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Cisco SMB Routers, Firewalls Open to Hacking

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Cisco SMB Routers, Firewalls Open to Hacking

Customers using three Cisco VPN firewalls and routers from the SMB RV series should be warned the devices carry a critical vulnerability hackers can exploit to remotely take control of devices, if not entire systems.

The vulnerability involves the web-based management interface of the Cisco RV110W Wireless-N VPN Firewall, RV130W Wireless-N Multifunction VPN Router and RV215W Wireless-N VPN Router. If the devices are configured for remote management attackers can send an unauthenticated HTTP request with custom user data, leading to remote code execution with root-level priviledges on the affected system.

"A successful exploit could allow the attacker to execute arbitrary script in the context of the web-based management interface for the device or allow the attacker to access sensitive browser-based information," a Cisco security advisory reads.

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Apple Bolsters Security With Jon Callas Rehire

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Apple Bolsters Security With Jon Callas Rehire

Following its butting heads with US law enforcement against the unlocking of iPhone encryption, Reuters reports Apple is boosting its security capabilities with the hiring of cryptography expert Jon Callas.

Callas worked at Apple during 1995-1997, and again on 2009-2011 period. During the second period he designed the full-disk encryption Apple uses in iPhones, iPads and Macs. In his non-Apple time Callas worked at PGP (where he developed the OpenPGP standard) and co-founded Silent Circle, the company behind the security-minded Blackphone.

Reuters does not reveal the position Callas has at Apple, but the whys behind his hiring should be more than obvious-- the company has a firm stance in favour of strong encryption, taking the fight against the FBI's wanting to bypass iOS security to the courts.

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TeslaCrypt Creators Give Up Malware Master Key

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TeslaCrypt Creators Give Up Malware Master Key

Security firm ESET has good news for victims of TeslaCrypt-- the creators of the ransomware have given up the master key required to decrypt files infected by the malware.

TeslaCrypt first appeared in early 2015, and gained infamy by targeting game-related content such as save files and custom maps as well as the more traditional documents and pictures. In total it affects 185 different file extensions, and it reportedly earned its creators $76522 in less than two months.

However, the operators behind TeslaCrypt claim to have closed the ransomware project, and in what seems to be an act of repentance the group provided an ESET researcher with a universal decryption key.

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The Untangle Firewall Appliance for the Small Office

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The Untangle Firewall Appliance for the Small Office

Security vendor Untangle presents the u25 and u25w-- a pair of firewall appliances designed for home or small offices the company describes as "the smallest footprint of any network security appliance in the market."

The u25 is the wired model, while the u25w is the wireless option. Both promise quiet desktop operation, and feature an HDMI port, x3 gigabit ethernet ports and x2 USB ports to provide all required network security features.

Protection comes through unified threat management (UTM) complete with the latest Untangle NG Firewall release (v 1.2), and customers can manage internet traffic by application, website, port and protocol on a per-use or per-group basis. VPN capability provides seamless connectivity to corporate networks, while a captive portal is included with the wifi model.

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Gartner: IoT Brings Need for Security

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Gartner: IoT Brings Need for Security

According to Gartner, 2016 global spending on Internet of Things (IoT) security is to reach $348 million-- a 23.7% increase over 2015 of $251.5m and a figure set to reach $547m by 2018.

Overall IoT security spending is set to be initially "moderate," but it should increase at a faster rate come 2020 thanks to a combination of improved skills, organisational change and more scalable service options improve execution.

"The market for IoT security products is currently small but it is growing as both consumers and businesses start using connected devices in ever greater numbers," the analyst remarks. "Gartner forecasts that 6.4 billion connected things will be in use worldwide in 2016, up 30% from 2015, and will reach 11.4bn by 2018. However, considerable variation exists among different industry sectors as a result of different levels of prioritisation and security awareness."

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