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Browsers Will Block Sites Using Old Versions of TLS

Starting in March 2020, all the major web browsers—Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and Edge—will display warnings when users visit websites that only support Transport Layer Security (TLS) versions 1.0 or 1.1. Users will be unable to visit those sites.

Tls, Browser Security, Ssl Security

Decipher Podcast: Riana Pfefferkorn

Riana Pfefferkorn of the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford University joins Dennis Fisher to discuss encryption, privacy, and the draft of the EARN IT Act.

Privacy, Podcast

FBI Says BEC Scam Losses Dwarf Ransomware

The FBI IC3 Internet Crime Report shows more than $1.7 billion in looses from BEC scams, far more than from any other kind of cybercrime activity it tracks.

Ransomware

Serious Bluetooth Flaw Fixed in Android Update

Google has patched a critical Bluetooth flaw in Android that could give an attacker control of a vulnerable device without any user interaction.

Android, Google

US Charges Chinese PLA Members in Equifax Breach

The Department of Justice indicted four members of China's People's Liberation Army in connection with the Equifax data breach in 2017.

China, Apache

Malware Backdoor Campaign Targets Financial Services

An attack campaign has targeted financial services using a new type of backdoor since early January, FireEye said.

Backdoors, Malware, Financial Institutions

Cisco Fixes CDP Flaws in Routers, Switches

Cisco has patched five serious vulnerabilities that affect routers, switches, and IP phones and cameras with the Cisco Discovery Protocol enabled.

Cisco

Web Shell Attacks Continue to Cause Problems

Web shell attacks have been on the rise in recent months, as many APT groups employ them against enterprises.

Microsoft

Sudo Flaw Grants Root Privileges

A flaw in the sudo utility could allow a local user to gain root privileges if the pwfeedback option is enabled.

Linux

Maybe FCC Will Punish Mobile Carriers That Sold Location Data

While FCC chairman Ajit Pai said at least one wireless carrier sold location data in violation of federal law, it is far from clear whether the offending entity will face any penalties.

Government, Privacy, Geolocation

Make It Harder to Phish One-Time Passcodes Sent Over SMS

A proposal that would standardize the format of SMS messages being used in two-factor authentication schemes has a simple goal: make users relying on those one-time passcodes less susceptible to phishing attacks.

Sms, Sms 2fa, 2 Factor Authentication, 2fa, Browser Security, Phishing

For Whom the Bill Tolls: Encryption

A proposed bill by Sen. Lindsey Graham to prevent online child exploitation imagery could have a disastrous effect on end-to-end encryption.

Government, Encryption

The Growing Overlap of Disinformation and Security

Disinformation campaigns and cyber operations are intersecting more and more often, as actors become more sophisticated in their use of both tactics in their operations.

Disinformation

Enterprise Laptops Still Vulnerable to Memory Attacks

Attackers can exploit vulnerabilities in how laptops use memory to force the machine to execute unauthorized code while it is booting up, giving them unauthorized privileges and access to information, researchers said.

Hardware

Mozilla, Google Crack Down on Malicious Browser Extensions

Google and Mozilla over the past few weeks have taken steps to remove problematic extensions and add-ons that steal user data and execute remote code.

Browser Security