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Why do SQL injections persist?

Security Binary DataThis post was provided by Samantha Strauss on behalf of Drexel University Online. She has written freelance tech articles for a number of educational institutions, including Drexel University. A self-taught programmer, she has spent over a decade working in the tech industry.

Though it’s been plaguing us for quite a while, SQL injection is still one of the most common forms of web site security breaches, as evidenced by recent hacking attacks on such web giants as Sony, Yahoo and LinkedIn, among others. SQL, which stands for Structured Query Language, is just what it sounds like: a language–almost, in fact, THE language that databases use to store, manage, and retrieve information. Continue reading

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Beware: “Your Photos” Email

Atsign dollarsignsA recent NakedSecurity.Sophos.com article reports that a vicious “malware attack has been spammed out widely via email to Internet users, posing as a message about photos.”

The attack’s payload is the Blackhole exploit kit, a vicious and self-protecting malware controller which injects the following malware onto computers:

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Your Internet Use: Safe or Risky?

2 DiceWhen asked “how much Internet security do I need for my computer?” I usually respond with “that depends what you use it for and how safely or risky you use it.”

For example, if one uses a computer and the Internet for only creating documents and using email; that use would be categorized as one of less risk. On the other hand, if one uses the computer to indiscriminately surf the Internet, or Continue reading

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Social Networking Safety Tips

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Social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+,Pinterest and LinkedIn are powerful, Internet based tools that allow you to meet, interact and share with people around the world. However, with all these capabilities come risks, not to just you and your computer, but your family, friends and employer. Continue reading

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Target: Social Networking Sites

Plastic Social Media ButtonSocial Networks is the first in a series of “Target” articles, discussing the various areas the cybercrime organizations are attacking. Unfortunately for computer users, our Internet environment is, as the military would say, “a target rich environment”. By social networking sites we refer to Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

As we’ve mentioned in the past, global cybercrime is organized and the organizations resemble a hybrid of a mafia and a large corporation. Continue reading

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Internet Security Predictions

Binary Code pink goldThis is the time of the year that all the correspondents write their “prediction” articles for the next year. You’ve probably seen some of them; they have titles like: “5 Malware Predictions for 2013”, “Security Predictions for 2013”, etc. They are usually well-written by writers knowledgeable in Internet security, but sometimes they’re written by employees of security software companies. The latter I’ve always suspected were trying to sell their products by instilling fear in the populace.

This year I’ve decided to write a predictions article of my own, albeit a bit different from the usual fare. Continue reading

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Hackers Focus on Facebook, Twitter

Security HackersDid you know hackers have their own forums, chat rooms, and websites? And that they talk about targets they’re interested in attacking and how they’ll accomplish the crime? They’re talking about social network attacks, particularly Facebook and Twitter. You may wonder why the criminal interest in these two social networking mainstays. Continue reading

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