Badly secured routers leave 79 percent of US home networks at risk of attack

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

As many as four out of five internet-connected households in the US could be at risk of attack through their wireless router. This is among the findings of a study by security specialist Avast which found that more than half of all home routers are poorly protected using default or easily ...

Hackers put security tool that finds payment card data into their arsenal

Friday, May 30th, 2014

Like a crowbar, security software tools can be used for good and evil. Bootleg versions of a powerful tool called "Card Recon" from Ground Labs, which searches for payment card data stored in the nooks and crannies of networks, have been appropriated by cybercriminals. This month, the security companies Trend Micro and ...

The Heartbleed Bug

Monday, April 7th, 2014

The Heartbleed Bug is a serious vulnerability in the popular OpenSSL cryptographic software library. This weakness allows stealing the information protected, under normal conditions, by the SSL/TLS encryption used to secure the Internet. SSL/TLS provides communication security and privacy over the Internet for applications such as web, email, instant messaging ...

More than 24M home routers enabling DNS amplification DDoS attacks

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Tens of millions of the home routers we rely on everyday for internet access are enabling Domain Name System (DNS) based distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, and owners may never even know it, according to research by DNS software provider Nominum. Working collaboratively with the Open Resolver Project, Nominum learned that open ...

WPA2 wireless security cracked

Friday, March 21st, 2014

There are various ways to protect a wireless network. Some are generally considered to be more secure than others. Some, such as WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy), were broken several years ago and are not recommended as a way to keep intruders away from private networks. Now, a new study published ...