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Toshiba announces self-wiping hard-drives as security feature

toshibaToshiba, recently awarded for customer satisfaction, announced on Tuesday the next generation of security features to improve data security.

In a press release in February Toshiba already announced the new Toshiba e-STUDIOTM855SE Series with a few security features provoking a flood of comments over the Internet.

Among the features you can find 128-bit AES HDD encryption, full Network Authentication and Data Overwrite but what I’m talking about in this post is the self-wiping hard drive.

Such device is able to wipe itself or … Continue Reading

Dropbox big fail: authentication insecure by design

dropboxI remember spending much time discussing about Dropbox and similar systems to store and synchronise data. I was always against using such systems because of the intrinsic lack of safety moving sensible data on 3rd party systems and I was replied every single time that encryption is the key and “I don’t see how people could read your data” and so on…

At the end, bad news arrived for Dropbox and we are talking about insecure authentication by design.

Derek Newton, a Senior Security Engineer, … Continue Reading

Google pulls 21 apps in Android malware scare

AndroidMultiple sources reported that Google has pulled 21 popular applications from Android market. The reason for this is that, according to the company, the apps are malware aimed at getting root access to the user’s device, gathering a wide range of available data, and downloading more code to it without the user’s knowledge.

Unfortunately, even if Google removed such apps, non less than 50,000 users have downloaded and installed them.

Basically what happend is that a user noticed something wrong in the application name and the … Continue Reading