You’re Really Only Safe If Your Employees Never Open Their Email
Estimated as 91%, by Trend Micro: The number of security breaches that begin with a phishing or spear-phishing email. SSL.com is here to protect your traffic, and any number of anti-malware programs can try to flag malicious attachments from your mail – however, social engineering has been with us since before the Trojan War and is still darned hard to guard against.
Netflix Moving Pix to HTTPS
Announced, by the media-streaming giant: An initiative to encrypt all content delivered to you, including and most interestingly the video stream itself, over the next year. This will necessarily require some innovative design on both the software and hardware end of things, and which we will look at in greater detail in an upcoming article. Content deliverers have historically used encryption methods only to fence in their own content (and generally pretty terrible methods, too, as this link shows – it’s NSFW, if you squint) so Netflix taking this nontrivial step to secure content is very welcome indeed.
Vote Early and Often – Then Hack the Machine, Just to Be Sure
Decertified, By the Virginia Board of Elections: the Advanced Voting Systems WINVote electronic voting system, after an audit found a slew of issues that you wouldn’t let stand in your grandmother’s computer, let alone a device supposedly designed to insure a free and fair vote. What kind of issues? Administrator access via the password “admin”. Always-on Wi-Fi, “secured” by massively obsolete WEP encryption. An OS unpatched since perhaps 2004. And what’s this USB port for over here?
Better Late Than Never, We Guess
Disabled in Internet Explorer 11, by Microsoft: SSL 3.0, the protocol exploited in last winter’s POODLE unpleasantness. To be fair, the folks from Redmond did disable default SSL 3.0 fallback (the vector for POODLE attack) – in February.
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