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Dec 16, 2016
An image sent by DNC staffer Alexandra Chalupa shows a warning message she received from Yahoo Mail. She may have been targeted using data from one of the Yahoo breaches or a forged cookie based on stolen Yahoo code. (credit: Alexandra Chalupa) In October of 2013, as a result of documents leaked by Edward Snowden, we learned the National Security Agency tapped straight into the connections b...


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Dec 16, 2016
Enlarge If you run a mainstream distribution of Linux on a desktop computer, there's a good chance security researcher Chris Evans can hijack it when you do nothing more than open or even browse a specially crafted music file. And in the event you're running Chrome on the just-released Fedora 25, his code-execution attack works as a classic drive-by. The zero-day exploits, which Evans publi...


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Dec 15, 2016
Enlarge (credit: Sean Rayford/Getty Images / Aurich) “Through our e-mails and our social media accounts we get death threats all the time,” said Janisha Gabriel. “For anyone who’s involved in this type of work, you know that you take certain risks.” These aren’t the words of a politician or a prison guard but of a Web designer. Gabriel owns Haki Creatives, a design firm that specializes in b...

Enlarge Ashley Madison, the dating website for married people seeking extramarital affairs, will pay the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) $1.6 million for its failure to protect the account information of 36 million users, for failing to delete account information after regretful users paid a $19 fee, and for luring users with fake accounts of “female” users. In a press conference call, FTC C...

Someone had faster access to over a billion Yahoo accounts' data. (credit: Scott Schiller) On December 14, Yahoo announced that after an investigation into data provided by law enforcement officials in November, the company and outside forensics experts have determined that there was in fact a previously undetected breach of data from more than 1 billion user accounts. The breach took place ...

 Download Review of the year  Download Overall statistics  Download the consolidated Kaspersky Security Bulletin 2016 Introduction If they were asked to sum up 2016 in a single word, many people around the world – particularly those in Europe and the US – might choose the word ‘unpredictable’. On the face of it, the same could apply to cyberthreats in 2016: the massive botnets of connected devi...

In the early 1960s, cars were unsafe. And the car industry’s attitude was: cars are just unsafe, and that’s the risk you take. But then the public started calling attention to the issue (with some help from Ralph Nader), refusing to simply accept that risk, and things started changing. Regulations emerged, car manufacturers started building security in, and we now have seatbelts, airbags, and ...

Dozens of low-cost Android phone models come preinstalled with apps that covertly download and install adware and other unwanted programs, researchers said. At least 26 phone models come preinstalled with a downloader dubbed Android.DownLoader.473.origin, according to a blog post published Monday by antivirus provider Doctor Web. Doctor Web researchers described the app as a downloader t...