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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Amazon AWS continues to use TrueCrypt despite project's demise

Importing and exporting data from Amazon Simple Storage Service requires TrueCrypt

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One-click test finds Gameover Zeus infections on PCs

Researchers from F-Secure created a Web page to test if computers are infected with the Gameover Zeus Trojan program.

Hackers behind iPhone ransom attacks arrested in Russia

A man and a teenaged boy are accused of using phishing and social engineering attacks to hijack Apple IDs and lock iOS devices

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Many servers expose insecure out-of-band management interfaces to the Internet

Design and implementation flaws in the Intelligent Platform Management Interface puts many servers at risk, security researcher says

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New OpenSSL vulnerability puts encrypted communications at risk of spying

The flaw allows man-in-the-middle attackers to decrypt traffic between clients and servers that use OpenSSL

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Trojan app encrypts files on Android devices, demands ransom

It's the first Android ransomware threat with file-encrypting abilities, researchers from ESET said

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Hackers distribute banking malware through Buffalo site in Japan

Attackers managed to replace 10 legitimate files on the hardware manufacturer's site with malware-ridden versions

ISPs should quarantine infected computers, researchers say

Forcing users to clean their infected computers on an ongoing basis would be more disruptive to cybercriminals than botnet takedowns, some security researchers say.

Critical flaw in GnuTLS encryption opens Linux PCs to server-based attacks

A vulnerability patched in the GnuTLS library can potentially be exploited from malicious servers to execute malware on computers

Flaws in popular SEO plug-in put WordPress websites at risk

Users of the 'All in One SEO Pack' plug-in should update as soon as possible, security researchers from Sucuri warn

Global mobile roaming hub accessible and vulnerable, researchers find

Two security researchers from KPN found vulnerable hosts in the GPRS Roaming Exchange that can be attacked from the Internet.

New attacks defeat Secure Boot and brick PCs

Security researchers from Mitre found new ways to defeat the Secure Boot feature in UEFI and install boot-level rootkits

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Vessel-tracking system vulnerable to denial-of-service, other attacks, researchers say

Attackers could disable Automatic Identification System communications over large areas or send fake localization information to ships

NFC-based seal tracks counterfeit booze

Two companies created an NFC-based system that can detect that high-end wine and spirits bottles have been refilled.

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VirusTotal releases file-scanning tool powered by 50-plus AV engines for Mac users

The desktop app allows Mac users to easily send files to be scanned with over 50 antivirus engines.