What Is Bitdefender BOX?
This is a hard one to explain because people think that most security is done either on your PC (with software) or on your router (hardware protection). But, this is where Bitdefender steps in with their hardware offering in the Bitdefender BOX 2, the successor to the original BOX device.
The new BOX is the same hardware security appliance that the original one was, which works with your modem or router, but it can also function as the router if you don't already have one.
BOX can protect your various devices that are running Windows, Mac OS or Android... but it can also protect iOS devices, Kindle-based devices, smart TVs, consoles, smart thermostats, and any other internet-connected device. It's not just a simple solution, it's an all-round security solution.
BOX 1 + BOX 2: What Are The Differences?
There are some rather large hardware-based changes between the BOX 1 and BOX 2, with the original BOX packing a single-core CPU at 400MHz, 64MB DDR2, 16MB flash, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, and 100Mbps of throughput.
BOX 2 is beast in comparison, increasing the CPU up to a dual-core chip at 1.2GHz (300% faster, double the cores). RAM goes up to 1GB, flash memory up to 4GB, 802.11ac MiMo Wi-Fi, and 1Gbps of throughput. BOX 2 is a serious upgrade from BOX 1, with specifications magnitudes better than its predecessor.
Amazon have their evil tentacles in as many places as you can imagine, including a huge $10 billion deal with The Pentagon, so the news of a 1984-style facial recognition technology system shouldn't surprise you, at all.
The new surveillance system is reportedly called "Rekognition", with Amazon having a huge library of "tens of millions of faces" that will see it track up to 100 individuals in a given image, and then analyze their identity. Don't worry about your privacy as this is all for security and your personal safety.
Don't think that Amazon's super-secret Rekognition system is just a pipe dream, it is already deployed in some US cities. Washington County Sheriff's Office is already using Rekognition to reduce the time suspect identification takes, down from multiple days to a few minutes.
Intel is set to go through another battle with security holes in its CPUs with a revised version of Spectre found, with 8 new Spectre-like issues discovered.
Spectre Next Generation, or Spectre NG is what it's called, with Intel recently being notified of the security holes. 4 of them were rated high, while the remaining 4 were medium severity. The technical details behind Spectre NG haven't been announced, but we know that they will be similar or worse than the original Spectre, which was bad enough.
Intel is reportedly working on getting Spectre Next Generation problems fixed, with Microsoft and others working on OS level adjustments. There will reportedly be two new waves of updates, with the first coming soon and another reportedly in August, but these dates could vary depending on how bad Spectre NG really is.
Twitter has been hit in a big way today, with the social networking giant urging all of its 330 million users to change their passwords immediately after they were exposed in a bug in plain text.
The company wasn't hacked at all, with Twitter recommending people change their passwords out of an "abundance of caution". Twitter wants you to change your password on the site itself, and anywhere else that you've used that password, including third-party Twitter apps.
How did it happen? Well, Twitter says that the bug occurred through an issue in the hashing process, where it masks passwords by replacing them with a random string of characters that then get sorted on Twitter's system. An error in this process happened, so the passwords were then saved in plain text to an internal log. Twitter says they found the bug on their own, and removed the passwords and is working on it so it doesn't happen again.
It looks like hackers have breached the armor of Under Armour, the athletic apparel brand, with the data breach exposing details of over 150 million MyFitnessPal users.
The data breach exposes MyFitnessPal users' usernames, email addresses, and hashed passwords. Government-issued identifiers such as social security numbers and drivers licenses weren't exposed, as the app doesn't collect that sort of data, including credit cards.
The intrusion was detected in late-February, but Under Armour began working with authorities on March 25. Under Armour purchased MyFitnessPal in 2015 for $475 million.
Back in 2014 Yahoo experienced a hack that exposed close to 500 million accounts, and now a Canadian citizen has just recently pleaded guilty to assisting a Russian intelligence officers in the hack. 22-year-old Karim Baratov has been arrested while another three individuals are facing charges back in Russia.
Prosecutors have stated that two of the Russian hackers are working for the Russian spy agency FSB, while the third is known Russian hacker Alexsey Belan. Dmitry Dokuchaev and Igor Sushchin are believed to have directed the attack and are also the ones that contacted Baratov when their targets were compromised with email accounts outside of Yahoos system. California's U.S Attorney's Office dives deeper into the details of the case, fleshing out the scope of abundant charges.
