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Want a security clearance? Feds will now check your Facebook and Twitter first
06/30/2016

The government will start scanning Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media accounts of thousands of federal employees and contractors applying and re-applying for security clearances in a first-ever policy released Friday.

Federal investigators looking at applicants’ backgrounds to determine their trustworthiness will not ask for passwords or log in to private accounts, limiting their searches to public postings. And when they find information that has no relevance to whether they should have access to classified information, it will be wiped from government servers, the policy promises.

Manufacturers beef up cyber security
06/28/2016

One thing that helps modern manufacturers stand out in the marketplace — their intellectual property — also makes them an attractive target for hackers.

Take United States Steel Corp., for example. The steelmaker last month filed a formal complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission, asking the organization to investigate Chinas biggest steel producers for unfair trade practices. One that stands out? The allegation that China hacked into U.S. Steel’s systems and stole information on how to make advanced, high-strength steel.

Companies Get Creative to Relieve Shortage of Security Professionals
06/26/2016

While many companies offer heftier salaries and better benefits, others are trying fractional IT security positions and more intelligent systems to ease the shortage of security professionals.

Bluelock, an Indianapolis-based cloud provider of disaster recovery services, has had to struggle to attract the right security staff to help the company develop and manage its cloud service.

Being based in the Midwest, the company has to compete against both the West Coast and East Coast for talent. As Indianapolis becomes more of a tech hub, they compete with other local companies, as well.

3 ways startups are fighting for digital and physical security
06/24/2016

Internet accessibility for all people, of all ages and in all places has unleashed unprecedented resources and opportunities. It also unlocked our digital and physical security. The sacrifice of safety is an unintended consequence of the Internet age. Can the tools that caused this vulnerability be reappropriated to make us safer?

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Manchester United home finale postponed due to security concerns
06/22/2016

Fans were evacuated from the stadium, as thousands flooded into the streets amid the security concern. The match was first delayed, but something, which was not yet clear, prompted security officials to have the match called off. It turns out, per the Greater Manchester police, bomb disposal experts carried out a controlled explosion within the stadium. Neil Ashton of The Sun said on the NBC Sports telecast that Bournemouth's coach and players were at one point stuck inside the stadium and weren't cleared to leave.

Whose Fault Is It Security Lines are So Long?
06/20/2016

Modal Trigger It is your fault security lines take forever, according to the TSA

New Yorkers can blame themselves for unbearably long lines at area airports, the Transportation Security Administration said in response to criticism from the Port Authority.

The TSA admitted that waiting times at Newark, JFK and LaGuardia airport security checkpoints had increased since last year — hitting a high of 55 minutes this spring — but blamed the spike on passengers who clog up checkpoints with too many carry-on bags.

Security Should be a Top Priority
06/18/2016

Security is a constantly moving target, but few IT departments have the resources to do security thoroughly. PC security is something of a thankless job, to boot. Do it right, no one says a word. Do it wrong, you’re on the firing line.

Surprisingly, security is not always a top factor when IT looks to replace aging PCs, according to IDC. Of the top five considerations cited when making PC brand decisions, security ranked fourth below overall performance (priority no. 1), overall costs (no. 2), and overall specs (no. 3).

IT typically adds security to laptops via software such as anti-virus, anti-malware, firewalls, and intrusion detection. They’re all certainly important and should be a part of your overall security strategy.

Security Think Tank: Identifying, attracting and keeping the right IT security talent
06/16/2016

Attracting security talent

If you want the best cyber security resource, you need to make a compelling offer.

It is not about the money. As a seasoned consultant myself, I like a challenge. I like to work on new, emerging things and stay on top of my game.

I do not want a job governing security on legacy Windows 2003 systems and supporting a company that puts cyber security last on its list of priorities.

That is bad for two reasons: I am unchallenged and my name is in tatters when these systems get breached.

A look inside the Department of Homeland Securitys Cyberhub
06/14/2016

The building where the Department of Homeland Security tracks every cyber attack against the US is surprisingly bland. With its neutral exterior and circular drive, I was not even sure we were at the right place until I saw our press liaison standing in the lobby. There are no signs to distinguish it from the generic office park that surrounds it, and the doorman would not even confirm if DHS had an office inside.

The National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center, better known by the abbreviated NCCIC, opened in 2009 to serve as a place where DHS could monitor cyber threats across government agencies and critical infrastructure, such as power grids and dams.

