Heads have begun to roll in the wake of the recent Hacking Team breach. The first victim on the chopping block is the head of Cyprus' intelligence service, Andreas Pentaras, who has resigned as a direct result of the fiasco.
A week after saying a massive data breach had left its technology open to abuse by "terrorists, extortionists and others," Italy-based surveillance software maker Hacking Team sought to assure governments and other clients on Tuesday that the situation isn't really that dire. In a statement posed Tuesday on the company's website, Hacking Team CEO David Vincenzetti called the breach "a reckless and vicious crime" that is under investigation by Italian authorities.
Popular messaging platform Telegram has been hit with a 200Gbps distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack.
The Tsunami TCP SYN flood kicked off on Friday and hurt users in Asia, Australia, and Oceania, knocking out the service for some five percent of the company's 60 million active users it has gained in 18 months.
It is a new form of DDoS attack discovered October by Radware security folk who say it is different from regular SYN floods in that it transmits large 100 byte packet sizes about double the regular 40 to 60 byte size.
Mozilla has blocked all versions of Adobe Flash in its Firefox browser by default, following the discovery of numerous critical security flaws in the platform.
Mark Schmidt, head of Firefox Support, took to Twitter to announce the change.
The news comes just a day after Facebook’s chief security officer Alex Stamos called for moves to force the extinction of Flash, as the plugin is reportedly being used to spread malware on users’ systems via security exploits.
With good number of major tech companies fielding their own brand of virtual assistant technology, Facebook is reportedly eyeing its own entry with "Moneypenny," a hybrid feature that helps users complete tasks like buying products and services online.
Being tested internally, Moneypenny, named after the James Bond franchise character who serves as M's secretary, is said to bring a human touch to modern digital assistants, reports The Information. For example, users might ask Moneypenny to research and purchase an HDTV.