It’s an open secret that the NSA is keeping tabs on Internet users through various means. Whistleblower Edward Snowden’s revelations suggest that the agency does not even have to take an active role in eavesdropping, as it’s the Internet and tech companies that do this for them. Case in point: Vodafone recently published a transparency report, indicating the means and methods through which governments are spying through telecom networks.
Google is actually one of the companies that have been used by spy agencies in their data mining efforts. In particular, the movement of information between datacenters can be the chink in the armor [...]
While Google was quick to patch its services to close the security hole caused by the Heartbleed bug in OpenSSL, the same bug may still be hounding millions of Android devices worldwide.
Google patched most of its services last week (including Search, Gmail, YouTube, Wallet, Play, Apps, and App Engine). Recently, the search company also updated the list of patched services to include Google AdWords, DoubleClick, Maps, Maps Engine, Earth, Analytics, and Tag Manager — all of which the company claims to have been patched last week but were “inadvertently left out” of the original list.
In the same announcement Google also declared all Android [...]
The ubiquity of mobile devices has prompted government agencies to piggyback on corporate efforts to collect our information all in the name of marketing, says security expert Bruce Schneier.
Depending on which study you reference, smartphone penetration in the US reportedly ranges from 62 percent to 71 percent, according to analytics firms like comScore and NPD. Regardless of the actual figures, one thing is for sure: smartphones, tablets and wearable devices like smartwatches and smart glasses are gaining ground among consumers.
The convenient fact is that these devices offer an unprecedented level of connectedness among users, that we are plugged into the [...]
Following this week’s discovery of the serious Heartbleed bug in OpenSSL, mobile security company Lookout released an Android tool that will help users detect the presence of the security vulnerability on their Android devices.
The Heartbleed bug allows malicious intruders to exploit a vulnerability in the OpenSSL library, thereby exposing confidential and encrypted data that were normally protected by SSL/TLS encryption.Vulnerability detection
Lookout’s detector app can be downloaded for free from the Google Play Store and does nothing else but identify the OpenSSL version being used on the Android device, check for the existence of Heartbleed, [...]