Category Archives: FLASH

Update your iOS device to 9.3.5

There is a 3-part bug in iOS software that can allow someone to install malicious software on your iPhone, iPad, etc. The net result is that your entire device is at risk including passwords, camera and other sensitive data. The exploit has been used to gain access of dissidents and news source devices. Here is …

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TrueCrypt appears to be belly up …

The open-source encryption offering TrueCrypt has been abruptly and (apparently) permanently been pulled off the market.  Their website http://www.truecrypt.org is redirecting to their sourceforge  download site, which has a warning that the product isn’t secure and offers help in migrating from TrueCrypt to BitLocker on Windows systems.  I’d recommend that if you’re using TrueCrypt to migrate to …

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FLASH: Heartbleed SSL vulnerability

There is a new exploit that has been detected in the fundamental security protocol that enables secure communications between a company’s servers and your computer or device. The exploit has been dubbed “Heartbleed” (CVE-2014-0160), because it exploits a vulnerability in the the heartbeat of the OpenSSL version of Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) security protocol. The …

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Notice to Appear virus

I just received an email supposedly from the Clerk of the Court in Tacoma notifying me that I need to appear for a hearing on “my case”.   It contains an attachment that supposedly contains the court notice on my case.  There are several things wrong with the email, including the fact I’ve never been …

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FLASH: WhatsApp phishing scam

Last week, many folks became aware of a messaging app called WhatsApp due to the announcement of Facebook intention to purchase it for a paltry $19B.  Now there is a WhatsApp phishing scam circulating (actually its been around for several months, but seems to be making fresh rounds due to the acquisition announcement). One receives an innocuous …

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FLASH: Update your Apple iOS devices

A couple days ago, Apple issued new updates for the firmware that runs on iPhones, iPads, Apple TV and iPod Touch.   The versions are: iOS 7.0.6 – iPhone 4 and later, iPod touch (5th generation), iPad 2 and later iOS 6.1.6 – iPhone 3GS, iPod touch (4th generation) Apple TV 6.0.2 – Apple TV 2nd generation and later …

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Adobe Flash vulnerability

There is another “day zero” vulnerability that has been found in Adobe Flash.  Like previous ones, it can give complete control of your computer to a hacker.  I found the alert on macrumors.com. The vulnerability is in all versions of Flash Player up to 12.0.0.43 and impacts both Macs and Windows.  For Linux machines, Flash Player …

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FLASH: Amazon phishing email

T’is the season for giving and if you’re family is like ours, you’ll be buying a number of things from Amazon,  or other on-line retail outlets.  I just received this email notice. Given the number of email notifications I’ve been receiving from Amazon lately, I was in auto-pilot and almost clicked on the attachment to …

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FLASH: CryptoLocker malware is on the loose …

There is a new version of ransom malware called CryptoLocker.  It started showing up in October, 2013 and to date only infects MS Windows systems (though like all malware, MacOS can be a carrier).   It works the traditional way: An legit looking attachment is opened and it proceeds to hunt down data files including …

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Yet another credit card security breach …

If you’ve been following the news over the past couple days, you’ll have heard about yet another massive security breach.  This one has netted the hackers something like 160 million credit card numbers and have cost the businesses hacked roughly $300M.  It’s touched some large companies like JC Penny, JetBlue and Carrefour.  Check out this …

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