Stories by Lucian Constantin

Cisco plans to buy security-as-a-service provider OpenDNS

Cisco Systems plans to pay $US635 million in cash to buy OpenDNS, a company that leverages the Domain Name System (DNS) to provide security services including Web filtering, threat intelligence and malware and phishing protection.

By Lucian Constantin | 01 July, 2015 01:19

Tags: OpenDNS, Detection / prevention, intrusion, Cisco Systems, online safety, security, Desktop security, Compliance monitoring

Cybercriminals adopt recently patched zero-day exploit in a flash

Just four days after Adobe Systems patched a vulnerability in Flash Player, the exploit was adopted by cybercriminals for use in large-scale attacks. This highlights the increasingly small time frame users have to deploy patches.

By Lucian Constantin | 30 June, 2015 00:50

Tags: patches, security, Adobe Systems, patch management, Exploits / vulnerabilities, malware

Software developers are failing to implement crypto correctly, data reveals

Despite a big push over the past few years to use encryption to combat security breaches, lack of expertise among developers and overly complex libraries have led to widespread implementation failures in business applications.

By Lucian Constantin | 27 June, 2015 02:25

Tags: security, Risk Based Security, Veracode, encryption, data protection, privacy

Trojan that hides inside images infects healthcare organizations

A computer Trojan that hides its malicious code inside PNG image files counts healthcare organizations in the U.S. among its primary targets.

By Lucian Constantin | 26 June, 2015 00:58

Tags: Dell SecureWorks, trend micro, security, malware

Critical flaw in ESET products shows why spy groups are interested in antivirus programs

Several antivirus products from security firm ESET had a critical vulnerability that was easy to exploit and could lead to a full system compromise.

By Lucian Constantin | 25 June, 2015 00:10

Tags: intrusion, Google, security, Risk Based Security, eset, Exploits / vulnerabilities, malware, kaspersky lab, antivirus

Adobe patches zero-day Flash Player flaw used in targeted attacks

Adobe Systems released an emergency security update for Flash Player Tuesday to fix a critical vulnerability that has been exploited by a China-based cyberespionage group.

By Lucian Constantin | 24 June, 2015 03:46

Tags: patches, intrusion, security, Adobe Systems, FireEye, Exploits / vulnerabilities, malware

The government is falling behind on application security

Government organizations are struggling when it comes to securing the computer software they use, which could partially explain the large data breaches reported in that sector over the past several years.

By Lucian Constantin | 23 June, 2015 23:40

Tags: security, Veracode, data breach, Exploits / vulnerabilities, data protection, Compliance monitoring

Cyberattack grounds planes in Poland

LOT Polish Airlines was forced to cancel 10 flights scheduled to depart from Warsaw's Chopin airport on Sunday after hackers attacked its ground computer systems.

By Lucian Constantin | 22 June, 2015 23:00

Tags: intrusion, security, LOT Polish Airlines

Software applications have on average 24 vulnerabilities inherited from buggy components

Many commercial software companies and enterprise in-house developers are churning out applications that are insecure by design due to the rapid and often uncontrolled use of open-source components.

By Lucian Constantin | 16 June, 2015 22:00

Tags: patches, online safety, security, Sonatype, Exploits / vulnerabilities

Windows 10 will allow apps to actively scan their content for malware

Windows 10 will have a new mechanism that will allow software developers to integrate their applications with whatever antimalware programs exist on users' computers.

By Lucian Constantin | 12 June, 2015 02:57

Tags: Microsoft, security, Desktop security, malware, bitdefender, antivirus

Duqu spy group also targeted telecommunications companies

The group behind the Duqu cyberespionage tool has compromised at least two telecommunications operators and one electronic equipment manufacturer, in addition to a cybersecurity firm and venues that hosted high-level nuclear negotiations between world powers and Iran.

By Lucian Constantin | 11 June, 2015 21:47

Tags: intrusion, symantec, security, spyware, malware, kaspersky lab

VMware patches virtual machine escape issue on Windows

VMware has released security updates for several of its virtualization products in order to address critical vulnerabilities that could allow attackers to break out of virtual machines and execute rogue code on the host operating systems.

By Lucian Constantin | 11 June, 2015 03:06

Tags: patches, security, Exploits / vulnerabilities, VMware

The Duqu cyberespionage group compromised venues hosting Iran nuclear negotiations

A state-sponsored espionage group that uses a malware platform called Duqu has compromised the computer networks of several hotels and venues that hosted negotiations over Iran's nuclear program.

By Lucian Constantin | 11 June, 2015 01:28

Tags: intrusion, security, malware, kaspersky lab

European authorities bust cybercrime gang that hijacked business payments

Police in several European countries arrested 49 suspected members of a gang they say broke into corporate email accounts, using them to divert payments from business customers.

By Lucian Constantin | 10 June, 2015 22:31

Tags: Europol, security, Eurojust, legal, Identity fraud / theft, malware, cybercrime, fraud

Adobe fixes Flash Player flaws that could lead to info theft, malware attacks

Adobe Systems fixed 13 security issues in Flash Player that could lead to serious attacks, including remote code execution and information disclosure.

By Lucian Constantin | 10 June, 2015 05:01

Tags: patches, online safety, Adobe Systems, security, Exploits / vulnerabilities

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