Month: September 2014

Shellshock – A Bash Bug Security Flaw That Sounds More Threatening Than Heartbleed!!

Do you know how dangerous the effects of Heartbleed, a critical vulnerability in the widely used OpenSSL security protocol were? It was the beginning of this year only, when the entire security community was shaken by the effects of Heartbleed. Now, they have another challenge in front of them in the form Shellshock – a bash bug, which is said to undermine the security of millions of websites.  The worst part about it is that there is no way in which you can protect yourself. Severity and complexity of Shellshock – a Bash Bug Shellshock has been described by the researchers to be bigger than Heartbleed. This Bash Bug is located in the command-line shell used in Linux and Unix Operating Systems. Its presence in the command shell increases the vulnerability of Linux and Unix operating systems supported devices to open attacks. Like Heartbleed, Shellshock is a security flaw that is tough to fix and researchers are expected to take time in fixing this bug.  Although the severity of the security flaw is high, but its complexity is low – as it doesn’t take much time to be decoded. How Shellshock is different from Heartbleed? With Shellshock, users will not have to jump from one site to another changing their passwords what they used to do with Heartbleed security flaw. Instead, Shellshock is more like opening the door of...

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BlackBerry comes with a new smartphone “Passport”

At an event in Toronto, BlackBerry launched an unconventional smartphone “Passport” at a price of $599 for the unlocked version. According to the company, initially, just after the launch, the smartphone will be available through ShopBlackBerry.com and only for customers in Canada, Germany, France, the UK and the US. And within one year, BlackBerry would start selling the smartphone in more than 30 countries, including India, Saudi Arabia and the other parts of the Middle East, Singapore, Austria, Nigeria, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Netherlands, South Africa, Australia, Vietnam, Belgium, Italy, Switzerland, Mexico, Venezuela, Philippines, Russia Slovakia, Spain, Romania, and Colombia. This latest smartphone by BlackBerry is the first ever phone to have BlackBerry 10.3 OS onboard and features such as, BlackBerry Assistant and BlackBerry Hub with Instant Actions. And using BlackBerry 10.3 Os, users will also be able to browse through Amazon’s App Store for Android and access to as many as 24,000 apps. The most intriguing aspect about BlackBerry Passport is that it includes 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor. It also equips Adreno 330 GPU, 3GB of RAM and 32 GB of built-in storage capacity, which can be easily expanded to 128GB. Another prime highlight of the smartphone is its 13-MP rear OIS camera and 2-MP front camera. As far as the battery life of the phone is concerned, it will run up to 30 hours. The phone...

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Amazon launches new version of Fire tablets

Lately, Amazon introduced two Fire HD and two Fire HDX tablets to enable its customers buy more and more products and services from its web store. With prices ranging from $99, $139, $379 and $479 for Fire HD with a 6-inch screen, 7-inch Fire tablet, 8.9-inch Fire HDX 8.9 with Wi-Fi version and 8.9-inch Fire HDX 8.9 with LTE version respectively. The Fire HD tablets are equipped with powerful hardware features and sports quad-core processors along with front and rear cameras. Both the Fire HD tablets boast Gorilla displays. Amongst the two tablets, the 6-inch screen Fire HD tablet can display images at 252 ppi, whereas the 7-inch screen Fire HD tablet can display images at 261 ppi. The Fire HDX tablets with Wi-Fi and LTE version weighs as less as 374 grams and offers impressive battery life of 12 hours. These tablets have Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 905 processor that delivers 70% faster graphics than other HDX tablets. As far as the functionality of the processor is concerned, it operates at 2.5GHz. The Fire HDX tablets comprise of Andreno graphics core that can render images at a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels. It also comes with a feature to control brightness to make reading ebooks easy and convenient. In addition to these four tablets, the company also launched its first ever tablet for kids, called as Fire HD Kids Edition. This...

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Samsung comes up with a free business security app “My KNOW”

As a business user, how confident do you feel when it comes to sharing credentials on your Android-based Samsung smartphone? To provide a sigh of relief to all professionals and assure that their privacy is completely secure lately Samsung introduced a security app called as My KNOX. It is especially made for working people in companies with Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) accounts, enabling them to synchronize e-mails, calendar events and even all their important contacts between PCs and mobile devices. Initiated from Samsung’s very popular KNOX service, this free app is a very simple method to shield your smartphone, without taking the help of IT people. It enables professionals to remotely locate, wipe as well as lock your smartphone by just using my KNOW User Portal. Within smartphone, My KNOX creates a virtual Android workplace with its own home screen, launcher, apps, and widgets. Thus further offers access to more secure work e-mail and every data and application stored on your mobile. According to company’s official blog, “My KNOX is a fast and easy way to get access to your work email and key business apps without requiring IT admin support. My KNOX separates your work from your personal life on your device. And if you are looking for a free security solution that ensures your privacy while providing the simplicity of having a secure workspace for email and...

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eBay Faces Online Scam, While Buyers Get Redirected to False Sites

Are you a regular online shopper? Do you prefer to shop online than visiting any particular shop physically? If you are fond of shopping online, then beware online scams are hovering over all sites. And, the latest victim of online scams is eBay- one of the largest e-commerce companies. EBay has recently been scammed as people clicking on some of its links were automatically taken to a site, especially designed to steal their credentials. The fake site designated to steal personal information looks more like the online marketplace’s welcome page. Dr. Steven Murdoch, a security expert from University College London’s Information Security Research Group was able to diagnose and remove the listing of items that were hacked even before the eBay removed it. Steven also said the technique used by the hackers was known as a cross-site scripting (XSS) attack. As per stated by the security expert, the hijackers very smartly placed malicious JavaScript code within the product listing pages, which further redirected affected users to other false sites. The moment any user clicks on the listings, his/her webpage gets hacked.  The listing pages also contained such codes that had the potential to carry out many other malicious actions. An IT worker from Alloa in Clackmannanshire named Paul Kerr was the first one to identify the issue. The moment he noticed redirection for an iPhone, he instantly informed the...

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