Security roundup: Apple blocks pop-ups with Safari, hackers steal encryption keys with pitta bread

Security market sees growth thanks to surveillance systems
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This week we take a look at some of the biggest security threats in the industry.

Apple removes pop-ups with new Safari version

Apple has revealed that its next version of Safari will support third-party adblocking extensions and will allow users to block cookies, images, pop-ups and other content.

However, this news is worrying for many organisaitons who make their bucks through ad clicks, for example news companies who remain profitable thanks to selling space on their websites to big brands.

Hackers steal encryption keys using pitta bread

A study by security researchers from the Tel Aviv University have shown how easy it is to steal encryption keys using a unit hidden beneath a pitta bread.

The researchers developed a mobile tool, Portable Instrument for Trace Acquisition, built from components including a consumer-grade radio receiver and a Software Defined Radio USB dongle to carry out the experiment. Using the device, the researchers were able to send an encrypted email to the target computer and track signals to detect passwords.

Security market sees rapid growth

The worldwide market value of the security industry is estimated at over $25 billion, according to research company Memmori. The main drivers for growth are listed as IP video networks and an increased demand from Asia.

A report from IMS Research also revealed that the increasing adoption of surveillance systems is another key driver for the growth.

Human Rights court says sites are responsible for comments

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that websites can now be declared liable for things people post in comments. The court has revealed that comments should be censored straight away, and that if any comment is deemed offensive the website is to blame.

Adobe urges users to update Flash Player

Adobe has released an emergency update to fix a security hole in its Flash Player software, which is already being exploited by attacks. The firm has warned users to start updating their software, but Clinton Karr, senior security strategist at Bromium believes this shows how ‘untrustworthy’ internet content is.

He said: “Attacks can be committed through the browser, through scripting languages and even through extensions. It's a greenfield for hackers with no end in sight if the status quo for protection doesn't change.”

Companies’ lose sensitive data due to breaches

New figures have revealed that companies could be fined up to £20 billion if they fail to protect their customers from data breaches. According to research from Experian, almost 17 per cent of companies have lost confidential information in at least one breach over the last two years.

App Instapaper vulnerable to attacks

Antivirus provider Bitdefender has revealed that the Android app Instapaper is open to attacks that could expose users’ details. Users signing in to a Wi-Fi network that is being monitored by hackers could have their usernames and passwords intercepted using a fake certificate.

Catalin Cosoi, chief security strategist at Bitdefender, said: “A cybercriminal could try and use your Instapaper password to access your social media or email accounts. Studies have shown that over 50 per cent of users reuse the same password, so the chances are that more than one account could be vulnerable if your Instapaper credentials have been stolen.”

Banks take on biometrics solutions

NuData Security has revealed that banks are increasingly using biometrics-based solutions with plans to introduce biometrics for mobile banking by the end of 2015. Behavioral biometrics can include the way someone types, holds their device or interacts with it.

NuData’s NuDetect online fraud engine, which uses biometrics, is able to predict fraud as early as 15 days before a fraud attempt is made.

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