Top 10 Data Breaches of 2009

From stolen devices and phishing attacks to buggy apps and human blunders, 2009 was another banner year for data breaches. According to the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, over 345 million records containing sensitive data have been involved in incidents within the United States since January 2005. But last year, one single breach compromised 130 million records. In an effort to do better this year, let’s recount some of the worst data breaches reported in 2009.


Malware in Mozilla add-ons found

What I so love about Mozilla Firefox is the collection of add-ons to expand functionality in virtually any sense.  However, this can also expose  users of the add-ons to a risk.  Earlier this week Mozilla disclosed that a pair of add-ons found at site included Trojans.

The two add-ons involved are Master Filer, a download manager and Version 4.0 of Sothink Web Video Downloader. Windows users that have downloaded and installed these add-ons would be affected by Malware that could potentially get a hold of their information. It is recommended by Mozilla that potentially impacted Windows users run an antivirus program. Just uninstalling the affected add-ons does not remove the Trojans.

In an article at E-security Planet we read

As to how a pair of infected add-ons ended up on Mozilla’s site, Mozilla faults its scanning tool.

“AMO performs a malware check on all add-ons uploaded to the site, and blocks add-ons that are detected as such,” Mozilla wrote in its advisory. “This scanning tool failed to detect the Trojan in Master Filer. Two additional malware detection tools have been added to the validation chain and all add-ons were rescanned, which revealed the additional Trojan in Version 4.0 of Sothink Web Video Downloader. No other instances of malware have been discovered.”

I guess this is all the more reason again to keep your security software updated.

The 75 Most Bookmarked Twitter Apps, Which ones do you use the most? – Viral Networkers

Find the complete list and links to all of them here >>>

I’ll be trying out a few myself I guess.

Manslaughter Charge for Michael Jackson’s Doctor –

LOS ANGELES — Nearly eight months after Michael Jackson died suddenly, his personal physician was charged Monday with involuntary manslaughter for providing him with a powerful anesthetic that was ruled a major factor in his death.Skip to next paragraphThomas Nguyen/European Pressphoto AgencyDr. Conrad MurrayRelatedPress Release: Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office pdfEnlarge This ImageJason Redmond/Associated PressMichael Jackson fans gathered outside the courthouse where Conrad Murray was expected to appear.Readers’ Comments Share your thoughts. Post a Comment »The filing of the charges capped an investigation that revealed Mr. Jackson’s heavy reliance on narcotics, including propofol, an anesthetic normally used in surgery but administered to Mr. Jackson, 50, as a sleep aid.The doctor, Conrad Murray, a cardiologist with offices in Houston and Las Vegas, had acknowledged giving Mr. Jackson the drug shortly before the singer was found unconscious on June 25 in a rented mansion here, according to police affidavits. The coroner determined that Mr. Jackson had died from “acute propofol intoxication,” combined with other sedatives.Dr. Murray, 56, who arrived in Los Angeles last week trailed by paparazzi, has maintained through his lawyer that nothing he gave Mr. Jackson should have caused his death.

Read the rest of the article via Manslaughter Charge for Michael Jackson’s Doctor –

Press Release: Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office (pdf)