Digital Vulnerability: Cyber security expert on preventing your social media from being hacked
06/12/2016

Passwords:
At least ten characters, including: upper case letters, lower case letters, special characters and numbers.
Second form passwords: Most people find them annoying, but are key to keeping your password and account hack free. Facebook and other social media sites allow you to use your cell phone as a second means of authentication. For example, when you log into your Facebook you will receive a text message with a special number password you have to enter in order to access your account
Change password every 30-45 days: Many people find changing their password annoying, but keeping your new passwords in a secure electronic wallet is a great way to keep track of them in case you forget.

The Evolution of Voice Authentication as a Security Method
06/10/2016

New forms of authentication are required to secure online resources. With the rise of cloud computing and the corresponding threat of identity theft, vendors have stepped up their game in this arena: MasterCard is now using selfies for authentication and security vendors are adding new forms of multifactor tokens to their arsenal.

Another productive avenue has been the use of various biometric-based solutions for access management, such as voice authentication factors.

Biometric Authentication Takes Hold
Voice authentication and fingerprint detection both have their advantages and disadvantages when used in authentication. The good news is that you do not have to carry anything else since you already have your voice or your fingerprints or your eyeballs. Also, using biometric factors can eliminate the need to provide personal information to verify their identity.

Security bug could expose Android phones to hackers
06/08/2016

Security researchers are warning that a software bug could leave many Android phones vulnerable to hackers' attacks. Security firm FireEye wrote in a blog post Thursday that a flaw in a software package from Qualcomm could give hackers access to everything from call histories to text messages. Older versions of Android, 4.3 and earlier, are reportedly more vulnerable than newer versions.

The bug, called CVE-2016-2060, was made possible when Qualcomm, a mobile chipmaker, provided new APIs to developers that were part of system service network_manager.

Security Pros Help Make Business Less Risky
06/06/2016

For several years, one of the primary themes coming out of CompTIAs security research was the importance that companies placed on being secure. Nearly every company we surveyed said that security was a moderately higher or significantly higher priority today than it was two years ago, and there was an expectation that security would continue to grow as a priority in the years to come.

There were some problems deeper in the data though. Apparently, saying security is a high priority isn’t the same as taking the right steps. Companies continued to report data breaches—both in our surveys and in major headlines. There was a low level of concern for emerging topics, with most focus still placed on traditional attacks like malware. And companies still viewed security as a technology problem, discounting corporate processes and end user education.

Rethinking security for the Internet of Things
06/03/2016

Many people scoffed in January 2014 when Cisco CEO John Chambers pegged the Internet of Everything as a potential $17 trillion market, five to 10 times more impactful on society than the Internet itself. Two years later, it seems that Chambers  prediction for the phenomenon more commonly known as the Internet of Things (IoT) could be on the conservative side.

There is no question that IoT is ushering in a new era of innovation, connecting the digital and machine worlds to bring greater speed and efficiency to diverse sectors, including automotive, aviation, energy and healthcare. But with sensitive data increasingly accessible online — and more endpoints open to attackers — businesses are quickly realizing that security cannot be an afterthought.

Security expert: Everything is hackable
06/01/2016

There are two types of people: those whose cell phones have been hacked and know about it, and those whose cell phones have been hacked and are yet to find out. That is what security expert John Hering told Sharyn Alfonsi in an interview that will air on Sundays 60 Minutes.

Apple opens up on how it approaches security following FBI battle
05/30/2016

In a press briefing Friday, Apple discussed how security works on the iPhone and iOS. The meeting, which was often technical, shed insights into its broader approach to security.

Although the meeting was not specifically about the battles the company has had with the FBI and parts of the U.S. government – including cases in San Bernardino and Brooklyn – that conflict was still the elephant in the room.

Still, Apple insists its goal with iOS and iPhone security is not about protecting users from the government, it is about protecting users from hackers.

Cloud computing is everywhere, and so are frayed nerves about
05/27/2016

However, while cloud is apparently everywhere, so is a great deal of nervousness around security. A majority of enterprise IT leaders (77 percent) note that their organizations trust cloud computing more than a year ago, but only 13 percent completely trust public cloud providers to secure sensitive data.

Add to that a lack of awareness of what vulnerabilities may still exist. A majority of respondents, however (72 percent), list compliance as the primary concern across all types of cloud deployments, and only 13 percent of respondents actually know whether or not their organizations stored sensitive data in the cloud. In addition, fewer than one-quarter (23 percent) of enterprises are aware of data breaches with their cloud service providers.

