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Credit Card Processor Hacked, Again

Credit Card Processor Hacked, Again

Once again we learn about a credit card processor being hacked and millions of credit card numbers being stolen.  The latest incident involved Global Payments Inc (NYSE: GPN) who detected and reported that less than 1.5 million credit card numbers have been stolen.  The fact that they detected this and reported it is good news.  The fact that they were prepared is better.  According to GPN’s press release of April 1, 2012 the...

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We Are Not Ready

We Are Not Ready

In an article by Devlin Barrett in the Wall Street Journal, 28 Mar 2012, the FBI’s top cyber expert Mr. Shawn Henry provided a negative opinion of the United State’s ability to keep computer hackers from stealing.  He is quoted as stating that the current public and private approach of defending against cyber attacks is “unsustainable”. Meanwhile the Whitehouse website posted on 23 March 2012 a blog entry from Howard A. Schmidt,...

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It Happened One Night

It Happened One Night

I was recently asked to investigate a computer that was sending out spam email.  This is a common problem and is usually a trojan infection.  In this case there was no infection!  In fact, everything looked normal so this became a challenge.  How did the attacker gain control of this computer without a backdoor?  A firewall, antivirus, up-to-date patches and full security protected the computer.  I started to investigate the email...

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Chinese Checkers

Chinese Checkers

The antivirus industry is all excited about a new remote control worm and its gaining press coverage.  If you are an average home computer user you don’t have to worry too much about it.  If you use remote desktop help than you need to worry.  The Microsoft Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) is often used by help desks to provide off site system administration and repairs.  The RDP feature defaults to off on most systems so unless you...

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