computer security

  • New Bluetooth vulnerability can hack a phone in 10 seconds

    New Bluetooth vulnerability can hack a phone in 10 seconds

    Security company Armis has found a collection of eight exploits, collectively called BlueBorne, that can allow an attacker access to your phone without touching it. The attack can allow access to computers and phones, as well as IoT devices. “Armis believes many more vulnerabilities await discovery in the various platforms using Bluetooth. These vulnerabilities are fully operational, and… Read More

  • A perfect storm of corporate idiocy

    A perfect storm of corporate idiocy

    At this point in the game there should be a single page on every corporate website, preferably accessible from its front page, that includes the name and all contact details for the Chief Security Officer, including the last four digits of her social security number. It should be her responsibility to ensure that no one uses this information for nefarious purposes in addition to her daily… Read More

  • It’s time to build our own Equifax with blackjack and crypto

    It’s time to build our own Equifax with blackjack and crypto

    The private data of 143 million Equifax “customers” is now available for download. Have no doubt: This means you will be hacked. This means your SIM card can be spoofed. This means someone will try to get into your email and online accounts. This means someone will try to open a credit card in your name. This crass, callow, and lazy treatment of our digital data cannot stand. Read More

  • Equifax breach disclosure would have failed Europe’s tough new rules

    Equifax breach disclosure would have failed Europe’s tough new rules

    The US does not currently have a federal law requiring companies to inform the public about data breaches. Over the pond in the European Union it’s a different story, and Equifax could have faced stiff fines for not disclosing the intrusion more quickly. Read More

  • EU defense ministers take part in first cyber war game

    EU defense ministers take part in first cyber war game

    European Union defense ministers have been taking part in a simulated cyber attack exercise today for the first time to practice strategic decision making and crisis-management under pressure of a (mock) cyber-attack against the bloc’s military structures. Read More

  • More political headbanging on encryption threatens privacy

    More political headbanging on encryption threatens privacy

    The UK’s Home Secretary has yet again cranked up the pressure on messaging giants over use of end-to-end encryption to secure communications sent via popular services like WhatsApp — implying she would prefer tech companies voluntarily re-engineer their security systems so that decrypted data can be handed over to terror-fighting intelligence agencies on demand.  Read More

  • Gas pump card skimmer now phones home

    Gas pump card skimmer now phones home

    In an unsurprising move by credit card thieves, police have found a new credit card skimmer that sends stolen data via SMS. By tearing apart cheap phones, crooks are able to send credit card information to their location instantly without having to access the skimmer physically or rely on an open Bluetooth connection. Brian Krebs received images of the skimmer from an unnamed source. They… Read More

  • Callsign pulls in $35M Series A for its adaptive authentication platform

    Callsign pulls in $35M Series A for its adaptive authentication platform

    London-based Callsign has closed a $35 million Series A, led by Accel and early stage investor PTB Ventures, for an authentication platform which uses deep learning technology to power adaptive access control for enterprises — saying it can verify a person is who they say they are just from a swipe on a touchscreen. Read More

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