In this issue

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review April 9, 2010 / 26 Nissan, 5770

Online Business Banking? Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid

By Mark Kellner

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | If there wasn't enough for small business owners to worry about, with the economy, rising costs and higher taxes weighing heavily, here's something that could truly rob you of sleep: ZeuS. Not the god of Greek mythology, but a "botnet," or rogue software, that can step in between you and your bank and extract tens of thousands of dollars before you even know what's going on.

This bit of malware got its start around 2007 and is now being sold - believe it or not - for prices up to $10,000 a copy. A criminal then can "seed" other PCs, via e-mail promising free music or a video clip, with a piece of the program that will give them access to your computer, allowing the criminal to implement a "Man in the Browser" attack on a company's online bank connection. The innocent businessperson thinks they're paying the electric bill; the "Man in the Browser" blocks those instructions and instead sends directions to siphon off money via wire transfer to criminals thousands of miles away.

On March 22, according to a report at the Krebs on Security weblog (http://bit.ly/bOaTx6), SmileZone, a children's dental practice in Springfield, Missouri, was the victim of a $205,000 extraction from their corporate bank account. A "Man in the Browser" bot apparently was used to compromise the firm's accounts at Great Southern Bank, which blogger Brian Krebs, a former Washington Post reporter, says isn't reimbursing the dental clinic.

According to Bill Conner, a respected, veteran technology executive, who began his career at AT&T's long distance unit, these malware attacks are a growing security concern: they are "the number one threat that banks are dealing with big time. The average corporation or consumer doesn't know there's an issue there," he said in a telephone interview last week.

Mr. Conner added, it's not the business user's fault: a company can have the latest patches to its antivirus software, Web browser and operating system, but still can be vulnerable: "You can have all that stuff current and you're still not safe."

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Mr. Conner is president and CEO of Entrust (www.entrust.com), a Dallas, Texas-based firm which provides security solutions to the federal Department of Homeland Security, many other federal agencies, as well as some 2,000 groups in 60 nations. The firm is expanding their range of security solutions for banks and businesses. But, he admits, fighting malware-led attacks has been a struggle: "It's an arms race. What I would say is we're keeping up with the speed of their assaults [more] than anyone else."

On April 20, the firm will unveil some new weapons in the war against ZeuS and similar attacks. One, a mobile version of Entrust's IdentityGuard program, puts a fair amount of power onto a mobile device such as an iPhone or BlackBerry. What the software does is automate an "out of band" authentication: when a bank receives instructions to wire $22,000 to someone in Topeka, the "out of band" method sends a text message to your mobile device and you, securely, either verify or deny the transfer. Because it takes place on a device separate from your office computer, it's another way of confirming the data and offers a stumbling block for cyberthieves.

Other Entrust products help banks monitor, detect and thwart suspicious activity. If you are a veterinarian in Vienna, Virginia, it's not likely that you'll often wire $10,000 to someplace 13 time zones away. Spotting such transactions early can help banks block them, as well as "profile" (in a helpful manner) other customers likely to be hit, and thus warn them, too.

As you might imagine, the ZeuS botnet attacks computers running the Microsoft Windows operating system. Macintosh users are safer, Mr. Conner said, because the Mac "but they are not immune." Some Linux advocates, I've read, suggest using a "Live CD" of a bootable Linux OS to log onto a bank and then quit that system after you're done. But that's cumbersome and perhaps incompatible with some bank systems.

For now, banks and their customers will likely look to firms such as Entrust to help out or risk a turnaround in the rise of mobile and online banking.

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JWR contributor Mark Kellner has reported on technology for industry newspapers and magazines since 1983, and has been the computer columnist for The Washington Times since 1991.Comment by clicking here.


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