Browsing Author: Brian Donohue

911 outage

April 911 Outage Affected 3.5 Percent of U.S. Population

A catastrophic failure in the emergency call management infrastructure cascaded into an incident that left 11 million out of reach of 911 dispatchers for six hours.

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patch tuesday

Fixes for IE, Flash Player in October Patch Tuesday Release

Microsoft posted eight bulletins for Patch Tuesday, three of which are considered critical including a cumulative Internet Explorer update, while Adobe has fixes for Flash Player and ColdFusion.

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National Security Letter

EFF Issues Arguments Against National Security Letters

Categories: Government, Privacy

The Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Justice Department squared off on the topic of National Security Letters in a San Francisco courtroom yesterday. This fight’s next stop is likely the Supreme Court.

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mozilla patches

Mozilla Patches RSA Signature Forgery in Firefox, Thunderbird, NSS

Users of Mozilla products should update Firefox, NSS, SeaMonkey and Thunderbird in order to obtain fixes for a bug that could let an attacker forge RSA certificates and perform man-in-the-middle attacks.

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Healthcare.gov security

Health Insurance Marketplaces Could Improve Information Security

Categories: Government, Web Security

The marketplaces set up to provide health insurance to Americans under Obamacare are generally doing a good job of protecting personally identifiable information but can also improve security practices.

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LogMeIn Phishing

Malware-Laced Emails Appear to Come From LogMeIn

Spam emails pretending to be a security update for LogMeIn users, including a new security certificate countering Heartbleed attacks, are making the rounds, warns the SANS Institute.

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