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NEWS - September 24, 2013

by Carol~ Moderator / September 24, 2013 8:21 AM PDT
Google to Block Many Plug-Ins Starting in 2014

Google is planning a major changes in the way that Chrome handles many plug-ins. Beginning early next year, Chrome will no longer support the old Netscape Plug-In API and will block plug-ins that use it. Eventually, that will mean that some plug-ins such as Google Earth, Microsoft Silverlight and others eventually will be blocked by the browser.

The change is designed to protect users against legacy security problems and to make the Chrome browser more stable, as well. The Netscape Plug-in API is one of the older methods for extending the architecture and functionality of the browser and was used for more than 15 years to help developers add functionality to the browser. Google's engineers say that the API has outlived its usefulness and is now a major cause of stability and security problems in Chrome.

"Today's browsers are speedier, safer, and more capable than their ancestors. Meanwhile, NPAPI's 90s-era architecture has become a leading cause of hangs, crashes, security incidents, and code complexity. Because of this, Chrome will be phasing out NPAPI support over the coming year," Justin Schuh, a security engineer at Google, wrote in an explanation of the change.

Continued : http://threatpost.com/google-to-block-many-plug-ins-starting-in-2014/102393

Related: Chrome will block NPAPI plug-ins over stability, security concerns
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Yahoo Recycled Emails: Users Find Security Surprises
by Carol~ Moderator / September 24, 2013 8:24 AM PDT

"Some Yahoo users who took advantage of recycled IDs report they're getting emails intended for the old account holders -- including personal data"

When Tom Jenkins, an IT security professional, learned in June that Yahoo planned to free up abandoned account IDs, he jumped on the opportunity to request a nickname he's had since high school. He was thrilled when Yahoo emailed him in August to say the ID was available.

"I had tried periodically to obtain this email address, but I was never able to do it," Jenkins said in an interview. "I was aware that these Yahoo IDs were once owned by someone else, but I was pretty surprised by the types of emails I immediately started getting."

In less than a day, emails intended for the original account owner hit his inbox. Among them were marketing emails from retailers and catalogs, which were a nuisance, he said. But then came the emails with sensitive personal information: messages from the former Yahoo account holder's Boost Mobile service, which included the account and pin numbers; emails from a Fidelity investment account; Facebook emails; Pandora account information; and more.

Continued : http://www.informationweek.com/security/vulnerabilities/yahoo-recycled-emails-users-find-securit/240161646

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iMessage for Android. Be careful what you trust!
by Carol~ Moderator / September 24, 2013 8:33 AM PDT

A new app, which claims to bring Apple's proprietary iMessage chat service to Android users, is raising concerns.

The free app, called iMessage Chat, is available in Google's official Android Play store, and appears to allow Android users to instant message with their iPhone/iPad/Mac-owning buddies.

Curiously, the app was not written by Apple but by a third-party Android developer called Daniel Zweigart.

Perhaps surprisingly, Android users who have tested out the software claim that the app *does* work, and does allow you to send and receive messages between Android smartphones and users of Apple devices.

But at what cost are these messages being sent?

Sure, you don't have to pay any money to send a message - iMessage between Apple devices is also free - but there are other considerations. [Screenshot]

Continued: http://grahamcluley.com/2013/09/imessage-android-trust/

Also:
Steer Clear of Android iMessage App, Experts Say
Unnofficial iMessage App on Android Raises Security Concerns

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Calif gives teenagers an 'eraser button' to delete their..
by Carol~ Moderator / September 24, 2013 9:11 AM PDT
.. web mistakes

Legislators in California are working to give teens more control over content they have posted on the web by giving them the ability to push the reset button on their social media profiles.

California Governor, Jerry Brown, received a letter from the CEO of Common Sense Media, James P Steyer, in which it states:

Children and teens often self-reveal before they self-reflect and may post sensitive personal information about themselves - and about others - without realizing the consequences.

Now a unanimously passed Senate Bill will guarantee privacy rights for minors in California as well as an 'eraser button' which will allow them to delete their faux pas. This new bill will make the West Coast state the first in the US to require websites to allow under-18s to remove their own content from the site, as well as to make it clear how to do so.

The law does have some limitations though - it only covers content posted by the child making the removal request and so does not cover anything that their friends or family may have uploaded about them. The bill also only requires removal of information from public websites and not from servers.

Continued : http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2013/09/24/california-gives-teenagers-an-eraser-button-to-delete-their-web-mistakes/
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Google Warning Gmail users on China Spying Attempts
by Carol~ Moderator / September 24, 2013 9:12 AM PDT

Google is using automated warnings to alert users of its GMAIL messaging service about wide spread attempts to access personal mail accounts from Internet addresses in China. The warnings may indicate wholesale spying by the Chinese government a year after the Google Aurora attacks or simply random attacks. Victims include one leading privacy activist.

Warnings appeared when users logged onto Gmail, encountering a red banner reading "Your account was recently accessed from China," and providing a list of IP addresses used to access the account. Users were then encouraged to change their password immediately. Based on Twitter posts, there doesn't seem to be any pattern to the accounts that were accessed, though one target is a prominent privacy rights activist in the UK who has spoken out against the Chinese government's censorship of its citizens.

A Google spokesman declined to comment on the latest warnings specifically. The company has been issuing similar warnings since March when it introduced features to identify suspicious account activity.

Continued: http://threatpost.com/google-warning-gmail-users-china-spying-attempts-092310/74511

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