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November 2011

Much Ado About Facebook

The Reuters news agency reported earlier today a sudden increase in violent and pornographic images and videos on Facebook.  A quick review of my personal account and a check-in with my other Facebook-wielding colleagues revealed a couple of nothing more than a couple of suggestive pictures, complete with snarky comments embedded in them, from the

SOPA and PIPA and DNS: An open letter to Congress

SOPA and PIPA are pieces of legislation currently under consideration in the United States Congress that have serious implications for DNS, the Domain Name System which makes possible the Internet as we know it. To give them their full names these bills are HR 3261, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), and S.968, the Preventing

AVAR Hong Kong security conference 2011 – in 30 seconds

Well, okay, if you happen to be an extremely fast reader. The Association of Anti Virus Asia Researcher’s (AVAR) 14th AVAR Conference just wrapped up in Hong Kong on Friday. This year, the focus was on security issues in and around the emerging Asian security market, and how to rise to the challenge. As one

Anonymous – is hacktivism here to stay?

Months back a rather vocal series of micro-hacktivist groups formed a somewhat larger, more vocal pseudo-organized non-organization ruled essentially democratically via IRC (among other things), attempting to cast light on perceived misdeeds by the large corporation (or government organization) du-jour they thought had behaved badly. The idea was to hack an organization, parade them around

Facebook video scam: 15 seconds? Don’t watch it at all

One of my Facebook friends drew my attention today to a fast-spreading link. I'm pleased to say that he knew better than to look at it, but I figured it was worth seeing what it was all about. The link comes with this message, according to Facecrooks.com (a good place to check for stuff like this):

Facebook Facing FTC Mandated Privacy Changes

At the beginning of the month we discussed the scrutiny that Facebook privacy practices have been receiving from government agencies in North America and beyond, including the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. Now there are reports that "Facebook is nearing a settlement with federal regulators that would require the world's most popular online hangout to obtain

DNSChanger and PROTECT IP: FBI hit and legislative miss

Today the world woke up to DNS changing and something called DNSChanger. First we had the excellent news of a major FBI bust, taking down a cyber-ring that had infected about four million computers in 100 countries. The operators of this fraud had used malware called DNSChanger to redirect infected computers to rogue websites. For

Facebook Likes and cold-call scams

Many companies and sites offering support are basing their appeal to visitors to their web sites on bona fides that are pretty difficult to verify.

Stolen password checking: a question of trust

How do you know a service is legitimate and safe? We all have to trust by proxy sometimes, but it just doesn’t feel right to encourage people to accept reassuring statements as gospel.

Virtualization & Conferencing

David Harley is taking part in the keynote session (11.00-12.00 EST) on “APT: Real Threat or Just Hype” at US Infosecurity’s Virtual Conference on November 8th.

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