Lucian ConstantinReporter, IDG News Service, IDG News Service

Lucian Constantin writes about information security, privacy and data protection.

Adobe bolsters security in Reader, Acrobat XI with added features

Adobe provides a closer look a the improved sandbox in the recently launched Adobe Reader and Adobe Acrobat XI aimed at making the products harder to attack and exploit.

Researchers: Steam URL protocol can be abused to exploit game vulnerabilities

Attackers can trick gamers into opening malicious steam:// URLs that exploit security issues in games to execute malicious code.

Mozilla releases Firefox 16.0.1 to address four vulnerabilities

Mozilla released Firefox 16.0.1 on Thursday in order to fix a publicly disclosed vulnerability and three other security flaws identified after the release of Firefox 16.

Facebook's phone search can be abused to find people's numbers, researchers say

Attackers can abuse Facebook's phone search feature to find valid phone numbers and the name of their owners, according to security researchers.

on techhive.com

Hackers compromise Adobe server, use it to digitally sign malicious files

Adobe plans to revoke a code-signing certificate after hackers compromised one of the company's internal servers and used it to digitally sign two malicious utilities.

on pcworld.com

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Mozilla launches first beta version of 'Persona' website authentication system

Mozilla launched the first beta version of its browser-independent website authentication system, Persona, on Thursday and hopes to convince the Web developer community to give it a try.

Leaked Apple UDIDs were stolen from digital publishing firm

The unique identifiers of 1 million Apple iOS devices that hackers leaked last week were stolen from the servers of a Florida-based digital publishing firm.

Firefox 15.0.1 fixes bug that exposed websites visited in private browsing mode

Mozilla released Firefox 15.0.1 on Thursday in order to fix a bug that potentially exposed the websites visited by users while in "Private Browsing" mode.

Researchers find critical vulnerability in Java 7 patch hours after release

Security researchers from Poland-based security firm Security Explorations claim to have discovered a vulnerability in the Java 7 security update released...

Mobile, web security will be major topics at Black Hat

Security researchers are expected to disclose new vulnerabilities in near field communication (NFC), mobile baseband firmware, HTML5 and Web application firewalls at next week's Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas.

Firefox 14 released with new security features and vulnerability patches

Version 14 of the Mozilla Firefox browser, released Tuesday, offers several new security-related features as well as patches for numerous vulnerabilities.

Hackers publish emails, passwords from Yahoo service

A group of hackers on Thursday published a list of more than 453,000 log-in credentials on the Internet that were allegedly stolen from a database associated with a Yahoo service.

Researcher: Face.com iOS flaw could have allowed Facebook, Twitter account hijacking

Facial recognition start-up Face.com patched a vulnerability in its Klik iOS app that could have allowed attackers to hijack its users' Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Adobe patches critical flaws in Photoshop, Illustrator

Adobe released several security updates on Monday, addressing nine arbitrary code execution vulnerabilities that affect Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator CS5.

Twitter spam campaign infects users with fake antivirus programs

A large spam campaign observed on Twitter during the last couple of days directed users to malicious websites that exploited vulnerabilities in browser plug-ins to infect their computers with rogue antivirus programs.