Browsing Author: Dennis Fisher

A major information-sharing bill that’s in the Senate right now would allow private organizations to share threat data with any government agency, something that the Department of Homeland Security says could have severe privacy implications and cause confusion and inefficiencies inside the federal government. The bill, known as the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, would allow[…]

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After years of discussions, disagreements, and digressions, the Do Not Track header is supported by all of the major browsers. But because there’s no real requirement for sites or advertisers to respect it, DNT is not as effective as it could be. Now, the EFF, Disconnect, and several other organizations are publishing a new DNT standard[…]

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Categories: Ransomware

Online scammers constantly are looking for new ways to reach into the pockets of potential victims, and the FBI says it is seeing an increase in the number of companies being targeted by scammers threatening to launch DDoS attacks if they don’t pay a ransom. The scam is a variation on a theme, the familiar[…]

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Car hacking just jumped up a few levels. A security researcher has built a small device that can intercept the traffic from the OnStar RemoteLink mobile app and give him persistent access to a user’s vehicle to locate, unlock, and start it. The device is called OwnStar and it’s the creation of Samy Kamkar, a security researcher[…]

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Categories: Featured, Uncategorized

The maintainers of BIND have patched a critical remotely exploitable vulnerability in the DNS software that can be used in a denial-of-service attack. The vulnerability affects all versions of BIND from 9.1.0 through 9.9.7. The vulnerability is in the way that BIND handles certain queries related to transaction key records. The bug is fixed in[…]

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