A Google security engineer accused Microsoft of treating outside researchers with "great hostility" just days before posting details of an unpatched vulnerability in Windows that could be used to crash PCs or gain additional access rights.
Microsoft acknowledged the vulnerability late Tuesday. "We are aware of claims regarding a potential issue affecting Microsoft Windows and are investigating," said Dustin Childs, a spokesman for the company's security response group, in an email. "We will take the appropriate action to protect our customers."
The safe and efficient exchanging of corporate files, is not a new problem. Not so long ago employees used USB keys to exchange information and the challenges for the IT department was locking USB ports and ensuring staff weren’t sending personal emails outside of the company.
A third of organisations have implemented a next-generation firewall to improve protection from attacks.
According to a survey of 130 IT security professionals by AlgoSec, 57 per cent of respondents said that next-generation firewalls seemed to be adding protection but also increase the firewall management workload.
The survey also found that 70 per cent of respondents reported having to make more changes to their next-generation firewalls than traditional firewalls, while 72 per cent suffered an outage or security breach due to an application-related rule change.
Name a target anywhere in China, an official at a state-owned company boasted recently, and his crack staff will break into that person’s computer, download the contents of the hard drive, record the keystrokes and monitor cellphone communications, too.
Pitches like that, from a salesman for Nanjing Xhunter Software, were not uncommon at a crowded trade show this month that brought together Chinese law enforcement officials and entrepreneurs eager to win government contracts for police equipment and services.
Going a week without a major brand having its Twitter account compromised was starting to become a rare occurrence. Critics and users alike repeatedly called upon Twitter to release two-factor (or step) authentication. The added layer of security requires you to enter your password, and then a subsequent six-digit access anytime you try to log into Twitter. The short code is sent via text message to your cell phone, which means that any would-be hackers would need to not only crack your password, but to also have physical possession of your cell phone.