Terry Zink: Security Talk

Discussing Internet security in (mostly) plain English

November, 2011

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    No posting for a couple of weeks

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    I’m going to be gone for a couple of weeks so you won’t see any new posts on here until late December.  Until then, ho-ho-ho and have a Merry Christmas (or Happy Holidays, if you’re so inclined to celebrate something else)!  
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    Password advice you can use… maybe

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    A few days ago, security researchers published a report indicating something that we all know – users use weak passwords and reuse them.  But the Canadian press recently published an article with something that is actually useful: Online security...
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    Brazil–the newest up and comer

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    The VB Conference last month had some good presentations, including this one by Fabio Assolini of Kaspersky.  He spoke about how Brazil is the the newest up-and-comer on the cyber crime block. The tale begins with the story of Igor and Emily, two...
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    What snoeshow spam looks like

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    While at the VB conference in Barcelona last month, I also had the chance to attend a presentation on Snowshoe Spamming, presented by Brett Cove of Sophos. What is snowshoe spamming? Well, it’s a different type of problem than the traditional...
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    Senate to take up cyber bill in 2012

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    Reuters published an article today indicating that the US Senate plans to draft up a bill to tackle cyber security in 2012: The Senate will take up cybersecurity legislation next year to fight online fraud, espionage and intellectual property theft whether...
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    Taking a timeout from security–the passing of an antispam community member

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    This isn’t something that I normally might write about, but one of the members of the Antispam community – J.D. Falk – recently died of cancer. If you don’t know who he is, J.D. worked on email, anti-spam systems and policies for more than fifteen years...
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    What Advanced Persistent Threats look like

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    While at that same Virus Bulletin conference that I was talking about earlier in my other two posts , I attended a session put on by some folks from MessageLabs that talked about the observations that they have made regarding Advanced Persistent Threats...
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    What Chinese DDoS malware looks like

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    While at that same Virus Bulletin conference that I was talking about earlier in my other post , I also had the chance to check out a session on Chinese DDoS malware put on by some folks from Arbor Networks.  As little insight as I have into Android...
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    What mobile malware looks like

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    Last month at the Virus Bulletin Conference in Barcelona, I took in one of the sessions on mobile malware.  This type of malware is foreign to me because I mostly stay in the email space at work (and even then, I am focusing more on day-to-day issues...
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    Distribution of spam by country in the past 4 months

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    Sophos recently posted on its Naked Security blog the top 12 countries relaying spam for the past quarter (July – September).  I thought I would go and do my own comparison. Before I post the results, here are some disclaimers: This is only on post...
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    Anonymous' Online Tactics Against Mexican Cartels

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    This article originally appeared online at Stratfor and is a transcription of Stratfor analyst Ben West. A member of the online activist group, Anonymous, released a video statement October 31 stating that it will continue to search for and publicize...
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    ATMs now recognize handwriting

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    One of my favorite Apple references on the Simpsons comes from the following clip.  During a school assembly, Kearney tells his buddy, "...take a memo on your Newton: Beat up Martin." He scribbles away only to see the Newton's handwriting...
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