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5 Million Google Account Credentials Leaked Online

Close to five million Google account credentials have been leaked online by hackers, according to the IBTimes. At first glance, most of the accounts seems to belong to people in Russia. The announcement was made on Bitcoin Security forum by a user dubbed "tvskit" who also posted a link to the leaked email list. The opened thread and the discussions are now available only through cached page services such as...

GreatFire accuses China of Intercepting CERNET Traffic to Google, Man-In-The-Middle Attack via Fake X.509 Certificates

Online censorship monitor GreatFire accused the Chinese government of carrying out a MitM (Man-In-the-Middle) attack by intercepting encrypted SSL traffic between the China Education and Research Network (CERNET) and Google, according to a blog post. Google and many of its services are blocked in China due to internet censorship and the only access is through CERNET. “Instead of just outright blocking Googl...

Google Blocks Access to Less Secure Apps

Google added a sign-in security feature to its Gmail service in an effort to help users keep their accounts safe from suspicious apps and devices, the company says. Google announced that users can opt to disable access for apps that use “insecure sign-in technology.” Apps that don’t comply with the latest security standards may be blocked by default, in which case the user will receive a “Password incorrect...

Google Blocks Rogue Digital Certificates from India

Google revoked four unauthorized digital certificates mis-issued by the National Informatics Centre (NIC) of India, a unit of India’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, according to Google’s Online Security blog. The certificates were granted for three Google domains and one Yahoo domain, the company said in a recent update. “However, we are also aware of mis-issued certificates not incl...

Android security boss says users don’t need anti-virus. He’s wrong wrong wrong

Adrian Ludwig is the lead engineer for Android security at Google. In this role, he is responsible for the security of the Android platform and Google's applications and services for Android. So you would expect him to know a thing or two about the risks that Android users are exposed to on the platform. Unfortunately, judging by a report in the Sydney Morning Herald of what Ludwig told journalists at a rec...

Google Gives Users Right to be Forgotten

Google has created an online form for European users who request the company to erase their names from search results, according to the Inquirer. The action comes in response to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) decision to support the so-called ‘right to be forgotten' that obliges search firms to remove links related to people who consider them irrelevant, outdated or inappropriate. “We will assess each ...

Two-Factor Authentication: How to set it up

In a world of online connectivity, smarter hacking techniques and obvious privacy concerns, passwords are no longer considered the strongest link in account security. Understating customers’ need for extra protection, Google, Twitter, Facebook and other popular services added a new layer of security to their accounts by implementing two-factor authentication. Two-factor authentication is a security feature ...

Fake Google Apps Leaked in Windows Phone Store

Some of the most popular Google mobile apps including Hangouts, Google Maps, Google+, Google Search and Google Voice have been seen recently in the Windows Phone Store retailing at the not-so-bargain price of $1.99, as announced by Windows on winbeta.org. The site says the applications are fake. In the Android and iOS mobile markets, these services are free of charge. Moreover, the developer’s name is missp...

Android OS Update Process Vulnerable to Exploitation

A new type of security vulnerability has been found in the Android system’s updating process, which can be exploited to steal sensitive data, alter security configurations and even block installation of critical system services, according to joint research by the University of Indiana and Microsoft. The so-called Pileup flaws hidden inside the Android Package Management Service (PMS) allow a malicious app t...

Google Dumped 1 Million Bad Ads a Day in 2013

The number of suspicious ads removed from Google rose to almost 1 million a day last year, an increase of almost 60 percent from 2012, USA Today reports. At the same time, more than three million applications were denied access to Google’s ad networks in 2013. Though the figures look dazzling, the company’s representatives said that part of the banned applications were from the same entities re-applying sev...

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