IBM Study finds mobile app developers need to invest in security

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IBM Study finds mobile app developers need to invest in security

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IBM Security and the Ponemon Institute conducted research recently, unveiling an alarming state of mobile insecurity. The findings show nearly 40% of large companies, including many in the Fortune 500, aren't taking the right precautions to secure the mobile apps they build for customers. The study also found organizations are ...

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Fraudsters target Nazi Android malware at Russian bank customers with phishing links

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Fraudsters target Nazi Android malware at Russian bank customers with phishing links

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Members of a gang of "cyber-fascist" behind Android phishing attacks have been arrested in Russia. The scam targeted customers of Russian bank Sberbank with software they called "Fifth Reich", using Nazi symbols in the management system. The cybercriminals targeted malware attacks at Android mobile devices belonging to cus...

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Scams and social media

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Scams and social media

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With billions of smartphones and potentially many billions of Internet-connected devices of all kinds, the focus of Internet security is shifting from the desktop and the data center to the home, the pocket, the purse, and, ultimately, the infrastructure of the Internet itself. According to the Symantec Internet Security Thr...

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Why Verizon’s 2015 Data Breach Investigations Report doesn’t add up, leaving consumers exposed to phishing attacks on mobile

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Why Verizon’s 2015 Data Breach Investigations Report doesn’t add up, leaving consumers exposed to phishing attacks on mobile

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I read an interesting post on the ComputerWorld blog by Lucian Constantin this morning - it's entitled "Web app attacks, PoS intrusions and cyberespionage top causes of data breaches". You can read the full article here. I'm writing this post to emphasize a very important point about the threat that consumers face and which, isn...

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What’s missing from the 2015 McAfee Labs Threats report

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What’s missing from the 2015 McAfee Labs Threats report

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Millions of App Users Still Exposed to SSL Vulnerabilities Here are some of the key highlights from the report: Poor programming practices expose users to SSL/TLS vulnerabilities. Months after app vendors were notified that their apps exposed users to SSL/TLS vulnerabilities, many of those apps still remain unsecure. ...

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Global EV SSL Certification Market 2015-2019 and the massive opportunity missed by security companies

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Global EV SSL Certification Market 2015-2019 and the massive opportunity missed by security companies

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I found this report from Research and Markets, announcing the addition of the "Global EV SSL Certification Market 2015-2019". But what it doesn't include, is the massive opportunity missed by the companies that sell EV SSL certificates. The Global EV SSL Certification market to grow at a CAGR of 32.52% over the period 2014-2...

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How WebView has weakened the TCB of the Web infrastructure

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How WebView has weakened the TCB of the Web infrastructure

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App making platforms are great. They make it easy for publishers to build native and hybrid apps. As one of the seven original founders of the W3C Mobile Web Initiative, I fully appreciate the value that these platforms bring. However, these well meaning platforms are putting consumers' personal and corporate data at risk. 1...

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Russians hacked the White House thanks to a simple phishing attack

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Russians hacked the White House thanks to a simple phishing attack

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I read about a phishing attack on the White House on PandoyDaily today. According to Pando (image above was taken from their blog post: State Department hackers conducted a phishing attack that allowed them to access a White House network that had “real-time non-public information about the president’s schedule,” among ot...

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Spear phishing and how to secure a WebView

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Spear phishing and how to secure a WebView

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While most security reports in the media today talk about mobile malware, one security threat that's not getting as much attention as it deserves is Phishing. Phishing spreads a wide net typically through mass mailing emails that appear to be from reputable sources but actually contain links to bogus websites or that include ...

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Why additional layers of content filtering won’t work in the UK

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Why additional layers of content filtering won’t work in the UK

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Today I wrote a post entitled "Why the UK doesn’t need age verification to stop kids from accessing pornography", to which Bob W. Smagge, who has been involved in the EU initiative to create a Better Internet for Kids for several years, responded. Bob directed me to this post that he wrote on the subject. It's a balanced opin...

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