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Google Will Mark HTTP Sites As Unsafe Starting in 2015

Google plans to mark all HTTP pages “insecure” to warn users about data security and privacy issues, according to Chromium.org. As part of the open-source Chromium Projects, the initiative will affect Chrome starting in January. It’s meant to encourage all website owners to switch to HTTPS by default. “We all need data communication on the web to be secure (private, authenticated, untampered),” Google’s tea...

Over 30 Vulnerabilities Exposed in Google App Engine

Over 30 vulnerabilities that allow hackers to bypass critical security sandbox defenses were discovered in Google App Engine (GAE), according to The Hacker News. Security Explorations researchers identified the series of flaws in the Java environment of Google’s Platform as a Service. Attackers can exploit the vulnerabilities to achieve a complete Java VM security sandbox escape, as well as to execute arbit...

Google Launches New Security Dashboard

Google launched a “Devices and Activity Dashboard” to offer users more control over which devices connect to their Google accounts and prevent unauthorized access, according to a company blog post. The dashboard provides a snapshot of the devices that connect to the user’s Google account, along with details including the last time their account was accessed, the location and the web browser used. This list...

Google’s DoubleClick Advertising Platform Vulnerable to Open Redirect Attacks

Google's DoubleClick advertising platform has been found vulnerable to Open Redirect attacks, according to the report by security researcher Wang Jing on the Tetraph blog. Open Redirect vulnerabilities are not included in Google's Bug Bounty program today due to its thorough measures against attacks leveraging this kind of flaw. "Since the wide usage of Google DoubleClick.net advertising system, it is very...

Google Calls for Laws to Allow Europeans to Challenge Data Abuse by US Government

Google is calling for legal changes that would allow European Union citizens to go to US courts to challenge misuse of their personal data by the US government, according to a Google blog post. The company’s support for the extension of the US Privacy Act in Europe joyed by US citizens – who can go to European courts to challenge misuse of their data by European governments. The move follows Edward’s Snowde...

Google Ordered by Court to Assist Marvel’s Search for the Avengers Trailer Leaker

Google has been ordered by a US Court to help Marvel search for the individual who leaked the new Avengers: Age of Ultron movie trailer, according to a subpoena issued by the US District Court for the Northern District of California. The Avengers trailer was leaked in late October - a week ahead of its original release schedule. Photo Credit: Avengers: Age of Ultron Teaser Trailer "Your are commanded to pro...

Google Strengthens Accounts with USB Security Key

Google users are now able to secure their accounts with a physical USB security key acting as a second factor in the authentication process, according to a Google blog post. Google has been exploring the possibilities of hardware authentication since 2012, however the official announcement came a day ago. “Today we’re adding even stronger protection for particularly security-sensitive individuals,” Nishit S...

SSL 3.0 “Poodle” Flaw Opens Encrypted Data to Eavesdropping

A vulnerability in the design of the SSL 3.0 protocol can be exploited to intercept secure cookies transmitted between clients and servers in a reasonable amount of time, Google announced in blog post. Three Google researchers uncovered the “Poodle” (Padding Oracle On Downgraded Legacy Encryption) flaw which affects a large number of Internet-connected servers that can to fall back to the vulnerable SSL v3...

Facebook Links Most Removed from Google Searches

145,000 people requested to be erased from Google records since the “right to be forgotten” process began May 29, according to Google’s latest Transparency report. After the Court of Justice of the European Union decided that search engines give individuals the right to delete any personal data which is not of public interest, Google was swamped with some 1000 demands a day, mostly from Europeans. So far, F...

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...

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