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Bad password choices: don't miss the point

Phish, Phowl, and Passwords I spend a lot of time defending educational as opposed to purely technical solutions to security. Not that I don’t believe in the usefulness of technical solutions: that is, after all, ESET’s basic business. However, there are many people in the security business who believe that education is a waste of

Authentication attacks: Apple, Amazon, iCloud, Google, anything with a password

Sharing details of the hack that “wiped his life” has earned Mat Honan a place in the annals of information system security; the specific inter-dependence of flawed authentication systems that cost him so dearly–encompassing Apple, iCloud, Amazon.com, Gmail and more–would probably still exist if Mat had not gone public. Wired has the full story here

Password Party Weekend? Millions exposed now include Phandroid, Nvidia, me

Changing the passwords on your online accounts might not sound like a fun weekend activity, but that’s what I did last weekend. Why? Because on Sunday I found out that one of my email addresses was in the list of Yahoo! logins whose passwords were exposed by sloppy handling of a credential file (an incident

Passwords of Plenty*: what 442773 leaked Yahoo! accounts can tell us

If a service leaks your credentials, your options are limited, but changing all your passwords to something harder to guess/break is never a bad idea.

Guarding against password reset attacks with pen and paper

With the recent announcements of password breaches at LinkedIn, and warnings from Google about state-sponsored attacks on Gmail accounts, it seems like a good idea now to review some password security basics.  In this blog post, we’re going to take a look at a rather low-tech solution to a decidedly high-tech problem:  How to guard

Passwords and PINs: the worst choices

It’s important to know the worst password choices, but also the worst choices for numeric passcodes.

The BYOD security challenge: How scary is the iPad, tablet, smartphone surge?

Employee use of personally-owned computing devices for work-related purposes–known as Bring Your Own Device or BYOD–is not a new trend and security professionals have been concerned about it for some time, but there is a widely held view that the trend has been transformed of late. Why? Waves of mobile digital devices flooding into the

Password management for non-obvious accounts

A continuation on: Time to check your DNS settings? After 7 March 2012, lots of people potentially can be hit as their systems are infected by a DNS Changer. Several government-CERTs have already warned their users. Rather than using the ISP’s DNS Servers, the malware has changed the settings to use DNS Servers controlled by

Passwords, passphrases, and big numbers: first the good news…

Static passwords: if we can’t kill them off, can we at least improve them? Yes, but here’s a not of caution.

Passwords, Stratfor, and Newton’s 3rd Law of Motion

Dazzlepod is saying … if your account name comes up, change your current password … why not assume that your account is compromised and go ahead and change it anyway and everywhere?

IRISSCERT, ESET Ireland and the Luck of the Irish

The IRISSCERT conference in Dublin has drawn attention to Irish cybercrime statistics since January 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

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.

1000 days of Conficker

Nearly three years old, the Conficker worm continues to pose a threat to PCs. Aryeh Goretsky wants to know why this is, and what can be done about it.

Where there’s smoke, there’s FireWire

Forensic software developer PassWare announced a new version of its eponymous software forensics kit on Tuesday. Already several news sources are writing about how the program can automatically obtain the login password from a locked or sleeping Mac simply by plugging in a USB flash drive containing their software and connecting it to another computer

LinkedIn Privacy: An Easy How-to Guide to Protecting Yourself

Introduction LinkedIn is a social network platform whose specialty is connecting professionals together to build relationships and create business opportunity. Recently the company became publicly traded and grabbed the attention of the world as its initial public stock offering more than doubled on the first day. Here we focus tools and options for user privacy

LulzSec lulls the NHS: not such bad lads?

…on the Twitter account owned by LulzSec that they had turned their attention to the NHS. Curiously enough, they seem to have been restrained and even responsible: while there’s an image out there of a message they claim to have sent to an administrator at an unidentified NHS site, they blacked out the details.

A Nice Pair of Breaches

…here’s a blog in stark contrast to Urban Schrott’s blog about good password practice in Ireland … Troy Hunt ran an analysis of the subset of stolen Sony Pictures passwords put out as a torrent by those nice boys at LulzSec, some 37,608 of them…

Passwords, passphrases and past caring

First: a link to another article  for SC Magazine's Cybercrime Corner on password issues: Good passwords are no joke. However good your password is, your privacy still depends on rational implementation by the service provider. Also, one of the articles that sparked off that particular post: ESET Ireland's excellent blog post on a survey carried

Lockheed Martin breached by unknown digital assailants

In an unfortunate series of events related to the RSA SecurID technology, reports are coming in that Lockheed Martin's networks have been broken into by unknown perpetrators.  Jim Finkle and Andrea Shalal-Esa broke an exclusive story and reached out to folks in the industry to get to the truth. "They breached security systems designed to

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