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Even though I thought that the “Don’t be evil” mantra of Google was nothing more than a brilliant marketing slogan, I always admire(d) the company for its engineering and security prowess. They are way ahead of Apple and even Facebook when it comes to their software expertise. In that context, it is sad that this company too is reacting to a security vulnerability than being proactive. While I feel for the loss of Google+, the…

I feel pity for “normal” (Non-Technical Savvy) people – as it is becoming ever more difficult NOT to fall a prey to trickery and lose your hard earned money. See the below email I got recently: I often receive many of these, especially to my company address in the USA, where these kinds of “deceptive” invoices are common and earlier used to come by US Post. Just like how a “good” monopoly game set tries…

Today the news is about Customers who paid by credit card at 51 UPS Store locations across 24 states in the USA are at risk of their credit card being syphoned by cybercriminals.  Last year end it was the turn of Target’s (large retailer) 98 million customers to have their card data stolen. These are not happening only in the faraway USA. In Chennai (India) too, city police gets hundreds of complaints every month on…

Today I got the above email in my Hotmail email ID with title reading “Unusual sign-in activity”. I haven’t been to South Africa but I thought some hacker might have been trying from there and I need to change my password immediately. I was about to click on the link, when this struck me. The big blue button on bottom which read “Re-Active Account” is grammatically wrong (spelling mistake for Re-Activate?), but rest of the…

The last few days the news has been all about the Heartbleed internet security vulnerability that may have helped hackers to access thousands of users passwords and security certificates from websites around the world. This is a serious issue that has affected Internet due to the fact that over two-thirds webservers (Apache and nginx) run the vulnerable version of OpenSSL. WSWS explains at the software level on how 5 lines of erroneous code by not…