U.S. Secret Service Agent Matt O’Neill was growing nervous. For three months, he’d been surreptitiously monitoring hackers’ communications and watching as they siphoned thousands of credit card numbers from scores of U.S. retailers.
Millions of smartphones and tablets running Google Inc.’s Android operating system have the Heartbleed software bug, in a sign of how broadly the flaw extends beyond the Internet and into consumer devices.
The U.S. National Security Agency knew for at least two years about a flaw in the way that many websites send sensitive information, now dubbed the Heartbleed bug, and regularly used it to gather critical intelligence, two people familiar with the matter said.
Security experts are urging consumers to change their Web passwords after the recent disclosure of a vulnerability touching wide swaths of the Internet, even as Google Inc., Facebook Inc. and large banks said they weren’t affected.
Researchers have pushed out a fix for a security flaw that affects as many as two-thirds of all Internet servers and could let hackers intercept encrypted traffic including e-mail messages, banking information, usernames and passwords.
More than a quarter of the world's PCs rely on Windows XP, according to research firm Net Applications. How is it that a 12-year-old operating system has hung on for this long as the second-most-used in the world? Blame China.
Microsoft's deadline to end support for Windows XP is April 8, and while most PCs haven't used the operating system in years, there's a certain computer you interact with on a regular basis that probably still relies on it.
For the past three years, cyber-security research firm IntelCrawler has studied the Syrian Electronic Army using a combination of operatives, underground sources and public information. The result? A 94-page report that is among the most comprehensive studies of the prominent hacking group's activities.