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Critical Authentication Flaws in Cisco Policy Suite Patched

Cisco also pushed out seven high-severity fixes for its SD-WAN solution for business users, and a patch for a DoS flaw in the Cisco Nexus 9000 Series …

Information Security

This Map Will Show If Your Web Traffic Passes Through an NSA Listening Post

IXmaps wants to “make visible the secret, dangerous, often illegal forms of surveillance that are increasingly becoming part of everyday life.”<p>Internet data pinballs across national borders, and for Canadians this means potentially exposing it to eavesdropping by US-based corporations and the …

5 Top Mobile Security Tips to Keep Your Smartphone Safe

The one device it is guaranteed that almost all of us have is a smartphone — probably permanently attached to our hands. These phones often hold lots …

Panerabread.com Leaks Millions of Customer Records

<b>Panerabread.com</b>, the Web site for the American chain of bakery-cafe fast casual restaurants by the same name, leaked millions of customer records — …

Security

How Email Open Tracking Quietly Took Over the Web

"I just came across this email," began the message, a long overdue reply. But I knew the sender was lying. He’d opened my email nearly six months …

Iranian Hackers Have Been Infiltrating Critical Infrastructure Companies

The international intelligence agency always has a keen interest in Iran's hacking activity. And new research published by the security firm FireEye …

New Ransomware Tactics Are ‘Unstoppable’

(TNS) — WASHINGTON, D.C. — Hackers are growing much more adept at getting people to open email infected with worms, as the network operators of …

Hackers are now using the exploit behind WannaCry to snoop on hotel Wi-Fi

Researchers say the APT28 hacking group has scraped the EternalBlue exploit from Shadow Brokers' public dump and is using it to steal data from hotel …

Google Patches Critical ‘Broadpwn’ Bug in July Security Update

The July Android Security Bulletin patches 11 critical remote-code execution bugs including one dubbed ‘Broadpwn’ that impacts both Android and iOS …

US military data reportedly left on unsecured Amazon server

Highly sensitive military data about a US intelligence agency project has been discovered on a publicly accessible server without password protection, according to a new report.<p>UpGuard said Wednesday an analyst with the security firm discovered tens of thousands of documents last week on an Amazon …

Security

Post-FCC Privacy Rules, Should You VPN?

Many readers are understandably concerned about recent moves by the U.S. Congress that would roll back privacy rules barring broadband Internet …

Privacy

Why I Always Tug on the ATM

Once you understand how easy and common it is for thieves to attach “skimming” devices to ATMs and other machines that accept debit and credit cards, …

Forensics

Building an AI Chip Saved Google From Building a Dozen New Data Centers

Google operates what is surely the largest computer network on Earth, a system that comprises custom-built, warehouse-sized data centers spanning 15 …

IRS: Scam Blends CEO Fraud, W-2 Phishing

Most regular readers here are familiar with <b>CEO fraud</b> — e-mail scams in which the attacker spoofs the boss and tricks an employee at the organization …

Identity Theft

Microsoft's URL detonation: Now Office 365 can zap key spear-phishing tactic

Microsoft has rolled out a new security feature for Office 365, designed to neutralize common tactics used by advanced hackers.<p>Microsoft has rolled …

This low-cost device may be the world’s best hope against account takeovers

Privacy-preserving “cryptographic assertions” are impossible to guess or phish.<p>The past five years have witnessed a seemingly unending series of …

Information Systems

Nuclear Power Plant Disrupted by Cyber Attack

The head of an international nuclear energy consortium said this week that a cyber attack caused a “disruption” at a nuclear power plant at some …

Cybersecurity

New ransomware strain coded entirely in Javascript

<b>Security researchers have discovered a new strain of ransomware coded entirely in Javascript, which could increase its chances of being activated.</b><p>Unlike executable program files, Javascript documents do not always trigger a security warning on Windows or require administrator access to run.<p>Named …