Gmail’s State Sponsored Attack Warning

This week, after logging into my Gmail, I was greeted by the message below. “Warning: We believe state-sponsored attackers may be attempting to compromise your account.” In June, Google announced plans for this sort of attack.  At that time, I expected these alerts to be seen by Tibetans targeted by China.   It’s not the …

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Dr. Johannes Ullrich and the Principle of Least Priviledge

In an article posted this afternoon at Forbes, Dr. Ullrich compares network professionals who disable unneeded features with slumlords.   He starts comparing a Bible for Section 8 landlords with network security.   For those who don’t know, Section 8 housing  is housing for the poor that is government subsidized.   So, I guess he is also comparing users to …

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Get your Java While Its Hot

Oracle released Java JRE 1.7 update 7 and 1.6 update 35 today patching critical security holes. Most security professionals recommended disabling Java or removing it while waiting for this update.   So if you’ve ignored that advice, you need to upgrade as soon as possible.

Yet another Flash Update

Fresh from a Flash security update released on patch Tuesday, yesterday Adobe released another security update for Flash. The security bulletin is here. “These updates address vulnerabilities that could cause a crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system.”

correcthorsebatterystaple

via Sophos (and they found it via reddit) If you try to change set your password to “correcthorsebatterystaple” at dropbox, you’ll be advised that you shouldn’t take password advice quite so literally.   See the Sophos link for screenshots. XKCD had a cartoon about passphrase generation.  I recall at the time predictions that people would …

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Disclaimers

I’m doing an eval with a cloud based web security product.   This disclaimer in the click-through agreement caught my eye. [vender]  cannot and does not guaranty the privacy, security, integrity or authenticity of any information transmitted over or stored in any system connected to or accessible via the Internet, or otherwise, or that any security …

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An Early Employee Looks Back at Facebook

Katherine Losse was employee 51 at Facebook.   She rose from a position as an early customer service rep to become ghostwriter on Zuckerberg’s blog.  Disenchanted with amount of information gathered on users, and also the influence Facebook has on personal communication, Losse left Facebook and wrote a book, “The Boy Kings: A Journey Into the Heart of the …

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