Lucian ConstantinReporter, IDG News Service, IDG News Service

Lucian Constantin writes about information security, privacy and data protection.

Hackers steal customer information from PR Newswire

Hackers managed to steal a database containing customer credentials and contact information from PR Newswire, a major press release distribution service that's used by tens of thousands of companies and public relations agencies.

Oracle plugs severe security holes that put systems at hijack risk

Oracle fixed on Tuesday 127 security issues in Java, its database and other products, patching some flaws that could let attackers take over systems.

D-Link to padlock router backdoor by Halloween

A security issue in some of D-Link routers could allow attackers to change the device settings without requiring a username and password. D-Link says it will address the problem with a firmware update by the end of the month.

Brazil to fortify government email system following NSA snooping revelations

The Brazilian Federal Data Processing Service, known as Serpro, will build a secure email system for Brazil's federal government following media reports that foreign intelligence agencies intercepted electronic communications in the country.

EFF quits Global Network Initiative over NSA surveillance revelations

The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a digital rights watchdog, says it's dropping out of the Global Network Initiative because corporate members of that group can't reveal how the government may have forced them to cooperate with surveillance programs.

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Hackers exploit vBulletin Internet forum software vulnerability

The vulnerability allows attackers to abuse the vBulletin configuration mechanism to create a secondary administrative account, the researchers said Wednesday.

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Cisco patches vulnerabilities in some security appliances, switches and routers

Cisco Systems has released security patches for authentication bypass, command execution and denial-of-service vulnerabilities affecting products that use its Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) software, as well as the Cisco Catalyst 6500 series switches and Cisco 7600 series routers.

D'oh! Basic flaw in WhatsApp could allow attackers to decrypt messages

The popular mobile messaging application WhatsApp Messenger has a major design flaw in its cryptographic implementation that could allow attackers to decrypt intercepted messages, according to a Dutch developer.

Four suspected users of Silk Road Internet drug marketplace arrested in the UK

After arresting four men for drug offenses in connection with their involvement in Silk Road, U.K.'s new National Crime Agency promises that more arrests related to the Internet underground market will follow.

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Blackhole exploit kit author arrested in Russia

Russian authorities have arrested the main developer of the notorious Blackhole exploit kit, one of the most popular attack tools used to infect Web users with malware.

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Hosting provider LeaseWeb falls victim to DNS hijacking

Hosting provider LeaseWeb became the latest high-profile company to have its domain name taken over by attackers, highlighting that DNS (Domain Name System) hijacking is a significant threat, even to technically adept businesses.

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Web hosting firms at risk from critical vulnerability in WHMCS billing and support system

The developers of WHMCS, a popular client management, billing and support application for Web hosting providers, released emergency security updates Thursday to patch a critical vulnerability that was publicly disclosed.

Mozilla unmasks security flaw in Persona, warns other OpenID implementers

Mozilla Persona allows users to verify their ownership of one or more email addresses and then use those addresses to authenticate on websites.

Silent Circle ditches NIST cryptographic standards to thwart NSA spying

The U.S. National Security Agency's reported efforts to weaken encryption standards have prompted an encrypted communications company to move away from cryptographic algorithms sanctioned by the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

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Public release of IE exploit could spark widespread attacks

An exploit for a vulnerability that affects all versions of Internet Explorer and has yet to be patched by Microsoft has been integrated into the open-source Metasploit penetration testing tool, a move that might spur an increasing number of attacks targeting the flaw.