AM | Tags (12) | cities | crime | cyber | definitions | fyi | goodtoknow | risky | security | spambot | travel | virus | zombies |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 13 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Thursday: March 25, 2010

Hacking contest reveals brand new security flaw in your beloved iPhone.Hacking contest reveals brand new security flaw in your beloved iPhone.

The contest in question netted two lucky individuals a cool $15,000 as well as a brand new iPhone for their discovery. The hack in question involved a vulnerability located in the mobile Safari app which opened the door to other mischief.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Security @ 6:51 AM | Tags (10) | apple | contest | exploit | hack | iphone | messages | mobile | safari | sms | yahoo |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 15 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Wednesday: March 24, 2010

Security flaws over at the IRS could mean that your personal data might be at risk.Security flaws over at the IRS could mean that your personal data might be at risk.

The Internal Revenue Service's failure to use strong passwords, install patches quickly, and adequately control access to computer systems and information makes the system vulnerable to insider threats and attacks from outside, a new government report concludes.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Security @ 6:42 AM | Tags (12) | taxes | security | risk | irs | data | exposed | cnet | passwords | weak | control | systems | vulnerable |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 2 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Thursday: March 18, 2010

Disgruntled employee disables hundreds of cars from the comfort of his PC.Disgruntled employee disables hundreds of cars from the comfort of his PC.

I wouldn't call this so much of a 'hack' (or hacker according to Wired) but rather a disgruntled employee who happened to know his way around a most-likely poorl y designed online security system. If you put functionality like this online without proper security this is just an accident waiting to happen.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Security @ 9:37 AM | Tags (8) | auto | bricked | cars | disgruntled | hacker | systems | texas | wired |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 20 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Wednesday: March 17, 2010

Turns out that more and more employers are using tech to track workers.Turns out that more and more employers are using tech to track workers.

This post details just how easy (and cheap) it is in this day and age to monitor exactly what people are doing in the workplace. If you happen to have some sort of job in a tech-related field - it's even easier. If you think Big Brother is watching you - well, he probably is.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Security @ 7:02 AM | Tags (9) | tech | workers | employees | tracking | watch | eye | habits | history | security |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 15 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: March 15, 2010

Netflix decides to cancel new contest amidst privacy concerns.Netflix decides to cancel new contest amidst privacy concerns.

The retreat announced Friday settles a lawsuit alleging Netflix's plans to release millions of movie-rental records that could have illegally exposed sensitive information about its subscribers' tastes and lifestyles.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Security @ 6:53 AM | Tags (11) | contest | dvds | lifestyles | netflix | preferences | privacy | recrods | security | sensitive | tastes | users |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 6 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Thursday: March 11, 2010

New survey shows that 12% of employees knowingly violate IT policies.New survey shows that 12% of employees knowingly violate IT policies.

With 12 percent of those people actively working outside of stated IT policy (and plenty more who do so out of ignorance), IT admins certainly have their work cut out for them if they want to maintain a tight ship.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Security @ 7:03 AM | Tags (7) | it | policy | survey | arstechnica | security | violations | obvious |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 21 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Tuesday: March 9, 2010

Your rechargeable batteries may come with a free Trojan horse virus.Your rechargeable batteries may come with a free Trojan horse virus.

The battery maker said it does not know how the Trojan got into the software. 'Energizer has discontinued sale of this product and has removed the site to download the software,' the statement said.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Security @ 7:12 AM | Tags (7) | backdoor | batteries | cnet | energizer | security | trojan | virus |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 20 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Tuesday: March 2, 2010

Hacking popular ticket sites may land you with several unfriendly charges.Hacking popular ticket sites may land you with several unfriendly charges.

What kind of charges you ask? Well there is conspiracy, wire fraud and unauthorized computer access for starters. According to the source article that wire fraud charge carries a twenty year prison sentence.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Security @ 7:00 AM | Tags (13) | hackers | tickets | ticketmaster | profit | concerts | music | yahoo | hacking | charges | conspiracy | wire | fraud | prison |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 5 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Wednesday: February 10, 2010

Microsoft decides to finally fix a security hole that plagued them for seventeen years.Microsoft decides to finally fix a security hole that plagued them for seventeen years.

Much as been made of the fact that the hole is 17 years old, but Ormandy said he informed Microsoft about it in June 2009. 'You can criticize them for taking a long time to fix a bug,' but not if they didn't know about it, said Pedram Amini, who runs the Zero Day Initiative.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Security @ 9:35 AM | Tags (5) | microsoft | patches | security | vulnerabilities | windows |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 19 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Tuesday: January 26, 2010

FAA would like to make sure that next generation 747 is hack-proof.FAA would like to make sure that next generation 747 is hack-proof.

Essentially, the FAA seemed worried that the 747-8 will be vulnerable to outside access and that the 'applicable airworthiness regulations do not contain adequate or appropriate safety standards for these design features,' mandating the issuing of the special conditions.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Security @ 6:13 AM | Tags (9) | faa | 747 | nextgen | security | hackproof | cnet | boeing | airplane | flight |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 6 Clicks | Posted by Vin


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