Terry Zink: Security Talk

Discussing Internet security in (mostly) plain English

July, 2011

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    Is cyber security a priority? You wouldn’t know it if you go by top level defections

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    Sometimes I wonder whether or not the US administration is serious about the problem of cyber crime or if it is all political lip service in an attempt to acquire more power and funding. I like reading the Jason Bourne novels, The Bourne <noun>...
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    Gmail’s new anti-phishing defense

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    A couple of weeks ago, Gmail released a new feature to boost its anti-phishing capabilities. Whenever you receive a message that you haven’t heard from before, they will show you the full email address: Normally, you would just see the sender’s name. ...
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    Phishing protection… what can you do for me?

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    One of the most common requests I get regarding anti-spam protection (from customers) is surrounding phishing.  What do you guys do to protect my organization from phishing? I never go into this too deeply with customers but the issue is deeper than...
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    Taking down botnets is good / taking down botnets is bad

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    Did you ever get the feeling that whenever you read about security topics, you can get opposite viewpoints about the same events? Take shutting down botnets.  To most people, shutting them down is a victory against spam or malware or cyber crime...
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    New Netflix phishing scam

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    The following phishing scam from hackers crossed my screen the other day, below is a screenshot: This offer does not take you to a page where you can lock in your rate but instead is a link to malware that infects your system. Of course, this is not a...
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    My thoughts on Google+

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    From a friend who posted it on imgur :   And now from xkcd :   My own experience with Google+ is the following: I don’t get it.  Don’t get me wrong, I understand that it combines everything that Google does like Buzz, Picasa, and Chat ...
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    Smug alert!

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    I was reading the other day an article about the initial fear of the Mac malware explosion this year that failed to materialize.  After MacDefender appeared and caused a kerfuffle and I arrogantly welcomed Apple to our world (that we in the Windows...
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    Mozilla to corporate users – F.O.A.D

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    Last month, I read Ed Bott’s article on ZDNet about Mozilla’s stance regarding its supporting of enterprise users.  Enterprise users, people within a company whose Internet browsers are selected by its IT department, have different needs than home...
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    Pentagon reveals largest ever loss of defense data in cyberattack

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    The Associated Press published an article today that the Pentagon revealed that earlier this year, they suffered one of its largest ever loss of sensitive data to a foreign government by a cyberattack.  From the article: The Pentagon on Thursday...
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    Five years of blogging!

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    Five years ago today, I started this blog (and ~seven years ago I started fighting spam).  I’ve seen a lot of trends in the past five years and have written over 850 posts (which doesn’t sound like that much).  When I first started, spam was...
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    Am I getting too old for this?

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    Here’s a weird story. Yesterday, I was driving back home after watching the latest Harry Potter movie – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2.  I have never read any of the books, however, I have enjoyed the movies and the Wikipedia summaries...
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    Seeing a lot of stock spam recently

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    I don’t see a lot of spam these days as my spam processing days are behind me.  However, from time to time the individual analysts on our team point me to recent trends. This past week, in some of our feeds, we have seen a lot of stock spam with...
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    New botnet is indestructible / no botnet is indestructible

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    Computerworld posted a story this week about a new botnet, TDL-4, that is virtually indestructible.  It is so sophisticated that it is almost impossible to defeat: "TDL-4," the name for both the bot Trojan that infects machines and the...
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    Alright, American Express, you win this round…

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    A few months ago, I wrote about how I received an offer from American Express that if I subscribed to two magazines, I would get a voucher for a plane ticket anywhere in the continental United States.  Suspicious, but intrigued, I signed up for it...
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