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Coding error protects some Android apps from Heartbleed

Some Android apps thought to be vulnerable to the Heartbleed bug were spared because of a common coding error in the way they implemented their own native OpenSSL library.

By Jeremy Kirk | 23 April, 2014 13:52

Tags: security, FireEye, mobile security, Exploits / vulnerabilities

While Heartbleed distracts, hackers hit US universities

The panic over the Heartbleed bug is proving to be a convenient distraction for hackers using standard techniques in a fresh wave of attacks targeting at least 18 U.S. universities, according to a computer security researcher.

By Jeremy Kirk | 23 April, 2014 11:11

Tags: security, Hold Security

CloudFlare launches bug bounty program

CloudFlare started a bug bounty program on Monday, joining a host of companies that are turning to independent security researchers to spot bugs in their network.

By Jeremy Kirk | 22 April, 2014 12:12

Tags: security, CloudFlare, Exploits / vulnerabilities

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

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