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To punish Symantec, Google may distrust a third of the web's SSL certificates

Google plans to remove the extended validation (EV) status of any such certificates issued by Symantec and to force the company to replace all of its customers' certificates.

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BlackBerry readies a more secure version of the Samsung Galaxy S7

Secusmart, the BlackBerry subsidiary that secures the German Chancellor Angela Merkel's smartphone, will roll out a version of its SecuSuite security software compatible with Samsung Electronics' Knox platform later this year.

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Some HTTPS inspection tools might weaken security

Companies that use security products to inspect HTTPS traffic might inadvertently make their users' encrypted connections less secure and expose them to man-in-the-middle attacks, the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team warns.

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Malicious uploads allowed hijacking of WhatsApp and Telegram accounts

A vulnerability patched in the web-based versions of encrypted communications services WhatsApp and Telegram would have allowed attackers to take over accounts by sending users malicious files masquerading as images or videos.

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Hackers use dangerous Petya ransomware in targeted attacks

A group of attackers has found a way to hijack the Petya ransomware and use it in targeted attacks against companies without the program creators' knowledge.

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Google tries to beat AWS at cloud security

New tools that protect enterprise applications running on Google Cloud Platform may help take the spotlight away from AWS and Microsoft Azure

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Free decryption tools now available for Dharma ransomware

Researchers have created decryption tools for the Dharma ransomware after someone recently leaked the encryption keys for it.

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Google shifts on email encryption tool, leaving its fate unclear

Google is asking developers to take over its effort to make end-to-end email encryption more user friendly, raising questions over whether it’ll ever become an official feature in the company’s products.

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Stop using SHA1: It’s now completely unsafe

Security researchers have achieved the first real-world collision attack against the SHA-1 hash function, producing two different PDF files with the same SHA-1 signature.

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New macOS ransomware spotted in the wild

A new file-encrypting ransomware program for macOS is being distributed through bittorrent websites and users who fall victim to it won't be able to recover their files, even if they pay.

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Google prevents 10 million malicious emails every 60 seconds; Gmail users beware

Gmail phishing and malware attacks on Gmail users can be prevented

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Ransomware -- a sneaky, dangerous cyber threat

Over the past few years, ransomware has been increasing at an alarming rate, and according to various sources it is estimated that cybercriminals made around $1 billion in 2016. Hackers are becoming more sophisticated in getting...

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Counterterrorism analyst explains the dark web

Tips for the security news hoping to someday develop an intimate understanding of terrrorists and criminals

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Ransomware disrupts Washington DC's CCTV system

Around 70 percent of police cameras in Washington D.C. were reportedly unable to record footage for several days before President Trump's inauguration due to a ransomware attack.

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Encrypted email service ProtonMail is now accessible over Tor

The creators of encrypted email service ProtonMail have set up a server that's only accessible over the Tor anonymity network as a way to fight possible censorship attempts in some countries.

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No more ransomware?

A new project holds out hope in the war against ransomware attacks.

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GoDaddy revokes nearly 9,000 SSL certificates issued without proper validation

GoDaddy, one of the world's largest domain registrars and certificate authorities, revoked almost 9,000 SSL certificates this week after it learned that its domain validation system has had a serious bug for the past five months.

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Professionally designed ransomware Spora might be the next big thing

Security researchers have found a new very well designed ransomware program dubbed Spora that can perform strong offline file encryption and brings several innovations to the ransom payments model.

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