http://www.computerworld.com/article/2889469/researchers-uncover-signs-of-superfish-style-attacks.html By Gregg Keizer Computerworld Feb 26, 2015 Researchers at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) yesterday said that they had found evidence that implies attackers have exploited a security vulnerability in the Superfish adware and a slew of other programs. Superfish, a company that markets a visual search product, made the news last week when Lenovo was found to have pre-loaded the program on its consumer-grade PCs during a four-month span late last year. Lenovo has acknowledged that Superfish poses a security threat to customers, and has released a tool to eradicate the software. Microsoft, McAfee
http://www.zdnet.com/article/another-reason-to-hate-the-nsa-china-is-backing-away-from-us-tech-brands/ By Zack Whittaker Zero Day ZDNet News February 25, 2015 China is no longer using high-profile US technology brands for state purchases, amid ongoing revelations about mass surveillance and hacking by the US government. A new report confirmed key brands, including Cisco, Apple, Intel, and McAfee
https://finance.yahoo.com/news/inside-hack-sought-cyber-security-180006948.html By Sweta Killa Zacks.com Jan 20, 2015 The cyber security industry has gained immense popularity in recent years and is the fastest-growing corner of the broad technology space. This is because cyber-attacks on enterprises and government agencies are widespread with growing Internet usage, raising the need for more stringent cyber security from hackers. Hacking has become more sophisticated, dangerous and harder for companies (and even governments) to stop. According to the report from the Global State of Information Security Survey 2015, cyber attacks across the globe have risen about 66% over the past five years and 48% from 2013. Some of the well-known companies in the recent spate of data breaches include Target (TGT), eBay (EBAY), Home Depot (HD), AT&T (T) and JPMorgan Chase (JPM). The situation will likely to worsen in 2015, as hackers will continue to adopt advanced techniques and strategies to infiltrate networks hiding their tracks (read: PureFunds to Stop Hackers with This Cyber Security ETF). Solid Long-Term Prospects As per McAfee, cyber-warfare and espionage attacks are expected to increase in frequency. Attacks on Internet of Things (IoT) devices will rise rapidly due to whopping growth in the number of connected objects, poor security and the high value of data on IoT devices. And new mobile technologies will allow more mobile attacks. […]
Please note: The following is not an endorsement of the specific referenced products or solutions, these are examples of ways that users can better protect themselves online. The effectiveness of these solutions varies widely. Used in combination with each other can provide significant added protection to your internet usage.
Additional Disclaimer: There is no such thing as 100% secure, so don’t misconstrue or misinterpret this guidance to be some sort of guarantee of safety online.
Top 5 Home User Protection Measures
1. First and foremost, you must install a NON-FREE Anti-Virus Suite. Prefer anti-virus software that has been tested. The following sites are good for reviewing the test results of Antivirus Detection Rates:
2. Ensure you are using a Browser Plugin to evaluate the security of websites you go to and if possible use Anti-Spam features of your Anti-Virus software. Some examples of browser plugins are: McAfee Site Advisor, Avira Browser Safety, Norton Browser Protection
3. Load up on some software and system exploit prevention, regularly change your website passwords and select passwords based on website category such as financial, entertainment and miscellaneous. Some examples of Anti-Exploit browser and software protection are: Microsoft EMET, Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit Premium
4. Use a DNS service to help block malicious websites BEFORE your computer has a chance to connect to them. Some examples are
5. The last step is a personal training thing that I advise any user online to do. Treat every single link on a web page as suspicious, never click on emailed links, it is best to browse to the specific website manually without clicking. Never open attachments that you do not first scan with your Anti-Virus software first and never ever open attachments from random people where you are not expecting an attachment. Whenever a web page claims that you must update your software and to “click here” to do so, you should be suspicious of it, unless of course you are purposely browsing to your computer manufacturer’s website, graphics card software website or some official Microsoft or Adobe website for updates to your software.
http://www.cnet.com/news/jimmy-kimmel-tops-macaffees-list-of-most-dangerous-cybercelebrities/ By Chris Matyszczyk @ChrisMatyszczyk CNet News October 1, 2014 You might think that, with his little quips and pokes after many have gone to bed, Jimmy Kimmel is a sweet, mischievous kitten. Beneath that furry exterior, though, lies a criminal mind. No, I’m not suggesting Kimmel is an embezzler
http://venturebeat.com/2014/09/18/the-greatest-john-mcafee-email-ever/ By Richard Byrne Reilly VentureBeat September 18, 2014 At the Defcon security conference in Las Vegas in early August, I waited in line with my esteemed colleague Dean Takahashi for 40 minutes in order to get our pictures taken with perhaps the most unabashed instigator in the history of technology. John McAfee. McAfee, of course, is the security software legend who founded McAffee, Inc. For nearly a month I had been reaching out to McAfee in order to score an interview about his latest security startup, Brownlist. Brownlist, which aims to help the little guy battle big government, was unveiled at Defcon to a packed house of nearly 700 people who were hanging on McAfee’s every word. McAfee and I exchanged digits and posed for the picture. And he promised to be in touch. But he never emailed. Or called. Weeks passed. I began to lose interest. Meanwhile, McAfee had been on CNN, Bloomberg, and other channels, railing about technology and how he would once again change the paradigm. […]
http://news.techworld.com/security/3543504/phishing-emails-fool-most-employees-but-is-this-their-problem-or-emails/ By John E. Dunn Techworld 04 September 2014 More than a decade after phishing attacks became the standard way of getting around corporate defences, all but a tiny minority of employees still fall for this kind of email, a McAfee test of UK-based workers has found After crunching numbers on 1,755 people who took the firm’s online Phishing Test, eight out of ten failed to spot at least one bogus email in seven with finance and HR departments among the worst performers. Employees in more technical departments such as R&D were generally the best performers, with all types of workers particularly susceptible when spam emails included spoofed addresses. Six out of ten people fell for UPS scams if the return address looked genuine while half were fooled by a similar tactic using an eFax notification. “Phishing continues to pose significant security risks for businesses and consumers alike. More worryingly, perhaps, is the lack of education around how to spot a phishing email amidst the many emails we’re sent on a daily basis,” commented McAfee EMEA CTO, Raj Samani. […]
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-08-15/supervalu-says-hackers-may-have-stolen-u-s-shoppers-card-data.html? By Robert Valpuesta Bloomberg.com Aug 15, 2014 Supervalu Inc. (SVU) said customers’ payment-card details may have been stolen as the U.S. grocery chain with more than 3,300 stores became the latest to fall victim to hackers. The data may have been stolen from cards used in Supervalu stores from June 22 to July 17 following a network intrusion, the Eden Prairie, Minnesota-based company said in a statement today. Payment companies have been notified and law-enforcement agencies are investigating, it said. Supervalu joins a lengthening list of companies whose systems have been compromised. Minneapolis-based retailer Target Corp. was victim of a breach last year that allowed hackers to gain access to payment data for 40 million customers’ cards. Hackers in Russia have amassed 1.2 billion sets of looted user names and passwords, the largest known cache of stolen personal information, U.S. company Hold Security LLC said this month. Cybercrime costs as much as $575 billion a year and remains a growth industry with attacks on banks, retailers and energy companies that will worsen, according to a June report by the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies and sponsored by network security company McAfee Inc. […]