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Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Powerful worm on Twitter unleashes torrent of out-of-control tweets   —  Twitter on Wednesday was briefly overrun by a powerful computer worm that caused tens of thousands of users to tweet a message that contained self-propagating code exploiting a bug in the TweetDeck app.
Jun 11, 2014, 5:20 PMIn context
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
“WARNING Your phone is locked!”  Crypto ransomware makes its debut on Android   —  Security researchers have documented another first in the annals of Android malware: a trojan that encrypts photos, videos, and documents stored on a device and demands a ransom for them to be restored.
Jun 8, 2014, 5:20 PMIn context
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
After seizure of CryptoLocker botnet, new ransomware Cryptowall spreads through ad networks   —  We “will be paying no ransom,” vows town hit by Cryptowall ransom malware  —  The town manager of a hamlet in south eastern New Hampshire has defied demands that he pay a ransom …
Jun 7, 2014, 6:30 PMIn context
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Still reeling from Heartbleed, OpenSSL suffers from crypto bypass flaw   —  A researcher has uncovered another severe vulnerability in the OpenSSL cryptographic library.  It allows attackers to decrypt and modify Web, e-mail, and virtual private network traffic protected by the transport layer security …
Jun 5, 2014, 1:15 PMIn context
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Root backdoor found in surveillance gear used by law enforcement   —  Software used by law enforcement organizations to intercept the communications of suspected criminals contains a litany of critical weaknesses, including an undocumented backdoor secured with a hardcoded password, security researchers said today.
May 29, 2014, 6:00 PMIn context
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
“TrueCrypt is not secure,” official SourceForge page abruptly warns   —  One of the official webpages for the widely used TrueCrypt encryption program says that development has abruptly ended and warns users of the decade-old tool that it isn't safe to use.  —  “WARNING: Using TrueCrypt …
May 28, 2014, 6:35 PMIn context
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Al-Qaeda's new homebrew crypto apps may make US intel-gathering easier   —  NSA spying revelations led to development of three new encryption apps.  —  Terrorists loyal to al Qaeda and its offshoots are using new encryption software, most likely in response to revelations that the National Security Agency …
May 14, 2014, 8:30 PMIn context
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Good news for privacy: Fewer servers sending e-mail naked, Facebook finds   —  Server-to-server e-mail encryption using the STARTTLS protocol has reached an important tipping point that hardens the majority of messages Facebook sends its users against wholesale snooping by well-financed adversaries …
May 14, 2014, 10:55 AMIn context
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Infecting DVRs with Bitcoin-mining malware even easier than you suspected   —  The dialog that appears when users want to manually change the default password on their EPCOM Hikvision S04 DVR.  —  Sans Institute  —  It took just one day for a low-end, Internet-connected digital video recorder …
May 6, 2014, 10:45 AMIn context
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Study: Google Chrome blocks less than 3% of Heartbleed-compromised sites by default   —  Google Chrome protection for Heartbleed-hacked sites called “completely broken”  —  Update: A few hours after this article went live, Google engineer Adam Langley published a blog post taking issue …
Apr 29, 2014, 10:55 PMIn context

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