Rodrigo Batista is the CEO of Mercado Bitcoin, the first Brazilian bitcoin exchange and one of the largest digital currency operations in Latin America. Today, Mercado lets you swap Brazilian real for both bitcoin and litecoin, another currency that exists only on the internet, but Batista will soon expand the scope of his operation. By the end of August, he says, his site will embrace a brand new digital currency project called Stellar.
Until today, Microsoft Windows users who’ve been unfortunate enough to have the personal files on their computer encrypted and held for ransom by a nasty strain of malware called CryptoLocker have been faced with a tough choice: Pay cybercrooks a ransom of a few hundred to several thousand dollars to unlock the files, or kiss those files goodbye forever. That changed this morning, when two security firms teamed up to launch a free new online service that can help victims unlock and recover files scrambled by the malware.
The company that makes and sells the world's most elusive cyber weapon, FinFisher spyware, has been hacked and a 40G file has been dumped on the internet.
The slick and highly secret surveillance software can remotely control any computer it infects, copy files, intercept Skype calls, log keystrokes -- and now we know it can do much, much more.
A fact check on a PC workstation concept from Hack A Day suggests that consumers might want to be wary about investing in the concept device. Silent Power's pitch is for a compact tower that, among other unusual features, stays cool through the use of "copper foam," which Hack A Day calls "quite literally, one of the worst possible heat sinks imaginable."
Gazing up at the dais at virtually any security conference – save Hack in the Box – a newcomer just might assume there are no women in the security industry. That's very nearly true – women make up only 11 percent of the personnel in this exploding field. But their numbers dwindle even lower at the podium.