BeautifulPeople.com, you may remember, is a dating site that allows members to vote on hopeful enlistees based on their looks, ensuring that people who belong meet certain standards of both attractiveness and shallowness. It bills itself as “a dating site where existing members hold the key to the door.” Turns out, the site maybe should have put them in charge of server security, as well. The personal data of 1.1 million members is currently for sale on the black market, after hackers took it from an insecure database.
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said Monday that the Snowden revelations have sped up the sophistication of encryption by "about seven years," according to the Christian Science Monitor.
"From our standpoint, it’s not a good thing," Clapper reportedly said at CSM's breakfast event. When asked how he came up with that figure, he cited the National Security Agency.
In less than two months, online businesses have paid more than $100,000 to scammers who set up a fake distributed denial-of-service gang that has yet to launch a single attack.
But the same security mistakes appear to be helping hackers steal data from cloud-based systems time and time again.
And it’s against that gloomy backdrop that a new report by the Cloud Security Alliance, “Identity Solutions: Security Beyond the Perimeter”, makes a worthwhile read.