Tagged with: Safety Security & Privacy

Twitter Plagued With a Wave of Malicious Messages

Twitter Plagued With a Wave of Malicious Messages

Twitter has been hit by an avalanche of malicious tweets that are being sent by thousands of compromised user accounts. The ongoing attack, which was about two hours old and showed no signs of abating as this post was about to go live, appeared to be linked to security breaches affecting third-party sites and apps. Early ...

Facebook, Google and More Team Up to Prevent the Next Heartbleed

Facebook, Google and More Team Up to Prevent the Next Heartbleed

The OpenSSL Heartbleed disaster definitely opened up many people’s eyes to how underfunded and understaffed many of the open source projects the web relies on are. To prevent the next Heartbleed, Facebook, Google, Intel, Microsoft, NetApp, Qualcomm, VMware and The Linux Foundation on Thursday announced the “Core ...

Study: Hacker Attacks on Websites Up 75 Percent in Q3 2014

Study: Hacker Attacks on Websites Up 75 Percent in Q3 2014

Akamai Technologies' State of the Internet report for Q4 2013 has just arrived, and one stat stands out like a bad rash: DDoS (denial of service) attacks were up 75 percent over last quarter, and 23 percent from the year before. Most of the targets were enterprises, and Akamai said that the likelihood of a repeat hack is ...

Apple Patches Security Flaws for iOS, Mac and AirPort Extreme

Apple Patches Security Flaws for iOS, Mac and AirPort Extreme

Apple has just pushed out software updates that fix security vulnerabilities on the iPhone and iPad and certain versions of Mac OS X Mountain Lion and Mavericks. It has also circulated a second update that patches a vulnerability that exposes the most recent model of AirPort Extreme to the Heartbleed bug. First the ...

Heartbleed Left OpenSSL ‘Beyond Repair’ According to LibreSSL Creator

Heartbleed Left OpenSSL ‘Beyond Repair’ According to LibreSSL Creator

OpenBSD founder Theo de Raadt has created a fork of OpenSSL, the widely used open source cryptographic software library that contained the notorious Heartbleed security vulnerability. OpenSSL has suffered from a lack of funding and code contributions despite being used in websites and products by many of the world's biggest ...

Healthcare.gov Changes User Passwords Following Heartbleed

Healthcare.gov Changes User Passwords Following Heartbleed

People who have accounts on the enrollment website for President Barack Obama's signature health care law are being told to change their passwords following an administration-wide review of the government's vulnerability to the confounding Heartbleed Internet security flaw. Senior administration officials said there is no ...

Shelly Palmer Radio Report – April 21, 2014

Shelly Palmer Radio Report – April 21, 2014

The Heartbleed bug is one of the worst threats to online security and privacy in recent memory. Worse yet, the bug isn’t limited to computers – there’s also a chance your Android device is at risk, too. Google knows about Heartbleed and is working on a software patch, but your device could be at risk. Luckily, ...

How to Sign Up for Two-Step Verification on 11 Major Sites

How to Sign Up for Two-Step Verification on 11 Major Sites

The “Heartbleed” bug, an encryption flaw that could expose usernames and passwords stored on about two-thirds of Internet servers, has given the Web-surfing world cause for concern and plenty of password changes. But there’s another step you should always take where possible to keep yourself safe online: two-step ...

Apple Patents Geture-Based Screen Unlocking Tech, Similar to Android

Apple Patents Geture-Based Screen Unlocking Tech, Similar to Android

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Wednesday published two Apple patent applications (1, 2), both titled "Gesture entry techniques," that together form the basis of a device unlocking feature in which a user draws a pattern on screen with the help of illuminated discs. One patent filing deals with the system as a ...

A 19-Year-Old Hacker Was Arrested for Heartbleed Breach at Canadian Revenue Agency

A 19-Year-Old Hacker Was Arrested for Heartbleed Breach at Canadian Revenue Agency

Police have charged a 19-year-old man from London, Ont., in connection with the loss of taxpayer data from the Canada Revenue Agency website. Stephen Arthuro Solis-Reyes was arrested at his residence Tuesday and is charged with unauthorized use of a computer and mischief in relation to data, the RCMP said Wednesday. A ...