Posts tagged as: Black Hat

Apple Increases Rewards To $1 Million To Find Product Vulnerabilities

Apple is expanding its bug bounty program to solicit security vulnerabilities from security researchers. The program will now be open to all, not just researchers on pre-approved list. The bug bounties have also increased from $200,000 to as much as $1 million for the most serious bugs, such as hacking the kernel — the core […]

Black Hat Axes Republican Will Hurd From Keynote Over Womens Rights

Republican Will Hurd was due to be a keynote speaker at the high-profile Black Hat conference in Las Vegas in August. His inclusion prompted protests and threats of a boycott from some  in the hacker world due to attend the conference. The protests centered around his anti-abortion stance and his voting record on other tech […]

Apple Finally Joins the Modern World and Starts a Bug Bounty Program

Apple on Thursday introduced its first bug bounty program, set to launch in September. Ivan Krstic, head of Apple security engineering and architecture, announced the program during his presentation at Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas. The focus reportedly is on an exceptionally high level of service, and on quality over quantity. Participation in […]

Researchers Claim to Discover Multiple Ways to Bypass Square Security

Security researchers have come up with a way to turn the Square Reader into a tool for stealing data from credit cards. A group of recent graduates of Boston University will be speaking out about how they can modify the smartphone accessory, used to facilitate card payments via Square’s service, to allow any other app […]

Yahoo Will Implement End-to-End Email Encryption in 2015

Yahoo’s Chief Information Security Officer Alex Stamos told Black Hat attendees last week that the company would be rolling out end-to-end encryption for email some time in 2015. The search company is taking a similar approach to Google to tackle enhanced security issues for communications, even down to the details of using OpenPGP. The news […]

US May Deny Visas Chinese Nationals Planning to Attend DefCon and Black Hat

Members of the US government are considering issuing visa restrictions on Chinese nationals seeking to attend DefCon and Black Hat. The effort would be aimed at computer hackers coming to the Las Vegas conferences from China in order to keep them from attending. These efforts would be “part of a broader effort to curb Chinese […]

Apple Releases iPhone OS 3.0.1-Security Patch for SMS

Apple has today released iPhone firmware v3.0.1, following reports at the Black Hat conference of a security issue involving SMS messaging. The bug allows maliciously-crafted text messages to remotely disable or control an iPhone, enabling a hacker to execute code without alerting the owner. The firmware update can be downloaded through iTunes via the “Check […]

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