Browser extensions make our lives easier: they hide obtrusive advertising, translate text, help us choose in online stores, etc. There are also less desirable extensions, including those that bombard us with advertising or collect information about our activities. These pale into insignificance, however, when compared to extensions whose main aim is to steal money. Read Full Article
The Facebook malware that spread last week was dissected in a collaboration with Kaspersky Lab and Detectify. We were able to get help from the involved companies and cloud services to quickly shut down parts of the attack to mitigate it as fast as possible. Read Full Article
Google Chrome users are being targeted in these days by a wave of attacks that uses malicious extensions hosted in the official Chrome Web Store Read Full Article
The investigation into the Duqu Trojan is into its sixth month, and March brought further progress as we were able to establish which language was used for its Framework code. Read Full Article
The Adobe AIR and Adobe Flash Player Incubator program updated their Flash Platform runtime beta program to version 5, delivered as Flash Player version 11.2.300.130. It includes a “sandboxed” version of the 32-bit Flash Player they are calling “Protected Mode for Mozilla Firefox on Windows 7 and Windows Vista systems”. It has been over a year since Adobe discussed the Internet Explorer ActiveX Protected Mode version on their ASSET blog, and the version running on Google Chrome was sandboxed too. Read Full Article
The SSL PKI has been in use and implemented for 15 years now to secure online communications. From its initial proprosals and immediate growth, the need for secured online communications has been met with challenges. The infrastructure and protocol itself is showing signs of wear, with multiple attacks and corrections to the scheme itself. And in its 15th year, an alternative to the Cerificate Authority infrastructure is finally being given some competition with the release and debate around Covergence, an open source alternative to the current system of Certificate Authorities. The graphic below provide a timeline of some of the major events in those past 15 years. Read Full Article
With headlines like “New cyber threat compromises financial information – Experts say new threat could affect millions of sites”, you would think that the trust model of the internet is finally crumbled.
From an hour long wait to view the demo, the Ekoparty demo for the SSL hack was staged. And it was interesting that the attack succeeded in cracking the SSL confidentiality model.Read Full Article