Senate to Americans: Your security is not our problem
05/25/2016

The Senate Intelligence Committee just released a draft of long-awaited legislation to tackle the problem authorities have with encrypted communications. Namely, because encryption is so secure, it interferes with court orders in the same way private property poses problems for police who just want to get things done.

The Compliance with Court Orders Act of 2016 authored by Sens Richard Burr, R-N.C., and Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., mandates companies to shoulder the technical burden of accessing encrypted emails or files when investigators issue court orders.

Making sense of enterprise security
05/23/2016

Human beings have a tendency to do things with technology that go beyond original intent, and this inclination should be celebrated. After all, technology continues to drive radical innovation, whether in the form of new applications, use cases or platforms.

Unfortunately, it is also this type of behavior that makes security such a difficult problem. As individuals and organizations leverage technology for intended and unintended uses, it becomes virtually impossible to foresee all threats and vulnerabilities that surface in the process. In other words, the issue with enterprise security is that, by nature, it is reactive. No system or asset can ever be fully secure.

7 Cybersecurity Tips For Lawyers
05/20/2016

This past week, the world learned about the big hack of Biglaw. If your employer was one of the almost 50 firms prestigious enough to be targeted by Russian hackers… congrats?

The targeted firms tended to be transactionally oriented; the apparent plan of the hackers was to obtain confidential, market-moving information and trade on it. But litigators should be concerned as well. As noted by Logikcull, the discovery automation platform, ediscovery is the next frontier for hackers.

It’s not clear that any information was actually taken or used for insider trading in the big Biglaw hack, but it might still generate headaches for the firms — in the form of litigation. Noted class-action lawyer Jay Edelson — known to the general public for suing tech giants, and known to Above the Law readers for suing ExamSoft (and winning a hefty settlement) — has announced plans to file class-action malpractice cases against various firms, alleging inadequate cybersecurity.

Meeting Cyber Security Challenges through Gamification
05/18/2016

When it comes to cybersecurity issues, we always seem to be dealing with either shortages or excess. Everywhere there is talk of how data breaches are growing in number, size, severity and cost, and there are always too many new security holes, vulnerabilities and attack vectors that need to be fixed.

On the other hand, there’s a widening cybersecurity talent gap to fill vacant posts. We never seem to have enough tools to deal with new threats and malware that are sprouting on a daily basis, and there’s not enough data to make smart assumptions and decisions (or in some cases, too much data and too many false positives to find the real threats). And awareness about security matters among employees, staffers and executives in firms, associations and agencies is always at abysmal levels.

With the dark shadow of bigger security incidents constantly looming on the horizon, both government agencies and private firms are always looking for new ways to meet the challenges and overcome the many shortages the cybersecurity industry is facing.

Looking to Improve Cyber Security? Fire some CEOs
05/16/2016

More than 90 percent of corporate executives said they cannot read a cybersecurity report and are not prepared to handle a major attack, according to a new survey.

More distressing is that 40 percent of executives said they don't feel responsible for the repercussions of hackings, said Dave Damato, chief security officer at Tanium, which commissioned the survey with the Nasdaq.

Better Cyber Security a must for Banking Sector
05/15/2016

Strengthening cyber security in the banking sector is a must, especially with regular innovations happening in the ICT sector, analysts said yesterday.

Almost all banks launched online services without taking proper precautions, and most of their IT systems are outsourced from private vendors, said Mahbubur Rahman, associate professor of Bangladesh Institute of Bank Manage-ment.

Lack of skilled manpower is a major problem in the banking sector, said Omar Farooq, head of IT at Eastern Bank.

They spoke at a programme on cyber security organised by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) at Sonargaon Hotel in Dhaka.

Cyber Power
05/13/2016

The cyber revolution is at its height. The meeting point between the power of thought and connectivity is changing our world, and affecting all spheres of life, as individuals and as a nation. Israel's power in science and technology is creating a great opportunity to position ourselves in the forefront of cybernetic innovation.

Together with the opportunities, there are also risks. Everything is penetrable in the cyber era: our personal details, commercial and defense secrets, national infrastructure - anything can be stolen, disrupted and destroyed. The worst cyber attacks against organizations and countries in recent years around the world have taught us an obvious lesson - cyber defense is an essential condition for national security and economic growth in the 21st century.

Israel has been one of the first countries to prepare systematically and with determination for this challenge. Five years ago, I set the goal of making Israel one of the five leading global cyber powers.

