EU offers bug bounties on popular open source software

The program with a prize pool of almost US$1 million aims to leverage the ‘power of the crowd’ in order to prevent another Heartbleed. The European Union (EU) is rolling out a bug bounty scheme on some of the most popular free and open source software around in a bid to ultimately make the internet … More EU offers bug bounties on popular open source software

The world’s biggest bug bounty payouts

So-called ‘bug bounties’ are offered by some of the world’s largest websites and software companies to ensure that software bugs are found and fixed by friendly security researchers, rather than by malicious hackers who could use the same flaws to cause significant damage. Bug bounties are a relatively new phenomenon but, in recent years, have … More The world’s biggest bug bounty payouts

What to do about Shellshock Bash bug on Mac OS X?

A serious software vulnerability called the “Bash Bug” or “Shellshock” has just come to light and it affects a wide range of computers and digital devices, many of which will need to be fixed to prevent them leaking information or being taken over by malicious persons. The systems affected include Mac OS X computers, many … More What to do about Shellshock Bash bug on Mac OS X?

Heartbleed claims British mums and Canadian tax payers as victims

The critical security vulnerability in OpenSSL known commonly as “Heartbleed” continues to raise alarms, with websites now warning that hackers have breached their systems by exploiting the bug, and stolen personal information about users. For instance, Mumsnet – a phenomenally popular British parenting website with 1.5 million registered users – has reported that its servers … More Heartbleed claims British mums and Canadian tax payers as victims

‘Heartbleed’ encryption flaw leaves millions of sites at risk

A flaw in an encryption technology used to protect major websites including Yahoo has left a huge amount of private data at risk – researchers advise internet users to change all their passwords. The bug, known as ‘Heartbleed’ is described as one of the “most serious security flaws ever found” according to the Telegraph’s report. … More ‘Heartbleed’ encryption flaw leaves millions of sites at risk