Web Security

Mozilla Ships Security Goodies in Firefox 3.6 Update

has released the latest iteration of its flagship Firefox browser with
a few significant security goodies to keep malicious hacker at bay. The update, which is being shipped via the browser’s automatic
update mechanism, includes new features to patch third-party Firefox
plug-ins and lock out rogue add-ons.

Easy Passwords Found In RockYou Data Leak

Analysis of the 32 million passwords recently exposed in the breach of
social media application developer RockYou last month provides further
proof that consumers routinely use easy to guess login credentials. Read the full article. [The Register]

Firefox Gets Browser Boost From IE Attacks

Mozilla yesterday reported a “huge increase” in downloads of Firefox in
Germany after that country’s computer security agency urged users of
Microsoft’s Internet Explorer to dump the browser and run a rival
instead. Read the full article. [Computerworld]

Robert Mueller, Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, will deliver a keynote address at RSA Conference 2010 that will detail cyber threats through the years – from criminal threats like computer intrusions and identity theft to the use of the Internet by extremists and hostile foreign powers. Read the full article. [Help Net Security]

A now published hole in Windows allows users with restricted access to
escalate their privileges to system level – and this is believed to be
possible on all 32-bit versions of Windows from Windows NT 3.1 up to,
and including Windows 7. Read the full article. [The H Security]

Web site domain registrar and hosting provider Network Solutions acknowledged that hackers had broken into its servers and defaced hundreds of customer Web sites. The hackers appear to have replaced each site’s home page with anti-Israeli sentiments and pictures of masked militants and armed with rocket launchers and rifles, along with the message “HaCKed by CWkomando.” Read the full article. [KrebsonSecurity]

According to a statement by D-Link, firmware updates for its DIR-635
(HW-Revision B), DIR-655 (HW-Revision A1-A4) and DIR-855 (HW-Revision
A2) router models are now available to download at to close the
recently discovered hole in the Home Network Administration Protocol
(HNAP) of these devices. Read the full article. [The H Security]

Four people from North Texas indicted last week by a federal grand jury in Dallas were arrested Friday morning in Cancun, Mexico, according to the FBI. Michael Faulkner, 36, and his wife, Chastity Faulkner, 34, both of Southlake, were central figures in the 19-person indictment brought by U.S. Attorney James Jacks. Read the full article. [Dallas Morning News]

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