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FBI Says Social Network Monitoring Plan Will Abide By Privacy Rules (February 14, 2012)
The FBI is attempting to allay concerns about user privacy over its plan to monitor social networking sites by making assurances that all its activity will comply with privacy and civil rights requirements. The FBI says that quick analysis of information posted on sites like Facebook and Twitter will help detect imminent threats. The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has conducted similar monitoring; that activity has prompted the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) to call for greater transparency of such undertakings. -http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9224247/FBI_says_social_media_monitoring_ won_t_infringe_privacy_rights?taxonomyId=17 [Editor's Note (Murray): I have been expecting this since Facebook emerged. Most Facebook users have no idea what they are doing when they "friend" someone. Few of us have "six degrees' of separation from a rogue, terrorist, or pornography fan. We saw in the fifties that FBI monitoring of association inevitably gives rise to a presumption of guilt. ]
EU Court of Justice Says Social Networks Cannot be Forced to Filter for Piracy (February 16, 2012)
Adobe Issues Out of Cycle Fix for Flash (February 16, 2012)
Adobe has released an updated version of Flash that addresses seven vulnerabilities, one of which is currently being actively exploited in the wild. The cross site scripting (XSS) flaw is being exploited in targeted attacks through email; the messages contain links to malicious sites, where the attackers could then take action on the users' behalf. The zero-day attacks for the XSS flaw are targeting only Windows versions of Flash. The other six flaws could be exploited to crash vulnerable systems and possibly take control of them; there have been no reported attacks that exploit these flaws. Users are urged to upgrade as soon as possible. The current version of Flash is now 184.108.40.206 for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Solaris. -http://www.informationweek.com/news/security/vulnerabilities/232600976 -http://www.scmagazine.com/adobe-patches-flash-because-of-ongoing-attacks/article /227935/
Microsoft Patches 21 Flaws (February 15 & 16, 2012)
Stolen Stratfor Data Used in Targeted Attacks (February 15, 2012)
Information stolen from Stratfor is reportedly being used to send email containing malicious links to government clients of the geopolitical analysis company. To help protect customers from falling prey to the attacks, Stratfor has instituted a "no-link" policy for official email. The data breach occurred in late 2011; it exposed information of as many as 860,000 subscribers from both the public and private sectors. The compromised data include email addresses and some credit card information. The hackers are sending emails that appear to be instructing recipients to protect themselves from attacks, but the link provided, which the message claims is antivirus software, infects their computers with malware. -http://www.nextgov.com/nextgov/ng_20120215_5840.php
UK Police Shutter Alleged Filesharing Site (February 15, 2012)
Nortel Execs Knew About Data Breach Years Ago (February 14, 2012)
Emerging news stories indicate that executives at Nortel knew of a breach of their data systems that occurred more than a decade ago, but took no action. A former Nortel employee conducted an investigation that uncovered evidence of the breach in 2004, but company executives blocked him from doing anything about it. Evidence suggests that hackers had been accessing the company's computer systems and stealing technical papers, business plans, research and development reports, and email. The attackers gained access to the system with seven passwords that belonged to Nortel executives. -http://www.zdnet.com/blog/security/nortel-hacking-attack-went-unnoticed-for-almo st-10-years/10304 -http://www.csoonline.com/article/700193/nortel-executives-knew-of-data-breach-ch ose-to-do-nothing [Editor's Note (Hoelzer): While some may wonder how important this story is given the economic problems of Nortel, it actually should give you pause if you have service contracts for your infrastructure equipment. Unless the device is being actively managed day to day through that service contract, I always prefer a policy of keeping out of band channels disconnected. Such a policy protects you not only from errors made by the company offering the service, but from security practices like this. I can only wonder how many people who previously ran Nortel infrastructures are wondering, as am I, whether their networks were penetrated through inside information stolen from Nortel years ago. (Murray): I once asked a Nortel executive what the Nortel ethical culture was. He said "Behave as though your mother is watching." Making ethical choices is really difficult. ]
Cryptome Infected With Drive-By Download Exploit (February 14, 2012)
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