[ISN] 5 cool new security research breakthroughs

http://www.networkworld.com/article/2466795/security0/5-cool-new-security-research-breakthroughs.html By Bob Brown NetworkWorld Aug 19, 2014 University and vendor researchers are congregating in San Diego this week at USENIX Security ’14 to share the latest findings in security and privacy, and here are 5 that jumped out to me as being particularly interesting. *On the Feasibility of Large-Scale Infections of iOS Devices Georgia Tech researchers acknowledge that large-scale iOS device infections have been few and far between, but they claim weaknesses in the iTunes syncing process, device provisioning process and file storage could leave iPhones, iPads and other Apple products vulnerable to attack via botnets. The bad guys could get to the iOS devices via a compromised computer, they say, to install attacker-signed apps and swipe personal info. The researchers came to their conclusion after examining DNS queries within known botnets. *XRay: Enhancing the Web’s Transparency with Differential Correlation Columbia University researchers introduce XRay, a tool designed to give web users more insight into which of their personal data is being used to target them with ads. The researchers will present at USENIX a prototype of XRay, which has already been posted online as an open source system for others to explore. Initially, the system can be used to explain targeting in Gmail ads, Amazon recommendations and YouTube video suggestions.“Today we have a problem: the web is not transparent. We see XRay as an important first step in exposing how websites are using your personal data,” says Assistant Professor of Computer Science Roxana Geambasu. […]




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[ISN] Chinese hackers reportedly took classified data on MH370 a day after it went missing

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2014/08/20/chinese-hackers-reportedly-took-classified-data-about-mh370-a-day-after-it-went-missing/ By Jiaxi Lu The Washington Post August 20, 2014 Five months after Malaysia Airlines flight 370 went missing, a report emerged on Wednesday saying that Chinese hackers have targeted Malaysian government departments involved in the search for the jet. According to the Malaysian newspaper the Star, on March 9, Malaysian officials received a malware disguised as a news report claiming the MH370 had been found


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[ISN] Target Lowers Forecast on Sales Slump, Canadian Losses

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-08-20/target-lowers-its-forecast-as-sales-slump-canadian-losses-widen.html By Renee Dudley Bloomberg.com Aug 20, 2014 Target Corp. (TGT), still struggling to rebound from last year’s hacker attack, cut its forecast for the year as slumping sales and a money-losing push into Canada take a toll on profit. Target now expects full-year earnings of $3.10 to $3.30 a share, excluding some items, down from a previous forecast of as much as $3.90, according to a statement today. Analysts had predicted $3.44, the average estimate compiled by Bloomberg. The bleaker forecast follows a preliminary earnings report on Aug. 5 that fell short of expectations, signaling that the company’s comeback effort will be slow going. Target has been struggling to boost U.S. traffic, repair its botched Canadian expansion and regain shoppers’ trust after hackers stole millions of customers’ data last year. The retailer hired PepsiCo Inc. (PEP) executive Brian Cornell as its new leader last month, following the ouster of Gregg Steinhafel in May. Target is relying heavily on sales promotions to entice shoppers, but it doesn’t seem to be working, said Brian Yarbrough, an analyst at Edward Jones & Co. in St. Louis. That means Target is squeezing margins without much benefit. […]


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