Widely used WebEx plugin for Chrome will execute attack code

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

The Chrome browser extension for Cisco Systems WebEx communications and collaboration service was just updated to fix a vulnerability that leaves all 20 million users susceptible to drive-by attacks that can be carried out by just about any website they visit. A combination of factors makes the vulnerabilities among the most ...

How the Top 5 PC Makers Open Your Laptop to Hackers

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

Software makers like Microsoft put a lot of effort into ensuring that the operating system and application updates they deliver to your system are secure, so that hackers can’t hijack updates to get into your computer. But it turns out that PC hardware makers are not so careful. An investigation conducted ...

Experts crack nasty ransomware that took crypto-extortion to new heights

Monday, April 11th, 2016

A nasty piece of ransomware that took crypto-extortion to new heights contains a fatal weakness that allows victims to decrypt their data without paying the hefty ransom. When it came to light two weeks ago, Petya was notable because it targeted a victim's entire startup drive by rendering its master boot ...

PETYA Crypto-ransomware Overwrites MBR to Lock Users Out of Their Computers

Friday, March 25th, 2016

As if encrypting files and holding them hostage is not enough, cybercriminals who create and spread crypto-ransomware are now resorting to causing blue screen of death (BSoD) and putting their ransom notes at system startup—as in, even before the operating system loads. Imagine turning on your computer and instead of ...

Pwn2Own 2016: Chrome, Edge, and Safari hacked, $460,000 awarded in total

Saturday, March 19th, 2016

Once again, major browsers fell at the two-day security contest Pwn2Own. Security flaws in Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, and Apple Safari were all successfully exploited. A total of $460,000 was awarded for 21 vulnerabilities across the three browsers as well as Windows, OS X, and Flash. Last year’s total was ...