By Jim Finkle BOSTON (Reuters) - The world's biggest technology companies are donating millions of dollars to fund improvements in open source programs like OpenSSL, the software whose "Heartbleed" bug has sent the computer industry into turmoil. Amazon.com Inc, Cisco Systems Inc, Facebook Inc, Google Inc, IBM, Intel Corp and Microsoft Corp are among a dozen companies that have agreed to be founding members of a group known as Core Infrastructure Initiative. Each will donate $300,000 to the venture, which is recruiting more backers among technology companies as well as the financial services sector. Other early supporters are Dell, Fujitsu Ltd NetApp Inc, Rackspace Hosting Inc and VMware Inc. The industry is stepping up after the group of developers who volunteer to maintain OpenSSL revealed that they received donations averaging about $2,000 a year to support the project, whose code is used to secure two-thirds of the world's websites and is incorporated into products from many of the world's most profitable technology companies.
By Jeremy Wagstaff SINGAPORE (Reuters) - The next hacker playground: the open seas - and the oil tankers and container vessels that ship 90 percent of the goods moved around the planet. Somali pirates help choose their targets by viewing navigational data online, prompting ships to either turn off their navigational devices, or fake the data so it looks like they're somewhere else; While data on the extent of the maritime industry's exposure to cyber crime is hard to come by, a study of the related energy sector by insurance brokers Willis this month found that the industry "may be sitting on an uninsured time bomb". Globally, it estimated that cyber attacks against oil and gas infrastructure will cost energy companies close to $1.9 billion by 2018.
By Noel Randewich SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Qualcomm Inc on Wednesday posted its smallest quarterly revenue increase since 2010 as it wrestles with a smartphone market that is losing steam and shifting to China, sending its shares lower. With expansion in the smartphone industry moving away from wealthy markets such as the United States and toward China and other developing countries, where consumers favor less expensive devices, Qualcomm's once-impressive revenue growth is tapering off and it is focusing on costs to preserve its profitability. It was far lower than the quarterly growth rates of over 20 percent that Qualcomm investors until recently have been accustomed to. Less growth than expected in recent months in China, where China Mobile is preparing to launch a new, faster network with 4G, or LTE, technology, hurt Qualcomm's results in the quarter, Chief Executive Steve Mollenkopf told Reuters.
Watch Dogs is already one of the most hyped game releases of the spring, but Ubisoft’s clever marketing campaign might convince a whole new crowd to check the game out. Digital Shadow is a website being run by Ubisoft which allows Facebook users to see just how vulnerable their information could be to an outside source. By allowing the site to access your account, Digital Shadow will let you know within seconds which contacts you regularly interact with, which words you use most often in status updates and when you’re active on the social network. The more frightening breaches appear at the bottom of the page. Digital Shadow can not only pinpoint your location on a map — it also estimates your salary and
By Jim Finkle BOSTON (Reuters) - The FBI has warned healthcare providers their cybersecurity systems are lax compared to other sectors, making them vulnerable to attacks by hackers searching for Americans' personal medical records and health insurance data. Health data is far more valuable to hackers on the black market than credit card numbers because it tends to contain details that can be used to access bank accounts or obtain prescriptions for controlled substances. "The healthcare industry is not as resilient to cyber intrusions compared to the financial and retail sectors, therefore the possibility of increased cyber intrusions is likely," the Federal Bureau of Investigation said in a private notice it has been distributing to healthcare providers, obtained by Reuters.
As of Wednesday, Google is putting past images from its Street View service online, to be matched up with the most recent take. Since the company has visited many major routes multiple times since starting their project to collect the globe, it's now possible to see how places have changed over time. But when it is, anyone using Google Maps on a browser will be able to click a clock icon in the upper lefthand corner of a street view map to scroll through the images over time. Here's Google's example of the Freedom Tower being built: Google Google released a handful of spliced images to show some of the more interesting changes, below:
Heartbleed was an abrupt but necessary reminder that when it comes to the Internet, nothing is safe. The massive OpenSSL security hole was discovered earlier this month, and it affected 66% of the entire Internet at the time of its discovery. Most large websites have patched the bug by now and Heartbleed chatter across the Web is inevitably starting to die down. But as one security expert recently pointed out, patching Heartbleed hardly makes the Internet safe again. “In the wake of the HeartBleed vulnerability, many organizations and hosting providers have lulled themselves into a false sense of security by relying on Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS) to automatically deal with HeartBleed attacks,” Halon Security CEO Jonas Falck said recently. “IDS
The threat from hackers is very real and a new report shows that things are only getting worse. We recently told you about a terrifying new interactive map that shows global cyberattacks happening in real time. If that map seemed surprisingly busy to you, it’s because it is — a new study from Akamai shows that hackers attacked websites 75% more frequently in the fourth quarter last year than in the previous quarter. The study, which was picked up on Wednesday by Engadget, covers DDoS attacks launched against websites around the world. Akamai says that business websites were the most likely targets and the odds of a repeat attack are now one in three. A disconcerting 43% of all DDoS attacks in the
(Reuters) - Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, the world's third-biggest smartphone manufacturer, plans to spend $300 million on global marketing in 2014, a senior executive said on Wednesday. "This year Huawei will spend $300 million on marketing," Shao Yang, Huawei's vice president of marketing for its consumer business, told Reuters on the sidelines of a press conference on Wednesday in Shenzhen, China, where the company is headquartered. "In 2014, we are aiming our sales efforts at improving our branding image," Eric Xu, Huawei's acting CEO, said last month.
