Tech Thoughts Daily Security Alerts – April 29, 2009

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Zero-Day Flaw Hits All Versions of Adobe PDF Reader – A serious security vulnerability has been found in all versions of Adobe’s ubiquitous PDF reading software, that could allow hackers to run unauthorized code to execute on your computer.

Windows AutoRun gets a makeover to combat malware – In direct response to Conficker and an increased wave of malware attacks targeting the dangerous Windows AutoRun mechanism, Microsoft today announced significant changes to the way the operating system operates when USB drives are used.

Newest WLAN Hacks Come From Afar – Expert warns of deadly combination of long-distance remote and wireless hacking to get inside an organization.

McAfee Introduces Online Center To Assist Victims Of Cybercrime – Cybercrime Response Unit lets consumers know if they’ve been victims of cybercrime, tells them what they can do next, and helps them take the case to legal authorities.

Swine Flu Spam – The recent Swine Flu outbreaks around the world have received a large amount of media attention so it isn’t surprising that the Rustock botnet has begun sending spam with references to Swine Flu in the subject.

Internet privacy – Individual privacy is at risk from the constant creep of data collection.


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6 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Security Alerts – April 29, 2009

  1. Some very important headlines here… and one “no brainer” — Adobe? Hit hard? No!

    Here’s an idea for universal computer security enhancement — do away with the PDF format. That way nobody would have any excuse/cause to have an Adobe product on their machine.
    (Okay. I’m half joking. But, sheeze!)

    • Bill Mullins

      Yes, running Adobe products, specifically Adobe Reader, is definitely NOT
      recommended due to its serious security vulnerabilities.

      Thank for your comment.


  2. g

    i’m glad to say here at home i’m adobe free (‘cept for flash)

    at work is a different story. i have to abide by the greater rule. i did finally get permission to remove reader and substitute foxit.

    baby steps!

    • Bill Mullins

      Hey G,

      It’s amazing that you were able to convince the “boss” to get rid of Adobe
      Reader – well done!


  3. Talking about hackers, a colleague of mine became a victim last week after finishing a project in an Internet cafe. I and many others received a cussing email from him only to find out that it wasn’t him who sent it.