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Enlarge / The BLU R1 HD is one of the devices that was backdoored by a Chinese software provider. (credit: Blue Products) Security firm Kryptowire has uncovered a backdoor in the firmware installed on low-cost Android phones, including phones from BLU Products sold online through Amazon and Best Buy. The backdoor software, initially discovered on the BLU R1 HD, sent massive amounts of person...


Source: Ars Technica Security RSS

Nov 16, 2016
Enlarge (credit: Samy Kamkar) The perils of leaving computers unattended just got worse, thanks to a newly released exploit tool that takes only 30 seconds to install a privacy-invading backdoor, even when the machine is locked with a strong password. PoisonTap, as the tool has been dubbed, runs freely available software on a $5/£4 Raspberry Pi Zero device. Once the payment card-sized comput...


Source: Veracode.com

Nov 15, 2016
It's becoming increasingly clear to IT how critical it is to keep applications secure. One problem, though, with keeping apps secure is making sure that they at least started out secure, which is harder than it should be. Consider this scary piece from Engadget where they found that security in the mobile Android world—specifically apps in Google's Play Store—is rather amorphous. "Apple's App ...

Malware threats are ever-present in mobile and this needs to be a top concern for IT execs, as they continue to issue millions of mobile devices to enterprise workers daily. An interesting piece ran in late October at TechTarget examining the protections—or lack of same—that exist for Android apps. It was a legitimate exploration of the issue and it noted that protections are much better in No...


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Nov 15, 2016
Enlarge (credit: Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images) The UK's home secretary Amber Rudd has signed an extradition order agreeing that hacking suspect Lauri Love should face trial in the US. Love's family plan to appeal against the decision. The 31-year-old—who has Asperger's syndrome—faces up to 99 years in prison and fears for his own life, his lawyers have said. A home office spokesperson tol...


Source: Kaspersky (securelist.com)

Nov 14, 2016
 Download the PDF Introduction The Internet has changed forever how people shop. By 2018, around one in five of the world’s population will shop online; with ever more people doing so on a mobile device rather than a computer. In fact, it is estimated that by the end of 2017, 60% of e-commerce will come from smartphones. That’s millions of people enthusiastically browsing and buying while at ho...


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Nov 14, 2016
Enlarge AdultFriendFinder has been hacked, revealing the account details of more than 400 million people who would undoubtedly prefer to keep their identities private on the "world's largest sex and swinger community" site. The hacked database—which appears to be one of the largest ever single data breaches in history—apparently contains account details for numerous adult properties belongi...


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Nov 13, 2016
(credit: Bonnie Natko) Researchers said they have discovered a simple way lone attackers with limited resources can knock large servers offline when they're protected by certain firewalls made by Cisco Systems and other manufacturers. The denial-of-service technique requires volumes of as little as 15 megabits, or about 40,000 packets per second, to sever the Internet connection of vulnerabl...