Online Safety

Online safety

Cisco plans to buy security-as-a-service provider OpenDNS

OpenDNS provides Web filtering and malware protection services to 65 million users

Software applications have on average 24 vulnerabilities inherited from buggy components

Developers often unwittingly use components that contain flaws


Adobe fixes Flash Player flaws that could lead to info theft, malware attacks

The company also released updates for the AIR runtime on Windows, Mac and Android

Researcher warns popular gaming plug-in puts millions of web users at risk from data thieves

In a demo posted on YouTube, the researcher shows how a flaw in the Unity Web Player could let an attacker access a Gmail account

New SOHO router security audit uncovers over 60 flaws in 22 models

Some of the vulnerabilities could allow attackers to take over the affected devices

Google levels up security at I/O with secure comms tool, better authentication

Project Vault secure MicroSD card, Project Abacus password replacement and other tech to improve users' security

Tor connections to hidden services could be easy to de-anonymize

It's safer to access Internet websites over Tor than hidden services, researchers said

Like routers, most USB modems also vulnerable to drive-by hacking

Attackers can hijack DNS settings by exploiting vulnerabilities in the Web-based management interfaces of 3G/4G USB modems

E-paper display gives payment cards a changing security code

The technology, from Oberthur Technologies, will be tested by two banks in France

URL-spoofing bug in Safari could enable phishing attacks

A researcher developed code that can trick Safari into showing a different URL in its address bar than the one currently loaded

Anonymous-tied DDoS botnet shows insecure routers are legion

Researchers found a botnet of over 40,000 routers that are being used to launch distributed denial-of-service attacks

Visitors to top porn sites hit by malvertising attack

A malicious advertisement posted through an ad network tried contained a Flash Player exploit

Researchers play cat and mouse with Google's anti-phishing Chrome extension

Security researchers found nine different ways to defeat Google's Password Alert extension for Chrome

After Google, Microsoft also cracks down on misleading advertisements

Internet Explorer will start showing warnings for ads that lead users to harmful websites and software

Wi-Fi client vulnerability could expose Android, Linux, BSD, other systems to attacks

A flaw in the widely used wpa_supplicant wireless client can lead remote code execution

Crypto gurus: The government's key escrow plan won't work

World renowned cryptographers highlighted various reasons why creating a master decryption key for the government to use is not practical

HTTPS snooping flaw in third-party library affected 1,000 iOS apps with millions of users

The flaw in the AFNetworking library broke HTTPS certificate validation, enabling man-in-the-middle attacks

Google's push to encrypt ads will improve security, but won't kill malvertising

The move might encourage more websites to deploy HTTPS

Islamist hackers take French broadcaster TV5Monde off air

The attack disrupted the network's broadcasting for hours and also affected its websites and social media accounts

Large-scale Google malvertising campaign hits users with exploits

A Google ad reseller in Bulgaria was potentially compromised

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