Monthly Archives: August 2016

New ransomware threat deletes files from Linux web servers

Attackers claim the files are first encrypted and uploaded to a server under their control Credit: IDGNS Lucian Constantin IDG News Service   Aug 30, 2016 5:48 AM   A destructive ransomware program deletes files from web servers and asks administrators for money to return them, though it's not clear if attackers can actually deliver on…
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Why Dropbox’s data breach response is still wrong

When it comes to telling your users about security incidents, fess up, speak directly, and assume things are worse than they appear.  By Stilgherrian August 31, 2016 One day Dropbox may well get its head around the best-practice methods for handling customer data breaches, but today is not that day. News broke on Tuesday that…
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FBI detects breaches in US state voting systems

US intelligence officials have become increasingly worried that hackers sponsored by Russia or other countries may attempt to disrupt the presidential election.  By Chris Duckett | August 30, 2016   The FBI is urging US election officials to increase computer security after it uncovered evidence that hackers have targeted two state election databases in recent…
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Fantom ransomware hides behind phony Windows update to infect your computer

Jonathan Keane August 30,2016   There’s yet another new type of ransomware out there. Fantom is a new form of the malicious virus that disguises itself as an important Windows update. Ransomware encrypts a victim’s files and holds them ransom for a fee — and cybercriminals are getting savvier in tricking people into clicking malicious…
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How to Prevent Facebook from Drinking Up Some Personal Info on WhatsApp Users

endermasali/Shutterstock.com     WhatsApp is handing over your phone number to Facebook. In a blog post today, the world’s most popular messaging service announced it will soon share users’ phone numbers with parent company Facebook. Messages, photos and WhatsApp account information from WhatsApp’s 1 billion users will not be shared. Third-party apps are still not…
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These Perks Could Entice Hackers to Work for CYBERCOM. But does HR Know About Them?

scyther5/Shutterstock.com     Lawmakers have approved some sweet pay packages in hopes of enticing hackers to join the ranks of the U.S. military. But congressional researchers say human resources staff are unaware of the new incentives. Now, the Senate Armed Services Committee is considering additional legislation to mandate that HR employees staffing the 6,200-person force…
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VA’s Latest Benefit: On-Demand Cyber Training

Straight 8 Photography/Shutterstock   Your hacked credit card account could be the ultimate beneficiary of a relatively new perk the Homeland Security Department is offering former service members. A DHS online school is providing vets classes in malware analysis, mobile security and ethical hacking, among other subjects, as the number of open cyber jobs and…
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The paradox of encryption

by Joe Levy On Aug 24, 2016 Depending on your position, encryption simultaneously makes us both more and less secure. Photo credit: (Image courtesy istockphoto.com/peterhowell)     In his recent paper, "The Moral Character of Cryptographic Work," cryptographer and UC Davis professor Dr. Phillip Rogaway wrote that, “Cryptography rearranges power: it configures who can do…
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