Popular VPNs leak data, don't offer promised privacy and anonymity

A group of researchers tested 14 services and the news ain't good.

Update your Flash Player if you don't want ransomware

It didn't take long for exploit kit authors to incorporate an exploit for the recently discovered zero-day Adobe Flash vulnerability (CVE-2015-3113) into their malicious wares.

Cisco finds, removes more default SSH keys on its software

Cisco has pushed out security updates to address two vulnerabilities in its Web Security Virtual Appliance (WSAv), Email Security Virtual Appliance (ESAv), and Content Security Management Virtual Appliance (SMAv) software.

Samsung disables Windows Update, undermines the security of your devices

Another example of how vendors sometimes choose to improve usability to the detriment of user security has been recently discovered by security researcher and Microsoft MVP Patrick Barker.

Deadly Windows, Reader font bugs can lead to full system compromise

A researcher shared his discovery of fifteen flaws of varying severity in a number of font engines used by Microsoft's Windows, Adobe's Reader software, popular modern browsers, and so on.

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Why vulnerability disclosure shouldn’t be a marketing tool

Brian Honan, CEO at BH Consulting, talks about a recent vulnerability disclosure trend – a trend that he believes may ultimately cause more harm than good: security vendors using vulnerability disclosure as a marketing tool with the goal of enhancing their company’s bottom line.


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Popular VPNs leak data, don't offer promised privacy and anonymity

Researchers warn that you shouldn't believe the VPN companies' claims that they offer privacy and anonymity.

Major Xen update fixes over 20 vulns, including guest/host escape flaw

The newest version (v4.5.1) of popular hypervisor Xen has been released last week, and includes a bucketload of improvements and bug-fixes, including nearly 20 security fixes.

Researcher tests Tor exit nodes, finds not all operators can be trusted

A security researcher tested around 1,400 Tor exit nodes by setting up a Bitcoin-themed phishing site.

Samsung disables Windows Update

Another example of how vendors sometimes choose to improve usability to the detriment of user security has been recently discovered by security researcher and Microsoft MVP Patrick Barker.

Six key facts about malicious macros and the cybercrime economy

Cybercriminals have increasingly returned to cost-effective macros to reach more targets and see a greater return on their financial investment.


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