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More on cracking browser-stored passwords

Reader Martin Thelen sent in a link to an interesting article on cracking the passwords many of us store in our browsers. The story was published June 2013, so it’s not completely up to date. But it’s a valuable — though somewhat technical — discussion about the password security of Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Firefox.

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Microsoft employees hacked

This news item was posted by the Microsoft Trustworthy Computing group on TechNet:

“Recent phishing attack targets select Microsoft employees”

Excuse me! You guys are running Outlook junk mail filters, cloud-based Exchange hygiene of whatever vintage, and you have smart end users — and you still got nailed?

“Recently, a select number of Microsoft employees’ social media and email accounts were subjected to targeted phishing attacks.”

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