Raking the muck

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Saturday, July 26 2014 @ 03:22 PM EDT

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Introducing Hasameli

General NewsGiven the problems with malvertising; the experiments that Facebook (and, doubtless, others) have been performing on their users; and the endless nonsense and troublesome issues that are found on the web today, we at Brown Hat Security have decided to make another option available: Hasameli Internet Services
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DNS-changing Malware

There have been some recent instances where malware installed onto people's computers or routers has changed the DNS server configuration to point to a malicious "rogue" DNS server controlled by phishers or other bad actors. This results in the victims being served fake pages when they go to look for the genuine ones, and they may not realize that anything is wrong.
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Useful Tools: Have Your Credentials Been Exposed?

In light of several high-profile password database breaches, it pays to pay attention to see if your account credentials have been exposed on the internet.
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Weak Links: Facebook Photos

Leaving aside all the other ways in which Facebook leaks your information hither and yon for paying customers, our attention today is brought to a couple of interesting ways in which your photos can be exposed for global consumption without your awareness.
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Temporary Pause

General NewsBrown Hat Security will be paused up through the 31st of March. Please stand by.
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Ransomware Turns Deadly

Ransomware, usually known for encrypting personal files and demanding hard-to-trace digital currency for the means of unlocking them, has now resulted in a murder-suicide by a mistaken victim.
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Unsecured Personal Email vs. Organizations

The Iowa Department of Human Services has indicated that they have leaked information about approximately two thousand individuals.
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Patch Tuesday Again

Once again, it's Patch Tuesday. This week's critical issues mirror last month's--both Adobe and Microsoft require updates. Honestly, just look at last month's post on this issue and repeat the same thing.
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Preloaded is not Secure

Malware is showing up on phones purchased from grey-market sources, pre-loaded between the factory and the purchaser.
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Tracking Your Identity

PCMag ran an article about one of the noted repositories for snippets of text containing many compromised credentials. There's an easy way to know if your credentials are on there.