Researchers have discovered four new ways to expose Internet users' browsing histories. These techniques could be used by hackers to learn which websites users have visited as they surf the web. After conducting an effective history sniffing attack, a criminal could carry out a smart phishing scheme, which automatically matches each victim to a faked page corresponding to their actual bank. Criminals could put this sensitive data to work in a number of ways besides phishing: for example, by blackmailing users with embarrassing or compromising details of their browsing histories. History sniffing can also be deployed by legitimate, yet unscrupulous, companies, for purposes like marketing and advertising. The Tor Browser is the only browser known to be totally immune to all the attacks, as it intentionally avoids storing any information about a user's browsing history.
In Firefox 65, a new error message has been added that is much more descriptive and includes information regarding the specific certificate that is being detected as performing the MiTM attack.
Folks mistakenly believe that by enabling the incognito browsing mode, they are fully shielded from online tracking and malware.
Menlo Security’s third annual State of the Web report has found that 42% of the top 100,000 sites on the web, as ranked by Alexa, either are using software that leaves them vulnerable to attack or have already been compromised in some way.
Just like enterprises and other large organizations set up honeypots and decoys to misdirect hackers' attention, browsers and similar software should lure website operators into tar pits of useless and false personal information.
A system must be designed not to collect certain data, if its basic function can be carried out without that data.
Facebook employees are calling for a crackdown on suspected leakers and questioning whether “spies” have infiltrated the corporation, according to leaked internal posts that suggest the social media giant’s workforce is becoming defensive in the face of critical public scrutiny.
The search giant's largest fear is currently that US legislators will consider bringing across European legislation that enables people to force Google to remove links from its database – the so-called "Right to be Forgotten."
Google and Facebook's "free" model allows them to aggregate largely unpaid-for content – such as your photos and posts – rather than strike a price for it.
The information that the likes of Facebook and Google store about you without you even realising it.
International airline Emirates leaks customers' sensitive personal information to third-party marketing partners and network adversaries. Other airlines like KLM and Lufthansa exhibit similarly lackluster data security practices.
Open source dominates the content management system market.
Scripts work by injecting invisible login forms in the background of the webpage and scooping up whatever the browsers autofill into the available slots. That information can then be used as a persistent ID to track users from page to page, a potentially valuable tool in targeting advertising.
People spend so much time messing around with cross-site scripting to get code into a single site when it’s so easy to ship malicious code to thousands of websites. Content Security Policies seem to be the only real protection against someone stealing your users’ information.
Instart Logic's technology disguises third-party network requests so they appear to be first-party network requests. This allows ad services used by website publishers to place cookies and serve ads that would otherwise be blocked by the browser's same-origin security model.
DNS hijacking is a powerful type of attack that offers many opportunities for hackers, but the end result will often depend on the domain names they manage to compromise. To mitigate the effects of DNS hijacking, HTTPS needs to be combined with a security mechanism called HSTS.
It’s become clear that most two-factor systems don’t stand up against sophisticated users. If you can break through anything next to that two-factor login — whether it’s the account-recovery process, trusted devices, or the underlying carrier account — then you’re home free.
A mere 10 URLs can be enough to uniquely identify someone.
Divisive multimedia feature adopted by Facebook, Twitter and others could soon be a feature of Google search results.
Global Voices research findings suggest that most of the content offered via Free Basics will not meet the most pressing needs of those who are not online, and that the data and content limitations built into Free Basics are largely artificial and primarily aimed at collecting profitable data from users.