ShareFile to add storage options, iPhone app, and more

Thousands of Citrix customers and partners took over the Anaheim Convention Center this week for Citrix Synergy 2014. The annual event is a platform for Citrix to make big announcements and reveal new products and features, such as those it unveiled for ShareFile, its data storage and file sharing platform.

For starters, Citrix announced the ShareFile StorageZone Connectors SDK. ShareFile already has connectors for Microsoft SharePoint and network fileshares, but the new SDK will enable an IT department or third-party provider to develop connectors to link ShareFile with various data storage solutions. Citrix showed off connectors for Alfresco, Documentum, and Filenet.

Citrix also shared new ShareFile Personal Cloud Connectors. These connectors tie ShareFile to popular cloud storage platforms like Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, and Microsoft’s OneDrive. Citrix described a scenario where these connectors could be used to consolidate data to a central point where it can be more easily managed and secured. IT can enable the ShareFile Personal Cloud Connectors for a defined period of time to provide users an opportunity to seamlessly move data from their personal cloud accounts into ShareFile.

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Report: Phishing scams increasingly using mobile apps to bait victims

When it comes down to it, spam and phishing scams rely primarily on exploiting trust. If the attacker can find a way to make the message appear to be from a known source, the odds that a user will take the bait are much higher. This has led to malware infections that access your contacts and send out infected emails on your behalf to everyone you know, and those same basic techniques have been adapted for instant messaging, social networks, and even SMS text messaging. According to a new report from Kaspersky Lab, Mobile apps are the new frontier.

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Kaspersky Lab identified spam and phishing attacks using mobile apps like WhatsApp.

“Gadgets have become popular even among those who had little interaction with computers and are less familiar with computer security," Darya Gudkova, head of the content analysis and research department for Kasperky Lab, said in an email.  "This opens up new vectors of attacks for spammers and phishers.

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IE zero day is the first sign of the XPocalypse

Well, it took a bit longer than many security experts expected, but the first big security threat for Windows XP users has arrived. The zero day vulnerability will be quickly patched by Microsoft—for supported platforms at least. That means that this will be the first of many open wounds for Windows XP—known vulnerabilities left exposed because the OS is no longer supported by Microsoft.

Security vendor FireEye notified Microsoft about exploits detected in the wild being used against Internet Explorer. The attack in question is specific to IE 9, 10, and 11, but according to Microsoft the underlying vulnerability exists in all versions of Internet Explorer, as well as all supported versions of the Windows operating system other than Server Core. The attack also seems to rely on having Adobe Flash installed.

Microsoft describes some mitigating factors in its security advisory. For example, most versions of Windows Server run in a restricted mode called Enhanced Security Configuration that guards against this threat. The default configuration for Microsoft Outlook, Outlook Express, and Windows Mail is to open HTML messages in the restricted zone, which disables ActiveX controls and reduces the risk. Microsoft also points out that successful exploitation only allows the attacker to access the system or run code in the context of the current user, so systems where the user has fewer rights and privileges are at less risk.

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