How to harvest 1.2 billion usernames and passwords

Welcome to this week’s Technology Updates, a vibrant mix of hot topics and future trends. The future is here. Last week it was revealed that Russian hackers harvested 1.2 billion usernames and passwords from numerous websites. You should get really upset. People are continuously lectured by security experts on how to create a secure password with upper case, lower case letters, special characters and numbers. Yet, the lack of security of these websites is outrages. The simplicity of the attack…

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Bleeding Heart – The Pine Beetle edition, explained.

By this time you read this, you will already heard about the latest security outbreak called ‘Bleeding Heart’. Don’t worry, we are not going to discuss the vulnerability in the OpenSSL code as that has been well covered in the media already. Rather, we’d like to draw your attention to commonalities between this outbreak, and… the Pine Beetle. As our world is slowly coming to terms with (and proven many times, even in the past few months), it is impossible…

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