Lucian ConstantinRomania Correspondent, IDG News Service

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


Superfish injects ads into 5 percent of all Google page views

Google found 50,870 Chrome extensions and 34,407 programs that injected ads into its websites

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Companies are falling behind on securing their SAP environments

More than 95 percent of SAP systems are vulnerable, a SAP security firm said

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The Internet of Things will take a beating at DefCon hacking contest

Hackers will compete on findings flaws in off-the-shelf Internet-enabled embedded devices

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Cybercriminals borrow from APT playbook in attack against PoS vendors

Attackers impersonated point-of-sale system owners in need of technical assistance in a spear-phishing attack targeting PoS vendors

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Security researchers poke holes in Google's anti-phishing Chrome extension

Security researchers found nine different ways to defeat Google's Password Alert extension for Chrome.

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WordPress e-commerce plug-in puts over 5,000 websites at risk

Unpatched flaws could allow attackers to take control of websites running a WordPress plug-in called TheCartPress

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Microsoft cracks down on misleading (and frequently malicious) advertisements

Internet Explorer will start showing warnings for ads that lead users to harmful websites and software

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Flaw in Realtek SDK for wireless chipsets exposes routers to hacking

Unauthenticated attackers can exploit the vulnerability to execute arbitrary code on affected devices, researchers said

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Decryption tool available for TeslaCrypt ransomware that targets games

Security researchers found that decryption keys can be recovered from systems infected with TeslaCrypt

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Police breaks up cybergang that stole over $15 million from banks

Romanian authorities detained 25 suspected members of an international gang of cyberthieves who hacked into banks and cloned payment cards.

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Second HTTPS snooping flaw breaks security for thousands of iOS apps

Hackers can exploit the vulnerability to launch man-in-the-middle attacks and decrypt traffic from the affected apps.

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With ransomware on the rise, cryptographers take it personally

The security industry is not doing enough and it's going to get worse, they said

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Wi-Fi client vulnerability could expose Android, Linux, BSD, other systems to attacks

A flaw in the widely used wpa_supplicant wireless client can lead remote code execution

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Malware used in White House and State Department hacks possibly linked to Russia

The malware is related to the MiniDuke, CosmicDuke and OnionDuke cyberespionage tools, researchers from Kaspersky Lab found

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Crypto gurus: The government's key escrow plan won't work

World renowned cryptographers highlighted various reasons why creating a master decryption key for the government to use is not practical