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Hawaii’s ballistic missile false alarm and a user interface failure

Each and every one of us goofs up every day – the only difference is that for most of us it doesn’t make international headlines.


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Smashing Security #018: Windows is a virus. True or False?

Security firm Webroot drops a clanger when it declared Windows was malicious and borked customers’ PCs, millennials are streaming a lot of movies illegally, and blackmailers are targeting members of the Ashley Madison cheating site again.

All this and more is discussed in the latest edition of the “Smashing Security” podcast.


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Webroot causes massive headaches after falsely flagging Windows files as malicious

It’s 2017, and anti-virus products still goof up like this…

David Bisson reports.


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It’s 2016, and anti-virus products still goof up like this…

Sophos false alarms on Winlogon.exe, causing chaos for some users.


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Gmail is warning (incorrectly) that my newsletter is suspicious

Thanks to those folks who have been in touch today and last Friday, letting me know that Gmail was flagging my daily “GCHQ” newsletter as suspicious.

It looks like Gmail is false alarming because I talked about lotteries… damn! did it again…


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Google blocking all bit.ly links as malicious [now fixed]

Hopefully this is a false alarm.

Let’s hope it gets fixed soon, because boy oh boy it’s going to be inconvenient.


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Is one of the world’s oldest viruses haunting the Bitcoin Blockchain?

Microsoft Security Essentials false alarms on the Bitcoin Blockchain, warning of a DOS virus that’s over 25 years old.


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Irony alert: When Facebook blocks a warning about a scam

Sometimes I feel like hitting my head against a brick wall when folks can’t tell the difference between a scam and a *warning* about a scam.

Thankfully, on this occasion, there is a happy ending.


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Scareware hackers exploit McAfee false positive problem

Read more in my article at Naked Security.


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[The entire internet] may harm your computer

Read more in my article at Naked Security.


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