By Yimou Lee SHENZHEN, China (Reuters) - China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, the world's No.2 telecoms equipment maker, on Wednesday shrugged off analysts' concerns that its growth will suffer from media reports alleging the United States accessed servers at its Shenzhen headquarters. The New York Times and Der Spiegel last month cited documents leaked by former U.S. security contractor Edward Snowden as saying the National Security Agency (NSA) obtained sensitive data and monitored Huawei executives' communications. Analysts at a conference in Shenzhen raised concerns about Huawei's business suffering from similar worries over the security of its products, following the New York Times and Der Spiegel reports. "On the NSA ... it does not have a big impact on business growth," Eric Xu, Huawei's executive vice president and one of its rotating CEOs, told an analyst conference on Wednesday in Shenzhen.
China's military faces a "severe and complex" task in maintaining secrecy, especially given the widespread use of the internet and mobile communications, and needs to ensure security is tightened, a top military paper said on Wednesday. Secrecy is needed to ensure that the Chinese army is capable of both waging war and winning, the People's Liberation Army Daily said, citing a document approved by President Xi Jinping and issued by the powerful Central Military Commission.
Under Tim Cook, Apple’s innovation and launch process has taken a somewhat vanilla turn, but with the highly anticipated iPhone 6 in the works, there is hope for the tech giant to reclaim their mobile throne. The Wire poured through the rumors, leaks, and conjectures to put together this comprehensive list of what the tech world is expecting from Apple’s next round of mobile devices. Keep in mind, none of these details have been confirmed by Apple, but they are best educated guesses from Apple watchers who a have pretty a good track record about these things. The names being tossed around are: iPhone Air, iPhone phablet, iPhone 6
Kelso’s Quest is the latest creation from Avocoder, the mobile app developer behind Toasty Boy, a Flappy Bird parody that managed to crack the top 100 free games chart on the App Store last month. Unlike Toasty Boy, Kelso’s Quest is a completely original title, mixing in elements of the puzzle and adventure genres as the eponymous Kelso journeys through treacherous environments in search of his kidnapped son. At the end of each set of levels, Kelso will face off against a boss, learning more about the motivations behind the kidnapping as he takes down a variety of evil beasts. Kelso’s Quest is expected to launch on the App Store this week and Google Play in the future. The full trailer follows below.
"The bad guys are winning," according to Verizon's 2014 Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) that says there's large increase in cyber crime. d the report's lead author Wade Baker says " But somehow that's not all bad news? According to the authors, this year more than 63,000 security incidents were analyzed, but the high figure shouldn't be too intimidating: This evolution of the DBiR reflects the experience of many security practitioners and executives who know that an incident needn’t result in data exfiltration for it to have a significant impact on the targeted business. The report, which has been compiled by Verizon's security arm every year for the last decade, finds that 97 percent of crimes fall into nine categories of security breaches, including point of sales intrusions, web app attacks, cyber espionage, insider misuse, card skimmers, DoS attacks, crimeware, miscellaneous errors and physical theft.
(This story changes Mandalah description in the 30th paragraph, company name in the 31st paragraph) By Sophie Knight TOKYO (Reuters) - In June 2011, when customers of now-bankrupt bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox agitated for proof that the Tokyo-based firm was still solvent after a hacking attack, CEO Mark Karpeles turned to the comedy science fiction novel "The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy". During an online chat, Karpeles moved the equivalent of $170 million in bitcoin at today's market rates - the virtual equivalent of a bank manager flashing a wad of cash in a wallet to establish credit. The gesture - with a sly wink to the "geek" culture Karpeles believed he shared with many of his 50,000 customers at the time, including an interest in coding, Japanese manga comics and science fiction - succeeded. By moving 424,242 bitcoins, Karpeles, then 26, evoked the random number, 42, described as the "meaning of life" in Douglas Adams' sci-fi novel.
