Privacy & Security

ESET hunts down the developer and operator of Android adware affecting 8 million users

With over 2.8 million available apps in Google’s Play Store, malicious actors can occasionally slip through Google’s stringent verification system. ESET researchers have detected 42 Android apps in the Google Play store using several tricks to stay hidden. ESET says 21 of them were active at the time of the discovery. This money-making adware campaign …

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Trend Micro acquires Cloud Conformity

Trend Micro Inc. today expanded its cloud security portfolio through acquiring Cloud Security Posture Management (CSPM) firm Cloud Conformity Pty. Ltd., which was founded in Australia but is headquartered in the United States of America. According to a Gartner report, at least 99 per cent of cloud security failures will be the customer’s fault through …

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Cyber Security Today – Canada Post password alert, sextortion, Samsung phone fingerprint trouble and more

Canada Post password alert, sextortion, Samsung phone fingerprint trouble and more. Welcome to Cyber Security Today. It’s Friday October 18th, I’m Howard Solomon, contributing reporter on cyber security for ITWorldCanada.com. Security experts urge people not to use the same password on more than one site. That’s because when hackers steal passwords and usernames from one …

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IBM and McAfee launch Open Cybersecurity Alliance to help vendors interoperate

LAS VEGAS — McAfee and IBM Security have announced that they are the founding members of the Open Cybersecurity Alliance (OCA), a group of 18 companies whose goal is to foster interoperability and easy integration between security vendors. The project is under the auspices of OASIS (Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards), a …

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What infosec pros can learn from Tony Stark

Image by Yogysic, Getty Images. Infosec pros usually toil unappreciated in organizations, often fighting sometimes losing battles against well-armed opponents, and sometimes seemingly deaf employees. They ache to be superheros. Well, Aamir Lakhani, a global security strategist at Fortinet, believes fictional superheroes like Iron Man Tony Stark can teach them some lessons. At least that’s …

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Password lessons: Longer is better, so is salt

Infosec pros who had no idea of how easily a stolen list of hashed passwords could be cracked got a sobering lesson at this month’s SecTor security conference in Toronto. There, Will Hunt, co-founder of the U.K. based In.security consulting firm, casually talked of systems that can be built around a common (about $1,500) Nvidea …

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