Spammers Abusing Trust in US .Gov Domains

Spammers are abusing ill-configured U.S. dot-gov domains and link shorteners to promote spammy sites that are hidden behind short links ending in”usa.gov”.

Spam purveyors are taking advantage of so-called “open redirects” on several U.S. state Web sites to hide the true destination to which users will be taken if they click the link.  Open redirects are potentially dangerous because they let spammers abuse the reputation of the site hosting the redirect to get users to visit malicious or spammy sites without realizing it.

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Hacking an iPhone is Not as Hard as You Think

Apple has made it clear that it intends to fight the FBI’s demands for a backdoor into the iPhone all the way to the Supreme Court. That makes sense, given that privacy is both a principle and a product for the company behind the world’s most recognizable smartphone. Apple and other companies are facing increasing demands from the government to build backdoor access into their devices, and they’re fighting those demands to protect the security of their platforms.

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Staminus Communications Web Security Was Breached, Hacker Leaves Tips

A Web security company’s systems are offline this morning after an apparent intrusion into the company’s network. The servers and routers of Staminus Communications—a Newport Beach, California-based hosting and distributed denial of service (DDoS) protection company—went offline at 8am Eastern Time on Thursday in what a representative described in a Twitter post as “a rare event [that] cascaded across multiple routers in a system wide event, making our backbone unavailable.”

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New Adobe Flash Vulnerability Lets Hackers Take Over Your PC

Remember that time Adobe confirmed a vulnerability in Flash that was so bad, the only way to protect yourself was to uninstall Flash completely? Well this new security flaw isn’t quite as dire, but it is something that you need to be aware of and act on immediately. The good news is that unlike that last major security hole, Adobe has already patched the problems and made an update available for download.

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