Facebook is about to launch a mobile advertising network that could potentially take on Google’s. According to Re/code, Facebook will launch its mobile advertising network at the end of this month during the annual F8 developer conference. Re/code didn’t have much more information about the network, but the move makes sense for Facebook. Facebook has incredibly rich data on its users, allowing advertisers to target specific segments of the population. Right now, though, those ads only appear on Facebook’s own apps and website. With a mobile ad network, other app developers will be able to show Facebook-powered ads in their own apps, providing these developers a new way to monetize their apps without charging users for them. For Facebook, a
While most reports detail Android malware efforts from malicious parties looking to take advantage of Android’s popularity in order to steal personal data and money from users, iOS isn’t completely safe from malware. A Reddit user has discovered an application running in the background on an iOS device that turned out to be a malware application hunting for Apple IDs. However, there’s a big catch that allows the app to work: the attacked iOS devices have to be jailbroken first. Moreover, the user will have to download certain apps from untrusted sources after the jailbreak, to get this new piece of software. “I’ve been having crashes in Snapchat and Google Hangouts starting within the last week or so, Reddit user tdvx wrote. “After
A fake Android anti-virus application managed to fool many customers into buying it, even though it didn’t really have any anti-virus features. The $3.99 quickly rose through the ranks, reaching the top of the Google Play Store sales charts before Android Police discovered the truth behind it. The application was removed from the store once the fraud had been uncovered, but the fact still remained that more than 10,000 users purchased it – The Guardian says more than 30,000 buyers were duped. However it looks like Google has taken the issue into its own hands and it’s making amends to those affected. Android Police reports that Google is now refunding those Android devices users that purchased Virus Shield, and throwing on top
By Sophie Knight TOKYO (Reuters) - In June 2011, when customers of now-bankrupt bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox agitated for proof that the Tokyo-based firm was still solvent after a hacking attack, CEO Mark Karpeles turned to the comedy science fiction novel "The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy". During an online chat, Karpeles moved the equivalent of $170 million in bitcoin at today's market rates - the virtual equivalent of a bank manager flashing a wad of cash in a wallet to establish credit. The gesture - with a sly wink to the "geek" culture Karpeles believed he shared with many of his 50,000 customers at the time, including an interest in coding, Japanese manga comics and science fiction - succeeded. By moving 424,242 bitcoins, Karpeles, then 26, evoked the random number, 42, described as the "meaning of life" in Douglas Adams' sci-fi novel.
By Chris Francescani NEW YORK (Reuters) - Americans with accounts on President Barack Obama's health insurance enrollment website, HealthCare.gov, were advised that their passwords had been reset to guard against the "Heartbleed" bug, in a message posted on the site on Saturday. The warning marks the latest fallout from the widespread security bug, which surfaced this month and allows hackers to steal data online without a trace. Companies from Amazon.com Inc to Google Inc. have been forced to take steps to protect against Heartbleed. HealthCare.gov, a health insurance exchange for the 36 states that opted out of creating their own state insurance exchanges, was created under Obama's signature health care law, the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Old-school RPG fans still get nostalgic when you bring up Baldur’s Gate, the classic Bioware D&D-based adventure that set the standard for computer RPGs when it was released all the way back in 1998. In fact, the Balur’s Gate series’s popularity has been so enduring that studio Beamdog has overhauled it with improved graphics and features while also adding touch controls to make it easy to play on tablets. Although Beamdog released its Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition for the iPad a while ago, the studio has finally gotten around to porting it to Android, and it’s now available on the Google Play store for $9.99. Although the iPad version of the overhauled Baldur’s Gate received mixed marks for its buggy controls,
It’s pretty safe to say that computer science Professor Willy Susilo won’t be relying on a fingerprint scanner to keep his mobile phone secure. In an interview with The Sydney Morning Herald, Susilo says that the fingerprint scanners used by Apple and Samsung are mere “gimmicks” that hackers can easily fool and that don’t give users and real biometric security. That said, Susilo doesn’t think that this means biometrics have no place mobile security. In fact he’s very bullish on two different kinds of biometrics scanners that may one day grace our smartphones: Retina scanners and vein scanners. Susilo is more optimistic about vein scanners, mostly because there are concerns among biometrics researchers that iris scanners could present cancer risks. Another advantage to
Well, here’s something happy to think about as you head into the weekend. Phys.org brings us word that three former NASA astronauts are going to present new research next week showing that there have been 26 asteroid crashes since 2001 that have caused “atomic-bomb-scale explosions” that have fortunately been far away from major population centers. The research, which was conducted by the B612 Foundation, used data from a nuclear weapons warning network to measure the impact of major asteroid strikes on the Earth’s surface. “This network has detected 26 multi-kiloton explosions since 2001, all of which are due to asteroid impacts,” explained B612 Foundation CEO Ed Lu, a physicist who worked at NASA from 1994 until 2007. “It shows that asteroid impacts are
Michaels Stores finally confirmed on Thursday that the credit card data of nearly 3 million customers was compromised in a recent data breach. A company subsidiary, Aaron Brothers, had up to 400,000 customer credit cards compromised by the breach, while Michaels Stores reported about 2.6 million vulnerable cards. The company concluded that the data breach happened at a limited number of point-of-sale systems at Michaels stores, using "highly sophisticated malware" not previously encountered by the security firms hired to investigate the breach. Michaels confirmed that it is aware of a "limited number" of fraudulent charges potentially connected to the breach.
