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Adobe Flash Vulnerability Currently Being Exploited

Posted on by mbordas

BACKGROUND There is a vulnerability in Adobe Flash that is being exploited in large scale attacks. The vulnerability is being tracked as CVE-2014-0569 ( on the Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) database. The exploit includes memory corruption vulnerabilities and an integer overflow vulnerability that … Continue reading

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Bash Vulnerability

Posted on by Robert

A new vulnerability has been announced that may allow an attacker to run arbitrary commands on your server. This may result in loss of protected or sensitive data and/or service disruption. The easiest targets for a remote attacker are web … Continue reading

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Zero-Day Vulnerability in Internet Explorer

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Microsoft has issued a security advisory about a recently discovered zero-day vulnerability in Internet Explorer versions 6 – 11. The vulnerability could allow an attacker to install malware on a system without the user’s knowledge or consent if the user … Continue reading

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Another Reason to Upgrade from Windows XP

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ITS highly recommends that users of Windows XP upgrade to a more recent version of the operating system before its end of support date on April 8, 2014. If you are still using the Windows XP operating system, there are … Continue reading

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This Week in Security

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The past week saw a number of  patches, updates, and alerts. Microsoft released a number of security bulletins on Patch Tuesday.   In conjunction, Adobe released updates for Reader, Acrobat, and Flash Player, and issued an advisory about unpatched vulnerabilities in Coldfusion. … Continue reading

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Skype Users Receive One-Two Punch of Security Threats

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If you use the popular video chat program Skype, you need to be aware of two recent security issues that could affect your account. The first threat is a worm that is being spread by a series of instant messages … Continue reading

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Windows Vista and 7 Users Advised to Disable Sidebars and Gadgets

Posted on by beltzer

Microsoft has released a security advisory that urges users with computers running the Windows Vista or Windows 7 operating systems to turn off their Windows Sidebar and Gadgets due to a serious security risk that exploits these functions. The Windows … Continue reading

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DNSChanger: Will You Still Be Able To Connect to the Net on Monday?

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In February, we posted an entry on malware known as DNSChanger. This virus connected users’ computers to the the Internet through rogue DNS servers. Those rogue DNS servers were taken down by the FBI as a result of its investigation … Continue reading

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Summer Cyber Security Reading

Posted on by beltzer

Are you looking to read more on how to keep your computer and all of your personal information secure? Here’s a list of some of our favorite sites that cover cybersecurity topics, from a listing of the latest malware threats … Continue reading

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Diagnosing Your PC: How To Tell If Your Computer Is Infected

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Most of us have experienced a computer that just doesn’t “work right.” Random restarts, screens that lock up at the most inconvenient of times, odd error messages, and a computer that runs as slow as molasses may all be symptoms … Continue reading

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