Lucian ConstantinRomania Correspondent, IDG News Service

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

login prompt security screen

Dyreza malware steals IT supply chain credentials

New versions of the Dyreza computer Trojan are configured to steal credentials for order fulfillment, warehousing, inventory management, ecommerce and other IT and supply chain services.

angry linux

A Linux botnet is launching crippling DDoS attacks in excess of 150Gbps

The security response team from Akamai Technologies have observed multiple attacks originating from a Linux botnet recently that have ranged from a few gigabits per second to over 150.

thinkstockphotos 161719626

Newly found TrueCrypt flaw allows full system compromise

James Forshaw, a member of Google's Project Zero team, has recently discovered two serious vulnerabilities in the driver that the TrueCrypt full disk encryption program installs on Windows systems.

Security in cloud computing

After pushing malware, ad networks also used for DDoS

Experts believe a recent large-scale distributed denial-of-service attack was launched through malicious ads displayed on mobile devices.

The Blackphone 2 front and back

Silent Circle's privacy-centric Blackphone 2 launches with full Play Store support

The Blackphone 2 is designed to meet the management and security needs of enterprises, while not alienating workers who will end up using it for their personal affairs as well.

Digital Key

Cookie handling in browsers can break HTTPS security

Man-in-the-middle attackers can inject cookies over HTTP connections in order to extract information from encrypted HTTPS traffic.

atm cash machine money

New malware program infects ATMs, dispenses cash on command

A new malware program called GreenDispenser infects automated teller machines (ATMs) and allows attackers to extract cash on command.

freefromransomware primary

Ransomware pushers up their game against small businesses

File encrypting ransomware creators are increasingly focusing their attention on small and medium-sized businesses because they're more likely to pay up the ransom fees.

Victim of identity theft

OPM underestimated the number of stolen fingerprints by 4.5 million

The fingerprints of 5.6 million people have been stolen as a result of hackers penetrating the computer systems of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management earlier this year.

Apple iPhone 5S (1)

Thousands of iOS apps infected by XcodeGhost

Security researchers have identified over 4,000 iOS apps that have malicious code added by a rogue version of the Xcode development tool.


HP adds protection against firmware attacks to enterprise printers

Hewlett-Packard has started building defenses against hackers directly into its printers' firmware.

iOS 9 on iPhone 6

$1 million bounty dangled for Apple iOS 9 jailbreak exploits

Zerodium, an exploit acquisition company, promises to pay $1 million to researchers who provide it with an exclusive, browser-based and untethered jailbreak for the latest Apple iOS 9 operating system.

Critical Flash Player updates patch 23 flaws

Adobe Systems released new updates for Flash Player to patch critical vulnerabilities that could allow attackers to install malware on computers.


Researchers discover many more Cisco routers infected with malicious firmware

Attackers have installed malicious firmware on nearly 200 Cisco routers used by businesses from over 30 countries.


Attackers slip rogue, backdoored firmware onto Cisco routers

Researchers have detected an attack that has installed rogue firmware on business routers in four countries.