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Decryption Tools Help Turn Tide Against WannaCry
Device Security, Hacking

Decryption Tools Help Turn Tide Against WannaCry

As the WannaCry ransomware campaign stretches on into its second week, researchers have had more and more success developing tools to help users decrypt the files on infected PCs. Last week, French researcher Adrien Guinet released a tool called Wannakey that could recover the private keys used to encrypt files […]

WannaCry is the Future of Ransomware
Device Security, Hacking

WannaCry is the Future of Ransomware

We knew this was coming. We’ve known for years that a ransomware attack on the scale of WannaCry was not just possible, but probable. What we didn’t know was that when it came it would involve a vulnerability discovered by the NSA, an exploit developed by the NSA, and a […]

Google Play Protect Adds App Scanning to Android
Device Security

Google Play Protect Adds App Scanning to Android

Google is introducing a new system that scans all of the apps on Android devices continuously, looking for unwanted behavior, malware, and other problems. The new Play Protect framework is Google’s latest attempt to shore up the security of the Android ecosystem. Any apps that are in the Play store […]

On the Wire Podcast: Kurt Baumgartner
Podcast

On the Wire Podcast: Kurt Baumgartner

The WannaCry ransomware campaign has had a remarkable effect on the Internet as a whole and the security community specifically. It has shown users just how vulnerable many¬†of the world’s computers are, and it also has reminded experts of the lessons they learned during the heyday of Internet worms such […]

Experts: WannaCry Kill Switches Just a Temporary Fix
Device Security, Hacking

Experts: WannaCry Kill Switches Just a Temporary Fix

While security researchers have had some success in preventing the WannaCry ransomware campaign from becoming a true epidemic with the use of kill switches hidden in the malware’s code, experts say those are just temporary solutions that may not last much longer. The two versions of WannaCry that have emerged […]

DocuSign Says Breach Led to Phishing Campaign
Authentication, Hacking, Privacy

DocuSign Says Breach Led to Phishing Campaign

A recent compromise of a system at DocuSign, the electronic document signing vendor, led to a phishing campaign that’s hitting some of the company’s customers right now. Officials at DocuSign said they had noticed an increase in phishing emails to some customers and users in recent days and began investigating […]

iOS 10.3.2 Fixes Long List Of Code-Execution Flaws
Device Security

iOS 10.3.2 Fixes Long List Of Code-Execution Flaws

Apple has patched a wide range of serious vulnerabilities in iOS 10.3.2, including several flaws in the kernel and a number of others that can be used to execute arbitrary code. Among the more serious vulnerabilities fixed in the new version of iOS are several flaws in SQLite, all of […]

Google to Streamline Android Update Process
Authentication, Device Security

Google to Streamline Android Update Process

For a decade, Android users have had to rely on a byzantine update process involving Google, device manufacturers, and carriers in order to get security patches and new versions of the operating system. Google is now trying to streamline this process and get updates into users’ hands more quickly through […]

WannaCry Ransomware Infections Slow as Researchers Fight Back
Device Security, Hacking

WannaCry Ransomware Infections Slow as Researchers Fight Back

Three days after the WannaCry ransomware outbreak began, many organizations are still fighting it, despite some temporary solutions implemented over the weekend and the release of some tools to help stop new infections. The ransomware ran rampant through a number of hospitals, telecom providers, and other companies throughout Europe on […]