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Monthly Archives: February 2014

Apple’s Security Breach Should Scare You More thanTarget’s Did

Source: The Blaze
Published: 02/24/14

hand holding appleApple’s security protocol breach is nearly as bad as handing your credit card straight to a hacker rather than making them steal the information through the magnetic stripe readers.

The flaw in Apple’s iOs and OS X platforms essentially allows a hacker to get in between the initial verification “handshake” connection between the user and the destination server, enabling the adversary to masquerade as a trusted endpoint. This means the connection which is supposed to be encrypted between you and your bank, email server, healthcare provider and more is open to attack.

Secure Sockets Layers, and more recently, Transport Layer Security protocols have protected web users for years by creating a digital secure handshake to identify and encrypt data from the browser to the secure end site. The Apple flaw puts hackers in the middle of that handshake, by allowing the SSL/TSL routines to be bypassed. 

Security experts across the web recommend updating iPhones and iPads with the available iOS patches now, and using browsers other than Safari for OS X systems without an available Apple fix.   Read more >>

ABEX Proudly Supports David Foster Foundation to Help Children with Transplants

DFF Gala 2013Jim McGregor of ABEX and his wife Alix are proud supporters of the David Foster Foundation.  The couple attended the Foundation’s Miracle Concert in Toronto on December 5th that featured performances by classical singer Andrea Bocelli, iconic group Earth, Wind & Fire, stand-up comedian Sinbad, and Canadian singing ensemble The Tenors, among others. The event raised $4.2 million and helped raise awareness of importance of life-saving organ transplants.

4.2 millionThe David Foster Foundation Miracle Concert has become a national tradition for music lovers as it draws many critically acclaimed musicians who have worked with Foster over his 40 year career as one of the world’s top music composers and producers.  A winner of 16 Grammy Awards, the Victoria native has been a producer for such successful musical artists as Bryan Adams, Michael Bublé, Mariah Carey, Céline Dion, Josh Groban, Beyoncé Knowles, Shania Twain, and many more.

David Foster Foundation SignThe David Foster Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to providing financial support for non-medical expenses to Canadian families with children in need of life-saving organ transplants. In the past 26 years, the David Foster Foundation has assisted more than 800 families with children in need of major organ transplants, providing millions of dollars in direct family support, with its financial commitment to families ranging from $200 up to $100,000.  To learn more about the Foundation, click here to visit their website.

Cyberattack surge may be the new normal

Publication Date: 02/03/15
Source: TheStar.com

Best Internet Concept of global business from concepts seriesOur growing connectedness — along with “simple cluelessness” — giving hackers an edge that’s only likely to get worse.

Bell Canada, French mobile operator Orange and U.S. hotel management firm White Lodging are among the latest targets of cyber attacks that are growing exponentially in an ever more connected world.

Experts say breaches of corporate data bases have ramped up thanks to factors such as the rise of third-party or cloud storage, the proliferation of open-source smartphones, and the advance of banking and other financial transactions across mobile platforms.

Add in increasingly sophisticated hacking tools and more brute computing power and the result is an easier road for criminals aiming to breach protected data, said Queen’s University professor David Skillicorn.

While the average business or consumer is more capable of countering cyber attacks today compared to a decade ago, Skillicorn said the hackers remain a few steps ahead.

He also blamed the “simple cluelessness” of such practices as maintaining default password settings for many data compromises, although Kaan Yigit, president of Toronto-based consulting firm Solutions Research Group, said more breaches are happening “because more and more of our lives and money is online”.  Read more >>



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