Fahmida brings over a decade of IT security news reporting along with ten years of network administration and software development to Decipher. Every security story has a human face, and her goal is to bring those stories to light. As the senior managing editor of Decipher, she will focus on ways security can impact how people live, work, and play. She enjoys working on stories that speak to those outside the security industry, highlighting the intersection of security and other technology areas. Over the years, she has seen enough to make her overzealous about her personal threat-model, but she doesn’t hold it against anyone for having a more relaxed worldview.
Will adversaries think twice about going after U.S. networks knowing that the Department of Defense now considers offensive tactics as part of its arsenal? Scythe's Bryson Bort and Endgame's Andrea Limbago discuss the shift towards offensive cyber operations and what it means for deterrence.
Attackers exploited vulnerabilities in Facebook's code to gain access to at least 50 million Facebook user accounts. Those accounts could have been used for information gathering campaigns, as attackers had full access to the user's profile, friends list, and usage history.
Duo Labs researchers discovered that Apple was using serial numbers to authenticate devices with its Device Enrollment Program (DEP). If organizations treat DEP as a trust broker and assume DEP-registered devices are trusted, they expose themselves to a variety of risks, including rogue devices receiving internal network configuration settings.
Cloudflare has been working with the likes of Google, Mozilla, Fastly and Apple to make it harder for ISPs and other network operators from being able to see what sites users are visiting. Cloudflare has rolled out ESNI on its systems to see how well the experimental technical specification works to hide user activity online.
The privacy questions raised by Google's recent changes in how Chrome handles user login, but that doesn't necessarily mean the changes are nefarious.