Lucian ConstantinRomania Correspondent, IDG News Service

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

Google speeds up encrypted Web communications in Chrome on Android

The company is pushing for widespread support for faster encryption algorithms on mobile and wearable devices

Mozilla to strengthen SSL certificate verification in Firefox

The software maker will pay US$10,000 for any critical vulnerability found in its new certificate verification code

Mac OS X

Apple users put at risk by 3-week delay between OS X and iOS patches, researchers say

IOS users were kept vulnerable for three weeks to known security issues previously patched in Safari for OS X, a former Apple employee said.

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'Francophoned' cybertheft operation reportedly back in action

Attackers steal funds from French organizations using spear phishing, information-snatching malware and rogue phone calls

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Russian SMS Trojan for Android hits U.S.

Android malware that sends text messages to premium-rate numbers expanded globally over the past year, researchers warn.

Mysterious 'Unflod' malware steals Apple credentials from jailbroken iOS devices

Some iOS users found a malicious library of unknown origin on their jailbroken devices

Web apps and point-of-sale systems were leading hacker targets in 2013, says Verizon

The telco's annual data breach report incorporates data from more sources than ever before

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Satellite communication systems rife with security flaws, vulnerable to remote hacks

Researchers found critical vulnerabilities in satellite communications devices used in the defense, maritime, aerospace and other sectors

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Tor anonymity network to shrink as a result of Heartbleed flaw

The Tor Project banned 380 vulnerable entry and exit relays and is eyeing 1,000 more.

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Facebook users targeted by iBanking Android trojan app

A computer Trojan injects messages into Facebook to trick users into installing Android malware, researchers from ESET said

Lavaboom builds encrypted webmail service to resist snooping

The service, inspired by the now-defunct Lavabit, has started accepting registrations for its upcoming beta testing period.

PCWorld News

VMware promises Heartbleed patches for affected products by the weekend

The company has identified over two dozen affected product versions so far and is releasing updates

TrueCrypt source code audit finds no critical flaws or intentional backdoors

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Some vulnerabilities were identified but are likely accidental, security auditors from iSEC Partners said

AT&T hacker Weev released from prison after appeals court overturns conviction

A federal appeals court has ruled that the venue for Auernheimer's prosecution wasn't appropriate

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Don't overlook URL fetching agents when fixing Heartbleed flaw on servers, researchers say

TLS clients are also vulnerable to Heartbleed memory leaking attacks, including server-side applications that fetch user-supplied URLs