The last time we alerted you to a major security breach was when Adobe’s password database was compromised, putting millions of users (especially those with weak and frequently reused passwords) at risk. Today we’re warning you about a much bigger security problem, the Heartbleed Bug, that has potentially compromised a staggering 2/3rds of the secure websites on the internet. You need to change your passwords, and you need to start doing it now. Read more >>
OpenSSL defect still exposing sensitive data even after patch is released.
Lest readers think “catastrophic” is too exaggerated a description for the critical defect affecting an estimated two-thirds of the Internet’s Web servers, consider this: at the moment this article was being prepared, the so-called Heartbleed bug was exposing end-user passwords, the contents of confidential e-mails, and other sensitive data belonging to Yahoo Mail and almost certainly countless other services. Read more >>
Everyday browsers are unwittingly conscripted into powerful attack platform.
Researchers have uncovered a recent denial-of-service attack that employed an unusual, if not unprecedented, technique to surreptitiously cause thousands of everyday Internet users to bombard the target with a massive amount of junk traffic.
Botnets are networks made up of remote-controlled computers, or “bots.” These computers have been infected with malware that allows them to be remotely controlled. Some botnets consist of hundreds of thousands — or even millions — of computers.
“Bot” is just a short word for “robot.” Like robots, software bots can be either good or evil. The word “bot” doesn’t always mean a bad piece of software, but most people refer to the type of malware when they use this word. Read more >>
Ransomware is a type of malware that tries to extort money from you. One of the nastiest examples, CryptoLocker, takes your files hostage and holds them for ransom, forcing you to pay hundreds of dollars to regain access.
Most malware is no longer created by bored teenagers looking to cause some chaos. Much of the current malware is now produced by organized crime for profit and is becoming increasingly sophisticated. Read more >>