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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Security breach at University of Nebraska may have exposed financial records

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Last week, a security breach at the University of Nebraska resulted in hackers having gained potential access to the (financial and personal) records of 650,000 students, alumni, parents and university employees. The security breach was discovered by a staff member and quickly remedied, however, at this point in time it is not known exactly what information, if any, was actually …

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SECURE IT ALERT: Microsoft to unleash updates for April that address 4 critical vulnerabilities

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Secure IT Alert for Thrusday, April 05, 2012 Coming your way right after Easter – Security updates from Microsoft! This information is from the Microsoft Security Advance Notification for April 2012: ******************************************************************** Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification for April 2012 Issued: April 5, 2012 ********************************************************************   This is an advance notification of security bulletins that Microsoft is intending to release …

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SECURE IT ALERT: Update OS X Java to Avoid Spreading Mac Malware

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Secure IT Alert for Thursday, April 05, 2012 This is courtesy of the WatchGuard Security Center.  We are happy to partner with WatchGuard to provide firewall and security solutions. Call us at 864.990.4748 if we can be of service!   Update OS X Java to Avoid Spreading Mac Malware by Corey Nachreiner Summary: This vulnerability affects: OS X 10.7.x (Lion) and …

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Even just allowing employees to install iTunes on their machines exposes the organization to Safari/WebKit vulnerabilities

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Apple Products Not Hacker Proof?   An article over on CRN on March 15 entitled “Apple Safari Patch Shows Products Not Hacker Proof” is sure to get some people’s panties in a wad, but it does correctly post the facts, though it will fall short of educating the misled public that Apple products are not hacker proof. This particular issue …

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HP addresses LaserJet vulnerabilities

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Remember the flaw that was announced around the beginning of December 2011, where hackers could possibly cause HP printers to burst into flames? Well, HP released a fix for that a week or so back… However, they didn’t mention fire issue. None-the-less, you may wish to consider upgrading. Should you require assistance applying updates to your devices, servers or computers …

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Vulnerabilities in HP LaserJet and other network printers could expose your data and set your business ablaze

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Excuse the sensational title, but it may not be too far from the truth. There is an article over on ComputerWorld.com that reads, “HP LaserJet Printers vulnerable to attacks, researchers warn“… (opens in a new window). Our in-house expert, Greg Varner, believes that if an attacker could exploit the device to the point of causing it to brown paper in …

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Microsoft Releases Security Intelligence Report for your reading pleasure… SIRv11

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Microsoft has released Volume 11 of their “Microsoft Security Intelligence Report” or SIRv11, which provides “An in-depth perspective on software vulnerabilities and exploits, malicious code threats, and potentially unwanted software in the first half of 2011″. One tidbit of interesting information contained in the report is that in the first half of 2011, less than one percent of exploits were …

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Which security standards and awareness compliance requirements apply to your organization?

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I came across a very handy document from www.securingthehuman.org that explains which security standards and awareness compliance requirements might apply to your organization. It is by no means a complete listing, but gives the one minute run-down of the majority of the biggies…. — Last Updated: 19 July, 2011 1. Executive Summary The purpose of this document is to identify …

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Google is planning to put an end to SSL exploits, hopefully before they happen with Chrome

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The other day I posted about the BEAST that can circumvent SSL encryption used with websites and how a proof of concept would be demonstrated soon and actual exploits in the wild even sooner. No sooner had I posted about that than Google’s Chrome development team had posted that they have an update already prepared for the Chrome browser that …

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