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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

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

Introduction As the sun is setting and I breathe some of the night time air I am inspired to write about Facebook.  Yes, *the* Facebook, the third largest country if it were a physical place with boundaries under a common rule of law and government.  When many people use a service such as this, it

More Cybercrime Corner articles

Recent additions to SCMagazine's Cybercrime Corner blog include: "Password strategies: Who goes there?" by David Harley, May 23, 2011 Password selection usually involves compromise, but even a short password can be reasonably strong and still memorable. This follows up at some length on a previous ESET blog by Paul Laudanski. "Fighting cybercrime" by Randy Abrams,

No chocolates for my passwords please!

Greetings Dear Reader, We have published guidance material previously on passwords and passphrases, some are blogs and some are lengthier depending on your liking (link & link).  Even still it is always good practice to reinforce sensible password techniques.  For this blog, I plan on sharing an analogous self-ritual, and one that relies on a

Sony PlayStation – Rehacked reloaded?

In life one cannot reload a particular scene; however, in gaming one certainly can.  This is an unfortunate time for Sony PlayStation and customers due to the recent breach.  Anecdotal reports are now coming in that Sony PlayStation who opened up their gaming ecosystem recently has now potentially fallen to a password reset hack.  This

Social Security Numbers: deja vu all over again

Social Security Numbers: Identification is STILL not Authentication…

Strong passwords: deja vu all over again

Since never changing your password isn’t generally a realistic option, and some sites actually prevent you from using good passwords and, even better, passphrases, we’ve produced a number of articles and papers on the topic to help make it easier to follow good practice, even when your provider seems set on preventing it. Here they are as a list, to make it easier to follow.

Keylogging taken seriously: Security upgrades in the new Hotmail

Microsoft Hotmail has a new feature: Out of Band Authentication via cell phone SMS Text. They call it ‘single-use codes’: Single-use codes This new security feature is designed to further protect you when you sign in from a public computer, such as those found in internet cafés, airports, and coffee shops. When you request a

Cyber-crimefighters pwn Carders.cc

Brian Krebs, source of a lot of key research on the banking trojan focus on small to medium sized business, has reported that cyber-vigilantes have rattled the cage of a major carder site by posting their member’s passwords: Ironically, the anonymous authors of the e-zine said they were able to compromise the criminal forum because

Protecting Against Password Reset Attacks

As I previously blogged today, the hacker who broke into Sarah Palin’s Yahoo account was convicted on two charges. The way that David Kernall gained access to Palin’s email account was by trying to log into  her account, saying “I forgot my password” and then he correctly answered the password reset questions. Some of the

Facebook checked out, 1.5 million accounts overdue for password changes?

The Internet is abuzz with the announcement from Verisign’s iDefense Labs that a criminal hacker on a Russian forum who goes by the nom-de-plume "Kirllos" (Carlos?) is selling the credentials for 1.5 million Facebook accounts in batches of a thousand for between $8 and $30, depending upon their quality (which, in this case, means dates

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