security

  • Regin Spying Software Has Been Attacking Governments And Corporations Since 2008

    Regin Spying Software Has Been Attacking Governments And Corporations Since 2008

    Symantec has found an unusual new threat called Regin aka Backdoor.Regin. The software, which is essentially a very powerful Trojan Horse, appears to have been circulating in the wild since 2008 and has been hitting governmental, industrial, and individual systems with impunity, using sophisticated encryption and targeting systems to spy on targets. The anti-virus company has released a… Read More

  • PacketSled Secures Your Network With An Easy-To-Understand War Room

    PacketSled Secures Your Network With An Easy-To-Understand War Room

    In my years as a programmer and network manager (I still kind of do that stuff when I handle my own servers) I’ve discovered that the tools used have been far from intuitive. While powerful, command-line and web-based systems tend to be confusing, apocryphal, or messy. That’s why Packetsled piqued my interest. This startup has produced a network monitoring tool that uses an… Read More

  • CipherCloud Scores $50M As Cloud Security Comes To Forefront

    CipherCloud Scores $50M As Cloud Security Comes To Forefront

    CipherCloud landed a bushel of cash today as it announced $50M in Series B funding to continue building its cloud security business. The round was led by Transamerica Ventures along with Delta Partners and existing investors Andreessen Horowitz and T-Ventures, the venture capital arm of Deutsche Telekom also pitching in. When I asked CipherCloud executives why they thought they were… Read More

  • Mozilla, EFF And Others Band Together To Provide Free SSL Certificates

    Mozilla, EFF And Others Band Together To Provide Free SSL Certificates

    Ideally, every time you visit a website, that connection should happen over a secure HTTPS connection so nobody can snoop on your surfing habits when you are using a public network at a coffee shop or at the airport. But in reality, most smaller websites don’t offer these kind of secure connections because getting the kind of digital public-key certificate that makes HTTPS connections… Read More

  • Veradocs Scores $14M To Help Secure Documents Across File Sharing Services

    Veradocs Scores $14M To Help Secure Documents Across File Sharing Services

    Veradocs, a new data security company that purports to protect data and documents across services wherever they go, announced $14M in Series A funding today. The round is led by Battery Ventures with additional funding from Amplify Partners and angel investors, including Nick Mehta, CEO of Gainsight. The company also announced that Robin Daniels, who was formerly the head of enterprise… Read More

  • 7 Troubling Security Breaches And How They Happened

    Through third-party apps, big business email scams, and even the cloud itself, information has been chronically compromised. Private information, from the infamous celebrity photo leak, to personal data of regular folks has flooded into the open, sending the public into a privacy panic – and it doesn’t look like the hacks are going to stop. Here are some of the major big… Read More

  • The Point Will Watch Your House While You’re Away

    The Point Will Watch Your House While You’re Away

    When you leave home, who makes sure all of your newspapers, back issues of TV Guide, and take-out containers are safe? If all goes according to plan, the Point has got your back. The point is essentially a simple sensor that listens for loud noises – glass breaking, doors opening – and senses motion. If anything happens you’ll receive a notification, allowing you to… Read More

  • Microsoft Buys Israeli Hybrid Cloud Security Startup Aorato In $200M Deal

    Microsoft Buys Israeli Hybrid Cloud Security Startup Aorato In $200M Deal

    Microsoft today confirmed that it has acquired Aorato, an Israel-based maker of security solutions co-founded by veterans of the Israeli defense forces, which only exited from stealth earlier this year. Aorato’s focus is on enterprise services in the cloud and in hybrid on-premise and cloud environments, using machine learning to detect suspicious patterns. The terms of the deal were… Read More

  • Hacker Emails Testing Service BrowserStack’s Customers, Says Company Lied About Security

    Hacker Emails Testing Service BrowserStack’s Customers, Says Company Lied About Security

    Is there anything worse than being hacked? How about a hacker that manages to acquire your customers’ contact information, emails them that the service is shutting down, and that the company has been lying to everyone about its security? That’s what happened to BrowserStack, the makers of a popular browser-testing service that allows customers to test websites on real desktop… Read More

  • More Dark Markets Shut As Authorities Lead Crackdown

    More Dark Markets Shut As Authorities Lead Crackdown

    The UK National Crime Agency has posted a notice describing a series of six arrests that coincided with the takedown of the Silk Road 2.0. Authorities have also taken down two other dark markets, Hydra and Cloud 9, both hidden on the TOR network. The six people arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of controlled drugs were a 20-year-old man from Liverpool city centre, a… Read More

