Category Archives: Security

The Secret Life of Passwords

We despise them – yet we imbue them with our hopes and dreams, our dearest memories, our deepest meanings. They unlock much more than our accounts. Howard Lutnick, the chief executive of Cantor Fitzgerald, one of the world’s largest financial-services firms, still cries when he talks about it. Not long after the planes struck the…
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NSA Director Warns of ‘Dramatic’ Cyberattack in Next Decade

The director of the National Security Agency issued a warning Thursday about cyberthreats emerging from other countries against networks running critical U.S. infrastructure systems. Adm. Michael Rogers said he expects a major cyberattack against the U.S. in the next decade. “It’s only a matter of the ‘when,’ not the ‘if,’ that we are going to…
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'Shellshock' Computer Bug May Be As Serious As 'Heartbleed' Vulnerability

BOSTON, Sept 25 (Reuters) - Hackers have launched attacks exploiting the newly identified "Shellshock" computer bug, researchers warned on Thursday, as news surfaced that an initial patch for the issue was incomplete, suggesting even updated systems were vulnerable. The attacks came as security experts scrambled to determine how many systems and what types of computers…
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Health care data of 1 million N.J. patients compromised since 2009 | NJ.com

About a month ago, Jersey City Medical Center patients were surprised to receive a letter informing them that the hospital had lost a compact disc loaded with unencrypted sensitive patient data. The trove of information lost in the mail included Social Security numbers, payment information and admission dates for Medicaid patients. The data was out…
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5 Million Gmail Usernames And Associated Passwords Leaked

It's time to change your Gmail password -- again. Around 5 million Gmail usernames and associated passwords were leaked on a Russian Internet forum on Tuesday. Thankfully, less than 2 percent of real, current username and password combinations, or about 100,000, were released, Google's Spam & Abuse Team wrote in a blog post. Many are…
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