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.
Recent reports have highlighted Chrome Cleanup, a lesser-known security feature in Chrome that looks for potentially harmful software that can potentially hijack the web browser. While good for user security, Google should make information about the tool easier to understand and easier to find.
Whenever there is a breach or security incident, the infosec quarterbacks are out in full force, speculating what went wrong and pointing out what "should" have been done. Empathy is needed to share what worked and what didn't, not smug superiority. Security is for everyone.
Facebook is severing ties with data brokers, those companies that sit on piles of user data such as voter rolls, property records, purchase histories, and other databases. It's bad news for advertisers, but will it improve user privacy?
Much like Spectre, BranchScope is an attack that focuses on the processor's branch prediction system. That doesn't mean the processors are hopelessly vulnerable. It just means that as more researchers start exploring various features in modern CPUs, more issues will be found.
Many Internet of Things manufacturers handled security by disabling hardware debugging and locking down the firmware. Security researchers need to bypass these barriers so that they can find and help fix the actual security issues. A researcher talks about a technique gets researchers down to the silicon level.