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CryptoWall’s Haul: $1M in Six Months  02 September 2014 
Source: ThreatPost - Posted by Dave Wreski   
CryptoWall is a million-dollar business. The file-encrypting ransomware has netted the criminal gang responsible for its development and dispersal, more than $1.1 million in the six months it’s been in the wild, researchers at Dell SecureWorks’ Counter Threat Unit said in a report this week.
 
FireEye, Fox-IT launch free service to combat Cryptolocker ransomware  06 August 2014 
Source: ZDNet Blogs - Posted by Dave Wreski   
FireEye and Fox-IT have launched a free tool to assist victims of the CryptoLocker ransomware. Announced on Wednesday, the new service, dubbed DecryptCryptoLocker, is available for free to assist those impacted by the CryptoLocker ransomware.
 
Cryptolocker neutralized, says Justice Department  15 July 2014 
Source: SC Magazine - Posted by Alex   
A status report filed by the Justice Department on Friday indicates that the Cryptolocker threat has been neutralized. Cryptolocker, ransomware that extorted more than $27 million from its victims in nine months of existence, can no longer communicate with the infrastructure used to control the malware, according to a Friday release.
 
Too many cooks may worsen the OpenSSL mess  14 July 2014 
Source: InfoWorld - Posted by Anthony Pell   
Nobody questions that OpenSSL is a vital part of the Internet's infrastructure. So many fundamentals are built on top of it and in so many places. Too much is at stake for it to be vulnerable to yet another Heartbleed, the dangers of which may linger for some time in embedded and client devices.
 
OpenSSL Project publishes roadmap to counter criticism  02 July 2014 
Source: TechWorld - Posted by Anthony Pell   
The OpenSSL Project is planning a number of changes to ensure its security component, used across millions of computers across the Internet, is in tip-top shape.
 
Encrypted Web traffic can reveal highly sensitive information  24 June 2014 
Source: TechWorld - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Analyzing encrypted Web traffic can potentially reveal highly sensitive information such as medical conditions and sexual orientation, according to a research paper that forecasts how privacy on the Internet may erode.
 
OpenSSL Patches 7 Security Flaws  20 June 2014 
Source: Top Tech News - Posted by Dave Wreski   
If there is any good news from the discovery of the Heartbleed bug that affects OpenSSL, it’s this: security Relevant Products/Services analysts are keeping a closer watch on OpenSSL. And their efforts have paid off. The open-source OpenSSL Project today released a security update that fixes seven vulnerabilities, including two that have been rated critical by the SANS Internet Storm Center.
 
Possible TrueCrypt Fork in the Works  19 June 2014 
Source: ThreatPost - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Although the developers behind the TrueCrypt encryption software have given up the ghost and decided to no longer maintain the application, interest in the project has never been higher. But, one of the developers says that a nascent effort to fork TrueCrypt is unlikely to succeed.
 
Dyreza Banker Trojan Seen Bypassing SSL  18 June 2014 
Source: ThreatPost - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Banker Trojans have proven to be reliable and effective tools for attackers interested in quietly stealing large amounts of money from unwitting victims. Zeus, Carberp and many others have made piles of money for their creators and the attackers who use them, and researchers have been looking at a newer banker Trojan that has the ability to bypass SSL protection for banking sessions by redirecting traffic through the attackers’ own domains.
 
Google debuts PGP email encryption plugin for Chrome  05 June 2014 
Source: The Daily Dot - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Google has released the alpha version of a new Chrome browser extension called End-To-End that allows users to encrypt, decrypt, digitally sign, and verify signed emails all within the browser.
 
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