Ever since Edward Snowden’s shocking revelations about NSA, the agency has been at the bitter end of criticisms related to digital security. Bloomberg has now claimed that NSA knew about the Heartbleed bug and exploited it for two years.
Edward Snowden continues to be hailed for his heroic efforts in unveiling NSA’s illegal and unconstitutional surveillance. He and Laura Poitras have now been awarded the 2014 Ridenhour Prize for Truth-Telling.
DDoS attacks are a routine thing for the entities plugged into the internet. However, a recent attack made some clever use of a video site’s exploit to launch a DDoS attack. It used 22,000 unwitting site visitors to DDoS the target.
Ever since Edward Snowden leaked the confidential information of NSA, the agency has been facing enormous allegations every now and then. A new allegation upon NSA is that the agency has been spying on Chinese tech company Huawei’s servers for years.
Microsoft recently admitted that it had read the emails on the Hotmail account of a journalist. The company also claimed that it has a right to do so. It appears that others like Yahoo, Google and Apple also reserve a similar right.
Cyber Berkut, a group of hacktivists based in Ukraine, has claimed responsibility for taking down several NATO sites recently. The group apparently did this as a retaliation to NATO’s intents of bringing Ukraine into its fold.
Online privacy has been back in the headlines after a recent revelation that NSA posed as Facebook to infect users’ computers. Facebook’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, recently called President Barack Obama to ‘express frustration’ over the whole fiasco.
Wi-Fi connections, especially those on public networks, are a weak security spot. A group of British researchers has now created a virus that can proliferate through Wi-Fi networks much like a common airborne virus spreads rapidly.
Citizen Lab recently published a damning report, citing that the spyware by Hacking Team is being used by a number of oppressive regimes around the globe. The surveillance-technology company has now denied this.
Apple recently dished out the iOS 7.0.2 update which, among other things, patched a security flaw in the mobile OS. Now, the company has confirmed that OS X contains a similar flaw and that a patch is coming very soon.
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