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  • Latest Flash Player version has improved exploit defenses

    The Flash Player update released Tuesday not only fixed two vulnerabilities that were being targeted by attackers, but added additional protections that will make entire classes of security flaws much harder to exploit in the future.

    Written by Lucian Constantin18 July 15 01:24
  • Cisco plans to buy security-as-a-service provider OpenDNS

    Cisco Systems plans to pay $US635 million in cash to buy OpenDNS, a company that leverages the Domain Name System (DNS) to provide security services including Web filtering, threat intelligence and malware and phishing protection.

    Written by Lucian Constantin01 July 15 01:19
  • Startup builds intrusion prevention system for home networks

    At a time of growing concern about the security of interconnected devices in homes, a startup aims to provide consumers with a type of network security system traditionally used by businesses.

    Written by Lucian Constantin18 Aug. 14 02:42
  • Tool aims to help enterprise IT manage 'honeypot' hacker decoys

    A new tool called the Modern Honey Network (MHN) aims to make deploying and managing large numbers of honeypots easier so that enterprises can adopt such systems as part of their active defense strategies.

    Written by Lucian Constantin21 June 14 02:53
  • Nov'IT says flashing a new ROM onto your Android phone can make it more secure

    Rooting your Android phone and flashing it with a new ROM -- a different version of the OS -- is usually accompanied by dire warnings from the manufacturer and occasionally even the supplier of the ROM image that it can make your phone less secure. Nov'IT, exhibiting at Mobile World Congress this week, says that its ROM will help keep your data and communications safe from prying eyes.

    Written by Peter Sayer25 Feb. 14 18:27
  • Researchers bypass protections in Microsoft's EMET anti-exploitation tool

    Security researchers managed to bypass the protections offered by Microsoft's Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET), a utility designed to detect and block software exploits, and concluded that the tool would not be effective against determined attackers.

    Written by Lucian Constantin25 Feb. 14 14:43
  • NIST subjects draft cybersecurity framework to more public scrutiny

    Following through on an order earlier this year from U.S. President Barack Obama, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is rapidly developing a set of guidelines and best practices to help organizations better secure their IT systems.

    Written by Joab Jackson29 Aug. 13 20:59
  • Cisco releases security patches to mitigate attack against Unified Communications Manager

    Cisco Systems released a security patch for its Unified Communications Manager (Unified CM) enterprise telephony product in order to mitigate an attack that could allow hackers to take full control of the systems. The company also patched denial-of-service vulnerabilities in its Intrusion Prevention System software.

    Written by Lucian Constantin18 July 13 13:59
  • Systems manager arrested for hacking former employer's network

    A 41-year-old man was arrested for allegedly disrupting his former employer's network after he was passed over for promotions, leading him to quit his job and take revenge, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation said.

    Written by Loek Essers03 May 13 10:24
  • Dutch bill seeks to give law enforcement hacking powers

    The Dutch government today presented a draft bill that aims to give law enforcement the power to hack into computer systems -- including those located in foreign countires -- to do research, gather and copy evidence or block access to certain data.

    Written by Loek Essers02 May 13 10:47