Category Archive for "Internet Security"

Kudos to IBM and Security Researcher Maurizio Agazzini

Here’s a story about how IBM apparently asked a security researcher (Maurizio Agazzini) to pull their exploit code after working with that researcher to address vulnerabilities in some IBM software: http://www.zdnet.com/article/ibm-pressures-security-researchers-vulnerability-exploit-code-pulled. As a security researcher myself, I just want to say “good job”

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Rotating Credit Card CVV Product to Help Prevent Fraud

Love innovative products that are simple and elegant. Check out this idea of a rotating CVV code on the back of credit cards called Motion Code: http://www.zdnet.com/article/this-number-changing-credit-card-may-help-eliminate-fraud. Definitely would help with online fraud (where when you purchase something it asks you

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Why Ransomware is Taking Off

If you’ve ever wondered why there seems to be so much ransomware (malicious software that blocks access to your computer or data until some sum of money is paid), the answer is that the return on investment is well, skyrocketing —

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iPhones Will Soon Capture Thieves Fingerprints and Photos

Love it — just read this story about Apple submitting a patent for a technique for capturing the fingerprints and photos of thieves in the event an iPhone is stolen. http://www.zdnet.com/article/apple-patents-technique-for-grabbing-iphone-thieves-fingerprints-and-photo This makes me happy 🙂 –Kevin

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Election Voting Machines Can Be Hacked

I am sure you’ve all heard about election voting machine hacking, here’s an interesting piece from CBS and Symantec, though I am a little disappointed to see that only the risk was reported and not what could be done to

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Panasonic Gets On Board withBug Bounties

Panasonic is the newest major player that has joined the bug bounty industry according to http://www.zdnet.com/article/panasonic-launches-big-bounty-program. The bug bounty will focus on avionics, in particular the in-flight entertainment systems. Which is interesting, because those systems are supposed to be completely air-gapped and

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Fiat-Chrysler will pay you $1500 to hack them, Tesla will pay you $10k — now we’re talking

Fiat-Chrysler is encouraging hackers to hack their vehicles and responsibly report security findings to them. If it’s a legitimate security vulnerability they’ll pay you $1500. Tesla will pay you $10k. Check out the article from Patch at http://patch.com/michigan/rochester/fiat-chrysler-wants-be-hacked-automaker-will-pay-1-500. The money is one

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Symantec Security Flaws

Here’s an article about some security flaws recently disclosed in Symantec line of products, and a more in-depth look at the issues from Google Project Zero team. Just goes to show you that even security products need to be developed

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Lesson Learned from MySpace, LinkedIn and Tumblr Hacks

Netflix and Facebook recently forced reset certain accounts due to the MySpace, LinkedIn and Tumblr hacks, and that it was found that users were using the same passwords everywhere. The big gorilla-in-the-room-lesson-learned here: don’t re-use passwords. I get it, manually

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TeamViewer Hack

This one came across the desk today, TeamViewer confirms extent of their recent hack. This one is going to be an interesting one, because I know of many, let’s just say ‘high-valued targets’, that use this remote control and desktop sharing

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