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Symantec data centre security software has security holes

Security bod Stefan Viehböck has detailed holes in Symantec's data centre security platforms that the company plugged this week because they allowed hackers to gain privilege access to management servers. The patches fix holes in the management server for Symantec Critical System Protection (SCSP) 5.2.9 and its predecessor Data …
Darren Pauli, 23 Jan 2015
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ISO floats storage security standard

The International Standards Organisation reckons the world needs help securing its data, so has published a new storage security standard to cover it. Because The Register isn't about to shell out 198 Swiss Francs to read the whole thing, we're constrained in our ability to tell you exactly what it contains, but we note that the …
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Home Wi-Fi security's just as good as '90s PC security! Wait, what?

UK home Wi-Fi security is as bad as PC security was in the 1990s, according to a new study. Security software firm Avast found that more than half of all routers are poorly protected by default or common, easily hacked password/ID combinations. Easily hacked password combinations such as admin/admin or admin/password, or even …
John Leyden, 08 Dec 2014

Scouts take down database due to 'security vulnerabilities'

The Scouts Association has taken down its Compass database, which holds the records of nearly half-a-million young people and adult volunteers, after discovering a "potential security vulnerability," The Register can reveal. In a letter seen by El Reg and addressed to members this morning, the association said the decision was …
Kat Hall, 28 Jan 2015
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Australia to conduct national cyber-security review

Australia will conduct a national “cyber-security review”. Speaking today at the launch of the new Australian Cyber Security Centre in Canberra today, prime minister Tony Abbott put network security on par with physical security, said it is a guarantor of economic security and added “it is so important we keep one step ahead of …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Nov 2014
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Feds investigate Homeland Security background checker security breach

A contractor running background checks for the US Department of Homeland Security has suffered a potentially embarrassing security breach. The security snafu at USIS reportedly led to the theft of some DHS employees’ personal information. The recently discovered breach prompted DHS to suspend all work with USIS, pending the …
John Leyden, 05 Nov 2014
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Security? Don't bother until it's needed says RFC

All-or-nothing approaches to security are part of what's making it so hard to achieve acceptable protection, a new RFC suggests. Written by Viktor Dukhovni of Two Sigma, RFC 7435 argues that the way current systems fail is a discouragement to good security. A binary failure – if two peers in a conversation don't have the same …

Sucker for punishment? Join Sony's security team

Sony is seeking a steely-willed vulnerability management director in the wake of its thorough hosing by unknown attackers. The beleaguered media giant posted an online advertisement Friday seeking a security bod boasting a decade's hacking experience to, among other things, "Unify and enhance Sony’s global information security …
Darren Pauli, 23 Dec 2014

Craft bazaar Etsy's security plan is candy to get devs talking

Kiwicon podcast Etsy's security chieftain Rich Smith has told the hacker faithful to secure their organisations by buttering-up devs with beer and candy. Speaking at the KiwiCon event in Wellington, New Zealand, the guardian of the popular hipster bazaar and co-founder of Iceland consultancy Syndis offered tips from running the fast-spaced …
Darren Pauli, 12 Dec 2014
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Europe's cyber security agency wants pick your infosec BRAINS

Do you work in the ICT sector? If so, Europe’s top cyber security agency wants you. ENISA (The European Union Agency for Network and Information Security) is looking for 20 experts to join its “Permanent Stakeholders’ Group”. Self-declared experts who work in the ICT sector for fixed and mobile electronic communications …
Jennifer Baker, 07 Nov 2014
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Hewlett Foundation lays out MEELLIONS on security

The Hewlett Foundation has found US$45m in its other jacket, and has anointed three lucky US universities to spend on security research. MIT, Stanford and UC Berkeley will share the simoleons, in a program MIT says is designed to generate a “robust marketplace of ideas”, whatever that is. On a more pragmatic basis, the …
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Security holes in iOS? We've heard of them, says Apple (as it fixes vanishing ringtones)

Apple has released an update for iOS that addresses some rather annoying performance bugs, but leaves major security holes open. The company said the iOS 8.1.2 over-the-air update will address performance issues with the Apple mobile platform, including a flaw which had caused ringtones to disappear from handhelds. "This …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Dec 2014
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Taxi app Uber plugs 'privacy-threatening' web security flaw

