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Weekend news review: April 14-18


  • Heartbleed bug not leveraged for surveillance, NSA says

    After a Bloomberg article reported that unnamed sources indicated that the NSA knew of the major flaw and utilized it for surveillance purposes, the agency denied the claims.

  • Researchers find Android security issue in app permissions protocol

    Analysts discovered an Android app permissions issue, which could ultimately allow a crafty saboteur to redirect users to spurious sites using malicious apps.

  • Heartbleed bug could be a scapegoat for older breaches

    Researched proved the Heartbleed bug was real in a challenge issued by CloudFlare to prove private keys can be stolen, right around the time companies are claiming they were breached because of the critical flaw.

  • Pentagon to triple its security workforce by 2016

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Pentagon efforts to strengthen its U.S. Cyber Command in coming years. The agency expects to trip its security staff to 6,000 people by 2016.

  • Study indicates that SQL injection continues to be a pervasive threat

    SQL injection attacks remain a pervasive threat to most organizations with 65 percent of respondents in a Ponemon Institute study report indicating that they had experienced one or more attacks that evaded their perimeter defense.

  • Researchers uncover critical flaws impacting satellite communications

    Security firm IOActive found that widely used satellite communications (SATCOM) terminals, which are often used by the military, government and industrial sectors, were vulnerable to a number of critical vulnerabilities.

  • Arrested Canadian hacker ‘believed’ to have exploited Heartbleed bug

    Stephen Solis-Reyes, a 19-year-old man that authorities believe leveraged the now infamous bug to steal sensitive information from the Canada Revenue Agency, was arrested by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), without incident, at his home in London, Ontario.

  • POS malware risks millions of payment cards for Michaels

    An investigation dating back to January has finally confirmed that malware on the point-of-sale systems may have compromised payment card data for millions of Michaels Stores and Aaron Brothers customers.

The infamous Heartbleed bug once again made headlines this week, as well as news coming out of the Pentagon regarding its security workforce, and a new development in the investigation into the potential Michaels credit card breach. For more insight on these articles visit our news section by clicking here.