14. September 2010 · Comments Off on New attacks leverage a zero-day vulnerability in Adobe PDF reader · Categories: Malware, Zero-day · Tags: , ,

Via ThreatPost yesterday:

Security researchers [at Symantec] say that a new wave of attacks suggests that the malicious hackers behind a security compromise [Aurora] at Google and a number of other prestigious U.S. firms are back in business, this time using an unpatched security flaw in Adobe’s PDF (Portable Document Format) Reader application.

The post is well linked for background information on Aurora.

25. April 2010 · Comments Off on Aurora – Why was Gmail China’s Target? · Categories: Breaches, Privacy · Tags:

Larry Seltzer has an interesting post about a conversation he had with Mikko Hypponen of F-Secure about the reason for the Operation Aurora attack in China against Google's Gmail service.I wrote about Aurora here and here. However, the question remains – why Gmail and not Yahoo or Microsoft's free email service?

Perhaps it's because only Gmail offers SSL encryption which prevents sniffing on the wire to read emails. Because the other free email services don't offer SSL, you can simply sniff the wire to read the emails on those services.

End users who have some level of security consciousness gravitate to Gmail. And if you want to read messages on Gmail, you have no choice but to hack the service itself as you are not going to crack SSL.