5 Security Hacks That Simple Technology Could Have Prevented
05/11/2016

Passwords, which are designed to create security, have become the weakness that hackers have used in 85 percent of hacks over the last decade. These breaches can be very costly. Lots of companies, for instance, have lost millions of dollars in the past because of it. Some individuals have had their identities stolen. Many celebrities have gotten their images damaged. Worse still, some vital and top secret government information has equally gotten exposed due to these security breaches.

As a result, there is a movement in the tech security industry to move away from password-based security altogether. Wiacts is one of the firms pushing this move.

In a recent blog post, they named the top 10 hacks that their tech would have prevented. I asked Yaser Masoudnia, their CEO, to comment on some of those hacks. And below are what he had to say about them:

Airports Look at Technology to Extend Security
05/09/2016

The mass casualties caused by last week’s attacks in Belgium are spurring interest in tools to enable police to spot suicide bombers and other potential attackers from afar—as well as a warning that technology alone isn’t a fail-safe.

The blasts in the departures hall at Brussels Airport, which killed at least 16 people, showed the contrast between the wide-open landside of airports and the tightly secured airside, after passengers and their bags have been screened.

Long security lines await at American airports this summer
05/08/2016

Here is a maths question. If the number of people moving from point A to point B increases by 9%, and the number of gates they can pass through decreases by 10%, what happens to the time it takes for them to complete the process? On second thoughts, forget the maths. For airline passengers this summer, it is only important to know that it goes up. Way up.

This is essentially what has happened at Americas airports. In the past three years, the number of Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screeners has declined from 47,147 to 42,525. Over the same time period, the number of passengers has risen from 643m a year to more than 700m.

Police issue security warning over Santander cashpoints
05/06/2016

Police have warned people in Lancashire and Wilmslow, Cheshire, not to use Santander cash machines over fears they have been compromised.

The warning follows reports of suspicious devices on the bank’s machines across Lancashire last week.

Officers are concerned that criminals have targeted the machines in an attempt to steal card details and cash, and urged those who have lost money to contact the bank.

Fallout From The Nuclear Security Summit
05/04/2016

The Nuclear Security Summit that just ended Friday in Washington, D.C. wrangled over several thorny nuclear proliferation and terrorism issues, and involved over 50 countries. But the two countries on everyone’s mind were China and Russia. China, because they have started on the world’s largest nuclear build-up in 50 years. And Russia, because they decided not to attend at all.

The fourth Nuclear Security Summit, in the series begun by the Obama administration, showcased definite successes, particularly the significant global reduction in nuclear weapons, the global reduction in nuclear material stockpiles, the increased security on nuclear facilities, the dozen countries that are now free of weapons-grade materials, a newly-amended nuclear protection treaty, and the historic nuclear deal with Iran that has, so far, gone as planned.

How security pros blunted alleged Iran cyber attacks
05/02/2016

New criminal charges linking Iran to 2011-2013 cyber attacks on the U.S. put suspects' names and faces on an episode that plagued 46 banks and financial institutions nationwide — and hundreds of thousands of their customers.

Account holders who logged in online encountered blank screens, dropped connections or extremely slow responses, security experts said in interviews Thursday, hours after authorities announced indictments of seven suspects with ties to the Middle East nation's government and its Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

Google Beefs Up Its Gmail Security Features
04/29/2016

Google is rolling out an updated security warning system this week for Gmail users that the company says is designed to make sure they do not fall victim to cyber attacks.

The first security warning will be triggered when a user clicks on a link in Gmail that Google suspects to be dangerous.

A second enhancement gives suspected targets of state-sponsored hacking attempts a full-page warning along with information on how to protect their accounts. The new full-page alert is in addition to Googles existing warning, which shows up as a red strip with a link at the top of a suspected victims Gmail page.

Suspected state-sponsored hacking attempts are rare and impact 0.1 percent of Gmail users, according to Google's online security blog.

Telecom Partners Say Cloud Security Is Top Of Mind In Wake Of Verizon Breach
04/27/2016

Verizon Enterprise Solutions is the latest victim of a data breach that affected more than a million of its enterprise customers, news that partners believe will have wide-ranging implications on telecom and cloud security solutions.

First reported by security journalist Brian Krebs, the breach allowed hackers to collect information on an estimated 1.5 million enterprise clients, including basic contact information. Verizon said in the report that no customer proprietary network information or other data was accessed. The data was found for sale on an underground cyberforum.

