Internet Explorer being actively targeted – Why are you using IE?

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This is from our partners at WatchGuard, taken in its entirety from their blog for your reading enjoyment: Advanced Attackers Exploit IE & Flash 0days in the Wild by Corey Nachreiner Over the weekend, Microsoft released a critical security advisory warning customers of a serious new zero day vulnerability in Internet Explorer (IE), which attackers are exploiting in the wild. Around the same time, …

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Not to beat a dead horse, but even MORE social security numbers likely exposed in SC DOR hacking

JohnMHoyt Business, Computer Security, John M. Hoyt's Personal Stuff, Secure IT Alert, security Leave a Comment

The news only gets worse…   This morning, officials in the South Carolina Department of Revenue data breech investigation are saying that the number of tax payer social security numbers that were reaped in the hacking event is much higher than initially thought. They have expanded it to an additional 200,000 SSNs, taking the grand total up to an estimated …

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Mass murder via computer malware in medical devices #MurderByMalware

JohnMHoyt Apple, Business, Computer Security, Computer Support, Homeland Secure IT, Mac, Microsoft, Secure IT Alert, security, Technology, Windows Leave a Comment

Imagine you have a pacemaker installed, and suddenly, the device discharges 830 volts into your body, certainly a fatal incident. Now imagine that it is not accidental, but instead, a computer is used to make a wireless connection and cause this behavior to occur.  Murder by Malware if you will…  Or, due to a “feature” in the pacemaker itself, multiple …

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Rogue network devices could be more common than one might think #RaspberryPi #PwnPlug

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A while back, I wrote about devices that could be used on a network to gain access, be deployed by just about anyone, and potentially be undetected by IT staff or employees of a business. Here’s a follow-up. Recently I have been playing around with a 35 dollar micro computer called the Raspberry Pi.  This lil’ pup of a computer is …

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SECURE IT ALERT: Using RDP / Remote Desktop Protocol on your Microsoft Windows desktop or server? Patch it – NOW!

JohnMHoyt broadband, Business, Cloud Computing, Computer Repair, Computer Security, Computer Service, Computer Support, Connectivity, Homeland Secure IT, Microsoft, Secure IT Alert, security, Windows, Windows Server Leave a Comment

Homeland Secure IT Alert for Tuesday, March 13, 2012 Welcome to another exciting edition of Microsoft Patch Tuesday! This one is so exciting, it gets two posts dedicated to it. This bunch of patches contains one very important fix for a flaw so serious, according to some security experts, you can’t patch it fast enough (read here). Critical update MS12-020. Of course, …

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What do you say if someone wants to plug something into your network?

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Let’s assume you are a business owner and a man walks in wearing a jumpsuit with an official looking badge, and tells you that he is from the power company, sent there to plug a device into your outlet that will monitor and potentially save you money. What do you do?  Let’s assume they say they are from DHEC and …

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Is there an Apple Mac battery pack explosion risk from a possible exploit?

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Could your Apple Mac Macbook, Macbook Pro or Macbook Air be a ticking timebomb? According to one researcher, yes. An interesting article over on PHYSORG.com states that a researcher with Accuvant Labs will be demonstrating an exploit on current Mac models that could result in a battery pack actually exploding if the vulnerability is leveraged by hackers. It seems that …

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