Smart Spam? Security Concerns Around the Internet of Things

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Your refrigerator has a message for you -- and no, it’s not that you need more orange juice-- it’s an ad for belly fat pills. Thanks, Refrigerator. This post was originally posted on Wearable World News. The original can be found here. Recently computer security company, Proofpoint discovered a cyber attack (malware) campaign in which some 25% of compromised computers were smart devices, including home routers, webcams, home entertainment centers, burglar alarms, and yes—refrigerators. … [Read more...]

Google’s malware goof – a personal experience and perspective

Over the weekend, Google Search was rendered useless for about an hour on Saturday thanks to human error where every Web page was considered dangerous malware (Information Week has an excellent overview of what happened). Google posted on its search blog about the error. Marissa Mayer, VP of Search Products at Google, wrote: "If you did a Google search between 6:30 a.m. PST and 7:25 a.m. PST this morning, you likely saw that the message "This site may harm your computer" accompanied each and … [Read more...]

Facebook virus and compromised accounts – are we all vulnerable?

In the past few hours, I've received two Facebook messages with suspicious links. The first one I checked out the link carefully and it prompted me to download a "Flash update". That message was quickly trashed and I thought nothing more of it. This appeared to be the same virus that surfaced in early August. Moreover, Facebook put in place a "vaccine" that renders the links presumably harmless and it appears to be working. But this morning I received another suspicious message and I took a … [Read more...]