New Research Grants for Stevens Total More than $5 Million; Focus on Homeland Security, Defense and Cybersecurity
04/25/2016

The number of research grants awarded to Stevens Institute of Technology since February 1 total more than $5 million, with the bulk of the awards coming from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

The largest award ($2.75 million) came from the DHS to support a multi-year program to develop and deploy a system of sensors that would defeat small and medium Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), commonly known as drones, to protect critical infrastructure and people. The Stevens research team, led by Dr. Hady Salloum, director of the DHS S&T Center of Excellence for Maritime Security at Stevens, will provide key elements of this program, including the development of a test bed, development and demonstration of an acoustic sensor solution, and contributions to other program efforts including modeling and simulation.

BitQuick Taken Offline
04/22/2016

Security is one of the major concerns when it comes to the bitcoin industry. There have been so many instances where the security of bitcoin platforms was breached by hackers, making away with loads of bitcoin. The history has taught bitcoin businesses not to compromise on the security of their products, as it may end up causing some serious damage to their reputation. Even with bitcoin exchanges and wallet providers implementing the best security features, they still face the threat.

Machine Learning and Security
04/20/2016

Machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) are in the spotlight. Not only did funding in AI companies reach records heights last year, but we’re seeing it positioned as an antidote to improve just about every facet of our lives and businesses—from how we travel, to how we shop, to our health care. Big players like Microsoft and Google are also getting into the game, releasing open source frameworks to make taking advantage of machine learning a whole lot easier.

Websites Lack Security
04/18/2016

Every time you PayPal someone, or send a Gmail, or log into Facebook, a layer of encryption protects the information that zips across the Internet. These sites all use HTTPS, an added layer of security to the standard HTTP protocol that facilitates web communication. But as a new Google report shows, an alarmingly small number of the webs most-trafficked sites use this vital security protocol.

The Google audit shows that 79 of the webs top 100 non-Google sites don’t deploy HTTPS by default, while 67 of those use either outdated encryption technology or offer none at all. The worst offenders include big names, like the New York Times and IMDB.

UK Workers more Diligent about Cyber Security at Home
04/15/2016

UK employees expect an IT safety net to protect them at work and are more willing to take responsibility for security at home, a survey commissioned by Citrix has revealed

More than four in 10 UK workers regularly use passwords to secure home documents, but only one in three do so at work, a survey has revealed.

In a further sign of disparity in employee attitudes to work and personal data, 68% of workers said they shredded unwanted personal documents, while just 40% do so at work, according to a poll of 2,000 full-time workers in the UK commissioned by secure access firm Citrix.

Pay with Your Face? Amazon Tech Brings Security Questions
04/13/2016

Amazon may be looking at ways to let you pay for purchases with just a look. But experts warn that such systems have proven easy to fool in the past.

In a new patent application — U.S. patent No. 20,160,071,111, filed on March 10 — the company described a system that would let a user authorize a purchase using two things: an image of the persons face and a live motion to check that the image is actually the owner of the phone.

Security Solutions are Slowing Down our Systems
04/11/2016

Despite the inherent insecurities of the cybersecurity industry, a new report from Barkly, an endpoint security company, reveals that the biggest issue IT security teams have to face with current security solutions is that they slow down the system.

When asked about the options of productivity vs security and the potential downfalls of security solutions, 41 percent of respondents said that they were dissatisfied with their current solution, not because it failed to deliver security, but because it slows down their system.


If security products are slowing systems and by extension lowering productivity, then IT pros should consider whether or not their colleagues are taking insecure shortcuts to improve efficiency, such as using unauthorized third-party apps or connecting unsanctioned devices to the network.

Computers Can Be Hacked to Send Data as Sound Waves
04/08/2016

A team of security researchers has demonstrated the ability to hijack standard equipment inside computers, printers and millions of other devices in order to send information out of an office through sound waves.

The attack program takes control of the physical prongs on general-purpose input/output circuits and vibrates them at a frequency of the researchers' choosing, which can be audible or not. The vibrations can be picked up with an AM radio antenna a short distance away.

Uber Has a Secret Security Hotline
04/06/2016

If you are having an emergency in an Uber, theres a secret hotline to get in touch with them, according to Business Insider.

A secret hotline that Uber has been denying exists–it does not call it a hotline–does not sound very useful, but the company now says has been tested in 22 cities around the country.

The hotline is 800-353-8237 (UBER), and customers who call that number in an emergency will go directly to a customer service human being.

Inkjet Can Spoof Mobile Fingerprint Security
04/04/2016

Researchers have spoofed biometric fingerprint security in two models of mobile phone using nothing more than an inkjet printer.

The fingerprint is a popular method of identification due to the fact that there are no two identical fingerprints among the seven billion people on the planet, but it is by no means impregnable.

