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Why certain Heatbleed exposures won’t be so easy for bad guys to exploit

Heartbleed + Android: A Not-So Love Story from Lookout By Byron Acohido, Last Watchdog KINGSTON, Wash. – The security headaches raised by the Heartbleed coding flaw keep expanding. Ars Technica reporter Dan Goodin has broken stories about how the Canadian government and Yahoo Mail have been bitten by Heartbleed exploits in the wild. And there […]

Heartbleed remediated on thousands of enterprise apps, dozens still vunerable

By Byron Acohido, Last Watchdog KINGSTON, Wash. – Netskope, a new cloud app analytics company, has come up with a unique metric illustrating the scramble to patch Heartbleed vulnerabilities in widely deployed business apps. Netskope’s technology enables granular scoping for specific behaviors within the most popular apps used by companies and workers. It currently tracks […]

A roadmap for triaging Heartbleed exposures

By Byron Acohido, Last Watchdog The acute notoriety of Heartbleed is a good thing in this sense: it ought to compel CIOs and CISOs to drill down on developing a roadmap for dealing with exposures that could run very deep. The most worrisome aspect of Heartbleed arguably is the fact that  this gaping security hole […]

Über nasty Heartbleed bug exposes fabric of the Internet

By Byron Acohido, Last Watchdog KINGSTON, Wash. – An über nasty security flaw has arisen from the din to command the attention of the global security community, rightfully so. The so-called “Heartbleed” flaw represents a path bad guys can use to tap into OpenSSL, the open-source implementation of the SSL and TLS protocols that are […]

Faked tax returns using stolen Social Security numbers swamp IRS

By Byron Acohido, Last Watchdog KINGSTON, Wash. – Fraudsters once again are having a field day using stolen personal data to file bogus tax returns, ripping off billions from the U.S. treasury and setting in motion a huge hassle for victimized citizens. This crime is so easy to execute that petty thieves and organized crime […]

Windows XP hackers prep for April 8 end of security patching

By Byron Acohido, Last Watchdog KINGSTON, Wash. — A huge opportunity for hackers to infiltrate thousands of SMBs and enterprises is about to open up. More specifically, the juicy targets include any company or organization still using Windows XP servers, desktops and laptops — anywhere inside a corporate network — after April 8. That’s the […]

After brief respite, spam, malware infections on the rise

Paunch, shown in photo from Russian forensics vendor Group-IB

By Byron Acohido, Last Watchdog  SEATTLE – The major forms of Internet crime are nothing if not  resilient. Consider  what a major advance it was for the good guys last October when the Russian Interior Ministry announced the arrest  of  “Paunch,” accusing the hefty Russian male of being the ring leader of the gang responsible […]