The Heartbleed bug, a faux Android security app, embracing the cloud, Big Data needs Big Privacy, and the end of Windows XP are trending stories in this week's Top 5 InfoSec reads.
A bug that gives attackers access to memory of website servers running on an older version of OpenSSL has created turmoil, confusion and phishing opportunities.
The usefulness of some (many?) popular phone apps is debatable. Virus Shield, a (roughly) $5.00 chart-topping security program on the Google Play store, was taken down last Sunday for quite literally serving no function.
The article attempts to assuage the hesitation of businesses to use cloud networking while endorsing the benefits of its use, citing the Snowden case as a perfect example of a potential privacy and security pay-off.
Participants in a series of discussions on Fair Information Practice Principles agree that privacy laws are due for a massive overhaul in light of new developments. Transparency between individuals and data users is key, and both parties need to be held accountable for what information they share over the web.
The UK government and Microsoft signed a deal that will continue XP security updates for the next year. Users are encouraged to make the switch to a newer operating system during that time before the contract is up and XP becomes at-risk again.