Security Articles

New vulnerability found in OpenSSL months after Heartbleed scare

  • 06/06/2014 at 00:50 by It's a Gadget Staff
  • Technology

OpenSSLA new report launched by OpenSSL has revealed another security flaw within the coding that allows for Man In The Middle (MITM) attacks that could potentially decrypt traffic going between an effected client and server.

Just a couple of months ago we had the Heartbleed Bug, a massive vulnerability that had been exploited for years. It allowed potential back doors to be open in every website using OpenSSL (pretty much all of them). A fact that was allegedly regularly taken advantage of, including by the NSA.

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Google plans to launch ‘End-to-End’ encryption Chrome tool

  • 04/06/2014 at 01:41 by It's a Gadget Staff
  • Technology

Security KeyGoogle has written a new email describing recent security measures to provide end-to-end encryption on all email messages. But will it be enough to calm the ever-increasing fears of users about possible back door access by government officials and other nefarious forces?

The NSA and global spying efforts conducted by multiple governments with their help. The Heartbleed bug. Users are becoming more jumpy when it comes to the security of their information. Google is looking to ease some of that tension.

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Google increases security for Android devices

  • 10/04/2014 at 22:21 by It's a Gadget Staff
  • Platforms

Google Android SecurityGoogle has announced that they will be increasing their security features for Android run smartphones and tablets. These new measures will include a new app verification service that extends past the initial download, and continues to monitor its source and content.

It was only of days ago that Google had to remove an app from their Google Play store. One of the top security apps being sold, it charge $3.99 for what was essentially a completely useless app. According to developers who discovered the scam, it did literally nothing but change the skin on the security icon to a check mark.

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Facebook founder wall was hacked by a well-meaning threat finder

  • 19/08/2013 at 18:58 by It's a Gadget Staff
  • Technology

Facebook SecurityA man from the West Bank who came across a security flaw in the Facebook privacy system used an unorthodox method of showing that it was real. But he won’t be getting his payday for the discovery.

Facebook is like many technology companies, in that it pays people to discover bugs in their system. This might be a security flaw, or some kind of coding error. They have paid out a fair amount of cash for such reports that allow them to tighten the screws and fix the cracks in their site.

Khalil Shreateh is one such reporter. He had found a major flaw that would allow people to post on the walls of users that were not on their friends list.

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Chrome secures your passwords by not securing your passwords

  • 07/08/2013 at 20:52 by It's a Gadget Staff
  • News

Google Chrome LogoGoogle has come under fire for their security practices, which includes keeping a database of all saved passwords stored on your device, easily accessed through your account.

This means that anyone who has physical access to your machines can get immediate access to all passwords you have chosen to store on your device.

Elliot Kember, software developer at Riot, points out that not only is this a questionable security measure, but it gives people a fast track to your online data.

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SIM Cards are vulnerable and millions of cellphones could be hacked

  • 21/07/2013 at 23:47 by It's a Gadget Staff
  • News

SIM Cards VulnerableIf you thought a simple phone is not vulnerable, you got it wrong. Today a report from The New York times explains how a German mobile security expert found in the technology that is used to encrypt SIM cards.

Some SIM cards use DES(Data Encryption Standard) encryption, which is an old standard(from 1970) that is might stell be used by almost 3 billion cellphones worldwide. After two years and 1000 sim cards Karsten Nohl, the founder of Security Research Labs find the security flaw on 25 percent of the sim cards that used the DES encryption.

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Apple bought AuthenTec to take the lead on the Enterprise Market

Apple LogoApple made a small purchase of a software company this week. They spent $356 million dollars to pickup AuthenTec which is a mobile security company. While this is not the first (nor will it be the last) company that Apple buys to increase their holdings – it has larger implications than just expanding Apple’s Enterprise expansions.

So why than would this be an issue for Samsung you may ask? Well that’s easy, prior to this buyout going through Samsung had JUST in the last month inked a deal with AuthenTec to use it’s products in Samsung’s future Android devices.

So what does AuthenTec do that two such large tech companies are so interested in doing business with them? Well they specialize in quite a few things but all that matters here is that they make sensor chips for security and identification.

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