Jon Gold

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Jon Gold covers IoT and wireless networking for Network World. Contact him via email or Twitter.

A year after terrorist attacks, phone privacy laws unchanged – but watch out for Trump

DNS provider Dyn gets DDoSed, takes out Twitter, GitHub and plenty others

DNS provider Dyn gets DDoSed, takes out Twitter, GitHub and plenty others

Some of the biggest names on the internet – including Twitter, GitHub, Etsy, Spotify, the New York Times and the Boston Globe, among many others – were temporarily knocked offline by a DDoS attack that targeted DNS provider Dyn early...

Backdoor dubbed Pork Explosion lets attackers go hog wild on Android phones

Backdoor dubbed Pork Explosion lets attackers go hog wild on Android phones

A backdoor in Android firmware provided by manufacturer Foxconn allows attackers to root devices to which they have physical access, according to a security researcher and BBQ enthusiast who dubbed the vulnerability Pork Explosion.

Open-source vulnerabilities database shuts down

Open-source vulnerabilities database shuts down

An open-source project dedicated to cataloguing a huge range of computer security flaws has closed its doors as of Tuesday, according to an announcement on the Open-Source Vulnerability Database’s blog.

Little Rock, Tampa, and St. Louis hardest-hit by malware among U.S. cities, study finds

Little Rock, Tampa, and St. Louis hardest-hit by malware among U.S. cities, study finds

Little Rock, Tampa, St. Louis, Orlando and Denver were the five American cities most affected by malware on a per-capita basis in 2015, according to a study released today by Enigma Software.

Google: Users still aren’t getting message about online security

Google: Users still aren’t getting message about online security

Google researchers say that experts and non-experts go about protecting their digital privacy in very different ways, according to survey results they plan to present at the upcoming Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security.

A brief history of Linux malware

A brief history of Linux malware

Nobody’s immuneImage by ShutterstockAlthough not as common as malware targeting Windows or even OS X, security threats to Linux have become both more numerous and more severe in recent years. There are a couple of reasons for that –...

Petition targets Apple over ‘spyware’ in OS X Yosemite

Petition targets Apple over ‘spyware’ in OS X Yosemite

Apple should remove “spyware” from its new Yosemite release of OS X, according to an online petition that has received 14,450 signatures as of early Thursday afternoon.

Tor hints at possible U.S. government involvement in recent attack

Tor hints at possible U.S. government involvement in recent attack

Anonymity network hacked with sophisticated traffic correlation technique.

Mobile ads pose serious threat to enterprise security, report warns

Advertising libraries could reveal more than you bargained for.

Fake Android anti-virus app taken down

Virus Shield, by developer Deviant Solutions, was a handsome, apparently easy-to-use security app for Android devices. For $4, the app promised hassle-free, ad-free security for Android users, without impacting battery life or...

Dungeons & Dragons at 40: A history

Dungeons & Dragons at 40: A history

An overview of the first tabletop RPG and a look back at its four decades of life.

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