After LaCie announced earlier this week it was the victim of a massive credit card breach that lasted for a year, crafts store Michaels revealed in a press release that hackers may have stolen credit card data for 3 million of its customers, including buyers that shopped at its Aaron Brothers subsidiary. The company has hired two independent security firms to conduct an extensive investigation, which revealed that payment systems in Michaels and Aaron Brothers stores were attacked by “highly sophisticated malware” that had not been seen before by either firm. While the malware has been neutralized at this time, the company determined that the hack was quite extensive, allowing hackers to steal certain payment information including card number and
Android users have yet another piece of malware to worry about. PC World points out a technique that is specifically targeting Facebook users who use mobile banking. On computers infected with this trojan, users will see a message when visiting Facebook’s website alerting them that “due to a rising number of attempts in order to gain unlawful access to the personal information of our users and to prevent corrupted page data to spread Facebook administration introduces new extra safety protection system.” If users click on the alert, they will then be directed to a page that instructs them to specify their mobile operating system and phone number. After that, they are then given a QR code for downloading an app on
(Reuters) - Michaels Stores Inc, the biggest U.S. arts and crafts retailer, on Thursday confirmed that there was a security breach at certain systems that process payment cards at its U.S. stores and that of its unit, Aaron Brothers. The company said in January that it was working with federal law enforcement officials to investigate a possible data breach. Michaels Stores said the breach, which took place between May 8, 2013 and January 27, 2014, may have affected about 2.6 million cards, or about 7 percent of payment cards used at its stores during the period. There was no evidence that data such as customers' name or personal identification number were at risk, Michaels Stores said in a statement.
Siri is getting a lot of competition from Google Now and Microsoft’s Cortana these days, but some young hackers have just made Siri much more useful, even if they did so without Apple’s permission. Engadget draws our attention to GoogolPlex, a new hack for Siri developed by a quartet of freshmen at the University of Pennsylvania that lets you use Apple’s voice-enabled personal assistant to adjust the temperature on your Nest thermostat or to shuffle through your Spotify playlist. What makes this particular hack really great is that it’s extremely easy to set up. First, you need to go to your Wi-Fi settings on your iOS device and click on the “i” icon next to the network you’re connected to. From there,
It took German "researchers" at SRLabs just four days to created a fake fingerprint using wood glue that can bypass the scanner on the brand new Samsung Galaxy S5. Unlike the iPhone, the Samsung Galaxy S5 is integrated with PayPal, and the fingerprint scanner is used to authorize transactions and money transfers in the device. PayPal issued a statement in regards to the security scare: “PayPal never stores or even has access to your actual fingerprint with authentication on the Galaxy S5. Brett McDowell, head of ecosystem security at PayPal, believes that this hack proves only a very minor threat: “This is not something you can do on any number of devices.
By Jim Finkle and Ross Kerber BOSTON (Reuters) - American Funds, the No. 3 U.S. mutual fund family, advised some customers to change user names and passwords on Wednesday as the number of companies and people affected by the notorious "Heartbleed" bug grows. American Funds also advised customers who logged into Americanfunds.com from December 12, 2013 to April 14 to create new security questions and delete their browsing history. Heartbleed refers to a security bug in software known as OpenSSL used in about two-thirds of all websites and many other technology products. Dan Guido, chief executive of cybersecurity startup Trail of Bits, said more warnings are likely because no company will want to be remiss in trying to protect customers.