3D Fingerprint Scans May Be the Ultimate Security Tool

Compared to a password that’s either too simple to be effective, or too hard to remember, a fingerprint is a great security tool. But they’re not infallible, in fact, they can be easily replicated with just a photo. So researchers are taking fingerprint security one step further and scanning them in three dimensions. » 7/01/15 10:15am Yesterday 10:15am

Samsung Will Stop Breaking Windows Update With Its Crappy Bloatware

Earlier this week, a Microsoft security researcher wrote a scathing account of how Samsung’s SW Update tool (installed by default on all Samsung PCs) is disabling Windows Update, potentially leaving millions of computers vulnerable to critical security flaws. Thankfully, Samsung’s crack bloatware programmers have seen… » 6/26/15 4:14pm Friday 4:14pm

Samsung Disables Windows Updates to Favor Its Own Crappy Bloatware

Windows updates are simultaneously very boring and incredibly important: they have a habit of shutting down your computer at the wrong moment, but also patch critical security flaws with alarming regularity. So if a manufacturer decided to disable Windows Update to favor its own crappy bloatware, that would be… » 6/24/15 1:32am 6/24/15 1:32am

Emoji Passwords are Coming: Harder to Hack and Easier to Remember

A UK company claims to have invented the idea of using a set of emoji to replace a PIN number, suggesting that our stupid brains find it easier to remember the silly drawing people face things — and that the increased complexity of the emoji character set makes brute-forcing into our bank accounts substantially harder. » 6/15/15 7:30am 6/15/15 7:30am

The U.S. Navy Wants to Buy Zero-Day Security Flaws From You

Identified a security hole in a piece of well-known software? You could alert the maker to keep everyone safe — or you could sell it to the U.S. Navy, which will buy the information from you in order to build software to exploit the hole. » 6/15/15 4:15am 6/15/15 4:15am

Noted eagle eye and EFF Investigative Researcher Dave Maass happened on an… » 6/15/15 4:15am 6/15/15 4:15am

AP: Hackers Stole Documents About Spies Taking Drugs and Going Bankrupt

This is a bad week to be a federal employee, and it just got worse. The AP is reporting on a second brutal cyberattack on the federal government revealed this week, carried out by the same hackers who reported accessed the records of every single federal employee. This second hack focused on grabbing extremely… » 6/12/15 5:26pm 6/12/15 5:26pm