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Unlocked: The hidden love note on the grave of America's first crypto power-couple

Sat, 2018-01-20 02:58

Shmoocon  Among the 400,000 graves at the Arlington National Cemetery – a solemn US military graveyard in Virginia – lies the final resting place of cryptography pioneers William and Elizebeth Friedman.…

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America restarts dodgy spying program – just as classified surveillance abuse memo emerges

Fri, 2018-01-19 15:21
There is literally nothing decent in this story

Analysis  The US Senate reauthorized a controversial NSA spying program on Thursday – and then, because it's 2018 and nothing matters any more, embarked on a partisan battle over a confidential memo that outlines Uncle Sam's alleged abuse of surveillance powers.…

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There are other, <i>legal</i> ways to nab Microsoft emails, privacy groups remind Supremes

Fri, 2018-01-19 09:03
Redmond finds allies in Irish data centre spat

Allowing Uncle Sam to seize emails stored in Microsoft's Irish data centre would violate foreign data protection laws and risk setting a damaging precedent, the US Supreme Court has been told.…

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Delve into the hidden corners of security at CyberThreat18

Fri, 2018-01-19 03:19
New event set to infiltrate QEII

Promo  If you are a cybersecurity practitioner who feels on top of the latest developments in your field, CyberThreat18 may make you want to think again.…

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Two things will survive a nuclear holocaust: Cockroaches and crafty URLs like ғасеьоок.com

Fri, 2018-01-19 00:03
Pesky phishing pages using international domain names just won't go away

It's been known for a long while that people can use similar-looking non-Roman characters to create internet addresses that look similar to real ones.…

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You get a lawsuit! And you get a lawsuit! And you! Now Apple sued over CPU security flaws

Thu, 2018-01-18 17:15
iGiant up next in the Meltdown-Spectre-sueball-a-palooza

Add Apple to the list of companies facing a legal backlash in the US over the Spectre and Meltdown CPU security fiasco.…

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Sad-sack Anon calling himself 'Mr Cunnilingus' online is busted for DDoSing ex-bosses

Thu, 2018-01-18 15:23
Electronics tutor's taunts come back to haunt him

An electronics technician pleaded guilty on Wednesday to orchestrating distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks on a former employer and other organizations – and to unlawfully possessing a firearm as a former felon.…

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Someone is touting a mobile, PC spyware platform called Dark Caracal to governments

Thu, 2018-01-18 10:00
Hundreds of gigabytes already slurped, say EFF and Lookout

An investigation by the Electronic Frontier Foundation and security biz Lookout has uncovered Dark Caracal, a surveillance-toolkit-for-hire that has been used to suck huge amounts of data from Android mobiles and Windows desktop PCs around the world.…

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F-35 'incomparable' to Harrier jump jet, top test pilot tells <i>El Reg</i>

Thu, 2018-01-18 09:27
Naturally we demanded proof – and we got it

Interview  What's it like to fly an F-35 fighter jet? We interviewed the chief British test pilot about a uniquely British flying technique – and then had a play with a full cockpit simulator to find out for ourselves.…

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Google fuels up Chromecast Wi-Fi flooding fix

Thu, 2018-01-18 08:27
It lands today

Google has confirmed plans to issue a patch for Chromecast and Google Home aimed at resolving a traffic flooding problem that was swamping home networks.…

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And Oracle E-biz suite makes 3: Package also vulnerable to exploit used by cryptocurrency miner

Thu, 2018-01-18 07:26
Hat trick!

A third Oracle enterprise package has been patched against a crypto-mining exploit.…

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VTech fondleslabs for kids 'still vulnerable' despite sanctions

Thu, 2018-01-18 03:02
Researchers claim flaws remain more than two years later

New InnoTab child learning devices still have the same security flaw first found by researchers at Pen Test Partners two years ago.…

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Mozilla edict: 'Web-accessible' features need 'secure contexts'

Thu, 2018-01-18 01:55
If an API or feature needs the 'net, it needs HTTPS under Mozilla's new plan

Mozilla has decided to further locking down the Internet with the announcement that developers can only access new Firefox features from what it calls “secure contexts”.…

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North Korea's finest spent 2017 distributing RATs, wipers, and phish

Thu, 2018-01-18 00:30
And sent them mostly to South Korea, naturally

South Korea was the target of a barrage of malware campaigns last year.…

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Industrial systems scrambling to catch up with Meltdown, Spectre

Wed, 2018-01-17 23:01
Some confessions, but 'watch this space' is the more common reaction - when there is one

Vendors of industrial systems have joined the long list of vendors responding responses to the Meltdown and Spectre processor vulnerabilities.…

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Who's using 2FA? Sweet FA. Less than 10% of Gmail users enable two-factor authentication

Wed, 2018-01-17 15:33
Your daily dose of digital depression

Usenix Enigma  It has been nearly seven years since Google introduced two-factor authentication for Gmail accounts, but virtually no one is using it.…

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HTML5 may as well stand for Hey, Track Me Longtime 5. Ads can use it to fingerprint netizens

Wed, 2018-01-17 14:21
This language is wired for sound

Usenix Enigma  HTML5 is a boon for unscrupulous web advertising networks, which can use the markup language's features to build up detailed fingerprints of individual netizens without their knowledge or consent.…

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Former Santander bank manager pleads guilty to computer misuse crimes

Wed, 2018-01-17 09:24
Customer details spilled to boyfriend

Updated  A former Santander bank manager has pleaded guilty to £15,000 worth of computer misuse crimes after her boyfriend talked her into giving him illicitly obtained customer information.…

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Biggest vuln bombshell in forever and storage industry still umms and errs over patches

Wed, 2018-01-17 05:27
Does it run in VMs, containers, systems running external code? Just. Patch. It

Analysis  A growing consensus among storage hardware appliance vendors is that, since they don't run external software on their hardware, they don't need to stick performance-hindering patches into their operating systems.…

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Wanna motivate staff to be more secure? Don't bother bribing 'em

Wed, 2018-01-17 02:39
Also, don't get the BOFH to publicly smack them with a LART

Usenix Enigma  It's frustrating getting users to keep information and systems secure on a daily basis. However, don't try any smart gimmicks – particularly offering wedges of cash or other prizes for good behavior.…

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