Updated A potentially nasty XSS vulnerability discovered on the website of controversial ride-sharing service Uber has been fixed, according to the security researcher who reported the bug. The cross-site scripting vulnerability put visitors at risk of being compromised via theft of cookies, personal details, authentication credentials …
John Leyden, 10 Dec 2014
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iPAD-FONDLING fanboi sparks SECURITY ALERT at Sydney airport

An iPad-obsessed bloke reportedly triggered an irritating security alert at Sydney Airport in Australia earlier today. The passenger apparently skipped the screening process and instead used an exit at the airport's Terminal 3, which is used for domestic flights, because his head was buried deep in his fondleslab. It would seem …
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Sep 2014
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Sly peers attempt to thrust hated Snoopers' Charter into counter-terror and security bill

Britain's ISPs have attacked sneaky, proposed amendments to the Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill that were tabled by four peers in Parliament this week – as they mounted an attempt to resurrect the Snoopers' Charter. Home Secretary Theresa May's draft Communications Data Bill was rejected by politicos in 2012, however, the …
Kelly Fiveash, 24 Jan 2015
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Alca-Lu security stuff goes virtual

Yet more of Alcatel-Lucent's portfolio has escaped its hardware prison to be virtualised: this time, it's the vendor's security solutions. Alca-Lu's Motive Security Guardian (MSG) – based on technology that came with Kindsight Security Labs, which it acquired in April 2013 – is to be turned into a virtualised service, the …

Privacy alert: Outlook for iOS does security STUPIDLY, says dev

Big Blue boffin Rene Winkelmeyer has taken aim at Microsoft's iOS Outlook app, launched overnight, claiming it stores credentials in the cloud potentially even after delete requests, and does not observe known good security practices. The spray against the House That Bill Built followed an examination into the way the app …
Darren Pauli, 30 Jan 2015

Home Depot ignored staff warnings of security fail laundry list

Home Depot is facing claims it ignored security warnings from staff, who say prior to its loss of 56 million credit cards, it failed to update anti virus since 2007, did not consistently monitor its network for signs of attack, and failed to properly audit its eventually-hacked payment terminals. The fixer-upper retail giant …
Darren Pauli, 22 Sep 2014
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Edward Snowden: best ... security ... educator ... EVER!

A good deal of folk aware of NSA leaker Edward Snowden have improved the security of their online activity after learning of his exploits, a large survey has found. Researchers from think tank The Centre for International Governance Innovation collected responses from 23,376 users between October and November and found 60 …
Darren Pauli, 28 Nov 2014
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Biz coughs up even less for security, despite mega breach losses

Information security budgets are falling despite a continuing rise in the number of attacks, according to a new report by management consultants PwC. Detected security incidents have increased 66 per cent year-over-year since 2009, reaching the equivalent of 117,339 attacks per day, according to PwC's "The Global State of …
John Leyden, 01 Oct 2014

Juniper whips out knife, slices off security products

Months after Juniper Networks confirmed the prioritisation of revenue-generating projects, the firm has quietly dumped several security products, causing upset to some of its nearest and dearest in the channel. Following a “disappointing” set of calendar Q3 financials, Juniper’s then CEO, Shaygan Kheradpir, said it was cutting …
Paul Kunert, 01 Dec 2014
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Akamai warns: SMB security remains major risk

Security offerings for small businesses need to look more like those offered to enterprises, according to Akamai global security senior director Fran Trentley. Speaking to The Register while in Sydney for the Gartner Security & Risk Management Summit, Trentley said SMBs are increasingly seen as attack targets, and that poses a …
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Boffins propose security shim for Android

An international group of researchers believes Android needs more extensible security, and is offering up a framework they hope either Google or mobe-makers will take for a spin. The project is described in this paper slated for the Usenix Security Symposium on Friday in San Diego. The researchers from Germany's Technische …
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Lazy FTSE 350 firms think lawyers can fight off cyber-security worries

Poor communication between boards and front-line management as well as a growing reliance on legal remedies mean UK companies are still falling short when it comes to cyber-security. A KPMG survey of FTSE 350 firms found that 61 per cent of board members reckoned they had a decent understanding of their company’s key information …
John Leyden, 16 Jan 2015

NIST wants better SCADA security

America's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) wants to take a hand in addressing the SCADA industry's chronic insecurity, by building a test bed for industrial control systems. The Reconfigurable Industrial Control Systems Cybersecurity Testbed is only in its earliest stages. According to this RFI, the …
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Top senator blasts US Homeland Security for leaving cyber-drawbridge down

