PINDROP BLOG

Month: February 2017

February 28, 2017
Email Scam Losses Pass $3 Billion, FBI Says
The amount of money that enterprises in the United States are losing to business email compromise scams is growing at an alarming rate, and is now well into the billions of dollars, according to the FBI. BEC scams, also known as CEO or executive impersonation schemes, are the evolution of phishing attacks and rely on the criminals’…
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February 27, 2017
Google Pushes Encrypted Email System Out Into the World
People have been trying to find a replacement for PGP almost since the day it was released, and with limited success. Encrypted email is still difficult to use and painful to implement in most cases, but Google has just released a Chrome plugin designed to address those problems. The new E2EMail extension doesn’t turn a user’s…
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February 24, 2017
On the Wire Podcast: Nick Sullivan on the Cloudflare Memory Leak
Cloudflare is one of those companies that most normal Internet users may never have heard of, but rely on every day. The company’s infrastructure protects a large fraction of the global Internet’s sites and so when a bug emerges in its systems, it’s a Big Deal. The memory leak vulnerability that Cloudflare disclosed this week…
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February 24, 2017
Cloudflare Memory Leak Bug Exposed Private Customer Data
Cloudflare, one of the larger content-delivery networks and DNS providers on the Internet, had a critical bug in one of its services that resulted in sensitive customer data such as cookies, authentication tokens, and encryption keys being leaked and cached by servers around the world. The vulnerability was in an HTML parser that Cloudflare engineers…
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February 23, 2017
SHA-1 Collision Spells the End for Old Algorithm
Engineers at Google have created the first SHA-1 collision, an achievement that should lay to rest any remaining doubts about the practical security of the hash function. Cryptographers and security researchers have been warning about weaknesses in SHA-1 for several years, saying that modern computing power would soon put a collision within reach. A hash…
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February 23, 2017
Suspect Arrested in Mirai Attack on Deutsche Telekom Routers
Authorities in the U.K. have arrested a man suspected of being involved in the attack last year on routers belonging to Deutsche Telekom customers, an attack that was attributed to the Mirai botnet. On Wednesday, investigators from the British National Crime Agency arrested an unnamed 29-year-old man at an airport in London in connection with…
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February 23, 2017
Welcoming John Chambers, Martin Casado and Marc Andreessen
By: Vijay Balasubramaniyan, CEO, CTO & Co-Founder Pindrop is in a period of hyper-growth. In 2016, Pindrop doubled its customer base and saw revenues increase more than 100% year-over-year. For years, enterprise companies have been investing heavily in both physical and cyber security, leaving one place where customer information is not as protected – call…
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February 22, 2017
Google Releases Upspin Secure File-Sharing Tool
Google has published a new open-source tool called Upspin that enables users to share files and other content securely across networks without the need for uploading and downloading. Unlike existing systems such as Dropbox or Google Drive, Upspin isn’t really a separate file storage and retrieval service. Instead, Google describes it as a global namespace…
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February 21, 2017
Netflix Releases Stethoscope Security Tool
Netflix has released a new security application that’s designed to give normal users detailed information about the security state of their various devices and help them remedy any issues, without going to IT or a help desk. Stethoscope is a Web-based tool that the company says is part of its user-focused security ethos, and Netflix has…
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February 21, 2017
Wyden to Introduce Bill to Prohibit Warrantless Phone Searches at Border
A senator from Oregon who has a long track record of involvement on security and privacy issues says he plans to introduce a bill soon that would prevent border agents from forcing Americans returning to the country to unlock their phones without a warrant. Sen. Ron Wyden said in a letter to the secretary of…
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