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For pen testing firm IOActive, security is cultural not transactional

IOActive may not be a household name but you almost certainly know its work. The Seattle-headquartered company has been behind some of the most breathtaking hacks in the past decade. Its researchers have broken into in-flight airplanes from the ground and reverse engineered an ATM to spit out gobs of cash. One of the company’s ...

Homeland Security has tested a working BlueKeep remote code execution exploit

Homeland Security’s cyber agency says it has tested a working exploit for the BlueKeep vulnerability, capable of achieving remote code execution on a vulnerable device. To date, most of the private exploits targeting BlueKeep would have triggered a denial-of-service condition, capable of knocking computers offline. But an exploit able to remotely run code or malware ...

A widely used infusion pump can be remotely hijacked, say researchers

A hospital infusion pump widely used in hospitals and medical facilities has critical security flaws that allow it to be remotely hijacked and controlled, according to security researchers. Researchers at healthcare security firm CyberMDX found two vulnerabilities in the Alaris Gateway Workstation, developed by medical device maker Becton Dickinson. Infusion pumps are one of the ...

Google opens its Android security key tech to iPhone and iPad users

Google will now allow iPhone and iPad owners to use their Android security key to verify sign-ins, the company said Wednesday. Last month, the search and mobile giant said it developed a new Bluetooth-based protocol that will allow modern Android 7.0 devices and later to act as a security key for two-factor authentication. Since then, ...

AI security startup Darktrace’s CEO defeats buzzword bingo with trust and transparency

It takes a lot of trust to allow a company to come in and install a mystery box on their network to monitor for threats. It’s like inviting in a security guard to sit in your living room to make sure nobody breaks in. Yet that’s exactly what Darktrace does. (The box, not the security ...

A ‘backdoor’ in Optergy smart building tech gets maximum severity score

Homeland Security has given the maximum severity score for a vulnerability in a popular smart building automation system. Optergy’s Proton allows building owners and managers to remotely monitor energy consumption and manage who can access the premises. The box is web-connected, and connects to other devices — like air conditioning and heating — in the ...

China says apps should get user consent before tracking

Chinese regulators might follow the European Union’s lead to make life harder for internet companies such as TikTok that closely track behavior of their users in a move that could significantly hurt their revenue. Last week, Beijing proposed a new set of measures to enforce data security for individuals and the nation overall. According to ...

How Marcin Kleczynski went from message boards to founding anti-malware startup Malwarebytes

Marcin Kleczynski is a shining example of the American dream. A Polish-born immigrant turned naturalized citizen, Kleczynski grew up in the Chicago suburbs spending much of his time on computers and the early days of the world wide web. He couldn’t afford to buy computer games; instead, he downloaded them from the internet — and ...

Security startup Bugcrowd on crowdsourcing bug bounties: ‘Cybersecurity is a people problem’

For a cybersecurity company, Bugcrowd relies much more on people than it does on technology. For as long as humans are writing software, developers and programmers are going to make mistakes, said Casey Ellis, the company’s founder and chief technology officer in an interview TechCrunch from his San Francisco headquarters. “Cybersecurity is fundamentally a people ...

Why Dragos’ CEO puts a premium on people not profits

Written in its company’s handbook, there’s one rule for working at Dragos. “Don’t be an *******.” “The first key to our success is our people and that we hire good people,” said Robert Lee, the company’s founder and chief executive, in an interview with TechCrunch. “I think building a successful team is about having a ...