Archive for December, 2010

Are You Ready For The Cloud?

Sunday, December 26th, 2010
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protect personal informationCloud computing is one of the leading trends in the modern world of information technologies. Due to the upcoming security issues, many companies choose not to go cloud. Trend Micro offers to consider identification as an important element to provide security in the cloud.

Many identification patterns use usual combination of a user name and password. Problems associated with them are well-known, but their importance grows when going cloud.

The main advantage of cloud computing is access to cloud services from any part of the world. However, new risks are arising. Users may be attracted by insecure access points, for example, free Wi-Fi networks. However, such applications as SmartHide help you protect personal information in free WI-Fi networks and provide other functions.

Hackers also realize the importance of user identification data and develop methods of their theft. Top 2 viruses oriented at remote banking servicing includes Trojans ZeuS and SpyEye.

Both of them have wide technical capabilities for phishing (theft of personal identification data).

1) Any web-site can become a target, including those providing services in the cloud;
2) Secondly, even entry pages of the SSL-protected systems are not quite secure.

Security of the cloud is a complex task that has several aspects. Anything – devices, users or access points, should be protected. Only if all the three objects are secure, an IT-administrator will be able to answer our question: “Yes, we are ready for the cloud”.

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Again Hackers Offer Facebook Users “The Opportunity To View The Visitors”

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010
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Spam again has appeared in the largest social network advertising application that should allow to view the list of visitors at a personal page. The idea is not a new one, but, apparently, is still effective: the Facebook audience has been waiting for the function to come for a long time, but the administration is strongly against it.

Within a new spam campaign the hackers send such messages as “Oh God! I cannot believe now I can really see who has visited my page!” with the reference to a Facebook application.

Clicking the link, a user of Facebook gets to the page advertising fake software – Profile Watcher V2.1; when one clicks “Install”, a request appears to give access to the personal data, which are subsequently used by malicious applications to further spread the spam. Then the victim is redirected to another page, which offers to subscribe to an expensive mailing, and that is all.

The Senior technical advisor at Sophos, Graham Cluley, advised the users of Facebook to be attentive when adding new applications, each time asking whether or not to give access to personal data to the unknown developers. He has noted that fraud in the Facebook has already become quite common.

If we consider the confidentiality requirements, it becomes obvious that Facebook administration will hardly ever decide to add the capability of displaying the list of visitors. Nevertheless, many users still dream about it: according to Sophos, only one of many malicious links, sent out by the hackers, has already seen more than 60 thousand visits.

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