These five programming languages have flaws that expose apps to attack

ZDNet – December 11, 2017 ROOT CAUSE: language vulnerabilities are suspected of having been caused by attempts to simplify software development IMPACT: the research shows that applications can suffer from security issues when using certain features from programming languages IMPACT: “There are a number of possibilities to be abused in different implementations that could affect secure […]

Sloppy coding + huge PSD2 changes = Lots of late nights for banking devs next year

The Register – December 8, 2017 ROOT CAUSE: Poorly written code ROOT CAUSE: Financial service firms have many older systems and in some cases have not spent the effort to upgrade them to modern security standards ROOT CAUSE: financial sector [has] the need to support legacy… apps written in Cobol but also because of complex coding […]

HP patch released to stop keyboard-tracking computer bug

Evening Standard – December 11, 2017 DISCOVERED BY: Michael Myng, who discovered a deactivated keylogger in software on over 460 models of HP laptop ROOT CAUSE: keylogging software that was accidentally installed on nearly 500 computer models within the last five years COMPANY RESPONSE: released a security update and has warned owners of HP computers to […]

Apple fixes HomeKit bug that allowed remote unlocking of users’ doors

  the Guardian – December 8, 2017 IMPACT: allowed hackers to unlock users’ smart locks or other devices SHORT TERM FIX: temporary [fix] side … but also breaks some functionality of the system COMPANY RESPONSE: “The issue affecting HomeKit users running iOS 11.2 has been fixed. The fix temporarily disables remote access to shared users, which […]

Technical glitch kills Alberta’s land titles website, stoking concerns over real estate deals

Calgary Herald – Nov 29, 2017 ROOT CAUSE: a routine systems upgrade took place Sunday evening… that interfered with data processing IMPACT: which resulted in a system outage and prompted the province to take the unusual step of closing its Calgary and Edmonton land titles offices on Tuesday COMPANY RESPONSE: “Support teams are currently working to […]

Facebook blames technical glitch for blocked accounts during protests in Romania – Nov 30, 2017 IMPACT: dozens of Romanians had their accounts or posts temporarily blocked after posting or sharing comments related to the anti-government protests ROOT CAUSE: “A number of pages were temporarily blocked due to an error in our automated systems. COMPANY RESPONSE: “As soon as this was brought to our attention we disabled […]