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Obama Executive Order Forces Chip & Pin Payment on Government

Threatpost for B2B - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 14:59
The Obama administration has issued an executive order aimed at speeding up the adoption of chip and PIN or EMV payment systems here in the United States.

EFF, Snowden Dispute FBI Claims on Device Encryption

Threatpost for B2B - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 12:42
The FBI has long said that the use of strong encryption software hampers the bureau’s investigations and makes life easier for criminals. Current FBI Director James Comey continued this line of reasoning in a speech on Oct. 17, saying that the use of crypto could lead the country to a dark place, and the EFF […]

Privacy Criticism Hits OSX Yosemite over Location Data

Threatpost for B2B - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 09:24
Apple has fixed a huge number of security vulnerabilities in OS X and iTunes and, at the same time, is being hit with criticisms about privacy issues in the new version of OS X. The latest version of the operating system, known as Yosemite, sends location information to Apple by default via the Spotlight search […]

Microsoft Selective with FASTFAT Driver Patch Deployments

Threatpost for B2B - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 13:20
Microsoft, in 2009, silently fixed a FASTFAT driver flaw in Windows 7, leaving the same vulnerability in older Windows versions until it was patched this week.

Microsoft Changing Detection of Adware and Browser Modifiers

Threatpost for B2B - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 13:06
One of the not-so-great side effects of the transition to virtually everything being done in the Web browser now is that advertisers, attackers and scammers constantly are trying to get their code to run in users’ browsers, any way they can. A lot of this is done through extensions and browser objects, some of which […]

APTs Target Victims with Precision, Ephemeral Malvertising

Threatpost for B2B - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 12:33
A new precisely targeted and fleeting form of malvertising is being deployed by APT groups to target organizations in the U.S. defense industrial base.

Facebook Tool Mines Stolen Passwords, Notifies Affected Users

Threatpost for B2B - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 11:00
Facebook announced that it has developed a tool that combs through paste sites where stolen credentials are posted looking for Facebook passwords. Users are then notified and must do a password reset.

SAP Patches DoS Flaw in Netweaver

Threatpost for B2B - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 09:32
SAP has released a fix for a remotely exploitable denial-of-service in its Netweaver platform. The bug is confirmed to affect several versions of the platform and may be present in others, as well. Researchers at Core Security discovered the vulnerability and reported it to SAP in June. Netweaver is a platform that allows users to build and […]

Recognizing Evasive Behaviors Seen as Key to Detecting Advanced Malware

Threatpost for B2B - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 13:55
Academic Giovanni Vigna of UCSB has been studying techniques used by malware writers to evade analysis, and urges detection tools to develop an understanding of evasive behavior.

Mobile Device Encryption Could Lead to a ‘Very, Very Dark Place’, FBI Director Says

Threatpost for B2B - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 12:48
FBI Director James Comey said Thursday that the recent movement toward default encryption of smartphones and other devices could “lead us to a very, very dark place.” Echoing comments made by law enforcement officials for the last several decades, Comey said that the advanced cryptosystems available today threaten to cripple the ability of intelligence and law […]

OpenSSL Releases Patch for POODLE Attack

Threatpost for B2B - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 09:29
The OpenSSL Project has released a new version of the encryption software, which patches several security flaws, including the bug that is exploited by the POODLE attack on SSLv3. The updated versions of OpenSSL come just a couple of days after a trio of researchers at Google revealed the POODLE attack, which allows an attacker to […]
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