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  • How To Update WordPress – A Simple Guide If you maintain a website, there is a good chance it is built with Wordpress. About a 1 in 5 chance, actually – around 20% of all websites are made using the popular blogging and CMS platform.   So what should you do when you log in to your Wordpress site and are asked to update to ...
  • The NSA and Government Spying – Should You Be Worried? A little over four months ago former NSA (America’s National Security Agency) contractor Edward Snowden leaked a series of documents that revealed widespread spying on American citizens’ phone, internet and email data. Since then, the involvement and similar practices of many other countries‘ governments has come to light, including that of Australia.     While most people seem to ...
  • CryptoLocker Ransomware – A Particularly Nasty Piece of Work The Short   The Malware: “CryptoLocker” ransomware in the wild encrypts personal files and demands payment of $300 to decrypt Encrypts files on local drives AND mapped network drives Does not alert user until after files are encrypted Encrypts files using asymmetric encryption with RSA 2048 bit keys Gives a 72 hour countdown until private key is destroyed Without private key files are ...
  • Java Security Issues – How To Protect Yourself If you have read any tech news in the last few months you have almost certainly heard about multiple security flaws found in Oracle’s Java software. Even if you’re not the tech news reading type, the vulnerabilities have even made it to some mainstream news publications.   What is Java? The first question you might ask is – what is ...
  • Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) Internet Exposure Vulnerability Some weeks ago now, at the end of January, a company called Rapid7 released a paper entitled ‘Security Flaws in Universal Plug and Play’ (PDF here).   The paper details a very serious security flaw that exists in a relatively large number of routers currently connected to the internet. While performing a scan of every publicly accessible ...
  • Yahoo Mail accounts hacked again It seems hackers are still successfully finding exploits with which to access Yahoo accounts and send spam. Yahoo patched some vulnerabilities on Jan 8th and 9th, and reportedly patched another related vulnerability most recently on the 31st. Emails are sent to entire contact lists from affected accounts. If the recipient of an email clicks the ...