Lucian ConstantinRomania Correspondent, IDG News Service

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

Digital Key, security, encryption

Encrypted communications could have an undetectable backdoor

Researchers warn that many 1024-bit keys used to secure communications on the Internet today might be based on prime numbers that have been intentionally backdoored in an undetectable way.

Digital Key, security, encryption

Certificate policy violations force reform at StartCom and WoSign

The top management of StartCom and WoSign will be replaced and the two certificate authorities will undergo audits after browser vendors discovered that they mis-issued a number of digital certificates, violating industry rules.

Digital Key, security, encryption

Cerber ransomware kills database connections to access important data

In order to encrypt some of the most important data stored on computers and servers, the Cerber ransomware now tries to kill processes associated with database servers.

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New insulin pump flaws highlights security risks from medical devices

Medical device manufacturer Animas warns diabetic patients who use its OneTouch Ping insulin pumps about security issues that could allow hackers to take over the devices and deliver unauthorized doses of insulin.

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After Mozilla inquiry, Apple untrusts Chinese certificate authority

Following a Mozilla-led investigation that found multiple problems in the SSL certificate issuance process of WoSign, a China-based certificate authority, Apple will make modifications to the iOS and macOS to block future certificates issued by the company.

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Dell EMC patches critical flaws in VMAX enterprise storage systems

Dell EMC has fixed six flaws in its management interfaces for VMAX enterprise storage systems, including three vulnerabilities that are rated critical and could lead to the exposure of files or complete system compromise.

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Smart device malware behind record DDoS attack is now available to all hackers

The source code for a trojan that infected hundreds of thousands of internet-of-things devices and used them to launch distributed denial-of-service attacks was published online, paving the way for more such botnets.

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Firefox blocks websites with vulnerable encryption keys

The popular Firefox browser will block access to HTTPS servers that use weak Diffie-Hellman keys.

Digital Key, security, encryption

Ransomware spreads through weak remote desktop credentials

Stolen or weak remote desktop credentials are routinely used to infect point-of-sale systems with malware, but recently they've also become a common distribution method for crypto-ransomware.

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Armies of hacked smart devices launch unprecedented DDoS attacks

The botnets made up of compromised IoT devices are now capable of launching distributed denial-of-service attacks of unprecedented scale.


Here's what you should know, and do, about the Yahoo breach

Yahoo's announcement that state-sponsored hackers have stolen the details of at least 500 million accounts shocks both through scale -- it's the largest data breach ever -- and the potential security implications for users.

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Yahoo is expected to confirm massive data breach affecting hundreds of millions of users

Yahoo is reportedly preparing to confirm a data breach that affects hundreds of millions of accounts.

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More than 840,000 Cisco devices are vulnerable to NSA-related exploit

More than 840,000 Cisco networking devices from around the world are affected by a recently discovered vulnerability that's similar to one exploited by a hacking group believed to be linked to the U.S. National Security Agency.

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Apple’s new macOS Sierra fixes over 60 security flaws

Aside from new and interesting features, macOS Sierra 10.12 has a large number of important security fixes.

Digital Key, security, encryption

TLS 1.3 gets early adoption boost through CloudFlare

Website security and performance vendor CloudFlare has made the newest version of the TLS secure communications protocol available to all of its customers.