Category Archives: Security

Beware Smartphone Lurkers: Cloud Storage File Remnants

The researchers said they’d expected to find “that smartphone devices will retain data from these storage services,” but didn’t know to what extent any leftover “artifacts” might include recoverable information. So they studied three popular cloud storage service apps running on the iPhone and on an HTC Desire running the Android operating system.

Here’s what they found: “Using mobile forensic toolkits, data can be recovered from a smartphone device which has accessed a cloud storage service,” they said. “The results from the experiment have shown that it is possible to recover files from the Dropbox, Box and SugarSync services using smartphone devices.” In addition, artifacts left by those services’ mobile apps in some cases allowed the researchers to gain a “proxy view” of files not stored on the device, but stored by the cloud service.

via Beware Smartphone Lurkers: Cloud Storage File Remnants – Security –.

Microsoft warns of critical Oracle code bugs in Exchange

Microsoft last week warned IT administrators that critical vulnerabilities in code licensed from Oracle could give attackers access to Exchange Server 2007 and Exchange Server 2010 systems.

Oracle patched the vulnerabilities in its “Oracle Outside In” code libraries as part of a massive update on July 17 that fixed nearly 90 flaws in its database software.

via Microsoft warns of critical Oracle code bugs in Exchange.

Secret Service Says ATM Card Skimmers Are More Popular Than Ever

Earlier this summer, authorities busted a skimmer operation that stole $3 million from ATM users at a Capitol One bank in Manhattan.

“Everyone is at risk,” says the agent. “The loss could potentially be from hundreds of dollars up to hundreds of thousands of dollars,” and all your money can be gone within a few hours

via The Consumerist » Secret Service Says ATM Card Skimmers Are More Popular Than Ever.

Impermium Index Reveals Surprising Trends in Social Web Spam Attacks

Fraudulent accounts range from a low of 5 percent to an astonishing 40 percent of users. Scammers are registering accounts by the millions as they perpetrate fake “friend requests,” deceptive tweets, and the like, while the black market for bulk social networking accounts is growing exponentially.

via Debut Impermium Index Reveals Surprising Trends in Social Web Spam Attacks | Impermium.