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Google Chrome Bans Chinese SSL Certificate Authorities WoSign and StartCom

Google Chrome Bans Chinese SSL Certificate Authorities WoSign and StartCom
July 08, 2017Mohit Kumar
As a punishment announced last October, Google will no longer trust SSL/TLS certificate authorities WoSign and its subsidiary StartCom with the launch of Chrome 61 for not maintaining the "high standards expected of CAs." The move came after Google was notified by GitHub's security team on August 17, 2016, that Chinese Certificate Authority WoSign had issued a base certificate for one of GitHub's domains to an unnamed GitHub user without authorization. After this issue had been reported, Google conducted an investigation in public as a collaboration with Mozilla and the security community, which uncovered several other cases of WoSign misissuance of certificates. As a result, the tech giant last year began limiting its trust of certificates backed by WoSign and StartCom to those issued before October 21st, 2016 and has been removing whitelisted hostnames over the course of several Chrome releases since Chrome 56. Now, in a Google Groups post published

Chrome Flaw Allows Sites to Secretly Record Audio/Video Without Indication

Chrome Flaw Allows Sites to Secretly Record Audio/Video Without Indication
May 30, 2017Swati Khandelwal
What if your laptop is listening to everything that is being said during your phone calls or other people near your laptop and even recording video of your surrounding without your knowledge? Sounds really scary! Isn't it? But this scenario is not only possible but is hell easy to accomplish. A UX design flaw in the Google's Chrome browser could allow malicious websites to record audio or video without alerting the user or giving any visual indication that the user is being spied on. AOL developer Ran Bar-Zik reported the vulnerability to Google on April 10, 2017, but the tech giant declined to consider this vulnerability a valid security issue, which means that there is no official patch on the way. How Browsers Works With Camera & Microphone Before jumping onto vulnerability details, you first need to know that web browser based audio-video communication relies on WebRTC (Web Real-Time Communications) protocol – a collection of communications protocols th

Beware! Hackers Can Steal Your Windows Password Remotely Using Chrome

Beware! Hackers Can Steal Your Windows Password Remotely Using Chrome
May 17, 2017Mohit Kumar
A security researcher has discovered a serious vulnerability in the default configuration of the latest version of Google's Chrome running on any version of Microsoft's Windows operating system, including Windows 10, that could allow remote hackers to steal user's login credentials. Researcher Bosko Stankovic of DefenseCode has found that just by visiting a website containing a malicious SCF file could allow victims to unknowingly share their computer's login credentials with hackers via Chrome and the SMB protocol. This technique is not new and was exploited by the Stuxnet — a powerful malware that specially designed to destroy Iran's nuclear program — that used the Windows shortcut LNK files to compromise systems. What's make this attack different from others is the fact that such SMB authentication related attacks have been first time demonstrated on Google Chrome publicly, after Internet Explorer (IE) and Edge. Chrome + SCF + SMB = Stealing Windows

This Phishing Attack is Almost Impossible to Detect On Chrome, Firefox and Opera

This Phishing Attack is Almost Impossible to Detect On Chrome, Firefox and Opera
April 17, 2017Mohit Kumar
A Chinese infosec researcher has reported about an "almost impossible to detect" phishing attack that can be used to trick even the most careful users on the Internet. He warned, hackers can use a known vulnerability in the Chrome, Firefox and Opera web browsers to display their fake domain names as the websites of legitimate services, like Apple, Google, or Amazon to steal login or financial credentials and other sensitive information from users. What is the best defence against phishing attack? Generally, checking the address bar after the page has loaded and if it is being served over a valid HTTPS connection. Right? Okay, then before going to the in-depth details, first have a look at this demo web page  ( note: you may experience downtime due to high traffic on demo server ), set up by Chinese security researcher Xudong Zheng, who discovered the attack. " It becomes impossible to identify the site as fraudulent without carefully inspecting the site's URL o

