Security Talk 6: Bleeping Computer sued for a negative review and more | Summary and Q&A

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February 13, 2016
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Security Talk 6: Bleeping Computer sued for a negative review and more

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The content discusses various security-related topics, including a lawsuit against a review website, the increase in Windows vulnerabilities, the importance of privacy in US presidential candidates, the risks of drones near airports, and the spread of ransomware.

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Questions & Answers

Q: Why is Bleeping Computer being sued?

Bleeping Computer is being sued by Enigma Software over a negative review, even though the review was actually just a forum post expressing opinions.

Q: What is the significance of the increase in Windows vulnerabilities?

The increase in Windows vulnerabilities by 50% in 2015 indicates that security programs are still necessary, as operating system patches cannot guarantee absolute security.

Q: How is Google fighting extremist propaganda?

Google is using AdWords to display ads and videos that aim to discourage individuals from joining terrorist organizations, but the effectiveness of this approach is debatable.

Q: What precautions should businesses take to protect against ransomware?

Businesses should implement robust backup strategies to ensure they have duplicate copies of their important data, as no security solution can guarantee absolute protection against ransomware.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • Bleeping Computer is being sued over a negative review of a product, highlighting the importance of freedom of speech and the need for community support.

  • FireEye reports on the spread of the Dryex botnet through spam emails, emphasizing the need to be cautious when opening emails from unknown sources.

  • Naked Security discusses US presidential candidates' views on privacy and the need for individuals to be aware of politicians' stance on key issues.

  • Windows vulnerabilities have increased by 50% in 2015, showing that security programs are still necessary despite operating system patches.

  • Drones pose a potential risk to airplanes and highlight the need for regulations to ensure safety near airports.

  • The Malware Museum showcases old-school malware that disrupted activities or played jokes on people, giving security enthusiasts a chance to explore the history of malware.

  • Google is using AdWords to fight extremist propaganda by displaying ads and videos to discourage individuals from joining terrorist organizations.

  • Ransomware is increasingly targeting businesses, making data backup crucial for protection, as no security solution can guarantee absolute security.

  • IoT devices, such as a doorbell, have security vulnerabilities that can compromise user data, necessitating a rethinking of IoT development.

  • Fake Amazon emails are being used to phish for login information, highlighting the importance of caution when receiving suspicious emails.

  • Malwarebytes analyzes the DMA Locker ransomware variant and finds weaknesses that could potentially allow victims to recover their encrypted files without paying the ransom.

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