Xerox Outage Causes A Run on Food

The run on food is not a sign of the new economy, but rather a sign of our dependence on IT systems. Through its acquisition of ACS, Xerox now services Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) Systems in many states. On Saturday 17 of the states Xerox services experienced an outage of their EBT systems. In some…

Facebook Dump More User Privacy

Facebook makes another change to its privacy settings making users searchable. Facebook announced Thursday that users will lose the ability to opt out of searches. The setting “Who can look up your Timeline by name?” which allowed users’ profiles to be left out of searches will no longer be available. The option allowed your profile…

Aereo Threatens Networks Revenue

Aereo provides a service where for only $8 a month you can stream broadcast television to your PC or mobile device. Aereo uses a bunch of souped-up versions of the good old TV antenna to capture broadcast television signals and then streams those signals over the internet to its subscribers. ABC, NBC, CBS and other…

Beware Of Fake Facebook Video

There is malware making the rounds right now veiled as a Facebook video, but hijacks web browsers and Facebook accounts The malware is sent as a link in an email claiming you have been tagged in a Facebook posting. Clicking on the link takes you to a website informing you that you must install a…

WhatsApp, AVG and Avira Websites Hijacked

Earlier today WhatsApp, AVG and Avira had their websites hijacked by the Palestinian hacker group KDMS. As of this moment WhatApp and AVG are back online, however it seems Avira has taken its site offline. KDMS replaced the companies’ web sites with a site titled “You Got Pwned”. The site displays a map of Palestine…

Digitally Signed Malware On The Rise

McAfee Labs announced that malware signed using legitimate digital certificates to trick people into thinking the software comes from reputable vendors is a drastically growing threat. McAfee Labs found 1.2 million pieces of new signed malware in the last quarter. Most malware wielding digital signatures makes it past antivirus scans because it is whitelisted. McAfee’s…

Cisco IOS XR Software Version 4.3.1 Susceptible to DoS Attack

Cisco announced that IOS XR Software version 4.3.1 contains a vulnerability that could result in a denial of service (DoS) condition if exploited. Cisco IOS XR Software version 4.3.1 does not release memory allocated by UDP packets when the queues are full. If someone were to flood the device with UDP packets it would consume…

Adobe Customer Data Stolen

Brad Arkin, Adobe’s Chief Security Officer, revealed yesterday that thieves penetrated Adobe’s network stealing the personal information of 2.9 million customers. The criminals stole customer names, encrypted credit or debit card numbers, expiration dates, and other information relating to customer orders. The crooks also stole Abobe source code. Among the programs whose source code was…

FBI Shuts Down Silk Road

The FBI took Ross William Ulbricht into custody on charges of narcotics trafficking, money laundering and computer hacking The Silk Road website, established in 2011, has provided more than 950,000 users with a black market for procuring illegal goods and services. They accumulated so many users by providing an easy way to find these illegal…

Welcome Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Ten years ago the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in cooperation with the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSAM) dedicated October as Cybersecurity Awareness Month. The initiative is designed not only to bring awareness to online security but to also help educate the public on how to stay safe online. To help launch the month off right…