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Malware blocking – not sandboxing – key to browser security, says Imperva

The browser’s ability to block socially engineered malware, not sandboxing technology, is the most important criteria to judge browser security, argues Rob Rachwald, director of security strategy at data security firm Imperva.
23 December 2011

On the second day of Christmas, Mozilla gave two Firefox version 9s On the second day of Christmas, Mozilla gave two Firefox version 9s

On Tuesday, Mozilla released version 9 of its Firefox browser with fixes for a number of memory safety bugs in the browser engine; then, 24 hours later, it released 9.0.1 to fix a bug that caused Mac, Linux, and Windows users’ browsers to crash.
23 December 2011

Anonymous claims responsibility for takedown of Egyptian government sites

The hacktivist group Anonymous claimed this week that it took down a dozen Egyptian government websites using distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks in retaliation for the government’s treatment of protestors.
23 December 2011

Awareness of maritime cybersecurity virtually nonexistent in Europe Awareness of maritime cybersecurity virtually nonexistent in Europe

The awareness of maritime cybersecurity among EU countries is low to nonexistent, concluded the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA) in its first-ever report examining cybersecurity challenges in the maritime sector.
23 December 2011

Holiday season is fertile ground for most malware infections Holiday season is fertile ground for most malware infections

Data released by SpywareRemove.com shows that the holiday season, beginning with the Thanksgiving holiday in the US through Christmas, is the most active time for malware infections.
22 December 2011

Twitter says Whisper Systems' encryption software will no longer be a secret Twitter says Whisper Systems' encryption software will no longer be a secret

Microblogging service Twitter has decided to open source some of Whisper Systems' software, including the TextSecure text-messaging encryption for Android devices, on Github.
22 December 2011

Yahoo offers two-factor authentication to improve email security Yahoo offers two-factor authentication to improve email security

Yahoo has begun offering two-factor authentication for its Yahoo Mail users to help prevent account compromises.
22 December 2011

Chinese group hacks into US Chamber of Commerce networks Chinese group hacks into US Chamber of Commerce networks

A Chinese group allegedly hacked into the US Chamber of Commerce networks last year and gained access to information on its three million members.
22 December 2011

Companies struggle to comply with PCI DSS standard, Gartner finds Companies struggle to comply with PCI DSS standard, Gartner finds

Close to one-fifth of companies that should be compliant with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) are not, according to surveys conducted by research firm Gartner.
21 December 2011

Researcher uncovers Windows 7 flaw via Safari browser Researcher uncovers Windows 7 flaw via Safari browser

A researcher who goes by the name webdevil has discovered a vulnerability in 64-bit Windows 7 that can be used to execute arbitrary code with kernel-mode privileges
21 December 2011

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