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The week in security: Snapchat, Dropbox deny culpability for photo, account leaks

Some 100,000 photos taken from Snapchat users weren't the service's fault, although some observers were seizing on the leak to argue for an improvement in security by Snapchat and other online services. Ditto Dropbox, which was also denying it was to blame after hackers published what they claimed were excerpts from 7 million Dropbox credentials; the cloud-storage giant blamed a third-party service for the leak, but security experts were still using the event to push their case for users to adopt two-factor authentication – particularly given that cloud security and ubiquitous identity for cloud services is still over a year away.

David Braue | 21 Oct | Read more

ASD security certification to boost Azure's Australian cloud: MS

Microsoft's Azure platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offering to Australian standards has taken a big step forward in the local market with the announcement that an audit of the company's Australian facilities has confirmed they meet Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) security standards for the transmission of government information.

David Braue | 07 Oct | Read more

The week in security: Apple security scrutinised as mobile, IoT threats loom

The role of government in cybersecurity defences continues to morph, but there were interesting revelations that GCHQ employs 120 dyslexic and dyspraxic analysts to help in its fight against terrorism, while British PM David Cameron appointed a special envoy in charge of intelligence and law-enforcement data sharing. Interestingly, however, even as scrutiny of data sharing increases, Yahoo! reported that government requests for data had dropped overall, while one Australian cybersecurity expert said businesses and governments were increasingly seeking a collaborative approach to bolster overall cybersecurity profiles.

David Braue | 02 Oct | Read more

Security experts scrambling on Shellshock vulnerability as exploits begin

Less than a week after it was revealed by UK-based Akamai security researcher Stephane Chazelas, the threat posed by the newly discovered Shellshock vulnerability – said by some to be bigger than Heartbleed” – is still being reassessed as security experts around the world zero in on the recently discovered Bash shell flaw and the extent of the world's exposure to the bug becomes clear.

David Braue | 01 Oct | Read more

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