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Monthly Archives: April 2012

Facebook Adds Antivirus Marketplace

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Social media titan Facebook has added antivirus software downloads to its bag of tricks. In its Antivirus Marketplace, you can now download antivirus software for PCs and Macs from several top vendors such as Sophos, Norton, McAfee, and TrendMicro. These … Continue reading

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New Mac Malware: SabPub

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Another malware program affecting Mac OS X computers has come to the attention of computer security professionals this week. This new program, called SabPub, exploits a vulnerability in Java, just like the recent Flashback malware. For more information on SabPub … Continue reading

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Apple Releases Official Security Updates in Response to Flashback

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Apple has released Java security patches today for Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) and Mac OS X Lion. These patches remove most common versions of the Flashback malware. The Mac OS Lion patch also disables the automatic execution of … Continue reading

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“Collaborative Networks” Email Invitation

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An email signed by Brett Ashlock, purporting to represent “USC Collaborative Networks,” is arriving in USC email. The sender is not a USC employee and “USC Collaborative Networks” is not an official USC initiative. ITS Information Security is seeking … Continue reading

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Patch Tuesday Roundup

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Besides the security patches released by Microsoft yesterday, there were also several updates released by Adobe plus a security update for Java for Mac OS X 10.6 and OS X Lion. Adobe Reader and Acrobat Updates Java update for Mac … Continue reading

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Microsoft Releases Patch Tuesday Bulletin for April 2012

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Microsoft has released 6 security patches for its monthly Patch Tuesday update, including four updates labeled critical. These critical patches address vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer and flaws in Microsoft Windows that could allow a remote user to take control of … Continue reading

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Could Your iPhone Be Used To Hijack Your Facebook Account?

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A vulnerability in the Facebook application on several popular mobile devices may potentially allow someone to take control of your Facebook account. Developers have discovered that the Facebook application for iOS (iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch) and Android-based devices does … Continue reading

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New Mobile Game A Big Draw For Scammers

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Draw Something, the Pictionary-style game that has recently topped 50 million downloads, has now attracted the eye of scammers. A new Twitter scam is specifically targeting users that have tweeted about the game. The scammer’s Twitter account spams users with … Continue reading

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New Mac Malware Threats

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Two recent Mac malware threats, one involving Microsoft Office software and the other involving the Java application, reinforce the fact that, in today’s world, Mac users need to be just as aware of computing security concerns as Windows users. All … Continue reading

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Major Credit and Debit Card Security Breach Announced

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Global Payments, a company that specializes in the processing of credit and debit card payments, announced Friday that they had suffered a major security breach earlier this year. During the attack, hackers stole 1.5 million credit and debit card numbers. … Continue reading

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