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How the Heartbleed Bug Made the Web More Secure

How the Heartbleed Bug Made the Web More Secure

Over the weekend, the world wide web became a lot more secure. That’s because a San Francisco started called CloudFlare turned on a free service that will let its 2 million customers add SSL encryption to their websites. SSL—short for “secure sockets layer”—makes it harder for criminals to spoof sites, and it ...

Bionym’s Nymi Bracelet Unlocks Computers and Doors With Your Heartbeat

Bionym’s Nymi Bracelet Unlocks Computers and Doors With Your Heartbeat

This much we can all agree on: Passwords suck. With that in mind, companies are hard at work developing other forms of user-friendly authentication. Fingerprinting is already being used to unlock iPhones and the PayPal app on Samsung phones, Ford just filed a patent to use fingerprints to verify drivers, and Intel made a ...

Apple Releases ‘OS X Bash Update 1.0′ to Patch Shellshock Flaw

Apple Releases ‘OS X Bash Update 1.0′ to Patch Shellshock Flaw

Apple has just released a new download for users on OS X Mavericks to address the recently-discovered “Shellshock” bug. Apple previously noted that that only a few Macs were actually impacted by the bug and that most users were protected by default. The company promised to release an update shortly to address those who ...

Apple is Working on a ‘Shellshock’ Fix (Though Most Users Are Not at Risk)

Apple is Working on a ‘Shellshock’ Fix (Though Most Users Are Not at Risk)

Apple has responded to concerns about “Shellshock,” a pair of vulnerabilities in versions of the GNU Bourne-Again Shell (bash), issuing a statement that the company is “working to quickly provide a fix” to the vulnerability. However, a company spokesperson said that most Mac OS X users have nothing to fear. “The ...

The New ‘Bash’ Bug Could Potentially Be Bigger Than Heartbleed

The New ‘Bash’ Bug Could Potentially Be Bigger Than Heartbleed

Linux users got a nasty surprise on Wednesday, as a security team at Red Hat uncovered a subtle but dangerous bug in the Bash shell, one of the most versatile and widely used utilities in Linux. It's being called the Bash bug, or Shellshock. When accessed properly, the bug allows for an attacker's code to be executed as ...

Study: Most Severe Cyber Attacks Come From Within the US

Study: Most Severe Cyber Attacks Come From Within the US

If you build it, they will come. And attack. Earlier this year, I was brainstorming with Greg Martin, the founder and chief technical officer of ThreatStream, a Google Ventures-backed security startup, about finding a way to show the global nature of attacks against industrial-control systems used in electrical grids, water ...

Study: Apple’s Touch ID is Still Vulnerable to Be Hacked

Study: Apple’s Touch ID is Still Vulnerable to Be Hacked

There's a lot that's new in Apple's just-released iPhone 6, but one feature hasn't changed: Faked fingerprints can still fool the Touch ID fingerprint sensor. Security on the Touch ID fingerprint reader has been tightened, but only marginally, said Marc Rogers, chief security researcher at Lookout Mobile Security. "I don't ...

Report: Home Depot Ignored Warnings About Data Flaws for Years

Report: Home Depot Ignored Warnings About Data Flaws for Years

The risks were clear to computer experts inside Home Depot: The home improvement chain, they warned for years, might be easy prey for hackers. But despite alarms as far back as 2008, Home Depot was slow to raise its defenses, according to former employees. On Thursday, the company confirmed what many had feared: The biggest ...

Google’s Doubleclick Ads Exposed Millions to Malware

Google’s Doubleclick Ads Exposed Millions to Malware

Last night, researchers at Malwarebytes noticed strange behavior on sites like Last.fm, The Times of Israel and The Jerusalem Post. Ads on the sites were being unusually aggressive, setting off anti-virus warnings and raising flags in a number of Malwarebytes systems. After some digging, researcher Jerome Segura realized ...

iOS 8 Pays Careful Attention to When Apps Are Tracking You

iOS 8 Pays Careful Attention to When Apps Are Tracking You

A few weeks ago, the world went crazy when reports surfaced that Facebook Messenger was snooping on you. Reporters, hackers, and users alleged that, because Messenger had the permission to use your camera, monitor your location, or (on Android) read your text messages, that it was doing so all the time. The scare was ...