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December 20, 2016
Mobile Wallets Present New Opportunities for Fraud
One of the great things about the advanced mobile devices everyone carries now is that they serve so many different purposes. They’re encyclopedias, world maps, communications devices, and now they’ve evolved to become wallets, too. But as convenient as mobile wallet technology is, it carries with it some unique threats and risks for both consumers…
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December 19, 2016
Google Releases Project Wycheproof Crypto Test Suite
Google has released a new set of tests it uses to probe cryptographic libraries for vulnerabilities to known attacks. The tests can be used against most kinds of crypto algorithms and the company already has found 40 new weaknesses in existing algorithms. the tests are called Project Wycheproof, and Google’s engineers designed them to help…
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December 15, 2016
Transactional Fraud a Rising Threat For Contact Centers
The fraud landscape is a complex one, and the criminals who run these schemes have a wide variety of ruses to choose from. Which one a fraudster selects for a given attack can depend upon the target, the end goal, and the criminal’s particular talents. Almost all of these scams involve some form of social…
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December 15, 2016
Yahoo Data Breach Highlights Defender’s Disadvantage
For the second time in less than three months, Yahoo has disclosed a massive data breach, and this is one for the record books. The company said more than one billion accounts are affected by the breach, and Yahoo officials still aren’t exactly sure how the attackers got in. On Wednesday evening, Yahoo CISO Bob…
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December 2, 2016
Bugs in AirDroid App Allow Traffic Interception, Malicious Updates
AirDroid, a popular Android app used for remote management, has a number of security vulnerabilities that could allow an attacker to intercept and decrypt secure traffic and even inject a malicious app update to gain remote code execution on a target device. The main issue with the app is the use of a hard-coded encryption…
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November 21, 2016
Adobe VoCo May Raise New Voice Security Concerns
As voice has continued to emerge as one of the key interfaces for new devices and apps, including vehicles, bank accounts, and home automation systems, concerns about the security of these systems have evolved, as well. Now, as both Google and Adobe have demonstrated systems that can insert and replace words in recorded speech or mimic human…
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November 11, 2016
Mozilla to Enforce Content Security by Default in Firefox
One of the many ways that attackers use to get their malicious code onto users’ machines is by using drive-by downloads. They often will compromise benign sites and use them to load malicious content in users’ browsers, and now Mozilla is making a ket change to its Firefox browser in an effort to make security…
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November 9, 2016
Tesco Bank Refunds £2.5 Million, Restores Online Service After Attack
Two days after suspending all online payments following an attack, Tesco Bank in the U.K. has resumed full service and bank officials say they have refunded about £2.5 million to customers affected by the incident. The exact nature of the attack on the bank’s customers still isn’t clear, but last weekend many Tesco customers reported that significant amounts of…
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November 8, 2016
Audit of Signal Protocol Finds it Secure and Trustworthy
A group of academic security researchers has reviewed the security of the Signal protocol, which is used in the Signal encrypted messaging app as well as in many third-party apps, and found that it is both secure and resistant to attack. The review, conducted by researchers from universities in the U.K., Canada, and Australia, looked at…
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November 7, 2016
Tesco Bank Halts Online Payments After Attack
A day after thousands of customers noticed money missing from their accounts with no explanation, Tesco Bank in the U.K. has halted all online payments from customer accounts as it struggles to contain and find the root cause of the incident. Bank officials on Monday said that they were aware of the missing money, which…
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