Banking security and SMS authentication

After the recent incidents is seems that SMS is not very secure second factor for authentication. Australian Telcos Declare SMS Unsafe For Bank Transactions. Telcos declare SMS ‘unsafe’ for bank transactions article tells that the lobby group for Australian telcos has declared that SMS technology should no longer be considered a safe means of verifying

Time for Firefox Plugin Check

Mozillla announced that it will soon start prompting Firefox users to upgrade select old plugins. This means that Firefox users who have outdated versions of the most popular plugins will soon see a notification urging them to update when they visit a web page that uses them. Old versions of Silverlight, Adobe Reader and Adobe

Get rid of IE now!

Internet Explorer users have been told in many sources many times (including my blog): ditch the IE application and switch to another browser, pronto. There is a a new serious hole that’s exploitable by visiting a malicious Website: The site owner can take possession of the computer used for surfing. This critical zero-day bug in

EU cloud plans and legislation

All of Europe’s data in US servers? We’re OK with that – EC bod ‘It shouldn’t matter where your files are held’ article tells that there is a new data protection legislation currently making its way through the European Parliament (expected to be in use in 2-3 years and replace the old one). The rules

The traditional antivirus era is over?

Computer security is hard and is getting harder. Costs are high and rising. It is not enough to have up-to-date antivirus software on the PC. Traditional anti-virus software is based on the fact that they are looking for well-known software “fingerprints”. Virus fingerprint database is maintained, and software is updated with new fingerprints constantly. This

Get rid of Java now!

Now it is time to get rid of Java. Get rid of Java on your web browser now. You need to do it if you care your security at all. Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority Cert-Fi site and Security company F-Secure’s Chief Research Officer Mikko Hypponen calls for removal of Java software from browsers. Most of

Trouble at V.I.R.U.S.

Trouble at V.I.R.U.S. (Virus Investors Radical United Society) …a rejected campaign idea from F-secure archives… I see now what that “F” means in F-Secure. I see why this did not get out but found this funny.

World IPv6 Launch 6.6.2012

World IPv6 Launch is coming after just few days. June 6th may seem like any other day to you, but a group of network operators, kit-makers and websites have determined it will become “World IPv6 launch day”. It means that major Internet service providers (ISPs), home networking equipment manufacturers, and web companies around the world

Flame virus sensationalism

The virus, named Flame or Skywiper, has been in headlines this week. In good and in bad. Flame came to light when the U.N. International Telecommunications Union (which oversees cyberactivities for the body) received reports of unusual activity. A Russian security firm first identified it, noting that the virus has apparently existed in these networks