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Weekly Mac Security and Tech News Roundup: 3/29/13

Posted on March 29th, 2013 by

Happy Friday, everyone! It’s time for another roundup from your friendly folks at Intego. Last week’s snow seems like it was months ago, as it’s now sunny and warm leading into a weekend full of college basketball, chocolate bunnies, and April Fool’s Day pranks. We hope you enjoy this week’s batch of interesting links.

Security News

  • A hospital in Mississippi is in hot water after losing a laptop containing patient data such as “[names], addresses, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, diagnoses, medications, treatments and other clinical information.” The laptop was password protected but someone could still easily be able to access all that personal information. Even worse, the hospital can’t notify the specific patients whose information has been breached because they don’t know exactly who has been affected. This is both a security and PR nightmare, and definitely a lesson to businesses to tighten up your security measures on company devices.
  • Palo Alto Networks has conducted a study called “The Modern Malware Review” and found that 90% of unknown malware is delivered via web browsing.
  • You may have heard rumors of the “biggest online attack in history” happening soon. Or now. Or something. Anyway, Gizmodo reports that the “Internet war apocalypse” everyone’s been talking about lately is actually a lie.
  • Some hackers broke into nearly half a million devices all over the world just so they could map a portrait of the Internet. Very illegal, but also very cool.
  • Ars Technica has an insightful article from Nate Anderson about how he became a password cracker.
  • An interesting debate about online privacy has emerged. First Bruce Schneier laments “our Internet surveillance state” and the death of online privacy, but then Tom Brewster from Tech Week Europe counters that there is hope for Internet privacy and that it’s not dead yet.

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Have a great weekend, and don’t forget to keep your Macs safe and secure!