The Cloud and Security
04/01/2016

Security concerns are undoubtedly the major hurdle for widespread cloud adoption; indeed, a massive 90 percent of firms surveyed by Information Security in 2015 stated security was the biggest factor preventing organizations from moving to the cloud. No one is about to wave a magic wand in 2016 and make that go away.

Intel Security Guru Says Regulating Encryption Is Difficult
03/30/2016

Encrypting digital data should not be considered a moral issue of good and evil. Rather, it is a nuanced legal issue that may not be covered under existing law.

Thats one of the takeaways from a discussion about cybersecurity and data with Steve Grobman, the chief technology officer for Intels security group. Grobman explained during the Structure Data conference in San Francisco on Thursday that encryption is really just complex mathematics, which makes it a difficult thing to legislate.

Tips When Running a Security Company
03/28/2016

The dump, in a hacker e-zine format, begins with a note from the attacker. Sarcastically titled TIPS WHEN RUNNING A SECURITY COMPANY, it details the security holes found during the breach:

Use one root password for all the boxes
Expose PDUs [power distribution units in server racks] to WAN with telnet auth
Never patch, upgrade or audit the stack
Disregard PDO [PHP Data Objects] as inconvenient
Hedge entire business on security theatre
Store full credit card info in plaintext
Write all code with wreckless [sic] abandon

Wells Fargo Eye Scanning
03/26/2016

Eye scanners have long been the stuff of sci-fi and action flicks, safeguarding everything from classified data to secret lairs.

Soon, though, they'll be used in the real world to protect something more mundane: your bank account. Or, more precisely, your company's much larger one.

Starting this summer, San Francisco banking giant Wells Fargo & Co. will let corporate clients sign in to the bank's commercial banking app using either an eye scan [pictured above] or a face- and voice-recognition system.

Android Security
03/24/2016

Highlights of the March 2016 Android Security Update

There are 16 issues in the update: 6 are Critical, 8 are High, and 2 are Moderate. The vulnerabilities I list below illustrate the variety of fixes Google has patched this month.

Critical vulnerabilities

The security updates range from privilege vulnerabilities, remote code execution vulnerabilities, remote denial of service vulnerabilities, and mitigation bypass vulnerabilities.

The most critical issue was remote code execution vulnerabilities in Mediaserver and libvpx. The flaw could have allowed a third party to use MMS media or browser playback media to execute malicious code on either a smartphone or a tablet. Google has released fixes for all iterations of Android, going back to 4.4.4.

Elevation of Privilege in Conscrypt: This vulnerability could allow a specific type of invalid certificate (one issued by an intermediate Certificate Authority) to be incorrectly trusted. This particular vulnerability would allow man-in-the-middle attacks, as well as an elevation of privilege and remote arbitrary code execution.

Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability in MediaTek Wi-Fi Kernel Driver: The Wi-Fi kernel driver contained a vulnerability that could enable a local malicious application to execute arbitrary code within the kernel, thus allowing elevation of privilege.

Chrome Update Patches Some Major Security Vulnerabilities
03/22/2016

This week, Google released the latest stable update for its Chrome browser addressing three high priority security vulnerabilities. Version 49.0.2623.87 of Chrome is available now for Windows, Mac and Linux computers, and although Google is not willing to discuss the fixes in detail, a recent blog post explains the basics of the bu

IRS Shutdown Identity Protection PIN Tool
03/20/2016

The IRS has issued a notice about the temporary suspension of use of its Identity Protection PIN tool. According to the notice, the use of the IP PIN tool on the IRS.gov site has been suspended as part of its ongoing security review. It has announced a possible security breach.

A recent attack on the website that resulted in the breach of an IRS contractors system—exposing 101,000 taxpayers Social Security numbers and other data—prompted an IRS security review. The IRS designed the Identity Protection PIN tool to safeguard people at higher risk of becoming the victims of fraud because of sensitive personal information leaked in commercial data breaches, by providing them an additional layer of security. Instead, the tool was being used by the scammers for the very purpose of identity theft.

Hackers Breach Ku Klux Klan Website
03/18/2016

A website run by the Ku Klux Klan has been downed as part of what appears to be a significant breach of its host and security provider Staminus. The company, which promises to protect users from distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, was exposed by a crew going by the name of FTA, which leaked data online yesterday.

Dumped information included customer contact details and password hashes (the result of taking the plain text password on running it through a one-way algorithm to garble the text). The hackers also claimed to have accessed unencrypted credit card details, though FORBES could not verify that claim.





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