Terry Zink: Security Talk

Discussing Internet security in (mostly) plain English

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    Breaking into the security field

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    Brian Krebs is running a series on how to break into the Computer Security field. These are in response to inquiries that he receives and that these types of posts of his are very popular.  So, he went and started talking to people who are well known...
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    Bredolab botnet infiltrated

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    I’m a bit behind on writing about this, but last week the Bredolab botnet was infiltrated and shut down by Dutch police.  From PC World : A massive takedown operation conducted by Dutch police and security experts earlier this week does not appear...
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    Best practices for sending outbound mail

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    One of the questions that I am frequently asked is if we get a sudden burst of outbound mail from a customer using us to send outbound, will we throttle their mail?  Throttling is the process of slowing down outbound mail such that a sending organization...
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    Assessing the botnet threat

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    I came across this video today.  Botnet researcher Joe Stewart discusses the current threat levels presented by botnets, recent attacks from Operation Aurora and the Black Energy botnet, and how to protect your enterprise from DDoS and other botnet...
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    Authorities take down the Mariposa botnet

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    There are a number of sources talking about the takedown of the Mariposa botnet, here are a few of the good ones: The Associated Press details the story and talks about the technical aspects of the takedown. Boing Boing only has an excerpt.  Nothing...
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    Bad spelling in 419s is a screening tool

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    A new paper out of Microsoft Research yesterday goes into why 419s are written using poor English – it is used by the scammers as a screening tool. Tech It Up news reports on it here: Have you ever wired money to an overseas bank account simply because...
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    Can I opt-out of opinion spam? Because that would be nice.

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    Last week, my parents were in town and they were staying at my place.  I was commenting to them that my wife and her mother get along okay, but only because they are not living under the same roof.  Her mother has a habit of giving her plenty...
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    Cisco buys IronPort

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    I was going to write a post on the story that Cisco just bought IronPort, but Richi Jennings beat me to it. :) I was an employee of Frontbridge Technologies when Microsoft bought us in July 2005. A year earlier, Symantec bought Brightmail. CipherTrust...
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    Classic Viagra spam

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    It's been a while since I processed the spam abuse inbox, but I came across the following spam message today. Usee \/ i a g r /\ Proo and all wmoen wiill be yorus. Etxend the qualtiy of yoour sxeual perfromance with Ge |\| eerik \/ i a g r /\. ...
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    Clearing up some data on comparisons

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    I was reading Trend Micro’s blog the other day where they take aim at Microsoft’s claims for its new Internet Explorer 9 browser and how the Smartscreen built-in protection feature was doing at blocking malware.  Trend decided to look at the effectiveness...
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    CollegeHumor – If spammers wrote ads

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    I’m currently traveling, but here are some humorous things I have come across on the web. See more funny videos and funny pictures at CollegeHumor .
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    .com – the riskiest TLD

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    A couple of weeks ago, NetworkWorld published an article indicating that the .com TLD was the riskiest TLD in terms of containing code that can steal passwords or take advantage of browser vulnerabilities to distribute malware.  Here’s an excerpt...
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    .com – the spammiest TLD

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    Following up from my post yesterday, I thought I would take a look at how spammy each particular TLD is.  At the moment, I only track 8 TLD’s - .cn, .ru, .com, .net, .org, .info, .biz and .name.  To check to see which one is the spammiest, I...
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    Combating phishing

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    From time to time, customers call in and ask us what we are doing to combat phishing attacks. My guess is that they are really asking how we combat spoofing as most malware attacks delivered via email use spoofing (that is, they imitate someone they are...
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    Couple more thoughts on the Twitter attack

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    Earlier, I blogged that Twitter was DOS’ed last Thursday to go after one guy who goes under the user alias Cyxymu.  I postulated that someone was impersonating Cyxymu in order to discredit during a spam blitz and then DOS’ed various sites where he...
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    Cool Pepsi commercial

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    A reader sent me this link, it's a video of a new Pepsi commercial where they turn the city of San Francisco into a pinball machine. As the subject line says, it's pretty cool.
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    Comparison: Top malware threats

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    All Spammed Up published a post this week highlighting the top seven malware threats for that (May 3).  Here they are: MyWebSearch (delivers rogue pop-ups, tracks surfing) Vundo (Rogue A/V, information stealer) Dr. Guard (Rogue A/V) OnLineGames ...
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    Conficker - The Enemy Within

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    Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 ...
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    Consumer vs Enterprise

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    Recently, at a Sharepoint conference in early March, Microsoft co-founder and chairman made the following comments regarding Google: “In terms of Google, not to overstate it, but they really don’t understand the special needs of business....
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    Context matters

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    A few weeks back, me and my crazy co-worker (the one who insists that all mail must have SMTP AUTH in order to not be considered spam regardless of its content or what proportion of the target end user considers it spam) were in another discussion about...
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    Cyberattacks hit US, South Korea

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    From the Associated Press : SEOUL, South Korea – South Korean intelligence officials believe North Korea or pro-Pyongyang forces committed cyber attacks that paralyzed major South Korean and U.S. government Web sites, aides to two lawmakers said...
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    Cybercrime forum suspects arrested

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    Over at Graham Cluley’s blog , news out of England that two suspects have been arrested by the British police: Britain's Police Central e-crime Unit (PCeU) have announced today that they have arrested two men as part of an eight month investigation into...
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    Credit card hackers and hotels

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    Last week, the New York Times reported an interesting story: the hotel industry is a favorite target of hackers. A study released this year by SpiderLabs, a part of the data-security consulting company Trustwave, found that 38 percent of the credit card...
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    Does Stuxnet, Flame, etc., unleash a Pandora’s Box?

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    In my previous post where I linked to an New York Times article, the last paragraph is the following: Mr. Obama has repeatedly told his aides that there are risks to using — and particularly to overusing — the weapon. In fact, no country’s infrastructure...
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    Do tech-savvy readers practice what they preach?

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    While at the Virus Bulletin conference in Dallas last week, Sabina Raluca Datcu and Ioana Jelea of BitDefender gave a presentation entitled “ Practise what you preach: a study on tech-savvy readers’ immunity to social engineering techiques .” In this...
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