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Poll: Employees Clueless About Social Engineering
Marilyn Cohodas, Community Editor, Dark ReadingCommentary
Not surprisingly, our latest poll confirms that threats stemming from criminals hacking humans are all too frequently ignored.
By Marilyn Cohodas Community Editor, Dark Reading, 10/2/2014
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Software Assurance: Time to Raise the Bar on Static Analysis
Kevin E. Greene, Software Assurance Program Manager, Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology DirectorateCommentary
The results from tools studies suggest that using multiple tools together can produce more powerful analytics and more accurate results.
By Kevin E. Greene Software Assurance Program Manager, Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology Directorate, 9/30/2014
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Coordinated Attacks Call For More Sophisticated Cyber Defense
Henry Kenyon, Commentary
Agencies and industry are rethinking how they defend against coordinated attacks by teams of specialized hackers.
By Henry Kenyon , 9/29/2014
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New Bash Bugs Surface
Kelly Jackson Higgins, Executive Editor at Dark ReadingNews
Time to patch again: Newly discovered flaws in Bash put Linux-based systems at risk.
By Kelly Jackson Higgins Executive Editor at Dark Reading, 9/29/2014
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FDA Pushes To Improve Medical Device Security
Jai Vijayan, Freelance writerCommentary
Cyber attacks pose a grave threat to the integrity of healthcare services, agency says.
By Jai Vijayan Freelance writer, 9/29/2014
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Shellshock's Threat To Healthcare
Mac McMillan, CEO, CynergisTekCommentary
The Bash bug is everywhere, including in medical devices. The industry must be better prepared to protect itself and patients.
By Mac McMillan CEO, CynergisTek, 9/29/2014
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Shellshock Bug: 6 Key Facts
Thomas Claburn, Editor-at-LargeCommentary
The Shellshock bug could do more damage than the recent Heartbleed bug. Here's what you need to know.
By Thomas Claburn Editor-at-Large, 9/27/2014
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Shellshocked: A Future Of ‘Hair On Fire’ Bugs
Paul Vixie, Chairman & CEO, Farsight Security, Inc.Commentary
Most computers affected by Bash will be updated within 10 years. The rest will be vulnerable for the lifespans of all humans now living. This should concern us. But then, global warming should also concern us.
By Paul Vixie Chairman & CEO, Farsight Security, Inc., 9/26/2014
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Amazon Reboots Cloud Servers, Xen Bug Blamed
Charles Babcock, Editor At Large, InformationWeek Commentary
Amazon tells customers it has to patch and reboot 10% of its EC2 cloud servers before Oct. 1.
By Charles Babcock Editor At Large, InformationWeek , 9/26/2014
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'Shellshock' Bash Bug Impacts Basically Everything, Exploits Appear In Wild
Sara Peters, Senior Editor at Dark ReadingNews
CGI-based web servers are the biggest target, but other web servers, hosting services, embedded systems, Mac OSX, and IoT endpoints are all at risk.
By Sara Peters Senior Editor at Dark Reading, 9/25/2014
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How SaaS Adoption Is Changing Cloud Security
Tal Klein, VP Strategy, AdallomCommentary
Sanctioning cloud-based services requires a new approach to security that "assumes breach" and accounts for the limitations of endpoint and perimeter defenses.
By Tal Klein VP Strategy, Adallom, 9/25/2014
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Bash Bug May Be Worse Than Heartbleed
Sara Peters, Senior Editor at Dark ReadingNews
Linux, Unix, and Internet of Things devices affected by critical vulnerability.
By Sara Peters Senior Editor at Dark Reading, 9/24/2014
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'Hand-To-Hand Digital Combat' With Threat Actors
Sara Peters, Senior Editor at Dark ReadingQuick Hits
CrowdStrike CEO and co-founder George Kurtz explains how to fight attackers, not fight malware.
By Sara Peters Senior Editor at Dark Reading, 9/23/2014