A member of the US Senate's Homeland Security Committee has slammed the Department of Homeland Security over America's cyber-defenses: Tom Coburn (R-OK) said the agency is failing to protect the nation's IT infrastructure despite at least $700m in funding. "The nature of cybersecurity threats – and the ability of adversaries to …
Iain Thomson, 08 Jan 2015

Security SEE-SAW: $3 MEEELLION needed to fight a $100k hack

It costs a whopping $3.1m to defend against a $100,000 advanced attack, a security duo claims. The imbalance - well-known to security pros - was illustrated in research presented by Microsoft security strategist Paul McKitrick and founder of security startup ICEBRG William Peteroy (@wepiv) at the Kiwicon hacker fest in …
Darren Pauli, 18 Dec 2014
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EU flings €1m at open source security audit wheeze

EU institutions have finally got the memo about it being a good idea to pinpoint and fix security vulnerabilities. Next year the European Parliament has allocated up to €1m for a project to audit free software programs in use at the European Commission (EC) and the EU Parliament in order to find and repair potential weaknesses …
Jennifer Baker, 23 Dec 2014

Amazon flicks switch on CloudFront security features

Amazon has beefed up security on its CloudFront services, adding Perfect Forward Secrecy, OCSP stapling and session tickets to its SSL support. The company describes the new AWS features in full in this blog post. Session tickets are designed to improve performance, particularly in the case of an interrupted session between …

Moscow, Beijing poised to sign deal on joint cyber security ops

Moscow and Beijing will next month sign a deal to commence joint information security projects and operations, and to increase cooperation in the space, according to a popular Russian newspaper with ties to President Vladimir Putin. Kommersant owned by Russia's richest man and President Putin ally Alisher Usmanov reported ( …
Darren Pauli, 24 Oct 2014
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SURPRISE: Norks' Linux distro has security vulns

Well, that didn't take long: mere days after North Korea's Red Star OS leaked to the west in the form of an ISO, security researchers have started exposing its vulnerabilities. According to this post at Seclists, the udev rules in version 3.0 of the US and the rc.sysint script in version 2.0 are both world-writable. Both of …

GCHQ grants security clearance to Samsung's Knox mobe security

The official containerisation solution for security on Samsung phones and tablets has passed muster with GCHQ. It’s now deemed safe enough for UK government employees to get a Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy S3 S4 or Galaxy S5 all of which run the Korean firm's KNOX software. This is only to the OFFICIAL (PDF) level of security. This is …
Simon Rockman, 16 May 2014

Security's revamped index of pain readies for release

The great unwashed has been afforded an opportunity to comment on a new scheme for classifying the severity of infosec vulnerabilities issued by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. The Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) is a pain-assessment index that offers a one-to-ten scale to describe vulnerabilities …
Darren Pauli, 12 Jan 2015

Do your execs take mobile security seriously?

Reader Poll One of the findings emerging from our latest poll is that many of you are highlighting a lack of exec awareness and air cover when it comes to mobile security. This in turn appears to translate to a lack of funding to put the systems in place to cope with new devices, BYOD and so on. Is this something you are experiencing? If …
Dale Vile, 11 Jul 2014

Microsoft brings own security info exchange to the world

Microsoft has announced a “a security and threat information exchange platform for analysts and researchers working in cybersecurity.” Dubbed “Interflow”, Redmond says the new service is “a distributed system where users decide what communities to form, what data feeds to bring to their communities, and with whom to share data …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Jun 2014

Security seals clobbered ahead of Black Friday bonanza

This Black Friday, beware the shop with the security seal: researchers have shown that issuers of common good webkeeping seals of approval sometimes miss basic flaws, happily certify phishing sites and inadvertently function as a hackers' black book of vulnerable sites. The research examined the effectiveness of the top 10 …
Darren Pauli, 26 Nov 2014
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Microsoft to shutter security email feed on July 1

Microsoft will suspend a 12 year-old email mailing list that offers news of security updates, in a decision possibly tied to tougher Canadian anti-spam laws. As of July 1st 2014, sysadmins and infosec bods will get their news from a Redmond RSS feed to receive update of new Microsoft security alerts. "As of July 1, 2014, due to …
Darren Pauli, 29 Jun 2014
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Cisco slurps security scanner

Cisco has continued the expansion of its security portfolio with the acquisition of malware analysis outfit ThreatGRID. The acquisition target was founded in 2012, one of the then-burgeoning number of companies that pushed malware analysis, threat intelligence, and security analytics into the cloud (supplemented by an on-premise …

