Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Free Apps and support for Blackberry Users

Research In Motion announced today that a selection of premium apps worth a total value of more than US $100 will be offered free of charge to subscribers as an expression of appreciation for their patience during the recent service disruptions. The apps will be made available to customers over the coming weeks on BlackBerry App World and will continue to be available until December 31, 2011.

Mifare DESfire Exploit Revealed

The security exploit of the Mifare DESfire MF3ICD40 discovered at a German university has been revealed by researchers at the recent workshop on Cryptographic Hardware and Embedded Systems (CHES) in Nara, Japan. To hack the cards the attacker will need to have the card itself a RFID reader and a radio probe.

Then using differential power analysis, the data is collected from the radio frequency energy that leaks from the cards side channels. Using this technique Oswald and Paar are able to retrieve the 112-bit secret key from the MF3ICD40, which uses DES encryption.

Avecto warns of Halloween malware menace

Responding to a report that predicts a significant increase in malware and phishing in the weeks ahead, Avecto says that corporates need to revisit and refine their strategies for dealing with the problem - before it is too late.

According to Paul Kenyon, chief operating officer with the Windows privilege management specialist, the combined effects of the late summer warmth that the UK has experienced in recent weeks, coupled with darkening evenings, means that staff are starting to plan their evenings and weekends out much earlier in the day, and it's at this time they may start taking risks.

"Whereas before they would wait until the end of the daylight period before checking their social emails - from home - staff are now starting to check their social emails soon after the afternoon coffee break. It's all down to human nature, and with social events such as Halloween and Bonfire Night on the horizon, they will be getting a variety of fun attachments into their mailboxes," he said.

"This is what we call a malware flashpoint in the IT security industry - the times of the year when the risk of staff clicking through onto something that they would normally avoid suddenly rises. This is exactly why our colleagues at GFI have been observing a surge in malware in recent weeks, and are predicting that this trend will increase in the weeks ahead," he added.

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