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Computer Security Watch – May 8 2014

I Do Not Like Spam, I Do Not Like Them, Sam-I-Am
Today’s Top Threat
The Bloodhound.PDF.39 is a variant of the older Trojan.Pidief. The PDF.39 will exploit some of the vulnerabilities of adobe reader or adobe acrobat. The virus is spread by clicking on a malicious link and being spread by emails, so as usual be careful what you click and what attachments you open. A full work up can be found here:

Today’s Top Stories
The State of Cryptography in 2014, Part 2: Hardware, Black Swans, and What To Do Now
“Is Hardware Security Any Better?
We closed the first post by asking: is hardware any more trustworthy? One would think that it is… but it’s not. Recently, chip vendors have been incorporating cryptography into their CPUs or chipsets. Usually, this is an implementation of a “standard” cipher (like AES) or a pseudorandom number generator (PRNG).
Domains Added To Our Blacklist
In case you want to add them to yours as well.
King Of Spam-A-Lot
Every day we receive a virtual ton of emails from companies try to sell you their products, give you a virus, alert you of news, or just say hello. The question is what is the best way to deal with and sort all of the junk and only getting what you want? Our stance has always been as Ben Franklin said “ An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” And it stands true here. When you enter your email address into a system that email address gets “sold” to other companies in order to send you spam and once on that list… well you can see how it snowballs quickly. What if you have an email address you are set on and are getting spam? A lot of email providers have a rules system, where you can sort basic things and send them directly to the trash, it helps a lot! Also make sure to unsubscribe to emails from big business that will help quite a bit as well. With those two major settings, as long as you go ahead and mark things as spam, it will help clean up your inbox drastically.

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