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    The incidents that cropped up in the months of April to June 2014—from the data breaches, DDoS attacks, to malware improvements and threats to privacy—highlighted the need for enterprises to craft a more strategic response against and in anticipation of security threats. There were plenty of threats to be found in the quarter. There was the major vulnerability, Heartbleed, in the widely used cryptographic library OpenSSL. We saw both tech companies and restaurant chains fall victim to data breaches. We saw ...




    At the tail end of July, we wrote about Gizmodo Brazil being compromised by cybercriminals in order to lead visitors into downloading backdoor malware into their machine. This is of course a very big deal, since it is a rather large and noteworthy website being hacked into - but it's par for the course for the region, seeing as the modus operandi of criminals that target Brazilian users typically resort to compromised websites and hosts in order to host malware and ...




    In our previous post, we looked at how smart meters were being introduced across multiple countries and regions, and why these devices pose security risks to their users. At their heart, a smart meter is simply... a computer. Let's look at our existing computers - whether they are PCs, smartphones, tablets, or embedded devices. Similarly, these smart meters are communicating via understood technologies: cellular connectivity, power-line networking, or the user's own Internet connection. With that in mind, we have to consider the possible ...




    After introducing the "isolated heap" in June security patch for Internet Explorer, Microsoft has once again introduced several improvements in the July patch for Internet Explorer. The most interesting and smart improvement is one which we will call “delay free.” This improvement is designed to mitigate Use After Free (UAF) vulnerability exploits by making sure Internet Explorer does not free object‘s heap space immediately when its reference count is zero. Take Internet Explorer 11, for example. We randomly selected the class CDivElement. ...

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    While wearable personal technology may be the most "public" face of the Internet of Everything, the most widespread use of it may be in smart meters. What is a smart meter, exactly? It's a meter for utilities (electricity, gas, or water) that records the consumption of the utility in question, and transmits it to the utility provider via some sort of two-way communication method. (Examples of these methods include a wireless mesh network, power line networking, or a connection to the user's ...



     

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