PINDROP BLOG

Category: Authentication

September 22, 2016
500 Million Users Affected by Yahoo Data Breach
Yahoo today confirmed that state-sponsored attackers compromised the company’s network in 2014, stealing data belonging to 500 million users. The stolen data includes names, email addresses, phone numbers, hashed passwords, dates of birth, and security questions and answers, some of which were unencrypted. Yahoo officials said it doesn’t believe that bank account data, payment card…
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September 22, 2016
As Attacks Continue, SWIFT Looks For New Ways to Fight Fraud
SWIFT, the payment network that supports financial institutions and banks around the world, continues to see attacks compromising its customers’ networks as attackers look for new ways to drain money from the global financial system. The SWIFT network has been hit with a number of high-profile attacks in the last few months, many of which have…
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September 21, 2016
Nearly All Top Global Companies Have Leaked Credentials Online
Many CSOs live in fear of waking up to an email reporting a data breach at their company, but the threat to an enterprise isn’t limited to a compromise of that specific organization. A new report shows that there are leaked employee credentials online for 97 percent of the top 1,000 global companies, many of which…
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September 21, 2016
macOS Sierra Release Fixes Dozens of Security Flaws
Apple has fixed nearly 20 code-execution vulnerabilities in macOs, including a number that could allow an attacker to run code with kernel privileges. The patches come as part of the release of macOs Sierra, a major update of the Mac operating system released Tuesday. Many of the more serious flaws fixed in Sierra are memory…
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September 20, 2016
Fighting Account Takeover Attacks With AuthTables
The goal of many attackers is taking over a target account. That can be the account of an admin at a large enterprise, the bank account of a high net-worth victim, or the email account of a human rights activist. While banks and financial services companies are aware of the problem, many other organizations aren’t,…
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September 14, 2016
Years After Disclosure, Apple Was Still Sending Updates Over HTTP
With the release of iOS 10 on Tuesday, Apple made a number of significant changes to the mobile operating system. The most attention-grabbing security upgrade is the move to push software updates over an encrypted connection, a fix that is more than two years in the making. In 2014, researcher Raul Siles of DinoSec discovered that an…
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September 13, 2016
Bypassing the CA Restrictions in Android Nougat
One of the new security features Google added to Android Nougat is a function that prevents the OS from trusting by default any user-installed certificate authorities. The goal is to protect the traffic to and from apps, but a researcher has found a way around that protection and a method to intercept HTTPS traffic from…
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September 9, 2016
Large Database of Device Certificates, SSH Keys Published
Let’s say you’re a manufacturer of embedded device, maybe routers or wireless access points. Cool. And let’s also say that you want to offer encrypted connections to those devices. Great. So you grab a server certificate online, throw it in the device’s firmware and ship it. Not cool at all. But that’s what a number…
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September 2, 2016
Here’s an Adult Conversation About Crypto
Earlier this week, FBI Director James Comey said that the country needed to have an “adult conversation” about encryption and how it’s used. To get the ball rolling, here’s what we thought that conversation might sound like. Alice: Bob, I need to talk to you about something. Have a seat. Bob: Uh, ok. Sounds serious. Alice:…
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September 1, 2016
Employee Password Compromise Leads to Breach at OneLogin
A password compromise of an employee at OneLogin, the identity and access management company, has led to a breach at the company that affected stored customer data that was supposed to be encrypted but was actually available in plaintext. The attack happened earlier this summer, and OneLogin officials say the attacker may have been on their…
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