Spend a morning or two with "Sesame Street" and you should have all the skills you need to crack the passwords of hundreds of thousands, if not millions of online accounts worldwide. This according to a new list of the worst passwords of 2013 from security-focused developer SplashData that lists "123456" as the most common and new worst password on the Internet, unseating "password," which topped the previous year's list. … Read more
SAN FRANCISCO -- Security professionals boycotting February's RSA Conference in protest of NSA activity will still get a chance to be heard, and they won't even have to cancel their plane tickets.
A new show called TrustyCon will provide a stage for the RSA Conference boycotters to deliver the same presentations at the AMC Metreon movie theater here that they would've given just around the corner at the Moscone Center.
The boycotters objected to an NSA-supported cryptographic flaw in a RSA encryption tool. TrustyCon, to be held on February 27 at the same time as the RSA … Read more
The government's problem-riddled Obamacare Web site may face further problems from hackers taking advantage of its many security holes. At least that's the consensus of a group of security professionals who have analyzed the site.
David Kennedy, who is CEO of computer security consulting firm TrustedSec and who is testifying before Congress today on the security issues related to HealthCare.gov, outlined his concerns in a blog post today. Kennedy previously testified in November. Since then, it's still been "business as usual" on the site, he said in the blog.
Among the security holes identified … Read more
While security startup Impermium doesn't have the hot name cache of Nest, it is Google's latest corporate buy.
Impermium specialized in helping Web sites fight spam, something that Google is already an industry leader at doing, but it had chops at stopping fraud and abuse as well.
The company is shutting down its services immediately to begin integration with Google. CEO and co-founder Mark Risher said in a post on the company Web site that he was "excited" to merge Impermium with "some of the best abuse fighters in the world."
Impermium had raised $… Read more
Though the app has been available for a few years now, the latest version of Box is a complete redesign of the interface for iOS devices, making all the most common actions easy to get to. The … Read more
Private social network Path said that an attack on its service has led to a "small number" of its 23 million users receiving spam messages.
The company, just days after announcing that it closed $25 million in new financing, alerted members to the attack on Twitter. "A small number of users have received spam messages as a part of this attack, but personal data has not been compromised," the company said.
Hello Path users! We have identified an attack on our service, and are working to resolve the issue. (1/3)— Path (@path) January 15, 2014 … Read more
ZoneAlarm Free Firewall protects your Windows PC from intrusions and online threats. It's easy to use and works alongside your antivirus and other security tools, including many other firewalls. Its Auto-Learn feature conforms to your computer use. After you've allowed your frequently used apps, ZoneAlarm mostly works in the background, only appearing when something changes, like when you install a new program -- or some hacker tries to.
To install ZoneAlarm Free Firewall, you must opt for an IE toolbar and search provider (which keeps ZoneAlarm free of charge), though they uninstall with a click; or (like us) … Read more
Hotel Web site links in Google+ Local listings have been replaced by the thousands with fakes, according to a report on Tuesday.
Links that were supposed to lead directly to hotel Web sites now point to third-party booking sites. As frequent Google observer SearchEngine Land reported, URLs that were supposed to point legitimate hotel sites such as Marriott's Courtyard Los Angeles in Sherman Oaks were replaced by links to sites like courtyardmarriot.roomstobook.info. Another common URL change was to roomstobook.net. Both sites would redirect some visitors to HotelsWhiz.com.
Owners listed in public WhoIs records for roomstobook.… Read more
Sometimes, irony adorns Twitter like the sugar on a doughnut.
On Saturday morning, however, the Microsoft News Twitter account offered a curious instruction. It read: "Don't use Microsoft emails(hotmail,outlook),They are monitoring your accounts and selling the data to the governments. #SEA @Official_SEA16."
The accusation might be referred to as a Reverse Scroogling. Or, perhaps, a Microsofting.
As to the perpetrators, the "SEA" hashtag points to the Syrian Electronic Army, a hacking group sympathetic to President Bashar Assad.
The SEA has operated for some time now, hacking its way into places such as … Read more
Credit card hackers might be developing a taste for the finer things in life.
Upscale department store Neiman Marcus confirmed that its database of customer information was hacked last month, independent security researcher Brian Krebs reported on Friday.
The Neiman Marcus hack follows news today from Target that its investigation into its recent hack found that thieves made off with the personal and credit card data of up to 110 million Target customers, 70 million more than previously thought.
The Neiman Marcus breach occurred around mid-December, the same time as the Target attack. Another similarity to the Target attack is … Read more