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A new #way to #spread #malware and #problems with a #programmable #credit #card

A new way to use Microsoft Office to spread malware, hackers move fast to leverage another Adobe Flash exploit, and problems with a programmable credit card.

Criminals often try to trick users into infecting themselves by opening a zipped Microsoft Office document attached to an email. The document has a link to a malicious website. Barracuda Networks said this week the latest scam is to disguise that link so it fetches the website not through a web browser but through a communications protocol called Samba. Then malicious code is downloaded. Often it starts with victims get a message with something like ‘Your bill is attached.’

One thing you can do it beware of web page links in messages that start with “file://” rather than the expected “http://”

Barracuda says employees also should be regularly trained and tested to increase their security awareness.

Adobe Flash has long been a favoured way for attackers to get malware onto your computer. You download what’s supposed to be a Flash update or a Flash-based presentation, and instead you’re infected. A new hole was just discovered and patched by Adobe. However, Security Affairs reports that a researcher has discovered the popular ThreadKit exploit kit used by hackers is already now trying to use that exploit.

What can you do? A lot of these exploits are spread through email, so you’ve got to be wary of opening messages with attachments. Savvy criminals may target you, so don’t assume that because a message is from your boss, a friend or a relative that it’s valid. Many people disable Flash as a precaution. Those who don’t make sure their Flash is updated from a reputable site.

Finally, a California company named BrilliantTS has a problem with its Fuze Card, a smart card with a programmable security chip that looks like a credit card. The idea is you program the chip with data from several of your credit cards so you only carry the Fuze Card. However, Ars Technica reports two researchers have discovered a way that uses Bluetooth to impersonate the Android app that loads credit card data onto the smart cards. BrilliantTS says a fix will be released April 19th.

I don’t know if the card can be used in Canada. Your local bank or organization behind credit and debit cards has to approve its use for their processes. But it’s another lesson that there’s no quick fix for any problem in your wallet.

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EU looks to #blockchain to solve #cybersecurity problems while #easing #communication of #sensitive #data

Source: National Cyber Security News

The European Commission is to explore broader EU-level uses of blockchain beyond its original role in the oversight of cryptocurrencies, and is looking at the potential of the secure records management software to handle sensitive data passing between member states more efficiently and securely.

“In the next [EU budget], we would like to possibly make investments in areas like VAT reporting, chemicals registration, climate data and others,” said Pēteris Zilgalvis, head of unit for start-ups and innovation in the digital single market directorate. “You could have cross-border shared information in a digital ledger for those that need to know.”

Zilgalvis’ comments at a seminar in Brussels on Tuesday follow an announcement by the EU last week that it was establishing a forum to study the technology.

“It’s a breakthrough technology of great interest. But we don’t believe the hype, we’re taking a critical view of where it can be used,” Zilgalvis told an audience gathered by the Brussels-based think tank Bruegel.

Announcing plans for the forum last week, digital commissioner Mariya Gabriel said the EU wants to be at the forefront of the wider application of blockchain. “We have been funding blockchain projects since 2013.

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For #cybersecurity problems, seek #bottom-up #solutions

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

Everyone agrees on the need for strong cybersecurity policy. Each month, we see headlines telling of high-profile hacks and expansive bugs that threaten our nation’s commerce, privacy and even our safety. But there is much disagreement on how best to proceed.

Some commentators suggest that a top-down, government-directed solution is the only path forward.

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Ukrainian #hackers blamed for #computer problems that crashed #multimillion #dollar art #sale

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

An auction house is blaming a paid, deliberate attack that originated from Ukraine for a computer meltdown that shelved a multimillion dollar sale of artwork on Tuesday night.

Scores of people had gathered at Chifley Tower in Sydney’s CBD for an art auction hosted by online start-up Fine Art Bourse, created by Tim Goodman, a former chairman of Sotheby’s, and Adrian Newstead, the founder of Cooee Art.

Buyers were competing for more than 80 artworks, including Emily Kame Kngwarreye’s Earth’s Creation I, which was expected to fetch at least $2 million.

But the auction was postponed after what was described as “an unusually high surge of traffic” overloaded the auction site’s server, which is based in Hong Kong.

William Ehmcke, a director of the online auction house, said in a statement on Thursday that the timing and size of the attack suggested it was paid and deliberate.

“There is also evidence that the auction platform database was hacked, just prior to the auction launch, to further disrupt the sale process,” he said. “All client data has now been removed from the FAB (Fine Art Bourse) database.”

Mr Goodman said: “Someone out there does not want us to succeed.”

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Payday problems: Cyber thieves swipe paychecks from Atlanta school employees

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

Atlanta Public Schools issued new paychecks to 27 employees who fell victim to what the superintendent called a phishing attack by cyber thieves. Superintendent Meria Carstarphen said Internet scammers stole $56,459 in payroll funds by rerouting direct deposit information from 27 unsuspecting employees. Another seven employees had their direct deposit…

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Hack to the future: HopHacks challenges students to solve problems using technology

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

In rooms around Hodson Hall on Saturday night, clusters of students tapped away at their laptops amid a scattering of snack bags, soda cans, book bags, and belongings. Some took time out from their teamwork to study for a test. A few napped using balled up sweatshirts as pillows. It…

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Common Problems With Online Dating

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How to ward off homesickness, bullies and other problems that could arise at your child’s first sleepaway camp

The first time Lisa Fleming dropped her children off at sleepaway camp, she was a nervous wreck.

“I was so worried,” Fleming says. “I had a miserable week.”

Luckily, none of her fears were realized. “They had the most amazing week ever and were crying when we picked them up,” she says. “They didn’t want to leave their friends and counselors.”

This summer, she’s dropping off her 10-year-old son — the youngest of her three kids — at the same camp (Camp Quest Chesapeake, an educational adventure camp in Courtland, Va., about a three-hour drive from D.C.) with a lot more peace of mind.

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Donald Trump, Self-Proclaimed Grabber Of ‘P***y,’ Has Problems With Jay-Z’s Lyrics

Donald Trump, who has repeatedly used lewd and offensive language and bragged about sexually assaulting women, has lamented the language that rapper Jay Z uses in his music.

During an event in Tampa, Florida, on Saturday the GOP presidential nominee spoke about a rally that artists including Jay Z, Beyoncé and Chance The Rapper held for Trump’s Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton on Friday.

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Problems With For-Profit Management of Pa. Cybers – Education Week

To understand how the problems with for-profit management of cyber charters have persisted over time, just look at Pennsylvania.

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