Autopatcher shut down by Microsoft

By Rob Dunn Contributing Writer, [GAS] Autopatcher, a frequently updated project devoted to compiling all the Windows Updates into a single installation package (geared toward offline system updating and quick system rebuilds), has been shut down by Microsoft as of yesterday (08/29/07). Citing security and intellectual property as reasons for the action, Microsoft contacted the […]

Monster.com: Is it time for the pitchforks and torches yet?

It hasn’t been a very good year for Monster.com.  Last summer, the job search giant was implicated in a stock options back-dating scandal, resulting in the resignation of a number of officers, including two successive CEO’s. When the company reported that second-quarter profits in 2007 were down 28 percent, it announced that Monster would eliminate 800 jobs.  Maybe one […]

The Prize Steal (Video)

Just imagine yourself in this situation: Someone calls you up to announce that you won a free meal at a local restaurant. You decide to take advantage of this offer and head over to the restaurant at the appointed time and date. When you get back home, you notice that your house has been emptied […]

Brush up on your anti-phishing skills

By Rob Dunn Contributing Writer, [GAS] McAfee has posted a quiz on their website to educate users on the nuances of various phishing techniques used by scammers. The quiz runs as part of their Site Advisor campaign, and is actually pretty useful. Even if you have friends who aren’t terribly savvy or observant, this could […]

Harry Potter, Hacked?

I know a lot of you guys are Harry Potter fans and are anxiously waiting for the last book to come out. According to rumors, one of the novel’s key characters will die at the end of the last book. Unfortunately, a hacker named “Gabriel” recently spoiled the surprise by hacking into an employee’s computer […]

MPack Trojan Attack Claims 10,000 Web Sites

The security folks over at Trend Micro have just discovered that a massive Web attack, dubbed the “Italian Job,” has now compromised over 10,000 Web sites. When accessed, these sites will redirect all of its unsuspecting visitors to a booby-trapped server containing a malicious javascript named JS_DLOADER.NTJ. Dubbed the “Italian Job” by Trend Micro, the […]

Security analogies: the key to educating laymen

SecurityFocus columnist Scott Granneman has recently published a fantastic article explaining how IT professionals should use analogies to explain computer security concepts to non-IT people. The answer boils down to language. We have to learn to speak to quote-unquote normal people about computers and security in a manner that they can understand and that will […]