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U.S. Gov’t Changed Your HealthCare.gov Password Because of Heartbleed

Heartbleed, the gaping flaw that left the internet’s security gate wide open for more than two years, is causing headaches for yet another site: the beleagured Healthcare.gov . The government says the site has not been compromised, but officials have reset all user passwords "out of an abundance of caution." Heartbleed’s not done causing heartburn [...]

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CrowdCurity shines a security spotlight to the bitcoin industry with crowdsourced bug bounties

We’ve all heard of the healthy rewards available to ethical hackers who report bugs and system vulnerabilities to major corporations like Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and PayPal. But what of the tens of thousands of other corporations behind the software and web applications the world relies on everyday? How do they leverage the wisdom of the [...]

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CrowdCurity shines a security spotlight to the bitcoin industry with crowdsourced bug bounties

We’ve all heard of the healthy rewards available to ethical hackers who report bugs and system vulnerabilities to major corporations like Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and PayPal. But what of the tens of thousands of other corporations behind the software and web applications the world relies on everyday? How do they leverage the wisdom of the [...]

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Google Street View Accidentally Made an Algorithm That Cracks CAPTCHAs

House numbers on Google Street View can turn up as blobby, blurry things, so its engineers built a pretty crazy neural network to decipher them. Except this algorithm also turns out to be very very good at deciphering other blobby, blurry texts—like CAPTCHAs, which it cracks with 99 percent accuracy. Take that, human. Read more… [...]

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Canadian man is the first arrested for Heartbleed-related hacking

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police announced today that a 19-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly taking advantage of the Heartbleed bug to steal tax information from a government website. He is believed to have compromised some 900 social insurance numbers (Canada’s equivalent of Social Security numbers). This marks the first arrest related to the [...]

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Behind the App: The Story of Lookout

Even before the days of iPhones and Androids, the team at Lookout has been protecting smartphones from security flaws and developing tools to deal with stolen phones. We caught up with co-founder and CTO Kevin Mahaffey to learn what led to the founding of the company and the development of the present-day app. Read more… [...]

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What can we do to prevent the next Heartbleed?

Heartbleed is a lesson in ambiguity. The bug has been described as a disaster, but there’s no proof that it was used to collect information. Bloomberg reported that the National Security Agency took advantage of the bug, but the NSA denied that it exploited the vulnerability. The White House said that it has instructed intelligence agencies [...]

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