security

  • 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 Crunch Network

    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

  • Wikileaks Releases German Spyware That Governments Used To Hack Journalists And Dissidents

    Wikileaks Releases German Spyware That Governments Used To Hack Journalists And Dissidents

    As part of its ongoing Spyfiles series of posts, Wikileaks has released the back and front-end systems used by multiple governments to spy on journalists, dissidents, and others. The files appear to be weaponized Windows malware although the software, called FinFisher, also works on OS X. From the post: FinFisher (formerly part of the UK based Gamma Group International until late 2013) is… Read More

  • Apple Will Add Extra Security Measures To iCloud, Says Tim Cook

    Apple Will Add Extra Security Measures To iCloud, Says Tim Cook

    Apple has added extra security measures to iCloud, including alerts if someone tries to change your account password, download iCloud files to a new device, or a log a new device onto an account. Users can then change their passwords immediately or notify Apple security. The alerts will start in two weeks, CEO Tim Cook told the Wall Street Journal. In addition, Apple will also increase its use… Read More

  • Apple Should Be More Transparent About Security

    Apple Should Be More Transparent About Security

    It seems that Apple has gotten embroiled in a security scandal of one sort or another every few months. It dodged Heartbleed but was hit by the very embarrassing ‘goto fail’ bug. It was called out for not adequately documenting the uses of diagnostic tools that could have been used to collect data from user devices. Late last year researchers showed off a method for… Read More

  • Home Depot Investigating Potentially Massive Credit Card Breach

    Home Depot Investigating Potentially Massive Credit Card Breach

    Did you just get your credit card replaced after the Great Target Fiasco of 2013? Don’t get too used to that new card. It’s starting to look like it’s that time again. Home Depot has confirmed that it’s investigating some “unusual activity” with regards to its customer data, and the consistently spot-on Brian Krebs is saying that it’s a credit card breach. Read More

  • Zimperium Updates Its Security Suite To Protect Employees’ iOS Devices From Cyberattacks

    Zimperium Updates Its Security Suite To Protect Employees’ iOS Devices From Cyberattacks

    Zimperium, a mobile security company, provides a way to test if a public network has any vulnerabilities. Now, the company has updated its Mobile Threat Defense Suite to 2.0, bringing a new app to iOS devices — zIPS. Read More

  • Google Launches Guest Mode For Chrome Beta

    Google Launches Guest Mode For Chrome Beta

    Google is launching a new feature in the Chrome beta channel for Windows, Mac and Linux today that will make it easier — and safer — to let others use your computer. Read More

  • Google’s Security Compliance Audit Report Is Now Public

    Google’s Security Compliance Audit Report Is Now Public

    Google today announced that its cloud platform has received both a new ISO 27001 certificate and that it has completed its latest SOC 2 and SOC 3 Type II audits. Before you start yawning, it’s worth remembering that these reports certify Google’s compliance with standard security practices that are meant to keep the data on its Cloud Platform safe. That includes products like… Read More

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