Stories by Lucian Constantin

BitTorrent opens Bleep peer-to-peer encrypted chat program to public testing

Nine months after revealing plans to develop a decentralized and encrypted chat application, BitTorrent has opened public testing for Windows, Mac and Android versions of the program Wednesday.

Twitter patches vulnerability that could have impacted advertising accounts

Twitter's recently announced bug bounty program has helped the company identify and patch a serious vulnerability that could have potentially disrupted advertising on its platform.

Adobe releases previously delayed security updates for Reader and Acrobat

After a one-week delay, Adobe Systems has released security updates for its Reader and Acrobat products to patch critical vulnerabilities that could lead to computers being compromised.

Many Android devices vulnerable to session hijacking through the default browser

The default browser in Android versions older than 4.4 has a vulnerability that allows malicious websites to bypass a critical security mechanism and take control of a user's authenticated sessions on other sites.

Open-source project promises easy-to-use encryption for email, instant messaging and more

A software development project launched Monday aims to create free tools that simplify the encryption of online forms of communication like email, instant messaging, SMS and more by solving the complexity associated with the exchange and management of encryption keys.

VMware and Cisco patch vulnerabilities in datacentre gear and software

VMware and Cisco Systems have released security fixes for serious vulnerabilities in networking virtualisation and server software typically used in datacentres.

Data protection authorities find privacy lapses in majority of mobile apps

Many mobile apps request too many permissions and don't explain how they collect users' personal information, a study of 1,211 popular apps by the Global Privacy Enforcement Network has found.

Vulnerability in popular Joomla e-commerce extension puts online shops at risk

A critical vulnerability in a popular e-commerce extension for the Joomla content management system allows malicious users to gain super-admin privileges to sites that run the software.

VMware patches third-party components in vSphere platform

VMware has updated third-party libraries and components used by its vSphere server virtualization platform to integrate security patches released in recent months.

Five million Gmail addresses and passwords dumped online

An archive containing nearly 5 million Gmail addresses and plain text passwords was posted Tuesday on an online forum, but the data is old and likely sourced from multiple data breaches according to one security firm.

Adobe fixes critical flaws in Flash Player, delays Reader and Acrobat updates

Adobe Systems released a critical security update for Flash Player that fixes 12 security vulnerabilities, but pushed back its planned patches for Reader and Acrobat by a week.

Encryption failures fixed in popular PGP email security tool Enigmail

Developers of the popular Enigmail email security extension for Thunderbird have fixed several issues that could have exposed messages users believed to be encrypted.

Salesforce warns customers of malware attack

Salesforce.com users are being targeted by a new version of a computer Trojan that has typically attacked online banking customers until now.

Hackers launch Apple ID phishing campaign playing on iCloud security worries

The hackers behind the Kelihos botnet are trying to capitalize on users' increased awareness about the security of Apple online accounts through a new phishing campaign.

Cyberespionage group starts using new Mac OS X backdoor program

A group of hackers known for past cyberespionage attacks against the U.S. Defense Industrial Base, as well as companies from the electronics and engineering sectors, has recently started using a backdoor program to target Mac OS X systems.