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Hacking Hackers: Taking Matters Into Private Hands
Becca Lipman, Senior EditorNews
Private groups are fighting back against foreign sources of malware and credit fraud. But methodologies put these digital crusaders and their employers at serious legal risk.
By Becca Lipman Senior Editor, 9/23/2014
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Dark Reading Radio: Trends In Application Security
Marilyn Cohodas, Community Editor, Dark ReadingCommentary
How can we get more security baked into applications? Join us for a discussion today, Wednesday, September 24, at 1:00 p.m. New York, 10 a.m. San Francisco time.
By Marilyn Cohodas Community Editor, Dark Reading, 9/23/2014
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The Truth About Ransomware: You’re On Your Own
Andrew Hay, Sr. Security Research Lead & Evangelist, OpenDNSCommentary
What should enterprises do when faced with ransomware? The answer is, it depends.
By Andrew Hay Sr. Security Research Lead & Evangelist, OpenDNS, 9/22/2014
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An AppSec Report Card: Developers Barely Passing
Jeff Williams, CTO, Aspect Security & Contrast SecurityCommentary
A new study reveals that application developers are getting failing grades when it comes to their knowledge of critical security such as how to protect sensitive data, Web services, and threat modeling.
By Jeff Williams CTO, Aspect Security & Contrast Security, 9/19/2014
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5 Ways To Monitor DNS Traffic For Security Threats
Dave Piscitello, VP Security, ICANNCommentary
Check out these examples of how to implement real-time or offline traffic monitoring using common commercial or open source security products.
By Dave Piscitello VP Security, ICANN, 9/18/2014
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Federal Inaction Breeds ID Theft, Says Frank Abagnale
David F Carr, Editor, InformationWeek Government/HealthcareCommentary
Onetime "Catch Me If You Can" swindler turned anti-fraud consultant says identity theft is "4,000 times easier" than when he was living a life of crime.
By David F Carr Editor, InformationWeek Government/Healthcare, 9/18/2014
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Browser Vulnerability 'Privacy Disaster' For 3 Of 4 Android Users
Sara Peters, Senior Editor at Dark ReadingQuick Hits
An exploit of an unsupported Android browser bypasses the ever-important Same Origin Policy.
By Sara Peters Senior Editor at Dark Reading, 9/16/2014
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Two-factor authentication is a ubiquitous, mature technology. Whether or not you use it for your network, here are three external services for which you should immediately enable it.
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CVE-2014-6856
Published: 2014-10-02
The AHRAH (aka com.vet2pet.aid219426) application 219426 for Android does not verify X.509 certificates from SSL servers, which allows man-in-the-middle attackers to spoof servers and obtain sensitive information via a crafted certificate.

CVE-2014-6857
Published: 2014-10-02
The Car Wallpapers HD (aka com.arab4x4.gallery.app) application 1.3 for Android does not verify X.509 certificates from SSL servers, which allows man-in-the-middle attackers to spoof servers and obtain sensitive information via a crafted certificate.

CVE-2014-6858
Published: 2014-10-02
The Mostafa Shemeas (aka com.mostafa.shemeas.website) application 1.0 for Android does not verify X.509 certificates from SSL servers, which allows man-in-the-middle attackers to spoof servers and obtain sensitive information via a crafted certificate.

CVE-2014-6859
Published: 2014-10-02
The Daum Maps - Subway (aka net.daum.android.map) application 3.9.1 for Android does not verify X.509 certificates from SSL servers, which allows man-in-the-middle attackers to spoof servers and obtain sensitive information via a crafted certificate.

CVE-2014-6860
Published: 2014-10-02
The Trial Tracker (aka com.etcweb.android.trial_tracker) application 1.1.9 for Android does not verify X.509 certificates from SSL servers, which allows man-in-the-middle attackers to spoof servers and obtain sensitive information via a crafted certificate.

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