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Wednesday: July 22, 2009

Latest Firefox update fixes five critical security vulnerabilities.Latest Firefox update fixes five critical security vulnerabilities.

Upgrade to version 3.5 if you haven't already.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Security @ 7:27 AM | Tags (5) | firefox | critical | patch | problems | security |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 6 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Friday: July 17, 2009

Everything you ever wanted to know about Twitter's company strategy now online.Everything you ever wanted to know about Twitter's company strategy now online.

...and this is only a portion of the full set of leaked documents.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Interwebs @ 7:49 AM | Tags (8) | hack | documents | twitter | techcrunch | security | strategy | pulse | interwebs |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 17 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Thursday: July 16, 2009

Twitter seeks legal advice after being hacked seven ways from Sunday.Twitter seeks legal advice after being hacked seven ways from Sunday.

A number of technology blogs were offered the documents for publication in what is now being dubbed 'Twittergate' in some online forums. TechCrunch, one of the most respected blogs in Silicon Valley, has set off a firestorm of criticism and debate over its decision to post some of the material

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Security @ 7:28 AM | Tags (6) | twitter | security | password | techcrunch | legal | documents |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 8 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Tuesday: July 14, 2009

Cisco would like you to know that the poor IT job market could incite online crime.Cisco would like you to know that the poor IT job market could incite online crime.

Hell hath no fury like a disgruntled IT employee who knows all of your root passwords.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Security @ 12:29 PM | Tags (7) | crime | division | it | jobs | market | security | technology |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 4 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Friday: July 10, 2009

State of New York suing social-networking site for spamming sixty million people.State of New York suing social-networking site for spamming sixty million people.

Tagged, which has been around for five years, would then illegally get access to those new users' e-mail address books and send out more messages without those users' knowledge. Tagged will be sued for deceptive e-mail marketing practices and invasion of privacy, the office said.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Interwebs @ 2:10 PM | Tags (9) | email | fraud | lawsuit | networking | newyork | privacy | security | social | spam |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 7 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Tuesday: July 7, 2009

Microsoft would like you to know about a very serious security hole.Microsoft would like you to know about a very serious security hole.

The so-called 'zero day' vulnerability disclosed by Microsoft affects a part of its software used to play video. The problem arises from the way the software interacts with Internet Explorer, which opens a hole for hackers to tunnel into.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Security @ 7:37 AM | Tags (7) | microsoft | security | fyi | vulnerability | video | hole | software |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 9 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Yes, social security numbers can be predicted according to new report.Yes, social security numbers can be predicted according to new report.

...researchers analyzed Social Security numbers of people who have died to detect statistical patterns in the assignment of numbers. They were then able to use those patterns to predict a range of values likely to include a living person's Social Security number.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Security @ 7:17 AM | Tags (7) | analyst | crack | id | report | security | social | statistical |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 9 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Friday: June 26, 2009

Five reasons to use Google Voice and five reasons why you shouldn't.Five reasons to use Google Voice and five reasons why you shouldn't.

Some privacy advocates have expressed concerns that Google Voice may lead to 'increased profiling and tracking of users without safeguards.' Whether that's a problem is largely up to you, and how comfortable you feel with the situation.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Google @ 2:04 PM | Tags (4) | google | voice | privacy | security |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 28 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: June 22, 2009

Turns out 'secret' questions used for security could leave your account vulnerable.Turns out 'secret' questions used for security could leave your account vulnerable.

Acquaintances of 32 webmail users – people with whom they would not normally share their login details – were asked to try and guess the answers users assigned to protect their accounts. The volunteers managed to guess correctly nearly a fifth of the time.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Security @ 6:02 PM | Tags (5) | passwords | questions | secret | security | vulnerable |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 8 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Friday: June 19, 2009

Looking for a job in Montana? You'll have to fork over your online usernames.

This actually goes well beyond a startling invasion of privacy in a state that has a reputation for a strong independent streak; it provides a serious risk of running afoul of employment law. Employers are typically prohibited from digging into an applicant's ethnic or religious background. An Internet search already runs the risk of picking up photos or text that can reveal these sorts of details; opening a person's social networking accounts would seem to make the discovery of these details almost inevitable.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Life @ 8:58 AM | Tags (3) | privacy | security | employment |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 11 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Wednesday: June 17, 2009

Google considering a request to boost privacy.Google considering a request to boost privacy.

Not only do many people not understand the privacy risks in using unencrypted services, but they don't know that they have the HTTPS default option and finding the settings to change isn't that easy, the letter says. Users can access Gmail, Docs, Calendar and other apps via HTTPS by simply changing the 'http://' in the URL address to 'https://,' but many don't know about that option, either.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Google @ 7:55 AM | Tags (4) | google | security | https | privacy |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 3 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: June 15, 2009

Apple plugs up a danergous Java security hole.Apple plugs up a danergous Java security hole.

Apparently Apple had been aware of this issue for the last five months or so. Fix came shortly after someone showed a proof-of-concept demonstrating the exploit.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Apple @ 9:30 PM | Tags (3) | apple | java | security |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 5 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Weak security makes for easier hacking of credit cards.Weak security makes for easier hacking of credit cards.

Who knew?

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Technology @ 7:32 AM | Tags (3) | security | hacking | hacks |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 11 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Wednesday: May 6, 2009

Using the Internet results in a loss of privacy automatically.Using the Internet results in a loss of privacy automatically.

Who knew?

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Interwebs @ 9:45 AM | Tags (3) | privacy | internet | security |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 419 Clicks | Posted by Vin


McAfee under scrutiny for having a website full of security holes. D'oh.McAfee under scrutiny for having a website full of security holes. D'oh.

Security vulnerabilities on McAfee sites, including one designed to scan customers' sites for flaws, exposed certain customer accounts and could have been used for phishing attacks in which malware disguised as McAfee software could be distributed, security experts say.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Technology @ 9:45 AM | Tags (2) | security | mcafee |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 2 Clicks | Posted by Vin


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