Got mobile security sussed yet? No fibbing, now

Reader Survey First we were told that BYOD would define the future of end user computing. Now many are saying that the use of personal devices for work isn't the way forward after all. While the truth is probably somewhere in between – BYOD for some users, but company devices for others – most agree that the use of mobile technology is set to …
Dale Vile, 03 Jul 2014

Charge Anywhere? More like Hacked Everywhere: Mobe cash biz admits 5-year security breach

Mobile payments biz Charge Anywhere has admitted a hacker may have been snooping on its systems for FIVE years. While probing an internal malware infection, Charge Anywhere discovered someone has been able to eavesdrop on its network traffic since November 2009. That investigation revealed all sorts of sensitive data had been …
John Leyden, 11 Dec 2014
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Xen security bug, you say? Amazon readies GLORIOUS GLOBAL CLOUD REBOOT

Amazon will tomorrow begin a bloody global reboot of its Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) compute instances after it found a security bug within the Xen virtualisation platform. The rolling minutes-long reboots would be completed by 30 September. Amazon did not name the reason for the upgrade, widely thought to be a security issue …
Darren Pauli, 25 Sep 2014
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Australian traffic lights need better security says auditor-general

The Auditor-General of the Australian State of New South Wales (NSW) and the state's roads bureaucrats are at loggerheads over whether or not traffic signal infrastructure is vulnerable to attacks over the Internet. In a report on critical infrastructure security, the audit office asserts that “systems in place to manage traffic …

BlackBerry: We'll buy Angela Merkel's phone security company. HA!

BlackBerry has bought privately held German firm Secusmart as part of its drive to become the handset provider of choice for security-conscious clients such as government agencies and big businesses. Secusmart, which specialises in voice and data encryption, was already a partner of the one-time business phone giant, providing …

Mozilla fixes CRITICAL security holes in Firefox, urges v31 upgrade

Mozilla has released a bug-and-security update for Firefox, with 11 security fixes, three of them critical. Chief among the security patches is a use-after-free bug the organisation says was discovered by one James Kitchener. From the advisory: “Mozilla community member James Kitchener reported a crash in DirectWrite when …
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Don't assume public trusts you, MI5. 'Make a case' for surveillance – Former security chief

Spooks and security agencies must openly debate the public's concerns over surveillance following the Snowden revelations, former head of MI5 and current thriller writer Stella Rimington has said. "It is not enough nowadays for intelligence services to say we have your best interests at heart," she told delegates at Microsoft's …
Kat Hall, 10 Nov 2014

Bugzilla code critters blab your security sinners, warns Mozilla

The Mozilla Foundation has warned of a number of recently discovered vulnerabilities in its Bugzilla bug-tracking tool that could give attackers access to sensitive information about software projects. One particularly serious flaw allows attackers to bypass email verification phase when creating new Bugzilla accounts, meaning …
Neil McAllister, 07 Oct 2014
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Kmart apologizes to customers after month-long security breach

Discount store Kmart admitted some customers’ payment cards have likely been “compromised” as it became the latest mega retailer to fall victim to cyber-crims. The parent of the chain, Sears Holding Corp, said the IT team discovered late Thursday that its payment systems had been breached, and further investigations indicate …
Paul Kunert, 12 Oct 2014
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Target, Home Depot and UPS attacks: Dude, you need to rethink point-of-sale security

A new report on point-of-sale malware presents the most detailed examination of the malicious code behind high-profile attacks against US retailers to date. Cyphort Labs’ in-depth look focuses on Target, Home Depot and UPS breaches and involved an analysis of BlackPOS, FrameworkPOS and Backoff malware samples. The researchers …
John Leyden, 12 Nov 2014

Apple releases MEGA security patch round for OS X, Server and iTunes

While the world+dog was distracted by all the shiny new iThings Tim Cook was showing off on Thursday, Apple quietly puMPED out patches for 150 CVE-issued bugs in its server and desktop operating systems and the iTunes media player. The newly released OS X Yosemite, version 10.10, includes a fairly hefty patch load, more so than …
Iain Thomson, 17 Oct 2014

Xen says its security policies might be buggier than its software

The Xen project has asked for help to ensure future bugs aren't as disruptive as the XSA-108 flaw that saw major cloud operators reboot an awful lot of servers. XSA-108 emerged in late September and saw the likes of AWS, SoftLayer and Rackspace patch and reboot many servers. Such reboots are just the kind of thing that cloud …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Oct 2014