Thursday, May 14, 2009

Security News You Can't Miss: Thursday, May 14th 2009

  1. Social Engineering - Lesson #1, make sure you only pay your waiter!  Although this guy was clearly good at playing the disguise the restaurant patrons are just as much at fault for being clueless and not paying attention!  Interesting read...
  2. VISA's Latest Anti-Fraud - The Europeans have figure out credit card fraud pretty well, and are way ahead of us Americans unfortunately - and here's another example.  VISA is now introducing a card that goes beyond chip-and-pin with a built-in computer and keypad on the card itself to combat card-not-present fraud.  I hope we get them in the 'States before I turn 50... hope they fit well into the wallet?
  3. Apple's "Big Fix" - Apple released fixes for, get this, 68 security issues.  I guess all those ads about Macs "not getting viruses, crashing, ..." are just as full of crap as the rest of the Mac vs. PC war.  I think it's time to add up the public vulnerability data for Microsoft and Apple for the year again...
  4. Minnesota's Capitol "Seriously Vulnerable" - Here's a shocker... Minnesota's Legislative Auditor (who?) released a report that basically said that Capital security was crap.  I'm partial to the security doors that were installed... I love random acts of useless security, don't you?
  5. Adobe's Security Woes - ...and last but certainly not least, in case you've been living in a cave with no Internet, Adobe fixed yet another round of PDF problems recently.  Link to the entire slew of advirosies included above... can't wait for the next round.

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