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Beware of phishing attacks

Posted on April 14th, 2014 at 8:30 PM EDT

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An opportunity fell right into my lap this evening to remind everyone about the dangers of phishing. Pretty much everyone with an electronic device has at least one online account of some kind. Most people have many accounts, often so many that they have lost track of some of the less important ones. This means that everyone is at risk of receiving some kind of phishing e-mail at some point. Read the rest of this entry »

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What is Heartbleed?

Posted on April 10th, 2014 at 6:31 AM EDT

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Tech news sources everywhere are talking about Heartbleed, and a lot of the information is way over most people’s heads. I’ve seen a lot of very confused people in the last 48 hours. This problem is both a huge issue that is causing major problems and a complete non-issue that you don’t have to worry much about. (See how that could be confusing?) Read the rest of this entry »

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Mac adware menace continues

Posted on April 7th, 2014 at 7:05 PM EDT

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Over the last couple months, I’ve seen an explosion in reports of adware infections. Just in the last four days, I have seen at least a couple dozen reports of GoPhoto infections alone. The threat of adware, a problem for Windows users for years, appears to be coming into its own on the Mac. Today, I found an adware installer that seems to be the epitome of the adware menace. Read the rest of this entry »

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How to uninstall software

Posted on April 7th, 2014 at 11:06 AM EDT

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Okay, I’ll admit that Windows has a leg up on Mac OS X in one area: uninstalling software. On Windows this is easy (in theory) for anyone to do through the control panel. Mac OS X, however, does not provide any systemwide features for software removal. As a result, there are many myths and uncertainties as to how software should be removed from a Mac. Read the rest of this entry »

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New NetWeird variants added to XProtect

Posted on March 28th, 2014 at 9:42 PM EDT

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Yesterday, I wrote about some new NetWeird trojans that were not detected by XProtect. Less than 36 hours later, XProtect has been updated to version 2047, and now blocks those samples. Read the rest of this entry »

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Beware opening RTF files in Office 2011

Posted on March 27th, 2014 at 3:06 PM EDT

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Earlier this week (while I was out of town, of course!), Microsoft announced a vulnerability in Office that would allow a maliciously-crafted RTF file to execute code automatically when opened. Office 2011 for Mac is listed as being vulnerable. There are already exploits using this bug to install malware on Windows, but it’s unclear on whether this might also affect the Mac. Probably not, if I had to guess, but just to be safe, disable opening of RTF files in Office 2011 for now.

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New NetWeird variant in the wild

Posted on March 27th, 2014 at 9:10 AM EDT

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Since early February, I’ve seen several reports of a new variant of the NetWeird malware. In all cases, this malware was detected by Dr. Web, and was detected as Backdoor.Wirenet.2, as opposed to the earlier Wirenet.1 variant that first appeared back in 2012. It would appear that this malware is still in active development, and the news is bad on all fronts. Read the rest of this entry »

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Macworld recommends theft of Mac OS X

Posted on March 20th, 2014 at 8:01 AM EDT

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Once upon a time, Macworld was one of the most respected Mac-related periodicals out there. How times have changed! I have just come across a story on the Macworld web site, published early this morning, that not only recommends the use of stolen copies of Mac OS X, but also provides instructions on exactly how to do this! Read the rest of this entry »

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Electronic Arts server hacked to steal Apple IDs

Posted on March 19th, 2014 at 1:09 PM EDT

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Paul Mutton of Netcraft posted an article today about the discovery of an Electronic Arts server that has been hacked and turned into a phishing site. The site evidently requests not only an Apple ID and password, but then proceeds to ask for other personal information, including credit card information, full name and date of birth, and mother’s maiden name. Once provided, it redirects the user to the real Apple ID site. Read the rest of this entry »

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How to manage a hacked wireless router

Posted on March 18th, 2014 at 9:48 AM EDT

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There have been a lot of cases of wireless routers being hacked or infected with malware recently. With news of the malware known as the “Moon” that has been infecting a number of LinkSys routers (one of the most popular brands) and a report that one gang of hackers is in control of more than 300,000 wireless routers, this is a dangerous time to manage a wireless network. So how does the average home or small business user manage their wireless routers? Read the rest of this entry »

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