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Lessons learned from the Target PCI Breach

Posted by Steven Thom on Feb 15, 2014 1:51:31 PM

More information has been trickling out regarding the massive Target PCI breach that took place during the 2013 Christmas shopping season. Forensic researchers first learned that hackers penetrated Target's network by means of a business transaction portal. It appears that Fazio Mechanical Services was the source. Fazio is a Pittsburgh-area nationwide mechanical contractor that services many large retailers. Now more details are emerging about the mechanism hackers used to infect the HVAC contractor. There are serious lessons here that businesses of all sizes need to learn. It's safe to say the face of PCI compliance will forever be changed as a result of the findings.

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Defend Against the CryptoLocker Virus

Posted by Steven Thom on Nov 16, 2013 7:39:06 PM

The "CryptoLocker" virus has been making a great deal of noise lately. Though we at Thom Infotech have not personally encountered it, we know others who have. We've written this post to help you to understand and defend against the CryptoLocker virus.

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WordPress now offers automatic updates

Posted by Steven Thom on Oct 31, 2013 6:37:41 PM

There is welcome news for web developers this week as WordPress now offers automatic updates to the uber-popular web development platform. Starting out as a blogging tool, WordPress has morphed into a full website development ecosystem. Like many, this author has embraced WordPress due to its simplicity, flexibility, and easy search engine optimization.

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Oracle closes critical Java vulnerability

Posted by Steven Thom on Mar 5, 2013 7:55:43 AM

Oracle announced today the release of updates for Java versions 5, 6, and 7 to patch a critical java vulnerability actively being exploiting in the wild. The patches were reportedly slated for release in April but the timetable was pushed up in response to a recent report demonstrating the active exploit. This further prolongs the life of Java 6, which was slated for retirement last month but continues to receive updates in the wake of a continual barrage of zero-day exploits.

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Anti-virus software alone is not enough

Posted by Steven Thom on Mar 4, 2013 1:17:18 PM

"Anti-virus software alone is not enough"... so says the number one antivirus provider Symantec in this post. A rather stunning admission I would say, and something many in the computer and network security industry have known for quite some time.

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Yet Another Java Zero-Day

Posted by Steven Thom on Mar 3, 2013 12:09:38 AM

Researchers at the respected security firm FireEye have discovered yet another Java zero-day attack that leverages previously unknown vulnerabilities with the latest versions of Java (as of this writing Java v1.6 Update 41 and Java v1.7 Update 15) to install malware. This comes on the heels of a discovery of two other holes (as yet unexploited) by the Polish firm Security Explorations this past week.

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Apple also a victim of targeted malware attack

Posted by Steven Thom on Feb 19, 2013 10:38:33 AM

Apple revealed today that they were targeted by the same malware attack leveled against Facebook on February 1st. The earlier comments by Facebook hinted at a working group of high-value targets and Apple now appears to be among them. The attack took advantage of a previously unknown Java zero-day exploit to infect the engineers' computers by means of their web browsers.

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Adobe has scheduled an update for last week's Acrobat zero-day

Posted by Steven Thom on Feb 18, 2013 1:13:06 PM

Adobe announced in a blog post that they will issue updates for version XI, X, and 9 to close the zero-day hole revealed last week. The patch will be released for Windows, Linux, and Macintosh operating systems. All users are advised to install the patch as soon as it becomes available. Thom Infotech encourages Adobe Acrobat users to enable the automatic update feature that both downloads and installs the patch as soon as it becomes available. This can be found in the Edit > Preferences menu. Scroll down to the "Updater" section and change the default ("Automatically download updates, but let me choose when to install them") to "Automatically install updates". Our Managed IT Services clients will receive the update automatically.

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Facebook is apparent victim of a Java zero-day attack

Posted by Steven Thom on Feb 18, 2013 12:13:47 PM

Facebook has confirmed that they were a victim of a targeted attack that leveraged a previously unknown Java vulnerability. The zero-day exploit was used to infect the laptops of several engineers with malware that apparently was used to attempt a full-scale infiltration of the inner sanctum of Facebook.

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New Adobe Acrobat Zero-Day Reported

Posted by Steven Thom on Feb 13, 2013 12:13:16 PM

Researchers from the respected malware research firm FireEye today reported a zero-day flaw that is actively being exploited in the wild. They reportedly observed successful exploitation of the latest Adobe PDF Reader 9.5.3, 10.1.5, and 11.0.1. It is assumed that earlier versions are also vulnerable though this has not been confirmed.

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