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Hackers Using Fake Facebook Profiles to Peddle Fake Antispyware

- Hackers have discovered a way to automate the creation of fake Facebook pages to peddle fake antispyware, underlining once again the threats organizations face that let their employees use social networking sites, a security researcher warned.

Behind the Numbers: Malicious Web Site Hosting Per Country


Site to See: NoScript

- Web surfers are at constant risk of attack from executable content such as Java and JavaScript. This browser add-on lets users block such content on all but a few trusted sites.  

U.S. Congressional Legislation: Cybersecurity

- A bill (S. 773) introduced by Sen. John Rockefeller (D-WV) would develop a program to review and improve cybersecurity. The bill would establish a cybersecurity advisory panel to provide guidance to the President on cybersecurity issues relating to the federal government’s data systems. Under the proposal, the Secretary of Commerce would provide cybersecurity status and vulnerability information to the panel and would also create regional cybersecurity centers to help small and medium businesses protect their data systems.

Text Attacks

- Text messaging attacks have increased significantly this year, according to a Cisco Systems report. Many messages appear to come from banks and ask recipients to call a number to verify account information.

Site to See: NoScript

- The NoScript add-on can block cross-site scripting attacks.


- The Obama Administration’s review of national cybersecurity policy finds a need for strong federal leadership in protection of this increasingly critical—and vulnerable—infrastructure.

New Cybersecurity Push, Old Problem

- While the Obama administration develops a new cybersecurity plan, the private sector is wary of sharing proprietary information.

Data Security Through Deletion

- Instead of focusing on protection methods, one organization set out to limit the amount of sensitive data it collected.

Cybercriminals Keep Malware Alive Longer

- Cybercriminals have found a new, more cost-effective way to get the most bang for their buck when spreading malware, according to Symantec’s MessageLabs.

Phishing E-Mails Dramatically, Inexplicably Drop in First Half of Year

- The amount of phishing emails has precipitously dropped since this time last year, reports the Associated Press.

Hackers Riddle Fake DHS E-mails with Malware

- Hackers have a new guise to attack federal, state, and local government and law enforcement departments: fake malware-riddled e-mails from the Department of Homeland Security.

China: Hacker Schools Become Big Business

- China has seen the emergence of online training schools that teach students the skills necessary to either be a network defender or a cybercriminal.

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