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Yahoo Pays Big to Bug Hunters

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TechCrunch has just reported that Yahoo has paid bug hunters $700,000 in rewards during the Bug Bounty Program’s first year.

The program is a reaction to the security community’s complaints that the company was taking advantage of researchers by paying them a mere $12.50 in company vouchers for finding weaknesses in Yahoo’s products. In an attempt to clean up their image among the security community Yahoo is boasting that it has paid out over $700,000 to more than 600 researchers so far. – And has even sent out some T-shirts to researchers who find vulnerabilities of significant value.

With the launch of the Bug Bounty Program, payouts have gone from $12.50 to a range of $50 to a maximum of $15,000.

 

Read the TechCrunch article here.

Uncertainty Just Before iPhone 6 Release

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The theft of high profile celebrity selfies coupled with a feeling that Apple has become stagnant in the area of innovation has investers nervous just before the release of the iPhone 6. Apple has been taking steps to beef up the security of its iCloud service but confidence is still wobbly.   You can read…

Password Management

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Keeping Your Accounts Secure It seems that each new week brings another alert about hackers stealing account information and a warning to change your passwords. Having a strong password is not enough, criminals can get to your account through weaknesses that are outside of your control. Constantly changing passwords makes managing those passwords challenging. There…

Scaling Back Windows 8

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TechCrunch has a great article on the direction of the next Windows operating system. It appears that the mobile emphasis of Windows 8 will be more balanced in the next operating system offering. The result is the same app-store and live tiles, but with a more Windows 7 like desktop experience.   Read  the TechCrunch article…

Microsoft.com 20 Years Ago

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For throw back Thursday, the Microsoft blog The Fire Hose has posted some great old school screen shots of Microsoft.com over the past 20 years. Check these screenshots out here.

More Than 1 Billion Passwords Stolen

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The Washington Post reports that Russian hackers have stolen more than 1 billion (with a ‘b’) passwords. This breach was made by the group dubbed CyberVor and was discovered by Hold Security of Milwaukee. Some of the passwords have been sold and others have been used to disseminate spam. Users are advised to change their passwords….

A Major Blow to the CryptoLocker Ransomware

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FOX-IT and FireEye have partnered together and have been able to recover the private keys used in the CryptoLocker encryption which locks users out of their own files. They have also been able to reverse engineer the devastating ransomware. As a result of their efforts infected users can go to their website, upload an encrypted…

Is Your Car Vulnerable to Attacks?

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As we pack cars with a growing level of tech, such perks and features could leave your car vulnerable to hackers and the results could be extremely serious. As CNN reported, researchers have demonstrated that cars can have brakes disabled or even have the steering wheel commandeered. These tests however were done with the hacker sitting…

Are USB Vulnerabilities Worse Than They Seem?

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As you may already know, USB drives can infect computers with malware or other malicious software. Many liken the situation to reusing a contaminated needle. At present there aren’t many tools that address this potential entry point for hackers, so it is wise to be cautious with USB drives and what is stored on them as…

Is Fitness Tech Bad for Your Identity’s Health?

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How would you like to tell cyber criminals When and where you usually go running, Where you live, Your age, sex, height, and weight, Where and when you are on vacation? If you use wearable fitness devices and someone hacks one of these gadgets, that as well as other information about you is exactly what the attacker…