Data Security: IEEE 100K Username And Password Breach Analyzed By Whistleblower.

Radu Dragusin, who on September 24 alerted the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) that they were inadvertently exposing members’ unhashed usernames and passwords, has released an analysis of the breached data.  Conclusions based on what I’ve read:  (1) IEEE members are human, (2) a site’s logs should be guarded carefully (and set up […] read more

BYOD Security: Most Samsung Phones Currently Vulnerable To Remote Wipe Hack.

While doing a presentation at a security conference in Argentina, a German researcher showed how only Samsung smartphones running Google Android could be forced to perform a factory reset, wiping the handsets’ contents, just by visiting a malicious site.  This is more than a smartphone security issue, though: it’s a story that shows how BYOD […] read more

BYOD Security: Microsoft Hotmail Passwords Must Be 16 Characters Or Less.

It’s being reported that Hotmail, Microsoft’s free on-line email service, is alerting users that account passwords can “contain up to 16 characters.”  Common sense tells us that this is not necessarily the most secure practice in the world.  In fact, when it comes to portable device security, such as protecting a smartphone that is part […] read more