The U.S. Department of Defense may have found a new way to scan millions of lines of software code for vulnerabilities, by turning the practice into a set of video games and puzzles and having volunteers do the work.
Having gamers identify potentially problematic chunks of code could help lower the work load of trained vulnerability analysts by "an order of magnitude or more," said John Murray, a program director in SRI International's computer science laboratory who helped create one of the games, called Xylem.
Security experts have found a big black hole in the Internet which is now being used by someone to suck up personal data like a giant Dyson.
According to Wired, two security researchers at the DefCon hacker conference demonstrated a massive security vulnerability in the worldwide internet traffic-routing system in 2008. It was a vulnerability so severe that it could allow intelligence agencies, corporate spies or criminals to intercept massive amounts of data.
The Free Software Foundation has lashed out at announcements out of Microsoft yesterday that Redmond was committing itself to increased encryption of user data and legal transparency.
Last night, the software giant confirmed that by the end of 2014, it would have added 2048-bit encryption to the links between its data centres, and encrypted all user data that Microsoft stored.
The troubled mobile phone maker BlackBerry still has at least one very loyal customer: US President Barack Obama.
At a meeting with youth on Wednesday to promote his landmark healthcare law, Obama said he is not allowed to have Apple's smart phone, the iPhone, for "security reasons," though he still uses Apple's tablet computer, the iPad.
Russian cyber security company Kaspersky Lab listed their take on the year’s top security stories on Monday. And two quick takeaways: the cloud is dead, encryption services will come back strong.
No surprise, the IT firm led by the charismatic Eugene Kaspersky put cyber espionage on the top of their list. This year saw a steady flow of blockbuster news about U.S. spy agencies eavesdropping on their political buddies from Brazil to Germany. Even secure governments have lost their privacy.