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CISSP, President, Secure Mentem
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Ira Winkler is president of Secure Mentem and author of Advanced Persistent Security.

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Stupid IRS Spam

9/30/2009
I believe that anyone who uses the Internet on a regular basis has to know that most e-mail messages are spam, and possibly part of a fraud scheme. I also realize that some people are more aware than others, and that some criminals are clever. But the current spread of an email message that claims to be from the IRS accusing a person of fraud demonstrates that naivete that runs deep on the Internet.

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Why Social Engineers Need Training

9/10/2009
Many security professionals who think they know anything about penetration testing also think they know enough to perform social engineering. After all, they are successful time and time again, so they think they know what they are doing. However, what follows is a textbook example of how a little knowledge in the wrong hands can be very dangerous.

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CVE-2018-20025
PUBLISHED: 2019-02-19
Use of Insufficiently Random Values exists in CODESYS V3 products versions prior V3.5.14.0.
CVE-2018-20026
PUBLISHED: 2019-02-19
Improper Communication Address Filtering exists in CODESYS V3 products versions prior V3.5.14.0.
CVE-2018-9867
PUBLISHED: 2019-02-19
In SonicWall SonicOS, administrators without full permissions can download imported certificates. Occurs when administrators who are not in the SonicWall Administrators user group attempt to download imported certificates. This vulnerability affected SonicOS Gen 5 version 5.9.1.10 and earlier.
CVE-2019-5780
PUBLISHED: 2019-02-19
Insufficient restrictions on what can be done with Apple Events in Google Chrome on macOS prior to 72.0.3626.81 allowed a local attacker to execute JavaScript via Apple Events.
CVE-2019-5781
PUBLISHED: 2019-02-19
Incorrect handling of a confusable character in Omnibox in Google Chrome prior to 72.0.3626.81 allowed a remote attacker to spoof the contents of the Omnibox (URL bar) via a crafted domain name.