In my ongoing blog series “Hacker Mindset,” I’ll explore an attacker’s assumptions, methods and theory, including how information security professionals can apply this knowledge to increase cyber-vigilance on the systems and networks they steward.
Mobile devices are rapidly becoming the primary need of any user. Ease of use, portability, user-friendly GUI, robust computing, a wide variety of applications… all of these features makes a mobile device much more compelling than a normal computer.
Security firms are warning that they've seen a spike in infections tied to a virulent strain of trojanized Android adware. Known as Shedun, the malware can root smartphones, survive factory resets and install additional applications, and is a reminder of the need to install and run anti-malware software on any Android device.
Quantum computing will pose a grave threat to the encryption algorithms now protecting everything from online banking and e-commerce to email and instant messaging. That's because today's algorithms are largely geared toward making the calculation of the decryption keys for scrambled messages so computationally intensive that the task is effectively impossible.
France's data protection watchdog has slammed Microsoft Windows 10 for collecting excessive amounts of personal data and failing to use strong security controls. Under the country's data protection laws, Microsoft may now face up to $1.7 million in fines.