This week in security, we covered a full range of privacy and malware, with controversial plans to equip police officers with facial recognition packed Google Glass in Dubai, and the BadUSB malware finding its way on to GitHub.
October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month in America and each year this program brings more and more attention to issues that should be of concern to anyone who uses a computer, plus a low of how-to information, security resources, and awareness-raising events.
Malware may begin to offer genuinely helpful functionality in the future, in order to “fly under the radar” and fake legitimacy before striking, according to Professor Giovanni Vigna from the University of California.
Since the BadUSB malware was released to the public with hopes of forcing a fix, a solution has emerged from the researchers who posted the code, but the fix is definitely not without its problems.
For at least five years the Sednit group has been relentlessly attacking various institutions, most notably in Eastern Europe. The group used several advanced pieces of malware for these targeted attacks, in particular the one we named Win32/Sednit, also known as Sofacy.
Yesterday, security researcher Jonathan Hall, of a company called Future South Technologies, accused Yahoo of having suffered a serious security breach via the recently discovered Shellshock vulnerability in Bash.
The police force of Dubai will soon be equipped with crime-fighting face recognition technology via Google Glass, according to Reuters. The software, “developed by Dubai police would enable a connection between the wearer and a database of wanted people,” Reuters reports.
The son of American wrestler Hulk Hogan has been the latest celebrity to fall victim to theft and publication of naked pictures on the internet, according to The Huffington Post.
Over the summer, Google introduced plans to start giving preference to websites that use HTTPS encryption to try and incentivize good online security practices. PC World reports that Microsoft’s search rival, Bing, has no plans to follow suit with its own search algorithm.
JP Morgan Chase, one of the largest banks in America has admitted that a JP Morgan Chase data breach has affected 76 million customers, and seven million small businesses, the Guardian reports.
Google is facing a threat of expensive legal action over the recent leaked naked celebrity photographs, according to IT Pro. The basis for the legal threat seems to be built on the idea that the search giant didn’t do enough to prevent people seeing the photographs after the initial leak.