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NEWS - September 06, 2013

by Carol~ Moderator / September 6, 2013 3:23 AM PDT
With privacy battle brewing, Facebook won't update policy right away

Facebook will not roll out controversial changes to its policies until next week, the giant social network said Thursday.

Six consumer watchdog groups have asked the Federal Trade Commission to block the changes that they say would make it far easier for the company to use the names, images and personal information of its nearly 1.2 billion users -- including teens -- to endorse products in ads without their consent.

"We are taking the time to ensure that user comments are reviewed and taken into consideration to determine whether further updates are necessary and we expect to finalize the process in the coming week," Facebook said in an emailed statement.

Facebook has insisted that it is not changing its policies, just clarifying the language in them. Facebook denied it delayed the policy update.

But Jeffrey Chester, executive director of the Center for Digital Democracy, said Facebook had to delay the update.

Continued : http://www.latimes.com/business/technology/la-fi-tn-facebook-privacy-policy-update-20130905,0,6797157.story

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Most Users Try to Hide their Footprints on the Internet
by Carol~ Moderator / September 6, 2013 3:33 AM PDT

Most Internet users try to hide their digital footprints by removing cookies or encrypting their email, according to a study by the Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project. 86% of Americans surveyed by the institute said they try to live a discrete life online, while more than a half avoid observation by specific people, organizations, or the government.

"Users clearly want the option of being anonymous online and increasingly worry that this is not possible," Director of the Pew Research Center's Internet Project Lee Rainie said in a press release. "Their concerns apply to an entire ecosystem of surveillance. In fact, they are more intent on trying to mask their personal information from hackers, advertisers, friends and family members than they are trying to avoid observation by the government."

The survey of 792 internet users also found that one in five internet users had their email or social network account compromised or hacked. Over 12 per cent have been stalked or harassed online, while almost the same percentage had personal details such as their Social Security Number or credit card stolen by scammers.

Continued : http://www.hotforsecurity.com/blog/most-users-try-to-hide-their-footprints-on-the-internet-7019.html

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Google argues for right to continue scanning Gmail
by Carol~ Moderator / September 6, 2013 3:33 AM PDT

Attorneys suing Google say the firm violates privacy and takes personal property by electronically scanning the contents of people's Gmail accounts and then targeting ads to them.

"This company reads, on a daily basis, every email that's submitted, and when I say read, I mean looking at every word to determine meaning," said Texas attorney Sean Rommel, who is co-counsel suing Google.

But in a federal court hearing Thursday in San Jose, Google argued that the case should be dismissed, and that "all users of email must necessarily expect that their emails will be subject to automated processing."

Judge Lucy Koh said she would consider Google's request to terminate the case, but she said she is also interested in scheduling a trial for next year, indicating she is unlikely to dismiss. She did not say when she would decide.

The lawsuit, filed on behalf of 10 individuals, is expected to be certified as a class action and is widely seen as a precedent-setting case for other email providers.

Continued: http://news.yahoo.com/google-argues-continue-scanning-gmail-083912032.html

Related: Google asks federal judge to dismiss Gmail scanning lawsuit

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N.S.A. Able to Foil Basic Safeguards of Privacy on Web
by Carol~ Moderator / September 6, 2013 4:22 AM PDT

The National Security Agency is winning its long-running secret war on encryption, using supercomputers, technical trickery, court orders and behind-the-scenes persuasion to undermine the major tools protecting the privacy of everyday communications in the Internet age, according to newly disclosed documents.

The agency has circumvented or cracked much of the encryption, or digital scrambling, that guards global commerce and banking systems, protects sensitive data like trade secrets and medical records, and automatically secures the e-mails, Web searches, Internet chats and phone calls of Americans and others around the world, the documents show.

Many users assume — or have been assured by Internet companies — that their data is safe from prying eyes, including those of the government, and the N.S.A. wants to keep it that way. The agency treats its recent successes in deciphering protected information as among its most closely guarded secrets, restricted to those cleared for a highly classified program code-named Bullrun, according to the documents, provided by Edward J. Snowden, the former N.S.A. contractor.

