Entries with tag data security.

Company Markets “USB Condom”

A security and hardware specialist has invented and released a new product—called the USB condom—that prevents outsiders from compromising USB devices. Stephen A. Ridley’s USB Condom blocks data pins in a USB device, which keeps data from potentially being stolen from the USB device, while leaving the power pins free. This is designed to help people who plug their USB devices into, for example, a public charging kiosk or a coworker’s computer. Ridley’s int3.cc (http://int3.cc) website says the product, which it is distributing, is now out of stock but will be available again soon. (SlashDot)(Hot Hardware)(int3.cc)

Security-Application Update Disables Computers Worldwide

A faulty update from security vendor Malwarebytes issued Tuesday afternoon reportedly left users worldwide without computer access after the software disabled essential, legitimate Windows components after identifying them as malware. The problem was created by a faulty update definition that marked Windows.dll and .exe files as malware. Malwarebytes said it took the update off its servers as soon as it realized there was a problem, which occurred within eight minutes of deployment. The company said in a blog post that it is re-evaluating its update policy to prevent this from occurring again. The ongoing fight against new and fast moving cyberthreats and the need to update applications makes faulty updates a “constant danger,”, said Rik Ferguson, global vice president of security research at security vendor Trend Micro. (SlashDot)(V3.co.uk)(Malwarebytes)

Smartphone Application Secures DNA Data

A smartphone application developed at the University of California, Irvine, lets users securely store their DNA data on a mobile device and access it when necessary. GenoDroid is an Android application that encrypts the information so that only small portions of the user’s genetic data are available at a given time. Only the test results are disclosed, which means the user’s personal genetic information remains secure and private. The application could be used for genetic testing and custom drugs as well as secure paternity tests. The UC Irvine researchers worked with Palo Alto Research Center and New York Institute of Technology scientists. They published their results in the Association for Computing Machinery’s Proceedings of the 2012 ACM Workshop on Privacy in the Electronic Society. (UC Irvine)(Proceedings of the 2012 ACM Workshop on Privacy in the Electronic Society) 

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