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Security updates from the US Computer Emergency Readiness Team

Google Releases Security Updates for Chrome
Friday September 22nd, 2017 US-CERT
Original release date: September 22, 2017 Google has released Chrome version 61.0.3163.100 for Windows, Mac, and Linux. This update addresses multiple vulnerabilities that an attacker may exploit to cause a denial-of-service condition.US-CERT encourages ...

Joomla! Releases Security Update
Thursday September 21st, 2017 US-CERT
Original release date: September 21, 2017 Joomla! has released version 3.8.0 of its Content Management System (CMS) software to address a vulnerability. A remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability to obtain access to sensitive information.US-CERT ...



Stopping spam comments on WordPress with the Bad Behavior Plugin

Here's another great plugin that'll help keep your WordPress site secure, and it blocks the majority of spam comments too.
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Brute Protect - Recommended WordPress Plugin [update]

If you have a standalone WordPress installation, I recommend adding the Brute Protect plugin. Brute Protect is designed to reduce the chance of your WordPress site falling victim of a 'Brute Force Attack'. This is where a nefarious computer system (a malicious bot) continually tries to break into your WordPress account.
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250,000 Twitter Accounts Hacked

Twitter has announced that 250,000 accounts have been hacked in attacks that they say appeared similar to recent attacks on the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. If the attacks, exposing usernames, encrypted password data, email addresses and session tokens, aren’t bad enough, Twitter’s announcement opens the door for a series of follow-up […]
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Latest Security Alerts

Security updates from the US Computer Emergency Readiness Team Google Releases Security Updates for Chrome Friday September 22nd, 2017 US-CERT Original release date: September 22, 2017 Google has released Chrome version 61.0.3163.100 for Windows, Mac, and Linux. This update addresses multiple vulnerabilities that an attacker may exploit to cause a denial-of-service condition.US-CERT encourages ... Joomla! […]
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Microsoft January 2013 Security Bulletin

cautionMicrosoft has released updates to correct vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows, Office, Developers Tools, Server Software, and .NET Framework as part of the Microsoft Security Bulletin summary for January 2013.
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Microsoft Releases Security Advisory for Internet Explorer

cautionMicrosoft has announced a vulnerability in Microsoft Internet Explorer 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10.
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New Facebook Privacy Controls

Facebook have announced new ‘better’ privacy controls to be rolled out by the end of the year. It’s mostly good news, but for some people there is a sting.
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Police in Global Arrests over $850m Facebook botnet crime spree

Police in Global Arrests over $850m Facebook botnet crime spree From BBC News: “An alleged cybercrime ring said to be responsible for losses of $850m (£530m) looks to have been foiled by the FBI – by using Facebook. Facebook users were targeted over two years beginning in October 2010.” Read the full post: Police in […]
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Over One-and-a-half-million account details revealed

The BBC reports that the 'Ghost Shell' hacking group have released user account data after it was obtained primarily from government agencies  in the US and Europe.
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Email: "You receive the electronic reservation?" contains a malware attack

"Bogus hotel reservation emails have been spammed out widely, which claim to come from Booking.com but in reality carry malware designed to infect Windows computers.
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Dealing With Google Calendar Spam

"Spam has somehow invaded the calendar and I am at a loss as to how to remove it." was the gist of an email I was copied on earlier today. It was quickly followed by another saying: "Gary - HELPPPPPPPPPPPPPP Please:)"
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Tumblr back online

Tumblr engineers have resolved the issue of the viral post attack that affected a few thousand Tumblr blogs. Thanks for your patience. — Tumblr (@tumblr) December 3, 2012
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Tumblr has temporarily disabled posting due to 'worm' infection

We are aware that there is a viral post circulating on Tumblr. We are working to resolve the issue as swiftly as possible.Thank you. — Tumblr (@tumblr) December 3, 2012 Following the infection of many Tumblr sites with a worm today, Tumblr have temporarity suspended posting. Update: Technical detail on how the worm spread are […]
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Hacked Go Daddy sites infecting users with ransomware - Sophos Naked Security Article

There is a report on Sophos’ Naked Security blog of criminals adding sub domains to genuine websites hosted by Go Daddy. The links lead to sites that install Ransomware. What does this mean to you? As always, make sure your antivirus and malware protection is up to date, and exercise caution if a link is […]
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Adobe Reader x Vulnerability.

Adobe Reader x Vulnerability. You'll need to take the usual precautions. Don't open a pdf, or any other file for that matter, that's sent to you unless you trust the source and you are sure that the person sending it is who they claim to be.
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Big Brother is busy collecting all sorts of information about you

Remember the old TV shows and movies when the heroes would hear the click on the line and realize they were under surveillance? Technology makes it so easy to do the authorities (or bad guys) don’t have to concentrate on specific targets anymore. It’s no longer in the realm of ‘Mission Impossible’ (nor has it […]
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Be careful what you type...

On Tuesday we saw reports of the results of the US government’s monitoring of social media: BBC – Caution on Twitter urged as tourists barred from US. There’s no denying that Big Brother is watching you. And today we see reports of Anonymous’ ability to monitor US/UK government agencies: BBC – Anonymous gain access to […]
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Do you have a Yahoo! SBC Global, or Flickr account?

We've seen a couple of friend's Yahoo! mail accounts get hacked recently. When one of them got hacked again I did a little bit of research and I was surprised at how prevalent this is.
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