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Symantec share price nose dives after rumored Broadcom biz gobble taken off the menu

Mon, 15/07/2019 - 19:55
Looks like the ailing security shop priced itself out of an acquisition by chip giant

Symantec's share price has plunged on reports that its planned merger with Broadcom has fallen through.…

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Malicious code ousted from PureScript's npm installer – but who put it there in the first place?

Mon, 15/07/2019 - 07:04
Account hijacking claimed by some but it may just be a developer behaving badly

Another JavaScript package in the npm registry - the installer for PureScript - has been tampered with, leading project maintainers to revise their software to purge the malicious code.…

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New old Windows bug emerges, your 'strong' password is anything but, plus plenty more

Mon, 15/07/2019 - 06:31
What you need to know from infosec land lately

Roundup  Here is a brief look at some of the other security stories floating around right now.…

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Brilliant Boston boffins blow big borehole in Bluetooth's ballyhooed barricades: MAC addy randomization broken

Fri, 12/07/2019 - 21:31
Scrambling addresses can't always hide you from stalkers, say eggheads

A team of US academics have proposed a simple method to defeat the Bluetooth LE standard's anti-tracking measures.…

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Blah blah Blaha: Slovak infosec firm ESET sues politico who called them 'outrageous fascists'

Fri, 12/07/2019 - 21:00
He also said they're working with the CIA

Infosec company ESET is reportedly suing a member of the Slovakian Parliament for insulting it over social media.…

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UK Home Secretary doubles down on cops' deeply flawed facial recognition trials

Fri, 12/07/2019 - 14:30
1984 is not an instruction manual, and yet here we are

As if further indication was needed of Britain's slide into a surveillance state, Home Secretary Sajid Javid has backed highly flawed police trials of facial recognition cameras.…

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Train maker's coder goes loco, choo-choo-chooses to flee to China with top-secret code – allegedly

Fri, 12/07/2019 - 01:38
Good luck ever finding this guy again after, dare we say, his life jumped the tracks

A software developer fled to China from America with vital train transportation system computer code, US prosecutors have alleged.…

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Oh, lovely, a bipartisan election hack alert law bill for Mitch McConnell to feed into the shredder

Thu, 11/07/2019 - 22:25
Proposed legislation would force Homeland Security to sound alarm on voting system intrusions

Two US lawmakers are pushing a bipartisan bill that would force the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to alert the public of hacking attempts on election computer systems.…

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London cop illegally used police database to monitor investigation into himself

Thu, 11/07/2019 - 13:48
And now he's a convicted criminal – but still in uniform

A serving Metropolitan police officer who illegally accessed a police database to monitor a criminal investigation into his own conduct has pleaded guilty to crimes under the Computer Misuse Act.…

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Wondering how to whack Zoom's dodgy hidden web server on your Mac? No worries, Apple's done it for you

Thu, 11/07/2019 - 12:44
iGiant acts to protect users

Apple has pushed a silent update to Macs, disabling the hidden web server installed by the popular Zoom web-conferencing software.…

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Scots NHS symptom checker pings Facebook, Google and other ad peddlers

Thu, 11/07/2019 - 10:45
Privacy, what privacy? You can save our lives but you'll never take our data. Oh, damn, you already have

Exclusive  NHS Inform, Scotland’s answer to the NHS 111 Online health symptom checker website, is calling user tracking elements from Google and Facebook.…

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Dodgy-govt fave FinSpy snoopware is back and badder than ever for Android and iOS kit

Thu, 11/07/2019 - 09:15
Dictators, er, er, freedom-loving leaders' spyware choice gets upgrade, claims Kaspersky

A nasty new variant of the FinSpy snoopware tool that infects and slurps data from Android and iOS phones and tablets is being peddled, we're told.…

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Sea Turtle hackers head to the Mediterranean, snag Greece's TLD registrar as a souvenir

Thu, 11/07/2019 - 05:48
Chance to hack Hellenic targets better than a bottle of Metaxa

Miscreants notorious for hijacking traffic to victims' servers by changing their DNS records have been accused of hacking a top domain-name registrar in Greece.…

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AMD's SEV tech that protects cloud VMs from rogue servers may as well stand for... Still Extremely Vulnerable

Thu, 11/07/2019 - 00:22
Evil hypervisors can work out what apps are running, extract data from encrypted guests

Five boffins from four US universities have explored AMD's Secure Encrypted Virtualization (SEV) technology – and found its defenses can be, in certain circumstances, bypassed with a bit of effort.…

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Remember Stuxnet? You'll endure its hated-by-critics sequel if you don't patch your holey Siemens industrial kit

Wed, 10/07/2019 - 22:04
Power, infrastructure, factory gear can be hijacked without any password check at all

Industrial control software vulnerabilities, which would be perfect for next-gen Stuxnet-style worms to exploit, are as prevalent as ever, apparently.…

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UK watchdog fined firms £3m for data breaches last year – before its GDPR balls dropped

Wed, 10/07/2019 - 16:09
They'll never be so low again. Ask Marriott and British Airways

The Information Commissioner's Office issued £3m worth of fines for data breaches in the year to April 2018 – a mere fraction of its recent proposed GDPR-enabled penalties on British Airways and Marriott.…

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Mozilla boots alleged snoop troupe from its root cert coop: UAE-based DarkMatter thrown onto CA blocklist

Wed, 10/07/2019 - 02:33
Maker of Firefox fires fox from hen house guard duty

Mozilla on Tuesday added digital certificates belonging to security biz DarkMatter and its subsidiaries to Firefox's OneCRL blocklist, based on concerns that the UAE-based company will misuse its power as a certificate authority (CA) to intercept online communications.…

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It's 2019 and SQL Server can be pwned by an SQL query, DHCP failover server failed by a packet, Edge, IE by webpages...

Wed, 10/07/2019 - 01:29
Meanwhile, Adobe gives Flash the month off. SAP emits fixes, though

Patch Tuesday  Summer is now firmly upon us, and depending on where you are, the weather could be just about anything from stupidly hot to unbearably wet and cold right now given the state of the climate.…

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Huawei website ████ ██████ security flaws ██████ customer info and biz operations at risk: ███████ patched

Tue, 09/07/2019 - 20:40
Is this the Chinese giant's Winnie the Pooh moment?

Huawei has gagged infosec researchers from discussing now-patched critical vulnerabilities in the Chinese giant's web systems that could have been exploited to steal customer information and derail the manufacturer's operations.…

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Marriott's got 99 million problems and the ICO's one: Starwood hack mega-fine looms over

Tue, 09/07/2019 - 19:15
Technically not yet A Thing but there's a war of words over it

The UK's Information Commissioner's Office wants to fine Marriott Hotels £99m over its loss of 383 million customer booking records last year.…

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