Last week, a report in The Intercept revealed that GCHQ and NSA managed to hack into all of Gemalto’s systems and steal encryption keys for its SIM cards, credit card chips and so on. Gemalto is currently the largest SIM chip manufacturer in the world, serving over 3,000 banks and 450 carriers.
Such a hack could have potentially disastrous financial implications for the company. Within a day, the company had already lost $500 million in stock value. For a security company, having trustworthy products is critical to keeping customers buying products.
Google has added an early warning alert to Chrome that pops up when users try to access a website that the search giant suspects will try to dupe users into downloading underhanded software.
The new alert pops up in Chrome when a user aims the browser at a suspect site but before the domain is displayed. "The site ahead contains harmful programs," the warning states. Google emphasized tricksters that "harm your browsing experience," and cited those that silently change the home page or drop unwanted ads onto pages in the warning's text.
Lenovo's chief technology officer Peter Hortensius has issued another statement on how the company plans to handle Superfish.
The missive explains that Lenovo has worked with anti-virus vendors to get their products flattening Superfish whenever a PC starts up and issued a removal tool.
Hortensius says Lenovo is now “in the midst of developing a concrete plan to address software vulnerabilities and security with defined actions that we will share by the end of the week.”
New cases of insecure HTTPS traffic interception are coming to light as researchers investigate software programs for implementations that could enable malicious attacks. The latest software to open a man-in-the-middle hole on users' PCs is a new version of PrivDog, an advertising product with ties to security vendor Comodo.
Over the weekend, a user reported on Hacker News that his system failed an online test designed to detect a man-in-the-middle vulnerability introduced by Superfish, a program preloaded on some Lenovo consumer laptops.
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