Vincent Autenrieb

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The Post-PC era will be the best of times for security and the worst of times for security vendors

Philosopher Sissela Bok writes that “Whatever matters to human beings, trust is the atmosphere in which it thrives.” Our social fabric is woven from …

Panel: Shutdown hurts cybersecurity

The government shutdown has imperiled American cybersecurity at a time when the country can least afford to be disrupted and disorganized, some of the country’s top cyber experts and advocates warned Tuesday.<p>“To think we would take a pause, a step back in cyber — the Russians and the Chinese are …

Breaking up with PRISM is hard to do: will digital privacy ever be easy?

Encryption is for everyone, but some have more to lose than others<p>Like millions of others, NYU graduate student Allison Burtch was shocked by Edward Snowden’s leaks in June. But as internet users got used to the news that major companies were funneling data to the NSA, she wondered what effect it …

Find A Security Glitch, And Yahoo Will Now Reward You With Cash, Not T-Shirts

If all you got in return for reporting a security vulnerability to Yahoo was a lousy T-shirt, don’t fret. The company wants to fix its mistakes and is now paying up to $15,000 to anyone who reports bugs and vulnerabilities classified as new, unique and/or high risk issues–up substantially from the …

Lavabit Founder Details Government Surveillance Of Secure Email While Documents Disclose Epic Trolling Of Feds

Ladar Levison, founder of secure email provider Lavabit, has posted a Facebook message detailing his current situation in regards to the shutdown of the service. “I simply couldn’t operate Lavabit while my lawyers appealed the demand for our [Lavabit’s] encryption keys without the government …

Microsoft Won't Release Emergency Fix for IE Flaw in All Versions

Microsoft today announced its plans to release eight security bulletins on this month’s Patch Tuesday, including a patch that will address a flaw in all supported versions of Internet Explorer that the company confirmed over two weeks ago. This means IE users will not be getting an emergency patch …

Yahoo hit with new lawsuit over email scanning in wake of Gmail ruling

Can big email providers scan your messages in order to serve you relevant advertising? Google(s goog) and Yahoo(s yhoo) have long assumed the answer …

Netskope tracks cloud app usage, even ‘shadow IT’

Companies are rapidly adopting external cloud applications to get work done, but they’re not always sanctioned by chief technology officers. Netskope tracks the use (and misuse) of these myriad apps, providing IT departments with enough information to keep companies efficient and safe.<p>With a fresh …

Silk Road mastermind faces 30 years in attempted murder charge

The surreal story of the FBI’s takedown of the 29-year-old baron of Silk Road, an online drugs and weapons bazaar, became even stranger last night as …