Security

Edward Snowden to speak at South by Southwest

NSA leaker Edward Snowden will be on hand for an interview at South by Southwest Monday, but federal agents won't have anyone to arrest for espionage.

South by Southwest announced today that Snowden -- who is living in exile in Russia after his famous leak of countless documents detailing NSA surveillance -- will speak during the "Interactive" portion of the annual Austin, Texas, festival Monday at 11 a.m. Central by satellite. He will be in conversation with Christopher Soghoian, the American Civil Liberties Union's principal technologist.

The conversation will be focused on the impact of … Read more

Colbert turns his funny gun on Snowden in RSA keynote

SAN FRANCISCO -- Don't mistake this for something out of the mouth of Stephen Colbert's ultra-conservative, Bill O'Reilly-modeled TV persona: The popular funnyman actually believes that former NSA contractor and domestic spying whistleblower Edward Snowden should come back to the US and face trial.

In front of more than 6,000 people at the RSA Conference's closing keynote at the Moscone Center here, Colbert had the audience roaring within minutes over his jokes about computer security and encryption.

Colbert described the conference jokingly as a place where the best security experts "gather, talk shop, and … Read more

Klocwork: Our source code analyzer caught Apple's 'gotofail' bug

It was a single repeated line of code -- "goto fail" -- that left millions of Apple users vulnerable to Internet attacks until the company finally fixed it Tuesday.

That OS X security vulnerability, which also affected iOS users, arose out of Apple's custom implementation of a security standard known as SSL/TLS. By including the "goto fail" line twice in a row, the normal error check for some types of encryption signatures fails.

Now Klocwork, a company that makes source code analysis tools, is demonstrating that its product would have caught the errant second &… Read more

Yahoo taps TrustyCon co-founder Alex Stamos for chief information security officer

Yahoo has named Alex Stamos, current chief technology officer for security firm Artemis and co-founder of TrustyCon, as its next chief information security officer, Recode's Arik Hesseldahl is reporting based on sources familiar with the matter.

The company's last CISO, Justin Somaini, left Yahoo more than a year ago. Stamos, a well-known member of the industry and frequent face on the stage of prominent security conferences, will be filling the role starting March 10 and reporting directly to CEO Marissa Mayer. His position at Artemis remains unclear at this time.

On February 27, Stamos and a group of … Read more

TrustyCon's RSA Conference rebels promise more to come

SAN FRANCISCO -- What started as a one-man boycott of the annual RSA Conference here in response to the confab's parent company's ties to the National Security Agency has begun to blossom into a broader movement to reclaim the trust of technology and Internet users.

Alex Stamos, co-organizer of the event -- nicknamed TrustyCon -- and chief technology officer at the security firm Artemis, took the stage in Theater 14 at the AMC Metreon multiplex to explain just why the Trustworthy Computing Conference was needed in the first place. After all, with Security B-Sides earlier in the week, … Read more

Google keeps an ever-closer eye on non-Play Store apps

SAN FRANCISCO -- Android owners who use apps installed from outside of the Play Store will soon find their devices just a smidge safer, as Google announced at the RSA Conference here that Verify Apps will soon keep an eye on non-Play Store apps even after you install them.

Adrian Ludwig, Google's Android security engineer lead, said the change builds on the Verify Apps security feature introduced last year. He explained the change during a talk on how Google has created a secure open-source operating system.

When the Verify Apps option is checked, Google will scan apps installed outside … Read more

Bitcoin exchanges reportedly served with subpoenas

Mt. Gox and other Bitcoin exchanges have reportedly received subpoenas from a US Attorney investigating their handling of the recent cyberattacks launched against them.

Citing "a source familiar with the probe," Reuters said on Thursday that the subpoenas from Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara were sent to Mt. Gox, other Bitcoin exchanges, and businesses that deal in the virtual currency. The investigation is focused on the recent distributed denial of service attacks that forced Mt. Gox and other exchanges to suspend withdrawals.

A spokesman for Bharara declined to comment to Reuters. A spokeswoman for the attorney's … Read more

Google, Microsoft agree: Cloud is now safe enough to use

SAN FRANCISCO -- Nevermind Microsoft's awkward "Scroogled" anti-Google campaign. When it comes to cloud security, the two giants are practically best buds.

At the annual RSA Conference held at the Moscone Center here on Wednesday, Microsoft Chief Information Security Officer Bret Arsenault and Google Director of Security for Google Apps Eran Feigenbaum explained their stances on cloud security at a panel also featuring noted independent security expert Bruce Schneier and Verizon's data breach risk team expert, Wade Baker.

Schneier said that the way to make the cloud more secure depends entirely on the ability of companies … Read more

RSA protests by DEF CON groups, Code Pink draw ire

The RSA security conference (where the world's security companies come to do business with each other), opened its doors this week in San Francisco to a wide range of protests by security professionals who would otherwise be attending and speaking at the conference.

The protests might be called "obnoxious," "pointless" and "first world outrage " -- but the protesters affiliated with hacker conference DEF CON, organization Code Pink, and sold-out opposition conference "TrustyCon" are getting everyone's attention this week.

Wednesday's protest by two noted DEF CON -affiliated organizations (Vegas 2.… Read more

Spring clean with Revo Uninstaller Pro

If you're an app aficionado, you've heard of Revo Uninstaller. It has been praised as one of the best uninstaller programs for PCs and runs circles around the default Windows uninstaller. Thanks to the folks at Revo, you can now get this essential toolkit for only $15.70 -- 60 percent off the regular price of $39.25.

A combination uninstaller and Registry cleaner, Revo Uninstaller Pro is one of the first program that new computer owners should install. This premier software allows you to remove installed applications quickly, while efficiently cleaning up leftover files and Registry keys, … Read more