By: - Dir. Solutions Marketing

Some Common Sense Steps to Avoid Shellshock!

September 29th, 2014

“Something broke” That’s what the IT folks at a major aerospace engineering firm told my friend DS when he couldn’t log onto their intranet last week. That something shut down their entire system for an entire day. What was that something? It was Shellshock, the GNU Bourne Again Shell (Bash) vulnerability which came to light […]



By: - Independent Computer Security Analyst

@gcluley

Critical Updates for Adobe Reader and Acrobat Released – You Can Breathe Again

September 18th, 2014

You can stop holding your breath now, the wait is over. Adobe has released security updates for Acrobat and its PDF Reader software fixing critical vulnerabilities in its Windows and Mac software. Last week, on Patch Tuesday, Adobe explained that although it was releasing security patches for Flash Player and AIR, it was delaying its […]



By: - Independent Computer Security Analyst

@gcluley

Doom-Playing Canon Printer Raises Security Concerns About IoT

September 16th, 2014

If you can hack a wireless printer to play one of the most famous videogames of all time, what else can you do with it? And if printer hardware can be reprogrammed by hackers to perform functions far beyond its intended use, what does it say about other the other devices that make up “the […]



By: - Independent Computer Security Analyst

@gcluley

5 Million Leaked Gmail Passwords Sounds Pretty Scary, But Was It?

September 12th, 2014

When news reports broke earlier this week about a massive leak of Google account passwords, there must have been plenty of users who took a big gulp. Would their email address and password be amongst the alleged five million published on a Russian web forum? Was it possible that Google itself had been hacked, spilling secret […]



By: - Director, Product Management

@russbernst

Microsoft Delivers Light Patch Load for September Patch Tuesday

September 9th, 2014

September delivers a light patch load from Microsoft – just 4 bulletins were released in today’s Patch Tuesday with 1 rated critical and 3 important. In total, September covers off on 42 CVEs with 37 of those found in MS14-052, another cumulative update for IE and your first priority this month. Of the 37 CVEs, just […]



By: - Director, Product Management

@russbernst

Just 4 Bulletins Expected for September Patch Tuesday

September 4th, 2014

Microsoft will release 4 bulletins on Patch Tuesday next week; one rated as critical and the remaining three rated important. The light month is good news for otherwise very busy IT departments. The few number of patches expected out next week doesn’t mean you can take a pass on patching this month however. The critical […]



By: - Independent Computer Security Analyst

@gcluley

Fears Grow of Home Depot Data Breach, Exposing Customers’ Payment Details

September 4th, 2014

DIY retail chain Home Depot might be the latest big company to be hit by a serious data breach, after suspicions started to circulate that hackers had broken into its systems and manage to steal credit and debit card data. For understandable reasons, Home Depot is working hard to reassure consumers about the situation – […]



By: - Dir. Solutions Marketing

SC Magazine 2014 Malware Defenses Survey Results (part 3)

August 19th, 2014

The report on the 2014 Malware Defenses survey conducted by SC Magazine is now out. Overall, it shows that organizations are starting to wake up to the risk of targeted (or APT) attacks – but they still have a ways to go on many fronts. In this last of three posts, we will close by […]



By: - Independent Computer Security Analyst

@gcluley

Supervalu Shoppers At Risk After Hackers Steal Credit Card Details – and other stores affected too

August 18th, 2014

Customers who have used their credit cards at a US supermarket chain between June 22nd and July 17th 2014 are being warned to check their bank balances, after it was discovered that criminals had hacked their way into networks and potentially accessed shoppers’ private data. Supervalu has published a security advisory on its website, warning that […]



By: - Dir. Solutions Marketing

Patching Best Practices Lessons Learned – Again?

August 14th, 2014

Automatic patching? Magic 8-Ball sez NO! Reports are surfacing that some of this month’s batch of Microsoft patches are causing problems. As I’ve said before, the folks in Redmond have gotten much better with their patches over the years, to where news of BSODs caused by a Microsoft patch is, well, news. Anyhow, here are […]



By: - Dir. Solutions Marketing

SC Magazine 2014 Malware Defenses Survey Results (part 2)

August 14th, 2014

The report on the 2014 Malware Defenses survey conducted by SC Magazine is now out. Overall, it shows that organizations are starting to wake up to the risk of targeted (or APT) attacks – but they still have a ways to go on many fronts. In this second of three posts, we will examine how […]



By: - Independent Computer Security Analyst

@gcluley

Urgent! Adobe Users Told to Patch Reader and Acrobat Against Zero-day Attacks

August 13th, 2014

Adobe has warned computer users to update their installations of Adobe Reader and Acrobat as a matter of urgency, after it was discovered that malicious hackers were exploiting a critical zero-day vulnerability in targeted attacks. According to the software company, it is “aware of evidence that indicates an exploit in the wild is being used […]



By: - Director, Product Management

@russbernst

Microsoft Takes on IE Vulns and Enforces 8.1 Update in August Patch Tuesday

August 12th, 2014

The patches released by Microsoft today for August Patch Tuesday include 9 bulletins (2 critical and 7 important) and cover 37 CVEs. IT’s first priority should be the critical, cumulative update for IE. MS14-051 includes 26 CVEs for all supported versions of the browser. All are privately disclosed with the exception of one, CVE-2014-2819, which […]



By: - Independent Computer Security Analyst

@gcluley

Internet Explorer 8 Users Told Their Browser has Less Than 18 Months to Live

August 11th, 2014

The single most popular browser on computer desktops around the world is Internet Explorer 8 – and its days are officially numbered. Because, from January 12 2016, Microsoft is only going to provide support and security updates for the following operating system/browser combinations: Windows Vista SP2 and Windows Server 2008 SP2: Internet Explorer 9 Windows Server […]



By: - Dir. Solutions Marketing

SC Magazine 2014 Malware Defenses Survey Results

August 11th, 2014

The report on the 2014 Malware Defenses survey conducted by SC Magazine is now out. Overall, it shows that organizations are starting to wake up to the risk of targeted (or APT) attacks – but they still have a ways to go on many fronts. In this first of three posts, we will delve into […]



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