TD Ameritrade- Perhaps It Was Malware?

TD Ameritrade issued a press release Friday with another nugget of information in it. TD AMERITRADE Holding Corporation (NASDAQ:AMTD) has discovered and eliminated unauthorized code from its systems that allowed access to an internal database. The discovery was made as the result of an internal investigation of stock-related SPAM. Making conclusions off press releases and news articles is a fool’s exercise, but I’m a fool and I like to exercise. This tidbit could indicate malware, possibly from an endpoint. The focus on SPAM also seems to support more of a malware than SQL Injection. Either way, don’t forget to check out our survey and make your own best, uninformed, guess. On the bright side, it looks like they are handling the situation aggressively, notifying early, and so far the focus is on email addresses, not financial info. Share:

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Send Your Friends and Family To

Big Bad Mike Rothman over at Security Incite just announced a new program he’s launching next months for consumers. Mike told me about this a while ago, and I think it’s a great idea. Here’s an excerpt from the announcement that I think summarizes why we need something like this (emphasis added): If you like it, then it’s too hard The fact is, since you are a security professional, there is a high likelihood that you’ll hate it. It’s intentionally simple. It’s not designed for you. It’s not even Security 101. It’s kind of like Security Kindergarten. It’s secure, but it’s not complicated. Unfortunately the two are not mutually exclusive at this point. The sad truth is that anything too complex isn’t going to get done. I had to intentionally get rid of the buzzwords and vernacular that dominate our security conversations. Soccer Moms don’t care about zombies or IP spoofing. It’s designed for your family and/or your neighbors. Those folks that annoy the crap out of you by asking you to spend your weekends cleaning up the mess they made during the week. Security Mike’s Guide is not about making sure that the world class researchers can’t break into their home networks. It’s about making sure the script kiddie neighbor cutting his teeth doesn’t manage to break into your network and get at your Quicken file. Or find your “private” pictures (ask Vanessa Hudgens about that). I plan on sending my family his way. We’re all tired of supporting their messed-up PCs and Macs, and I’m more than happy to outsource this to Mike. He also has a new, family-friendly blog over at (Okay, the Macs all seem to be working fine.) Share:

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My Home Office Security Defense System

It sweeps across a defined field of fire and launches its (un)deadly projectile at anything that invades it’s defined perimeter (3 feet). Bender is just there for moral support. When he’s sober. (Yeah, I’m a geek. But I have a black belt, so it’s okay.) Share:

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