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All the world’s a Stagefright

Here’s how security vulnerabilities are supposed to be handled. One, a researcher discovers an issue. Two, the people who make the software find a solution. And three, the solution is then made available, ideally by automatic update. That’s what Windows does, and what Apple does. It isn’t always as fast as it should be, but […]

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Facebook farewells flaky SHA-1

Facebook has set the date: on September 30, the ancient and creaking SHA-1 hashing algorithm will make its tumbril trip and get the chop. SHA-1, designed by the NSA in 1995, is a one-way algorithm: a block of data is turned into a message digest. The digest can’t be turned back into the original message, […]

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What you need to know about BERserk and Mozilla

The Intel Security Advanced Threat Research Team has discovered a critical signature forgery vulnerability in the Mozilla Network Security Services (NSS) crypto library that could allow malicious parties to set up fraudulent sites masquerading as legitimate businesses and other organizations. The Mozilla NSS library, commonly utilized in the Firefox web browser, can also be found […]

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Symantec to Overhaul Its Norton Security Line

Symantec is overhauling its Norton security software, going from nine products to just one as the company turns its attention to smartphones and connected devices.   The new product, called Norton Security, doubles down on the company’s renewed focus on subscription models. In its most recent quarter, when Symantec reported a $236 million profit on a […]

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New Facebook scams in 2014

So many Facebook scams in 2014 have been a little worrying even though at first they all seem innocent enough, but these are social scams to lure users in to gain money or access to computers. One particular Facebook scam this year was the “Robin Williams goodbye video”, which was apparently made before his death. […]

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How NBC’s Russian Hack Actually Happened, According to the Security Expert Who Set It Up

A couple days ago, NBC News ran a report pegged to the Sochi Olympics about Russian hacking. In it, correspondent Richard Engel uses a “brand new” smartphone to test out the Russian internet while hanging out in a Moscow cafe. “Almost immediately,” he says in the segment, “we were hacked.” Naturally, as the security consultant […]

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The FBI is willing to pay top dollar to download some malware

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is willing to pay top dollar for the malicious, infectious software the rest of us pay to keep out of our computers, according to the Federal Business Opportunities website. A Monday price quote request by the Investigative Analysis Unit of the agency’s Operational Technology Division is asking computer security developers […]

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Avira starts blocking some browsers and email clients

Since yesterday, some Avira Internet Security users have only been able to use their web browsers if they first disable Avira Web Protection. According to Avira, some customers are getting a “data structure error” that requires a complete uninstall and fresh installation of the program. However, users in the Avira forum are saying that reinstalling […]

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