Continued : http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/06/us/nsa-foils-much-internet-encryption.html

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Joomla and WordPress Sites Under Constant Attack From Botnet
by Carol~ Moderator / September 6, 2013 5:37 AM PDT

TrendLabs Security Intelligence Blog:

Compromised websites are part of many attacks online. They can be used to host a variety of threats, ranging from simple spam pages, to redirection pages, to actual malicious files.

We recently came across a case that highlighted the scale of this threat. A backdoor (detected as BKDR_FIDOBOT.A), was being used to brute-force many WordPress blogs. It tries to log into Joomla and WordPress administrator pages at /administrator/index.php and /wp-login.php. To do this, it connects to a C&C server, where it downloads a list of sites to target as well as passwords to use. (It consistently uses admin as the user name.) Successful logins are also uploaded to the same C&C server.

Over the course of a single day, this backdoor was used to try and attack more than 17,000 various domains. This would total more than 100,000 domains in the course of a single week. This was from a single infected machine alone; with any botnet of decent size many more sites would have been at risk from this attack.

Continued : http://blog.trendmicro.com/trendlabs-security-intelligence/joomla-and-wordpress-sites-under-constant-attack-from-botnets/

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Mule Flood in Japan
by Carol~ Moderator / September 6, 2013 5:38 AM PDT

Kaspersky Lab Weblog:

Money mule recruitment emails are nothing new, for years these have been spammed out all over the globe. What is new though is the recent wave aimed at "English-speaking Japanese residents". It started at the end of July and we have received hundreds of such themed spam emails since then. [Screenshot]

The content typically promises an easy job, just requiring some hours per week with very few other requirements. . [Screenshot]

Probably this spam wave has not been too successful. One explanation lies in the fact that many Japanese people I know will simply trash English emails IF they are not commonly working with them. Also, as in our case, most of these emails are filtered and placed in the trashcan by security software already. Another reason may be that Japanese who indeed speak English are also smart enough to smell something phishy here.

And speaking of phishy ... actually phishing and money mules are closely related. The phishers steal login information for online banking accounts and that's it. The gathered information is then sold to the next team of criminals, the money mule recruiters. Their job is to "cash out" the stolen accounts.

Continued : http://www.securelist.com/en/blog/208214050/Mule_Flood_in_Japan

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Whatever Happened to Facebook Likejacking?
by Carol~ Moderator / September 6, 2013 5:38 AM PDT

F-Secure Antivirus Research Weblog:

Back in 2010, Facebook likejacking (a social engineering technique of tricking people into posting a Facebook status update) was a trending problem. So, whatever happened to likejacking scams and spam? Well, Facebook beefed-up its security — and the trend significantly declined, at least when compared to peak 2010 numbers.

But you can't keep a good spammer down. Can't beat them? Join them.

Today, some of the same junk which was spread via likejacking... is now spread via Facebook Advertising. [Screenshot]

The top middle thumbnail above is some kind of malformed egg. Typical click-bait.

The ad links to a Page with localized campaigns. Note the "Ca" and the "Fi". [Screenshot]

The landing page uses an "app" trick to automatically redirect to a spam campaign: [Screenshot]

Continued: http://www.f-secure.com/weblog/archives/00002602.html

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Why Your iPhone Will Inevitably Catch A Virus
by Carol~ Moderator / September 6, 2013 5:38 AM PDT

"Apple's iOS may be more resistant to malware attacks than Android, but once "security by obscurity" gives way, Katie bar the door."

Android may dominate mobile market share, but it also comes with a host of ills like fragmentation and, more potently, malware. While the mobile malware threat has been surprisingly light to date, that's starting to change. For now, Android is the malware capital of mobile in part because of its popularity and in part because of its more open approach to engineering.

iOS, for its part, is both harder to crack and harder to fix, precisely because it's closed. But according to security expert Eugene Kaspersky, that's bound to change. And when it does, iOS is going to fall hard.

Really, really hard.

Android: Land Of The Free ... And Infected

According to a Juniper Networks report, up to 92% of mobile malware targets Android devices. The FBI and Department of Homeland Security put the number at 79%. Either way, it's a big number, especially as the same FBI/DHS report notes that iOS is a target just 0.7% of the time.

Continued: http://readwrite.com/2013/09/05/kaspersky-the-ios-malware-dam-will-break

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