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If I Duck My Head Under This Blankie, The Monsters Can’t Get Me

Posted January 11, 2012    Peter McCalister

Remember when we were kids and we’d hear a strange noise from the other room, or the closet. Maybe it was after your parents finally let you watch that movie you promised wouldn’t give you nightmares. Back then nothing could get us, so long as we hid under out blankets. But we had to do…

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lizardtech

ExpressView SID Processing Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

Disclosed January 11, 2012    Zeroday : 1072 days
Vendors: LizardTech
Vulnerability Severity: High
Exploit Impact: Remote Code Execution
Exploit Availability: Publicly Available
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patch-tuesday

Microsoft Patch Tuesday – January 2012

Posted January 10, 2012    Chris Silva

Before we get started on this month’s releases, just a quick reminder that Microsoft released an out-of-band (OOB) security bulletin (MS11-100) late last month. That brought their 2011 total to 100 bulletins – so much for keeping it in double digits. To start off the new year, today Microsoft released seven bulletins. Microsoft finally tamed…

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villain trio

Healthcare Data Breaches Thanks To Insiders

Posted January 10, 2012    Peter McCalister

A Ponemon Institute report published this month found that healthcare data breaches have risen 32 percent since 2010. Ninety-six percent of all healthcare providers say they have had at least one data breach in the last two years and that most of these were due to employee mistakes and sloppiness, while 46 percent of respondents…

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sumatrapdf

SumatraPDF “fz_crash_abort()” Null Byte Write Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

Disclosed January 10, 2012    Fully Patched
Vendors: SumatraPDF (Krzysztof Kowalczyk)
Vulnerability Severity: High
Exploit Impact: Remote Code Execution
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lucy2

Top 5 Data Breach Excuses Of 2011 (And What They Really Mean): Part 5

Posted January 9, 2012    Peter McCalister

DON’T COMMENT AT ALL – EVEN WHEN A GOVERNMENT WATCHDOG OUTS YOUR POOR PRACTICE MUCH LATER – Numerous UK Local Authorities up to Nov 2011 This strategy is used by organisations who know that trying to make an excuse for such widespread poor practice is like pouring petrol on a fire. Best to keep quiet…

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sam2

Top 5 Data Breach Excuses Of 2011 (And What They Really Mean): Part 4

Posted January 6, 2012    Peter McCalister

WE’RE STILL INVESTIGATING HOW IT HAPPENED, IT’S TOO CONFIDENTIAL TO SAY MORE, BUT REST ASSURED EVERYTHING IS OK NOW. – The IMF, June 2011 This excuse is often used by organisations that decide to mop up media interest with an early announcement confirming investigations are underway (we’re taking this seriously) while reassuring people everything is…

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irene2

Top 5 Data Breach Excuses Of 2011 (And What They Really Mean): Part 3

Posted January 5, 2012    Peter McCalister

BLAME IT ON A THIRD PARTY/MALWARE/THE WEATHER – Frequently throughout the year…. With so much out-soucing today, it’s easy to divert attention away from your role in allowing data to be breached, by focusing on slopping practices of third party suppliers and contractors (while not saying of course that it was you who hired them…

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annie

Top 5 Data Breach Excuses Of 2011 (And What They Really Mean): Part 2

Posted January 4, 2012    Peter McCalister

SHUT THE DOOR AFTER THE HORSE HAS BOLTED. High Point Regional Health System, USA, September 2011 This excuse allows the breached organization to sound authoritative by providing an answer to how the breach could have been prevented to the media and public, even if it is a solution they haven’t put into practice yet. Unfortunately,…

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dave2

Top 5 Data Breach Excuses Of 2011 (And What They Really Mean): Part 1

Posted January 3, 2012    Peter McCalister

SADLY, IT’S NOT POSSIBLE TO TRUST ALL PEOPLE ALL OF THE TIME – Gwent Police, Wales, UK, May 2011 This is one of the more favored excuses used by organizations who prefer to show some attrition for taking their eye off the ball for a few days, months, years,… (fill in the blank) later. In…

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