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Content posted in September 2014
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Veracode Secures $40M In Funding As IPO Looms
News  |  9/12/2014  | 
Security firm plans to increase investments in sales, marketing, and research and development.
Franchising The Chinese APT
News  |  9/11/2014  | 
At least two different cyber espionage gangs in China appear to be employing uniform tools and techniques, FireEye finds.
Home Depot Breach May Not Be Related To BlackPOS, Target
News  |  9/11/2014  | 
New analysis of the malware earlier identified as a BlackPOS variant leads some researchers to believe that they are two different malware families entirely.
Apple Pay: A Necessary Push To Transform Consumer Payments
Commentary  |  9/11/2014  | 
Apple Pay is a strategic move that will rival PayPal and other contenders in the mobile wallet marketplace. The big question is whether consumers and businesses are ready to ditch the plastic.
Privacy, Security & The Geography Of Data Protection
Commentary  |  9/11/2014  | 
Data generation is global, so why do different parts of the world react differently to the same threat of security breaches and backdoors?
Startup Uncovers Flaws In Mobile Apps, Launches New Security Service
Quick Hits  |  9/11/2014  | 
Wandera says only one of seven US employees is given any guidance on mobile security by the employer.
Google: No Breach In Latest Online Dump Of Credentials
Quick Hits  |  9/11/2014  | 
The online leak of some 5 million username and password combinations consisted of mostly stale or older credentials that don't actually work, Google says.
Apple Pay Ups Payment Security But PoS Threats Remain
News  |  9/10/2014  | 
Apple's new contactless payment tech will not stop point-of-sale breaches like Home Depot and UPS, but it could make those breaches less valuable to attackers.
Security Growing Pangs Loom For 100K+ Sites With Newly Untrusted Certificates
News  |  9/10/2014  | 
Mozilla revokes 1024-bit root certificates in bid to improve Firefox security and similar changes to come for Chrome as Google plans to dump SHA-1 certificates.
Attack Steals Online Banking Credentials From SMBs
News  |  9/10/2014  | 
The "Peter Pan" phish employs Dridex malware, experts say.
InfoSec Book Club: Whats On Your Fall Reading List?
Slideshows  |  9/9/2014  | 
Dark Reading community members share the books that inform and inspire their decisions and interactions as security professionals.
Study: 15 Million Devices Infected With Mobile Malware
Quick Hits  |  9/9/2014  | 
Sixty percent of the infected devices run Android.
Salesforce Passwords At Risk From Dyre
News  |  9/9/2014  | 
Bank credential-stealing malware evolves into targeting SaaS users.
Black Hat & DEF CON: 3 Lessons From A Newbie
Commentary  |  9/9/2014  | 
Security conferences are a lot like metal concerts: Your parents are terrified you're going to die because everyone looks scary, but 98 percent of attendees are really nice people who want to help you learn.
Dark Reading Radio: CISO James Christiansen Shares Experiences
Commentary  |  9/9/2014  | 
Former CISO at GM, Visa, and Experian answers questions about building security programs in large enterprises.
'Kyle & Stan' Parks Malvertising On Amazon, YouTube
Quick Hits  |  9/8/2014  | 
Windows and Macs alike are at risk to sophisticated mutating malware.
UPDATE: Home Depot Confirms Breach; BlackPOS Implicated
Quick Hits  |  9/8/2014  | 
Home Depot confirms there was indeed a breach. Presence of BlackPOS hints that the perpetrators could be the same ones who breached Target.
No End In Sight For Ransomware
Commentary  |  9/8/2014  | 
The screenlocker Kovter, in particular, has shown sharp growth this year. It masquerades as a law enforcement authority and threatens police action if users dont pay up.
Poll: Significant Insecurity About Internet of Things
Commentary  |  9/5/2014  | 
Fewer than one percent of more than 800 Dark Reading community members are ready for the fast approaching security onslaught of the IoT.
Attacker Infects Healthcare.gov Test Server
News  |  9/5/2014  | 
Federal officials say no consumer data was impacted and second open enrollment period on HealthCare.gov will not be affected.
4 Hurdles To Securing The Internet Of Things
News  |  9/4/2014  | 
Why locking down even the tiniest embedded device is a tall order.
BackOff Not To Blame For GoodWill Breach
News  |  9/4/2014  | 
Rawpos, a "very low risk" infostealer, is responsible for the compromise of roughly 868,000 credit cards.
In Cloud We Trust: A New Model
Commentary  |  9/4/2014  | 
The solution to the problem of data security in the public cloud will require more than a traditional compliance-driven approach.
Home Depot, Other Retailers Get Social Engineered
News  |  9/3/2014  | 
Famed annual contest reveals how many retailers lack sufficient defenses against social engineering.
In China, Cybercrime Underground Activity Doubled In 2013
News  |  9/3/2014  | 
Forget intelligence gathering. Financially motivated cybercrime is booming behind the Great Wall.
Celeb Hack: Is Apple Telling All It Knows?
Commentary  |  9/3/2014  | 
Did Apple have a system-wide data breach? No. Was it complicit through an appalling security lapse by not defending against brute force attacks? Youre darn tootin'!
Apple Not Hacked In Celebrity Nude Photo Breaches
News  |  9/2/2014  | 
"Very targeted attack" on celebrities' Apple usernames, passwords, security questions -- iCloud, Find My iPhone not breached, Apple says.
Home Depot The Latest Hack Victim?
Quick Hits  |  9/2/2014  | 
Home improvement chain--along with law enforcement and banks--are investigating 'unusual activity.'
Contactless HCE Payments Promise Simplicity But Is It Secure?
Commentary  |  9/2/2014  | 
Host Card Emulation is a powerful and flexible technology, but like most software-dependent solutions, it can be hacked and exploited.
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