Lucian ConstantinRomania Correspondent, IDG News Service

Lucian Constantin writes about information security, privacy, and data protection for the IDG News Service.

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Optional Windows update protects Microsoft wireless mice against hijacking

Microsoft issued an optional update to protect Windows computers against an attack that could hijack wireless mice to execute malicious commands.

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FBI reportedly bought exploit from hackers to access San Bernardino iPhone

The FBI reportedly paid professional hackers a one-time fee for a previously unknown vulnerability that allowed the agency to unlock the iPhone of San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook.

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Hyped-up Microsoft, Samba "Badlock" flaw isn't critical, but serious enough

Microsoft and the Samba project fixed a vulnerability in their implementation of the SMB/CIFS protocol after the flaw was initially announced three weeks ago under the name Badlock.

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Jigsaw crypto-ransomware deletes more files the longer you delay paying

A new ransomware program dubbed Jigsaw encrypts users' files and then begins to progressively delete them until the victim pays up the equivalent of $150 in Bitcoin cryptocurrency.

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Experts crack Petya ransomware, enable hard drive decryption for free

Security experts have devised a method that allows users to recover data from computers infected with the Petya ransomware program without paying money to cybercriminals.

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Wordpress turns on default encryption for hosted domains

Website hosting platform Wordpress.com will automatically enable HTTPS for all the custom domain names that its users have associated with their websites.

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Business email scams have led to $2.3 billion losses via rogue wire transfers

Over the past two and a half years, cybercriminals have managed to steal over $2.3 billion from thousands of companies worldwide by using email scams, the FBI reports.

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Adobe patches actively exploited Flash Player vulnerability in 24 flaw fix

Adobe Systems released a security update for Flash Player to fix 24 critical vulnerabilities, including one that hackers have been exploiting to infect computers with ransomware over the past week.

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Your car's computers might soon get malware protection

A start-up company called Karamba Security has developed malware prevention technology for the externally connected electronic control units (ECUs) found in cars.

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Massive application-layer attacks could defeat hybrid DDoS protection

Security researchers have recently observed a large application-layer distributed denial-of-service attack using a new technique that could foil DDoS defenses and could spell trouble for website operators.

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Apple fixes iOS lock screen bypass that gives access to photos, contacts

Apple has reportedly fixed a vulnerability that could have allowed hackers to bypass the passcode on iPhone 6s and 6s Plus running iOS 9.3.1 in order to access the address book and photos.

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Three-year-old IBM patch for critical Java flaw is broken

Security researchers have found that a patch released by IBM three years ago for a critical vulnerability in its own Java implementation is ineffective and can be easily bypassed to exploit the flaw again.

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Google fixes 39 Android flaws, some allow hackers to take over your phone

Google has released one of the largest Android monthly security updates, fixing a total of 39 vulnerabilities, 15 of which are rated critical.

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HTTP compression continues to put encrypted communications at risk

Security researchers have expanded and improved the three-year-old BREACH attack that exploits the HTTP compression mechanism in order to recover sensitive information such as authentication cookies from encrypted Web traffic.

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Flaw in popular door controllers allow hackers to easily unlock secure doors

A flaw in door controllers made by HID Global could allow hackers to unlock secure doors over the network without authentication.