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FREAK attack: security vulnerability breaks HTTPS protection

A widespread, long-standing security flaw that allows attackers to decrypt HTTPS-protected traffic between certain device and potentially millions of websites has been uncovered by security researchers, reports Ars Technica.

Blu-ray exploits could allow computer malware infection

A pair of possible exploits in hardware and software used for playing Blu-ray discs have come to light, reports PC World.

Exploits: What are they and how do they work?

What is an exploit and why are they important?

Top 10 breaches of 2014 attacked ‘old vulnerabilities’, says HP

A report by HP has found that 44 percent of all of the breaches in 2014 were caused by known vulnerabilities, between two and four years old.

12,000 exposed to possible ID theft after Jeb Bush publishes emails

Possible 2016 Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush has has had to retroactively redact over 12,000 personal details from emails published in the name of transparency

Google’s Project Zero extends 90 day exploit disclosure deadline

Google has extended the disclosure period for vulnerabilities uncovered in its Project Zero program by an additional two weeks, if a vendor is planning a patch in the two weeks following the deadline.

Internet of Things: a Security Timebomb?

Hailed as a panacea by those for whom the world cannot move quickly enough, the Internet of Things has been a long time coming. But is Internet of Things security up to scratch?

7 unromantic Valentines gifts from a cybercriminal

We’ve already looked at online dating scams to be aware of for Valentines Day, but here’s some more threats that not-so-special someone could end up sending you, if you’re not careful!

Microsoft phishing email targeting corporate networks with ‘neurotic malware’

Security researchers have uncovered a trojan that evades sandboxes specifically targeted at corporate users, hidden in legitimate looking phishing email that apes Microsoft’s Volume License.

Zero-day exploit affects popular WordPress plugin

The Fancybox plugin for WordPress has been hit by a zero-day exploit that allows hackers to inject malicious code into websites, reports ZDNet.

Internet Explorer exploit could let phishers steal logins

A vulnerability in the latest patched version of Microsoft Internet Explorer that could allow hackers to launch “highly credible phishing attacks” has been uncovered, according to PC World.

BMW fixes security flaw that left more than 2 million cars unlocked

BMW has patched a bug in its ConnectedDrive system that left 2.2 million cars vulnerable to being hacked and unlocked.

Linux haunted by Ghost vulnerability

Security researchers have found a vulnerability inherent to a widely used component in most versions of Linux, reports Computer World.

Over 5,000 US gas stations vulnerable to remote hacks

Around 5,300 gas stations in the United States could be vulnerable to a remote cyberattack on the automated tank gauges, causing the pumps to flag alerts or even shut down

Marriott fixes Android app exploit that could expose personal data

Marriott International has fixed an exploit in their Android app, that could expose personal details for customers of the hotel chain, highlighted by a security researcher.

Zero-day vulnerability in Flash Player exploited by attackers

A zero day vulnerability in Flash is being actively used by cybercriminals, according to Forbes.

Internet of Things hacking: World Economic Forum warns of “global threat”

The World Economic Forum’s annual Global Risks report has highlighted risks inherent with Internet of Things style connected devices.

Bluetooth fob used in 2 millions American cars vulnerable to exploit

Bluetooth dongles provided to drivers by insurance companies to track driving habits are poorly secured, and could be hacked to hijack cars, reports The Register.

Aussie Travel Cover breached in December hack

Australian travel insurance company Aussie Travel Cover has been breached in a hack that has seen ‘hundreds of thousands’ of travel records stolen, reports Yahoo News Australia.

How can businesses save money on internet security in 2015?

A recent report from Piper Jaffray found that 75% of companies expected to increase their IT security spending in 2015, following a year of high-profile hacks and data breaches in 2014.

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