With the shortest month of the year now in the books, it’s time to look at the top trending cybersecurity stories for March. Below are our picks for the top three security stories you should be reading this month:
A new web security bug was discovered recently, leaving some Apple and Google device owners vulnerable to attack when visiting “secure” websites. It’s called FREAK (which stands for Factoring Attack on RSA-EXPORT Key), and works by weakening encrypted connections on SSL and TLS, which in turn allows an attacker to intercept and decipher the “secure” data.
Apparently the security flaw has been around for more than 10 years, but a fix is quickly on the way. Not to fear, SiteLock TrueShield customers are protected from this vulnerability. Learn more about FREAK here on PCMag.
Almost a year later, on-demand taxi service Uber has announced that over 50,000 of its drivers’ personal information was stolen in May 2014. The cause? Apparently an unauthorized third party got access into Uber’s database. The hack was patched back in September, and Uber has provided one year of free credit monitoring to affected drivers. Learn more about the cybersecurity breach here on The Drum.
Did you know that Superfish was once a promising and rapidly growing Silicon Valley startup? They ended up striking a deal with PC manufacturer Lenovo, to have its software installed on their consumer PCs. Little did the public know, the Superfish software was logging online movement of its users, and hijacked online security systems, as revealed by a security researcher early this year.
The results were catastrophic, and Lenovo went into damage control mode. The company eventually released a Superfish uninstaller software, but by then a lot of damage had been done. Unfortunately, you don’t always know what you are getting when it comes to free software (“freeware” as it’s been coined recently). You can check out more info on the story here.
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