  • Your Next Passport Could Be On The Blockchain

    Your Next Passport Could Be On The Blockchain

    A blockchain tinkerer named Chris Ellis has created a system to build an actual digital passport that, through use of the Bitcoin blockchain and some encryption, will allow you to identify yourself online and off. Called World Citizenship, the project just launched on Github and shows some definite promise. “The goal of this project is to learn and layout a simple process for anyone in… Read More

  • Google Details Android 5.0 Lollipop’s Major Security Improvements

    Google Details Android 5.0 Lollipop’s Major Security Improvements

    Android’s newest update is coming soon, with devices running 5.0 Lollipop beginning to ship November 3. While the visual update might be the one that most users pay the most attention to, Android 5.0 also has a number of under-the-hood changes, including some major updates to the overall security of the platform. Google has put a lot of effort into addressing the biggest threats to… Read More

  • Staples Becomes The Latest Retailer Affected By A Payment Card Data Breach

    Staples Becomes The Latest Retailer Affected By A Payment Card Data Breach

    If you’ve shopped at a major retailer in the U.S., chances are your payment card data has been stolen at some point. Today, it appears you may be able to add Staples to the growing list of retailers who have discovered fraudulent activity related to a data breach in their stores. In Staples’ case, however, the company is currently investigating a “potential issue” in… Read More

  • Secure Messaging App Wickr Adds 22 Languages To Give More People A Private Voice

    Secure Messaging App Wickr Adds 22 Languages To Give More People A Private Voice

    Wickr, one of the wave of secure messaging apps that have risen to prominence in the last year as people question how private their data and communications really are these days (even among “private” apps), is expanding its sights globally. From today, the app — which has had “well over 3 million downloads” says CEO and co-founder Nico Sell — is… Read More

  • Passage at TechCrunch Disrupt: London 2014 Hackathon

    Passage Replaces Your Passwords With Images

    Passage, from the Edinburgh-based team behind Peekabu, replaces your passwords with images. So instead of typing in a password, you simply hold a previously registered image up to your screen — maybe a photo of your family you have on your desk or your driver’s license. The team, which built this service over the course of the last 24 hours during our Disrupt London hackathon… Read More

  • Sysdig Now Detects Shellshock Intrusions For Fun And Profit

    Sysdig Now Detects Shellshock Intrusions For Fun And Profit

    The folks at Sysdig have your back, sysadmins. The founder, Loris Degioanni, has posted an update to his open source system monitor that can look for Shellshock attacks in real time. Because the HTTP requests used by Shellshock exploits are quite unique, the monitor can watch for attacks on the bash shell automatically and let you know when hackers are trying to get in. From… Read More

  • Let’s Fix The Internet

    Let’s Fix The Internet

    I hate to be the one to tell you this, but: we, the people of the Internet, have collectively run up a colossal amount of technical debt. Much of our online infrastructure consists of band-aid and/or legacy Rube Goldberg solutions hacked together with bubble gum and baling wire; and the only way to pay back technical debt is to fix it. The good news is, we’re finally doing just that. Read More

  • CloudFlare’s New Keyless SSL Could Unlock Cloud For Financial Institutions

    CloudFlare’s New Keyless SSL Could Unlock Cloud For Financial Institutions

    Financial institutions crave cloud scalability, but have been reluctant to jump on the cloud bandwagon because of security concerns. In particular, they have been hesitant to expose their precious SSL keys to the open internet. The key identifies them as a financial institution and lets the other party know they can accept or send funds. As you can imagine, they don’t ever want… Read More

  • Apple’s Tim Cook Does Some Security Straight Talking

    Apple’s Tim Cook Does Some Security Straight Talking

    Today, Apple’s Tim Cook posted a letter announcing a new security page on the company’s website, publishing some fairly plain-language security talk. There’s some solid language here that is clearly designed to allay fears about the way that Apple protects user data in the wake of the celebrity nude hacking incidents. Cook’s words: We believe in telling you up… Read More

  • 1Password’s iOS 8 Update Goes Freemium, Brings Touch ID To Some Apps

    1Password’s iOS 8 Update Goes Freemium, Brings Touch ID To Some Apps

    1Password, the app that keeps your accounts secure by generating long, complex passwords and letting you access them by a single password of your choice, arrives on iOS 8 today and brings with it extensions in certain apps (including Safari) and a new, low starting price: free. Read More

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