Merry Xmas, fellow code nerds: Avast open-sources decompiler

15 Dec 2017 at 10:06pm
RetDec will turn binaries into something more legible

Malware hunting biz and nautical jargon Avast has released its machine-code decompiler RetDec as open source, in the hope of arming like-minded haters of bad bytes and other technically inclined sorts with better analytical tools.?

We need to talk about mathematical backdoors in encryption algorithms

15 Dec 2017 at 2:24pm
Yo, NSA maths chaps, can you hear me? ? Black Hat man

Security researchers regularly set out to find implementation problems in cryptographic algorithms, but not enough effort is going towards the search for mathematical backdoors, two cryptography professors have argued.?

Russia could chop vital undersea web cables, warns Brit military chief

15 Dec 2017 at 1:05pm
ACM Sir Stuart Peach is right ? but only to a point

The head of the British Armed Forces, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, has warned that Russia could cut off the UK by severing undersea communications cables.?

Brit film board proposed as overlord of online pr0nz age checks

15 Dec 2017 at 12:04pm
Campaigners say body 'will be pushed to block' large number

The British Board of Film Classification will be responsible for regulating age checks for UK users of online porn websites, if the government gets its way.? delays biometrics strategy again ? but cops will STILL USE the tech

14 Dec 2017 at 11:33am
Tech's too 'fast moving' for framework, but not for slurping your face

The Home Office has admitted the UK?s biometrics strategy won't be published until next year, as MPs slam an "unacceptable" delay of more than five years.?

OK, OK, MIRA-I DID IT: Botnet-building compsci kid comes clean

13 Dec 2017 at 10:13pm
Jha rule-breaker and pals confess IoT gadget hack crimes, now facing the slammer

A former New Jersey college student has copped to helping create and run the massive Mirai DDoS botnet.?

Barclays bank bod in the cooler for aiding Dridex money launderers

13 Dec 2017 at 3:17pm
Six years' porridge. Dridex not laundry soap ? it's a Trojan

An employee of Barclays Bank who laundered thousands of pounds on behalf of Moldovan cybercriminals was yesterday sentenced to six years and four months behind bars in Blighty.?

One per cent of all websites probably p0wned each year, say boffins

13 Dec 2017 at 7:28am
Automated account-creator used bad passwords to detect when sites go bad

Researchers working on a technology to detect unannounced data breaches have found, to their dismay, that one per cent of the sites they monitored were hacked over the previous 18 months.?

Up to 'ONE BEEELLION' vid-stream gawpers toil in crypto-coin mines

13 Dec 2017 at 7:02am
Come for the free movies, stay to dig Monero for a stranger

Security experts claim four extremely popular video-streaming websites have been secretly loaded with crypto-currency-crafting code.?

Put down the eggnog, it's Patch Tuesday: Fix Windows boxes ASAP

13 Dec 2017 at 2:13am
IE haunted by ghosts of past bugs ? plus remote-code exec holes that'll chill your blood

Microsoft has kicked out its December batch of software security fixes, the final Patch Tuesday of 2017.?

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