To punish Symantec, Google may distrust a third of the web’s SSL certificates

Google is considering a harsh punishment for repeated incidents in which Symantec or its certificate resellers improperly issued SSL certificates. A proposed plan is to force the company to replace all of its customers’ certificates and to stop recognizing the extended validation (EV) status of those that have it. According to a Netcraft survey from […] more…

News in brief: Pyongyang role in heist probed; EU to discuss laptops ban; social media rapped on terrorism

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

What Is a DDoS Attack and How Does It Work?

Let’s do a little thought experiment: imagine you’re driving down a highway to get to work. There are other cars on the road, but by and large everything is moving smoothly at a crisp, legally-defined speed limit. Then, as you approach an entry ramp, more cars join. And then more, and more and more until […] more…

Windows Zero-Day Exploited by AdGholas, Neutrino EK

One of the Windows zero-day vulnerabilities patched by Microsoft this month has been exploited by cybercriminals since last summer, Trend Micro said on Friday. read more more…

Resolved: Research Network

The Research Network has been restored to normal resilient operation with no researcher outage. The redundant switch was down from 9:05 and returned to operation at 10:21 AM. more…

Latest WikiLeaks dump shows CIA targeting Apple earlier than others

Focusing on Macs makes sense, say experts: ‘many high-value targets love to use Macs’ more…

Still running Windows Vista? Here’s a wake-up call for you

Microsoft is finally ending its extended support for Windows Vista, which means no more security patches or other updates. If you’re one of the hold-outs, it’s time to act more…

Google Stops Trusting Symantec-Issued Certificates

Google is displeased with the fact that Symantec has failed to ensure that its partners don’t improperly issue digital certificates, which is why the tech giant has announced its intent to gradually stop trusting all of the company’s existing certificates in Chrome. read more more…

IoT Devices are Dramatically Expanding Your Digital Footprint

IoT Devices are Dramatically Expanding Your Digital Footprint IoT devices are the rage for consumers and business alike. While sound business has always been data-driven, consumers have latched onto data and remote control capabilities. IoT devices are convenient, giving us access and availability to things previously not possible unless you were physically in front of […] more…

Do You Know Your ABCs?

Ah, RSAC 2017. Into the bowels of Moscone, I dove. Submerged in a calliopean frenzy of schwag hawkers and “where the world talks security” messaging. From the Marvel-esque call to “Be a hero!” to the more existential reminder that “Every moment counts!” I found myself drowning in a sea of Secure! Protect! Defend! read more more…

Man charged with $100m ‘whaling’ attack on two US tech giants

Victims of whaling attack not named, but it’s not the first time a big multinational has been targeted, and it won’t be the last more…

Bitcoin rise fuels social media scams

The price of a single Bitcoin passed that of an ounce of gold for the first time this month, and scammers were quick to get in on the action with Ponzi schemes and phishing sites spread via social media. Victims are lured in with fake Bitcoin wallets, fake Bitcoin search services, fake surveys about Bitcoin, […] more…

Spock will unlock Kirk ransomware – after you beam up a bunch of Monero

It’s ransomware, Jim, but not as we know it more…

Android Forums Suffers Data Breach

Android Forums, one of the most popular online Android communities, informed members this week that the server hosting its website has been breached, allowing attackers to access some user information. read more more…

CVE-2017-0022: Microsoft Patches a Vulnerability Exploited by AdGholas and Neutrino

Part of this month’s Patch Tuesday is an update for a zero-day information disclosure vulnerability (CVE-2017-0022), which we privately reported to Microsoft in September 2016. This vulnerability was used in the AdGholas malvertising campaign and later integrated into the Neutrino exploit kit. CVE-2017-0022 likely replaced the similar CVE-2016-3298 and CVE-2016-3351 vulnerabilities from the same campaign, […] more…

Apple: CIA’s Mac, iPhone Vulnerabilities Already Patched

Apple Tells WikiLeaks to Submit CIA Exploits Through Normal Process Apple’s initial analysis of the iPhone and Mac exploits disclosed by WikiLeaks on Thursday shows that the vulnerabilities they use have already been patched. The company told WikiLeaks to send the information it possesses through the regular submission process. read more more…

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