All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Security’
Update 3. MasterCard is back, and Anonymous (those behind Operation Payback) have issues a press release.
Update 2: The group (Operation Payback) credited with bringing down both MasterCard.com and Visa.com has had its Facebook Page removed for violating terms of service. It’s Twitter account was also suspended.
Update: Visa.com is now down as well. MasterCard.com is still down. (As of 4:30pm Eastern)
Nearly two-thirds (64%) of Americans have not made an online purchase because of security concerns, according to a new poll by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA).
Chalk up another victory for Google in terms of edging out its competitors. Today, well-known security company AVG announced that the Google will replace Yahoo as the search foundation of its antivirus and security products.
This is development supposed to "broaden the search functionality of AVG’s Security Toolbar product and real-time Internet security solution, AVG LinkScanner," AVG explained in a statement.
Generally speaking, Google does well when it comes to lists. It’s often labeled a favorite employer, most trusted brand, or dominant competitor. Unfortunately for the company, Chrome earned the number one spot on a list titled "Top Vulnerable Applications – 2010" today.
Perhaps the best possible thing, from Google’s point of view, would have been if it had announced its vulnerability reward program and then heard nothing at all. But a short while after the program’s launch, Google’s seen a response that it still characterized as "fantastic" as people have been quick to bring problems to light.
In honor of National Cyber Security Awareness Month – and perhaps the holiday when millions of kids give adults 50-50 odds on being tricked – Google’s counseling users to play it safe. The company highlighted guidelines for "protecting your data in the cloud" today.
Federal and state authorities have reportedly charged over 60 people in connection with a global cybercrime scheme using the Zeus Trojan to steal millions of dollars from U.S. bank accounts. Trusteer, a secure browsing service, which claims to be in use by over 12 million online banking customers and protects over 70 banks, shared some commentary on the news with WebProNews. The company says it has deep visibility into criminal activity and the Zeus trojan.
Deloitte and the National Association of State CIOs (NASCIO) are sharing the results of a joint Cyber Security Survey, finding that State Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) lack the funding, programs, resources and tools to adequately protect their citizens’ data, especially when compared to their counterparts who serve private sector enterprises.
Phishing gangs have been increasing their tactics against brands, social networks, online classifieds and online gaming, according to a new report from the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG).
Google has introduced a more secure sign-in capability for Google Apps accounts with two-step verification. The company says this "significantly increases the security of the cloud."
The American Civil Liberties Union and other groups filed a lawsuit today challenging the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) policy allowing border agents to search laptops or other electronic devices at the border without reasonable suspicion.
The lawsuit was filed by the ACLU, the New York Civil Liberties Union and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
According to a new report from IBM, vulnerability exposures reached record levels in the first half of the year. This info comes courtesy of IBM’s X-Force 2-1- Mid-Year Trend and Risk Report.
Over 4,300 new vulnerabilities were documented by IBM’s R&D team during this time period. This is a 36% increase from the same period last year. 55% of the disclosed vulnerabilities had now vendor-supplied patch at the end of the period.
Some iTunes users are finding that scammers are stealing their money through PayPal. Numerous people have been claiming as much on Twitter and Facebook.
The Chinese search company that is more or less the Google of its home market has sued another organization over its security software. Baidu said in its lawsuit that Qihoo 360’s Safe PC software unfairly identifies its toolbar and address bar as malware.
Symantec detected a trojan within an Android game, which is secretly uploading GPS user location information. A representative for the company tells WebProNews that while the particular instance doesn’t really represent a major security threat, "it does demonstrate how new mobile threats are emerging and evolving."
Rupert Murdoch is excited about tablets. The Guardian has a piece quoting him as calling them "a perfect platform" for cheap and convenient, up-to-date News Corp. content. He says the company has "tens of thousands of readers" through apps for the Wall Street Journal, the Times and the Australian.
Android device owners can perhaps stop frantically deleting apps from their phones. An app that appeared to represent a serious security risk – supposedly transmitting users’ passwords, browsing histories, and text messages to someone in China – has been found to mine much less data than early reports indicated.
Google has introduced a new Government Edition of Google Apps. It includes all of the features of other Google Apps editions, but adds policy and security features. Google says it was designed with guidance from the federal government, as well as the Cities of Los Angeles and Orlando.
Google Apps for Government stores Gmail and Calendar data in a segregated system located in the continental United States, exclusively for government customers.
A new report from Symantec’s MessageLabs finds that short URLs in spam have reached a "historical peak". This type of spam has increased significantly over the past year.
Spam containing shortened links hit a one day peak of 18%, or 23.4 billion spam emails, on April 30, 2010, doubling last year’s peak levels when spam with shortened links accounted for 9.3% of spam (more than 10 billion spam emails) on July 28, 2009.
The United States continues to be the top country for spam, accounting for 15.2 percent of all global spam, an increase from 13.1 percent in the first quarter of 2010, according to a new report by Sophos.
India trails the U.S., accounting for 7.7 percent of worldwide spam, followed by Brazil (5.5%), the UK (4.6%) and South Korea (4.2%).
Symantec has released its annual MessageLabs Intelligence Special Report, ranking the most spammed U.S. states and territories.
According to the report, Idaho receives the most spam (for the second year in a row), at a rate of 95.2%. The top spammed states are Idaho, Alabama, and South Carolina, with spam rates above 93%. The national average is only 89.3%. Indiana, Tennessee, Illinois, Utah, Washington, New Hampshire and North Carolina are next in line.
Research in Motion (RIM) has unveiled a new security application for BlackBerry called BlackBerry Protect. The product allows users to wirelessly backup, restore, and locate their BlackBerry smartphones.
BlackBerry Protect comes equipped with remote device wipe, remote device lock, a "lost and found" screen, the ability to locate the device on a map, remote activation of the loud ringer.
The U.S. National Security Agency is launching a program called "Perfect Citizen" aimed at detecting cyberattacks on private companies and government agencies running critical infrastructure such as the electricity grid and nuclear power plants.
Perfect Citizen would rely on a set of sensors deployed in computer networks for critical infrastructure that would flag "unusual activity" signaling an impending cyberattack, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Yesterday a questionable report from SMobile Systems was released talking about Android security and how a fifth of Android apps pose security risks. The methodology behind this report has pretty much been ridiculed throughout the Blogosphere, though quite a few publications covered it. CNET even went so far as to retract the report.
Everyone would do well to show a little caution when browsing the Android Market, according to a new report. SMobile Systems – which specializes in security issues pertaining to mobile phones and the wireless infrastructure – believes 20 percent of the available applications allow third parties access to info better left unshared.