Apps for Security Hackathon in DC

Sun, Jun 24, 2012

SINET and SAIC are hosting an Apps for Security hackathon in conjunction with the Amphion Forum in Washington, DC on June 27th from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM. The goal of Apps for Security is to promote civic engagement, open innovation, and entrepreneurship while making us all safer and more secure in cyberspace.

They’ll spend the day building privacy and security enhancing apps leveraging the data, SDK, and APIs offered up by their data providers: Mocana, SAIC, and the Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology Directorate. Regardless of skills or interest, they’re encouraging participation from people and organizations who would like to make a difference in privacy and security online.

Windows Live and Hotmail Account Upgrade Email Phishing Scam

Fri, Jun 22, 2012

There’s a Windows Live and Hotmail email phishing scam going around. The email attempts to trick victims into disclosing their Windows Live credentials and other personal information by claiming that a Trojan has been detected in the user’s Windows Live folders. The fraudulent email claims that the personal information is needed to upgrade the user’s email account with a 1024-bit RSA key anti-virus firewall, and that if the user does not comply, their email account will be terminated.

How Facebook’s Pay to Highlight Feature Can Lead to Scams

Tue, Jun 19, 2012

Facebook is testing a new feature, which I believe will only increase the already huge number of scams and malware present on the social networking site.

The new feature would allow users to pay to “highlight” their status updates in their friends’ news feeds. Currently the Highlight option is only being tested with a small sample group of users. And, it is only available for personal accounts, not brand pages. Highlighted posts may appear higher in the news feed, stay visible for longer, and appear to more friends and subscribers.

The Highlight feature would open the door for scammers to explore new twists on the old favorite, Facebook Will Start Charging scam, by creating confusion around a known Facebook feature.