Microsoft claims to make Chrome safer with new extension

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

Chrome already provides effective protection against malicious sites: go somewhere with a poor reputation and you'll get a big, scary red screen telling you that you're about to do something unwise. But Microsoft believes it can do a better job than Google, and it has released a Chrome plugin, Windows Defender ...

Extended Validation Is Broken

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

Extended validation ("EV") certificates are a unique type of certificate issued by certificate authorities after more extensive validation of the entity requesting the certificate. In exchange for this more rigorous vetting, browsers show a special indicator like a green bar containing the company name, or in the case of Safari ...

New “Quad9” DNS service blocks malicious domains for everyone

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

The Global Cyber Alliance (GCA)—an organization founded by law enforcement and research organizations to help reduce cyber-crime—has partnered with IBM and Packet Clearing House to launch a free public Domain Name Service system. That system is intended to block domains associated with botnets, phishing attacks, and other malicious Internet hosts—primarily ...

Chrome and Firefox Phishing Attack Uses Domains Identical to Known Safe Sites

Saturday, April 15th, 2017

There is a phishing attack that is receiving much attention today in the security community. As a reminder: A phishing attack is when an attacker sends you an email that contains a link to a malicious website. You click on the link because it appears to be trusted. Merely visiting the ...

Fake Font Update on Google Chrome Uses Social Engineering to Infect Users with Ransomware

Friday, February 24th, 2017

We’ve seen social engineering attacks manipulate users time and time again. From phishing emails, to baiting attempts – this breed of cyberthreat has continued to manipulate users for years. And now a new scam has emerged that utilizes a fake update on Google Chrome to trick users into downloading and ...