Browsing Author: Dennis Fisher

Twitter Changes Abuse Reporting Process to Address Doxing

Categories: Hacks, Privacy, Web Security

Twitter has revised and simplified its rules and process for reporting abusive behavior on the service, and users now have the ability to report people who are posting their personal information. The change essentially gives Twitter users a method to combat doxing, which is the process of dumping a victim’s personal information online. This often[…]

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Firefox 36 Arrives With Patches For Three Critical Flaws

Mozilla has patched 16 security vulnerabilities in Firefox, including three critical flaws in the browser. One of the critical vulnerabilities patched with the release of Firefox 36 is a buffer overflow in the libstagefright library that can be exploitable under some circumstances. “Security researcher Pantrombka reported a buffer overflow in the libstagefright library during video[…]

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Ransomware Looming As Major Long-Term Threat

On May 30, 2014, law enforcement officials from the FBI and Europol seized a series of servers that were being used to help operate the GameOver Zeus botnet, an especially pernicious and troublesome piece of malware. The authorities also began an international manhunt for a Russian man they said was connected to operating the botnet,[…]

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Gemalto Officials Say SIM Infrastructure Not Compromised

Despite leaked documents from the NSA showing otherwise, officials at Gemalto on Wednesday said the company has found no evidence that its SIM card infrastructure was compromised several years ago by the NSA and GCHQ. The company identified a handful of what it called sophisticated attacks in the timeframe in questions, but said none of[…]

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Google Pwnium Program Now Open All Year

Google is expanding its successful Pwnium vulnerability reward program–which has run at various security conferences for a couple of years now–to run continuously and offer an unlimited pool of financial rewards. Pwnium originally was established as an alternative to the Pwn2Own hacking contest at CanSecWest every spring. The Pwn2Own contest has been the origin of[…]

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NSA Could Be Hoping For Clipper Chip Redux

Categories: Government

The NSA has a new director, a slew of new challenges and any number of new capabilities at its disposal. But it seems that the agency is intent on fighting the same old battles. Even as fresh revelations about the extent of the NSA’s efforts to get access to encryption keys for mobile communications continue to[…]

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Gemalto: ‘SIM Products Are Secure’

Gemalto officials say that while they are still in the process of investigating whether the company was compromised by the NSA and GCHQ to access the encryption keys for its SIM cards, they say they believe their products and platforms are secure. In a statement issued Monday, Gemalto officials said they are still trying to[…]

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Gemalto Hack May Have Far-Reaching Effects

Security experts are still trying to assess the effects of the reported attack on SIM card manufacturer that resulted in the theft of millions of encryption keys for mobile phones around the world, but it’s safe to say that the operation has caused reverberations throughout the industry and governments in several countries. The attack, reported[…]

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