[img_assist|nid=7317|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=100|height=100]One of a pair of developers who created FireSheep, a Firefox browser plug-in that makes it easy to snoop on others’ social networking sessions, has written a blog post defending his creation, saying it has helped elevate discussion about security on the Web.
[img_assist|nid=7315|title=|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=95|height=95]Security researchers found dozens of high risk security holes in the software used to run specific Android mobile devices, but that’s still a lot better than industry averages, according to a new report.
[img_assist|nid=7316|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=91|height=91]Adobe has moved up the release date for the patch for the critical bug in Adobe Flash Player revealed last week, and now plans to have a fix ready on Thursday. The company still plans to patch Reader two weeks from now.
UPDATED: ICS-CERT, the emergency response team for industrial control systems, has warned companies that run SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) software that the systems running it may be easily discovered using a free Web based search engine dubbed Shodan.
Interest in the U.S. midterm elections is being used to lure Web surfers to malicious Web pages that are pushing rogue antivirus programs, according to security firm Websense.
[img_assist|nid=7318|title=|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=100|height=100]A group of researchers from Purdue University has been awarded $1.5 million from the National Science Foundation to help fund an ongoing project that’s investigating how well current techniques for anonymizing data are working and whether there’s a need for better methods.
Google is extending its nascent bug-bounty program to the Web applications that the company owns, including its flagship search service, YouTube and Blogger. The program will pay researchers rewards of up to $3133.7 for bugs that they find in Google Web services and report directly to the company.
Following an embarrassing expose in the Wall Street Journal, Facebook has tightened its controls over the ways in which applications that use the social networking platform can share unique user identity information (or UIDs). The company also banned several applications accused of improperly disclosing user data.
If, like most Americans, you’ve developed an attachment to your mobile phone that borders on the unnatural and have a hard time going 11 seconds without checking email or texts, you’d do well not to attend a talk by Zach Lanier and Mike Zusman anytime soon. The pair discussed a variety of weaknesses in several mobile platforms and showed off enough clever attacks in their talk at SecTor in Toronto last week to make the listener want to pull the SIM card from his phone, set it down and back quietly away.
Law enforcement crackdowns in recent weeks have targeted two major contributors to worldwide spam: Spamit.com and the Bredolab botnet. Now a new report suggests that the two cases may be related.