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Articles tagged with: Security

Yahoo Gets Hacked by D33D Company

Recently the Yahoo servers were hacked and now Yahoo officially confirmed that roughly over 400,000 credentials along with passwords belonging to Yahoo and other companies were stolen.

A hacking group named “The D33D Company” posted something like 453,492 accounts that belonged to not only Yahoo but also Gmail, AOL, Hotmail, Live.com, MSN, Comcast, Verizon and SBC Global users.

LinkedIn Confirms Intrusion, Password Database Leaked

LinkedIn suffered a serious blow in terms of security. Hackers claim to have leaked over 6.5 million passwords from the networking site. LinkedIn protected user passwords with SHA-1 encryption but did not salt user passwords.The company informed users that an investigation is underway; however, some users on Twitter are claiming they found their password’s hash in the text file (236578.txt).

Microsoft Offers $250K Prize In Hacking Competition

Management at Microsoft are hoping to turn hackers into cyber security for the Digital Media giant. The company is offering hackers $250K to develop new security defenses for the organization.

It’s called the BlueHat Prize and is open to programmers all around the world. First prize is valued at $200,000 and goes to whoever develops the ‘best’ way to prevent cyber attacks. The second and third best strategists will share a $50K prize, and will each be able to develop their own subscription of their software for development.

Chrome OS Has Been Hacked, What Now?

After Google has stated time and time again how secure its Chrome operating system was, we’ve just got wind that the operating system has been hacked. Now, before you start freakin’ out, don’t worry, it wasn’t some 14 year old.

The hackers were actually two researchers from the Black Hat security conference with White Hat security and they got through the ScratchPad- a Chrome application that lets you compose text files and save them to Google Docs.

Facebook Offering Bounty For Every Bug Found

Looks like Facebook is too tired of bugs which strike the social networking site often. Recently Facebook eliminated a bug with video privacy settings after it lasted for the whole week.

Obviously, Facebook doesn’t want to lose their current top spot among social networking websites so the company is keen to keep the website fully functional to avoid any angry users.

Google Implements Two-Step Authentication Worldwide

In June 2011, many Gmail accounts were compromised by hackers. Passwords of many US officials, political activists and officials in different countries were stolen.

Ever since then, Google had been working on it’s Two Step Authentication method. This method has enhanced the security of Google account holders. This method requires password based authentication along with a verification code which is sent to the user either through voice, call/text or is generated on the user’s smartphone device via a Google app from which one is accessing his/her account.

CA Buys Watchmouse

CA, an IT company which provides software support and solutions to businesses has now moved a step further in providing website monitoring and security services. CA has recently acquired Watchmouse.

Watchmouse is an online service which provides sites, servers and application monitoring services to businesses. However, CA has not disclosed the amount paid for Watchmouse’s acquisition. Watchmouse has a large monitoring network of 60 monitoring stations working in more than 40 countries. These monitoring stations are used to conduct regular activities on demand of the consumer.

Major Security Issue In OS X Lion & Snow Leopard

According to eweek, security researchers have managed to grab passwords saved on the Mac while it is sleeping through the means of a FireWire device.

The information can easily be stolen from a locked Mac, or one that has FireVault disk encryption turned on. Considering that one could spend a thousand dollars for Passware Kit Forensic V11, it is quite scary to know that public Macs could be in jeopardy of stolen login information.

Buggy Update Of Facebook iPhone App

Lots of users are angry over the recent update to Facebook’s iPhone app. The latest release was suposed to be fixing the problem but it went in opposite. Instead of fixing the bug it created more bugs for the users.

Facebook promised to release another update but still they are stucked at version 3.4.3

U.S. Shutting Down Data Centers To Save Taxpayer Woes

In order to save money, the US federal government decided to shut down more than 350 data centers by the end of 2012 and another 400 by end of 2015. This was decided to save billions of dollars from US taxpayers.

Currently, more than 2000 data centers with 40 percent storage capacity and 27 percent computing capacity are running across the country.

The decision is quite good in saving money but what about the employees working there? Thirty states will be affected by this decision…