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27 January 2014 Last updated at 13:10 GMT The BBC's Gordon Corera explains how agencies spy in the digital world The internet was designed to be free and open. Eight months after Edward Snowden's first leaks of classified information, is that still the case? The technology pioneers who designed the net's original protocols saw their creation as a way to share information freely across a network of networks. Yet Edward Snowden's leaks of classified documents from the US National Security Agency have revealed that American spies - and their British counterparts at GCHQ - now use that very sam
Reefa posted a topic in Security & Privacy NewsThe growing threat of cyber-attacks and network hacking has reached the satellite-space sector, posing a growing challenge to the satellite operators. Because the satellite system are the critical components for the Nation to a modern military, they have become an attractive target of cyber attacks. A security firm uncovered a number of critical vulnerabilities, including hardcoded credentials, undocumented and insecure protocols, and backdoors in the widely used satellite communications (SATCOM) terminals, which are often used by the military, government and industrial sectors. By exploiting
Reefa posted a topic in Security & Privacy NewsThe Tor Project has begun blacklisting exit nodes vulnerable to the Heartbleed vulnerability in OpenSSL. Researcher Collin Mulliner, with the Systems Security Lab at Northeastern University in Boston, published the results of an experiment he conducted using a publicly disclosed Heartbleed proof-of-concept exploit against 5,000 Tor nodes. Mulliner said that 1,045 nodes, or a little more than 20 percent, were vulnerable to the bug. Mulliner said only Tor exit nodes were leaking plaintext user traffic, including host names, credentials and web content. Mulliner conducted his experiment for three
Six new bugs uncovered in Google's mobile platform shows how every Android-powered device – more than a billion devices in all – are vulnerable to malware thanks to privilege escalation issues. On the whole, mobile operating systems seem to be pretty secure, but new bugs uncovered in Google's mobile platform shows how every Android-powered device – more than a billion devices in all – are vulnerable to malware thanks to privilege escalation issues. Researchers from Indiana University and Microsoft published a paper that describes a new class of Android vulnerabilities called Pileup flaws. Pile