"According to his plea agreement, Baratov's role in the charged conspiracy was to hack webmail accounts of individuals of interest to the FSB and send those accounts' passwords to Dokuchaev in exchange for money. As alleged in the indictment, Dokuchaev, Sushchin, and Belan compromised Yahoo's network and gained the ability to access Yahoo accounts. When they desired access to individual webmail accounts at a number of other internet service providers, such as Google and Yandex (based in Russia), Dokuchaev tasked Baratov to compromise such accounts."
For a spy agency that has the word 'security' in its title, the National Security Agency seems to be worse than a teenager downloading MP3s from LimeWire. The NSA has been busted again exposing top secret data to people, this time on the cloud.
UpGuard Director of Cyber Risk Research Chris Vickery discovered back on September 27 an Amazon Web Services S3 cloud storage bucket that was configured for totally open public access. This means that anyone can enter the URL and see what's inside of trhe bucket, which was located on the AWS subdomain "inscom". This folder had 47 viewable files and other folders inside, three of which could be downloaded.
INSCOM is the intelligence command that is controlled by both the US Army, and the NSA. The worst part of this news is that the folder wasn't password protected, which seems awfully stupid (there are worse words) of the NSA.
Inside of the folder is some super-secret NSA contents, with an Oracle Virtual Appliance (.ova) that was titled "ssdev". Vickery loaded this file in VirtualBox discovering that it contained a virtual HDD with a Linux-based OS that he reports was "likely used for receiving Defense Department data from a remote location. While the virtual OS and HD can be browsed in their functional states, most of the data cannot be accessed without connecting to Pentagon systems - an intrusion that malicious actors could have attempted, had they found this bucket".
Imgur has fallen victim to a data breach attack, following the recent hack and cover up from Uber, usernames and passwords have been compromised, totaling to 1.7 million user accounts.
This breach on Imgur has been reported to of happened in 2014 and only has just come to company's attention now. Responding quickly, Roy Sehgal, Chief Operating Officer released a statement on behalf of Imgur, saying that the company is investigating the origin of the hack and that it is possible that the hack occurred due to an "old algorithm that was used at the time."
"We are still investigating how the account information was compromised. We have always encrypted your password in our database, but it may have been cracked with brute force due to an older hashing algorithm (SHA-256) that was used at the time. We updated our algorithm to the new bcrypt algorithm last year. We recommend that you use a different combination of email and password for every site and application. Please always use strong passwords and update them frequently."
It seems we can't go a week without a major breach in security at a huge company, with T-Mobile's website now reportedly hacked and the data from 76 million of its users could be exposed.
Security researcher Karak Saini discovered the bug in the wsg.t-mobile.com API, where if someone searched for someone else's number, the API sending back the data would include that users' data. The data in question included users' email addresses, IMSI network code, billing account data, and more. All hackers had to do was know, or guess a user's phone number, and they could have virtually all of that person's information, and more.
Saini spoke with Motherboard, where he said: "T-Mobile has 76 million customers, and an attacker could have ran a script to scrape the data (email, name, billing account number, IMSI number, other numbers under the same account which are usually family members) from all 76 million of these customers to create a searchable database with accurate and up-to-date information of all users".
VPNs are used in all different ways with all sorts of different people, but 4TFY has hit Kickstarter offering itself as an "easy-to-use, cost-effective VPN service".
The Kickstarter page for 4TFY continues, saying that their VPN service "allows you to hide your browsing activity from both your government and internet service provider, bypass government-imposed censorship, access geo-blocked content, mask your IP address, hide your physical location, and encrypt your internet traffic for greater browsing security".
The reason 4TFY caught my attention is that it is just $89 for a lifetime VPN service, blowing other VPN services out of the water that charge $89 per year on average. 4TFY is very aware of the "mass government surveillance is now the norm", offering the lifetime VPN service so that "your activities are not recorded and that you are able to access any content, anywhere, anytime. We do this by masking your IP address, by encrypting your internet traffic, and by passing this traffic through one on our highly secure servers".