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POODLE SSL Bug Scanner

As you may have noticed, there’s been widespread attention on this new POODLE SSL attack (CVE-2014-3566) that lets attackers spy on your traffic to any website that is vulnerable. As a public service, we’ve made a free, easy-to-use site that lets you scan any URL to see if it’s vulnerable and offers some helpful links to…

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CryptoLocker: The Marketing Behind the Malware

CryptoLocker is a frightening piece of malware that, when executed, encrypts your local and network files until a ransom is paid. CryptoLocker has well-implemented encryption that is generally considered unfeasible to brute force, as well as a multitude of distribution vectors—botnets, emails, Trojans, etc.  But what really sets CryptoLocker apart as ransomware, which has existed…

What You May Have Missed

What You May Have Missed

1. Here’s an interesting perspective from a CTO on why metadata matters. 2. By September 30th, California Governor Jerry Brown will either veto or sign two very important bills that will protect student data and their privacy. Major protections of SB 1177 include prohibiting any website or mobile app from targeted advertising to K-12 students, their parents…

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What You May Have Missed

1. In a previous post, we mentioned firms interested in disrupting the data broker business by empowering consumers to share their personal information with companies and get paid for it too. However, it’s still unclear whether customers are worried enough about their privacy to embrace these new services. At the Annual Meeting of the New…

What You May Have Missed

What You May Have Missed

1. Recently, the United Kingdom’s Information Commissioner’s Office published a Big Data report along with suggestions on how to comply with the Data Protection Act. Prepared by the European Data Protection Authority, their primary goal is to ensure that big data’s privacy risks and benefits are considered. If you don’t have time to read the…

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VMworld Attendees: Chance to Win Wireless Speakers

Are you attending VMworld 2014 in San Francisco? Had your eyes on the very cool Jabra Wireless Speakers?  Like to tweet pictures of yourself? If you answered “yes” to all of these, then you’re in luck! Stop by the Varonis booth (#2323) to enter our speaker contest. Instructions below.    

What You May Have Missed

What You May Have Missed

1. Before we jump on board the Internet of Things, let’s consider this recent hack experiment in Michigan. Working in cooperation with a local traffic department, researchers were able to monitor the IP packets on a wireless network connecting traffic lights. The protocol is similar to 802.11n—WiFi—but relies on proprietary hardware not generally available to…

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What You May Have Missed

1. If you haven’t already heard, this season NFL players will wear RFID chips—the same chips used to tag store merchandise. Reason? RFID will allow coaches to better track how players move on the field.  By the way, the NBA started tracking their players years ago with a technology called SportVU. It gave the back…

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What You May Have Missed

1. In life, it’s often said that it’s the little things that count and this timeless saying is also true when it comes to Big Data. While many businesses hope for and perhaps expect a transformative, Holy Grail solution, this Economist article argues that lots of incremental gains and improvements have a  good cumulative effect…

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What You May Have Missed

1. On Wednesday, the FTC published changes to COPPA guidelines for developers of kids apps. The changes focus on how developers and app stores can ensure that parents are aware of how their kids are using them.  The new rules allow developers to verify parental consent with a credit/debit card, even if the app is…