Stories by Lucian Constantin

Factory reset in Android phones leaves sensitive user data behind

It's common sense to reset an Android phone to its factory state before selling or disposing of it. But beware, researchers recently found that this often fails to properly wipe all sensitive user data from the device.

By Lucian Constantin | 22 May, 2015 21:03

Tags: Motorola, university of cambridge, LG Electronics, security, mobile security, Samsung Electronics, Forensics, data protection, privacy, htc, Google

Netgear and ZyXEL confirm NetUSB flaw, are working on fixes

Networking device manufacturers ZyXEL Communications and Netgear have confirmed that some of their routers are affected by a recently disclosed vulnerability in a USB device-sharing service called NetUSB.

By Lucian Constantin | 22 May, 2015 02:42

Tags: patches, intrusion, security, TRENDnet, netgear, ZyXEL Communications, D-Link, Exploits / vulnerabilities, TP-Link

Android stock browser vulnerable to URL spoofing

A vulnerability in Android's default Web browser lets attackers spoof the URL shown in the address bar, allowing for more credible phishing attacks.

By Lucian Constantin | 21 May, 2015 02:01

Tags: patches, Google, security, Rapid7, mobile security, scams, Exploits / vulnerabilities

First software update for Apple Watch includes security fixes

You might not be used to the idea of a watch endangering your digital life, but you should: Apple's first update for Watch OS includes 14 security patches, and they're not trivial.

By Lucian Constantin | 20 May, 2015 21:47

Tags: patches, Apple, security, mobile security, patch management, Exploits / vulnerabilities

Critical vulnerability in NetUSB driver exposes millions of routers to hacking

Millions of routers and other embedded devices are affected by a serious vulnerability that could allow hackers to compromise them.

By Lucian Constantin | 20 May, 2015 07:02

Tags: security, TRENDnet, netgear, ZyXEL Communications, D-Link, Exploits / vulnerabilities, TP-Link, KCodes Technology, Independent Security Evaluators, intrusion

URL-spoofing bug in Safari could enable phishing attacks

The latest versions of Safari for Mac OS X and iOS are vulnerable to a URL-spoofing exploit that could allow hackers to launch credible phishing attacks.

By Lucian Constantin | 19 May, 2015 21:51

Tags: Apple, online safety, security, scams, Exploits / vulnerabilities

In desperation, many ransomware victims plead with attackers

The shamelessness of ransomware pushers knows no bounds. After encrypting people's files and then holding them to ransom, they portray themselves as service providers offering technical support and discounts to their "customers."

By Lucian Constantin | 19 May, 2015 02:03

Tags: Cisco Systems, security, FireEye, Desktop security, encryption, scams, data protection, malware

Sally Beauty confirms second payment card breach

Sally Beauty Holdings has confirmed that hackers broke into its payment systems and stole customer card data. About a year ago the retail chain suffered a similar intrusion.

By Lucian Constantin | 15 May, 2015 22:56

Tags: intrusion, security, data breach, Sally Beauty Holdings, fraud

Asian nations increasingly hit by espionage groups

Multiple cyberespionage groups are specifically targeting government and military organizations from countries in Asia and the Pacific region with the goal of gathering geo-political intelligence, according to new security research.

By Lucian Constantin | 15 May, 2015 00:09

Tags: intrusion, trend micro, security, Exploits / vulnerabilities, spyware, malware, kaspersky lab

Critical VM escape vulnerability impacts business systems, data centers

A critical vulnerability in code used by several virtualization platforms can put business information stored in data centers at risk of compromise.

By Lucian Constantin | 14 May, 2015 02:07

Tags: patches, CrowdStrike, security, Rapid7, Risk Based Security, patch management, Red Hat, Exploits / vulnerabilities, data protection

Microsoft fixes 46 flaws in Windows, IE, Office, other products

Fourteen critical vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer were among the targets of Microsoft's monthly batch of security patches released Tuesday. In all, it fixed 46 vulnerabilities across products including Windows, Internet Explorer and Office.

By Lucian Constantin | 13 May, 2015 20:57

Tags: patches, Microsoft, security, patch management, Exploits / vulnerabilities, qualys

Russian cyber group seen preparing to attack banks

A security firm is warning that a group of Russian hackers known for targeting military, government and media organizations is now preparing to attack banks in the US and elsewhere.

By Lucian Constantin | 13 May, 2015 04:08

Tags: Root9B, intrusion, security, spyware, malware

Anonymous-tied DDoS botnet shows insecure routers are legion

Tens of thousands of home routers have been infected with malware, and are being used by hackers to launch distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, including by the hacktivist group Anonymous.

By Lucian Constantin | 12 May, 2015 23:52

Tags: Ubiquiti Networks, intrusion, online safety, security, malware, Incapsula

Controversial MacKeeper security program opens critical hole on Mac computers

A critical vulnerability in MacKeeper, a controversial security program for Mac computers, could let attackers execute malicious commands on Macs when their owners visit specially crafted Web pages.

By Lucian Constantin | 12 May, 2015 03:00

Tags: patches, ZeoBit, security, patch management, Kromtech Alliance, Exploits / vulnerabilities

GPU malware can also affect Windows PCs, possibly Macs

A team of anonymous developers who recently created a Linux rootkit that runs on graphics cards has released a new proof-of-concept malware program that does the same on Windows. A Mac OS X implementation is also in the works.

By Lucian Constantin | 12 May, 2015 00:53

Tags: Foundation for Research and Technology, security, Columbia University in New York, nvidia, malware

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