Advice to Donald Trump: think before you tweet

The president-elect is famous for his unbridled approach to Twitter – but how much of a security risk are his tweets? more…

Indian privacy case against WhatsApp gains momentum

A privacy lawsuit against WhatsApp in India over its new data sharing policy has got momentum with the country’s top court seeking responses from Facebook, WhatsApp and the federal government. The privacy policy of WhatsApp at launch in 2010 did not allow sharing of user data with any other party, and after Facebook announced its […] more…

China tightens control over app stores

China is requiring that all app stores operating in the country register with its Cyberspace Administration in an effort to battle malware but also to tighten control over uncensored content. The rules took effect Monday, in a country where domestic third-party app stores — not from Apple or Google — are serving billions of downloads […] more…

l2tpgroup VPN profile to be discontinued on 1/20/2017

Data Center Services (DCS) is currently working on a plan to phase out older protocols for the Virtual Private Network service. As part of this project, over the next couple of months, several VPN profiles will be discontinued, with the final changeover to the new protocol completed around the Spring Break timeframe. This alert is […] more…

Google Shares Details of Its Security Infrastructure

Google Designs Its Own Custom Hardware Security Chips to Securely Identify and Authenticate Legitimate Google Devices at the Hardware Level read more more…

News in brief: Snowden supporters petition Obama; iOS Onion browser now free; bank bans WhatsApp

Your round-up of some of the other stories in the news today more…

Critical flaw lets hackers take control of Samsung SmartCam cameras

The popular Samsung SmartCam security cameras contain a critical remote code execution vulnerability that could allow hackers to gain root access and take full control of them. The vulnerability was discovered by researchers from the hacking collective the Exploiteers (formerly GTVHacker), who have found vulnerabilities in the Samsung SmartCam devices in the past. The flaw […] more…

Ukraine power outages ‘the work of cyberattackers’, warn experts

Observers raise fears that attackers are using Ukraine as a ‘playground’ before raising the stakes more…

CryptoSearch Lets Users Move Ransomware-Encrypted Files

Being hit by ransomware usually means that you no longer have access to your files unless you pay a ransom or find another way to decrypt them, but a newly released tool allows users to move encrypted files to a new location. read more more…

Flaws Found in Carlo Gavazzi Energy Monitoring Products

Swiss-based industrial and building automation solutions provider Carlo Gavazzi has released firmware updates for some of its energy monitoring products to address potentially serious vulnerabilities that could expose devices to remote cyberattacks. read more more…

Spora ransomware goes freemium with four different payment options

The Spora ransomware will unscramble two files for free, some files for $30, all files for $120 and provide “immunity’ for $50. more…

Many Mobile Apps Unnecessarily Leak Hardcoded Keys: Analysis

Some third-party applications unnecessarily store keys or secrets that could be abused to leak a variety of user credentials and other type of sensitive data, software security startup Fallible warns. read more more…

Update: University Park Data Center Router Upgrades

During the 5-7AM maintenance window on 1/17/2017 Enterprise Networking and Communication Services and Data Center Services, will be upgrading the firmware on the Data Center routers at University Park. During the upgrade there is no expected outage, however there will be a degradation of service to the connection to the Data Center routers at Hershey. […] more…

These Were the Most Common Passwords Used in 2016

Although weak and commonly used passwords have long been one of the most used venues to compromise accounts, they remain at the top of the most popular passwords charts, a recent Keeper Security report reveals. read more more…

WhatsApp ‘backdoor’ turns out to be known design feature

Maker of WhatsApp’s protocol moves to reassure users by clarifying how key pairs work more…

Cisco calls on Arista to stop selling products in US after agency reverses patent finding

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency has revoked its November 2016 finding that Arista’s redesigned products don’t infringe a key Cisco patent — as a result Cisco called on Arista to stop importing those products and recall others sold with redesigned software. The finding is the latest round in a high-stakes battle between […] more…

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