Yahoo users may have benefited most from the “Snowden effect.” The tech company was a laggard when it came to security practices until the NSA leaker’s disclosures made clear the extent to which weak security practices by tech companies are being exploited by talented hackers.
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.
An open-source project has released the first free application for the iPhone that scrambles voice calls, which would thwart government surveillance or eavesdropping by hackers.
Signal comes from Open Whisper Systems, which developed RedPhone and TextSecure, both Android applications that encrypt calls and text messages.
Intel has announced the Drive Pro 2500 series of solid state disk (SSD) drives that are "self encrypting", which the firm says makes them more secure against data breaches.
Aimed at businesses, the Intel SSD Pro 2500 series will come in a 2.4in 7mm form factor with 120GB, 180GB, 240GB, 360GB and 480GB capacities, M.2 80mm size with 180GB, 240GB and 360GB capacities, and M.2 60mm size with 180GB or 240GB capacities.
All data sent via the Internet of Things (IoT) needs to be secured with encryption, according to the findings of recent INQUIRER research.
The research, carried out in conjunction with Intel, revealed that 44 percent of INQUIRER readers believe that data encryption is the best way to ensure the IoT is secure. 23 percent would prefer to see users being given full control over their own data, while 10 percent believe the best IoT security option is to not store any usage data at all.