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Google patches Android icon permissions attack

Google has issued a patch for an attack that could lead an Android user to a phishing site, according to security vendor FireEye.

By Jeremy Kirk | 15 April, 2014 12:49

Tags: Google, security, FireEye, mobile security, malware

Akamai admits its OpenSSL patch was faulty, reissues keys

Akamai Technologies, whose network handles up to 30 percent of all Internet traffic, said Sunday a researcher found a fault in custom code that the company thought shielded most of its customers from the Heartbleed bug.

By Jeremy Kirk | 14 April, 2014 16:20

Tags: Akamai Technologies, security, Exploits / vulnerabilities

Tests confirm Heartbleed bug can expose server's private key

Four researchers working separately have demonstrated a server's private encryption key can be obtained using the Heartbleed bug, an attack thought possible but unconfirmed.

By Jeremy Kirk | 14 April, 2014 11:15

Tags: security, CloudFlare, data breach, encryption, data protection, Exploits / vulnerabilities

In Heartbleed's wake, Comodo cranks out fresh SSL certificates

Tens of thousands of new digital certificates have been issued by Comodo in the wake of the "Heartbleed" security flaw, which has put Internet users' data at risk.

By Jeremy Kirk | 11 April, 2014 12:12

Tags: Comodo, security

Stung by file-encrypting malware, researchers fight back

Jose Vildoza's 62-year-old father was using his old Windows computer when a warning in broken English flashed on the screen: your files have been encrypted.

By Jeremy Kirk | 10 April, 2014 13:05

Tags: symantec, security, Desktop security, encryption, data protection, malware

'Heartbleed' bug in OpenSSL puts encrypted communications at risk

Computer security experts are advising administrators to patch a severe flaw in a software library used by millions of websites to encrypt sensitive communications.

By Jeremy Kirk | 08 April, 2014 11:56

Tags: Vulnerabilities, OpenSSL, security, Heartbleed, SSL

'Heartbleed' bug in OpenSSL puts encrypted communications at risk

Computer security experts are advising administrators to patch a severe flaw in a software library used by millions of websites to encrypt sensitive communications.

By Jeremy Kirk | 08 April, 2014 11:54

Tags: no company, security

Indosat routing error impacts few but hits Akamai, Chevron

A routing error by one of Indonesia's largest telecommunications providers on Wednesday made it briefly appear it controlled a large swath of the Internet, according to monitoring firm Renesys.

By Jeremy Kirk | 04 April, 2014 13:20

Tags: security, Indosat, Renesys

Cryptocat sticks to openness despite grief over audits

People in the security community often criticize the code behind Cryptocat, an open-source encrypted instant messaging project.

By Jeremy Kirk | 03 April, 2014 14:29

Tags: security, Cryptocat

Sality malware, growing old, takes on a new trick

A botnet that was slowly shrinking has taken on a new trick: brute-forcing routers set to easy-to-guess credentials.

By Jeremy Kirk | 03 April, 2014 13:11

Tags: security, data breach, eset, Exploits / vulnerabilities, malware

Smaller banks warned of hackers raising ATM withdrawal limits

Smaller financial institutions have been warned to look out for attacks that aim to increase the withdrawal limit on customer payment cards for fraud purposes.

By Jeremy Kirk | 03 April, 2014 10:03

Tags: Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council, security, data breach, data protection, fraud, malware

Mistake in ransomware program leaves decryption key accessible

A malicious software program that encrypts a person's files until a ransom is paid has a crucial error: it leaves the decryption key on the victim's computer.

By Jeremy Kirk | 01 April, 2014 14:04

Tags: symantec, security, encryption, malware

Banks withdraw claim against Target over break-in

Two banks that took legal action against Target over its recent data breach have withdrawn their claims, apparently due to an erroneous allegation against a security vendor also named in the suit.

By Jeremy Kirk | 01 April, 2014 11:13

Tags: trustwave, Trustmark National Bank, security, legal, Civil lawsuits, data breach, Green Bank, data protection

Google, Level 3 DNS services hijacked by TurkTelekom

Google said its free DNS (Domain Name System) service is being intercepted by most Turkish ISPs as the country battles users trying to circumvent censorship efforts by the government.

By Jeremy Kirk | 31 March, 2014 13:00

Tags: Google, security

Banks pulls out of class-action suit against Target, Trustwave

One of the two banks suing Target and security vendor Trustwave over responsibility for one the largest data breaches in history has pulled out of the lawsuit.

By Jeremy Kirk | 31 March, 2014 10:15

Tags: trustwave, Trustmark National Bank, security, legal, Civil lawsuits, data breach, Green Bank

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