Security

Researcher finds serious flaw in Chromium-based Avast SafeZone browser

A Google security researcher found a serious vulnerability in the Avast SafeZone browser that doesn't exist in Chromium, the open-source browser that serves as its foundation.

Dridex banking malware mysteriously hijacked to distribute antivirus program

An unknown person -- possibly a white hat hacker -- gained access to some of the servers that cybercriminals use to distribute the Dridex online banking Trojan and replaced the malware with an installer for Avira Free Antivirus.

The Neutrino exploit kit has a new way to detect security researchers

The developers of the Neutrino exploit kit have added a new feature intended to thwart security researchers from studying their attacks.

What businesses need to know about Privacy Shield

U.S. businesses may take some comfort from the fact that a successor to the Safe Harbor agreement has finally been named, but at this point, they shouldn't get too comfortable.

Serious flaws found in Netgear's NMS300 network management system

Serious vulnerabilities in the Netgear NMS300 ProSafe network management system, an application used to discover, monitor and configure a wide range of network devices, can allow hackers to take control of the servers it's running on.

Dell is stepping in to protect the boot layer of PCs, tablets

Dell's business laptops and tablets will get an extra layer of protection from hackers with a new security tool being loaded into the company's portable computers.

Study of another IP camera reveals serious problems

An in-depth analysis of yet another Internet-connected security camera has revealed a host of software problems.

Comodo to fix major flaw in knock-off Chrome browser

Comodo said it is planning to release on update on Wednesday that fixes a severe vulnerability in a custom web browser it developed and markets as enhancing users' security.

Flaws in smart toy back-end servers puts kids and their families at risk

Researchers from Rapid7 found privacy-invading vulnerabilities in the Web services used by the Smart Toy line of interactive stuffed animals and the hereO GPS watch for children.

Wait until April before relying on Privacy Shield, EU privacy watchdogs warn

Businesses that need to transfer European Union citizens' personal data to the U.S. should wait until at least mid-April before relying on the Privacy Shield to provide legal protection -- and in the meantime, they shouldn't count too much on alternative mechanisms for legalizing such transfers, Europe's data protection authorities warned Wednesday.

Socat vulnerability shows that crypto backdoors can be hard to spot

The Socat networking service used a non-prime number for its key exchange mechanism, potentially allowing attackers to eavesdrop on encrypted connections opened with the tool.

Startup mimics security analyst’s decision making, learns from humans

PatternEx says its Active Contextual Modeling is a form of artificial intelligence.

Custom Web browser from Comodo poses security threat, researcher says

A customized version of Google's Chrome browser developed by security vendor Comodo has a jaw-dropping flaw, according to a researcher.

Malwarebytes still fixing flaws in antivirus software

Malwarebytes said it may take three to four weeks to fix flaws in its consumer product found by Google security researcher Tavis Ormandy.

By Jeremy Kirk | 03 February, 2016 09:51

Tags: AVG Technologies, trend micro, security, Intel Security (formerly McAfee), Avast, flaws, Malwarebytes, eset, kaspersky lab

U.S., EU reach agreement on Safe Harbor alternative

Goodbye Safe Harbor, hello Privacy Shield: that's the name given by European Union and U.S. negotiators to the deal they struck on Tuesday under which transfers of personal data between the two regions can proceed.

Google fixes critical Wi-Fi and media-processing flaws in Android

Google has patched thirteen new vulnerabilities in Android, two of which could allow attackers to take control of Android devices located on the same wireless network, if they have Broadcom Wi-Fi chips.

FireEye acquires Invotas for faster incident response

FireEye said Monday it has acquired Invotas, a company that develops a platform that helps administrators respond faster to security incidents.

By Jeremy Kirk | 02 February, 2016 12:31

Tags: Invotas, security, FireEye

US must make 'additional effort' on Safe Harbor, EU Commissioner says

The European Commission has outlined the areas in which it wants further concessions from the U.S. before a new Safe Harbor agreement on trans-Atlantic data transfers can be reached.

By Peter Sayer | 02 February, 2016 10:03

Tags: Safe Harbor

This bird could be a drone's worst enemy

When it comes to the problem of stopping errant drones, there's been a number of high-tech solutions. From radio jamming to laser beams to nets launched by other drones, but a group in The Netherlands is proposing a low-tech solution that's much more elegant.

By Martyn Williams | 02 February, 2016 07:28

Tags: drones

Trojanized Android games hide malicious code inside images

Over 60 Android games hosted on Google Play had Trojan-like functionality that allowed them to download and execute malicious code hidden inside images.

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