Beware! Don't Fall For "Font Wasn't Found" Google Chrome Malware Scam

Beware! Don't Fall For "Font Wasn't Found" Google Chrome Malware Scam
February 22, 2017Mohit Kumar
Next time when you accidentally or curiously land up on a website with jumbled content prompting you to download a missing font to read the blog by updating the Chrome font pack… …Just Don't Download and Install It. It's a Trap! Scammers and hackers are targeting Google Chrome users with this new hacking scam that's incredibly easy to fall for, prompting users to download a fake Google Chrome font pack update just to trick them into installing malware on their systems. Here's What the Scam is and How it works: It's a "The 'HoeflerText' font wasn't found" scam. Security firm NeoSmart Technologies recently identified the malicious campaign while browsing an unnamed WordPress website that had allegedly already been compromised, possibly due to failing to apply timely security updates. The scam is not a new one to identified by NeoSmart. It has been making rounds since last month . The hackers are inserting JavaScript into poorl

Google Chrome to Label Sensitive HTTP Pages as "Not Secure"

Google Chrome to Label Sensitive HTTP Pages as "Not Secure"
September 09, 2016Mohit Kumar
Although over three months remaining, Google has planned a New Year gift for the Internet users, who're concerned about their privacy and security. Starting in January of 2017, the world's most popular web browser Chrome will begin labeling HTTP sites that transmit passwords or ask for credit card details as " Not Secure " — the first step in Google's plan to discourage the use of sites that don't use encryption. The change will take effect with the release of Chrome 56 in January 2017 and affect certain unsecured web pages that feature entry fields for sensitive data, like passwords and payment card numbers, according to a post today on the Google Security Blog . Unencrypted HTTP has been considered dangerous particularly for login pages and payment forms, as it could allow a man-in-the-middle attacker to intercept passwords, login session, cookies and credit card data as they travel across the network. In the following release, Chrome will flag

Google makes it mandatory for Chrome Apps to tell Users what Data they collect

Google makes it mandatory for Chrome Apps to tell Users what Data they collect
April 19, 2016Mohit Kumar
In Brief Chrome apps and extensions make things easier, but they can also do terrible things like spy on web users and collect their personal data. But, now Google has updated its browser's User Data Policy requiring all Chrome extension and app developers to disclose what data they collect. Furthermore, developers are prohibited from collecting unnecessary browsing data and must also use encryption when handling sensitive information from users. Around 40 percent of all Google Chrome users have some kind of browser extensions, plugins or add-ons installed, but how safe are they? The company plans to enforce developers starting this summer, to "ensure transparent use of the data in a way that is consistent with the wishes and expectations of users." Google is making its Chrome Web Store safer for its users by forcing developers to disclose how they handle customers' data. Google's new User Data Policy will now force app developers, who use the Chrome We

Google to Speed Up Chrome for Fast Internet Browsing

Google to Speed Up Chrome for Fast Internet Browsing
January 22, 2016Wang Wei
Google is planning to make Chrome faster in order to provide its users fast Internet browsing experience. Thanks to a new, open-source data and web compression algorithm for the Internet called Brotli , which Google announced last year to boost its web page performance. With Brotli, Google will speed up Chrome and users could get a significant performance boost in coming months. Google introduced Brotli last September and claimed that the new algorithm is a "whole new data format" that could reduce file sizes by up to 26 percent higher than Zopfli , the company's three-year-old web compression technology. Net result – Fast Internet Browsing In a post on Google+ on Tuesday, web performance engineer at Google Ilya Grigorik announced that the new algorithm is coming to Chrome soon, which will change the way files are compressed, improving loading speeds by a quarter. Besides faster loading speeds, Brotli also have additional benefits for smartphone users, which

This Malware Can Delete and Replace Your Entire Chrome Browser with a lookalike

This Malware Can Delete and Replace Your Entire Chrome Browser with a lookalike
October 20, 2015Swati Khandelwal
Security researchers have uncovered a new piece of Adware that replaces your entire browser with a dangerous copy of Google Chrome , in a way that you will not notice any difference while browsing. The new adware software, dubbed " eFast Browser ," works by installing and running itself in place of Google Chrome The adware does all kinds of malicious activities that we have seen quite often over the years: Generates pop-up, coupon, pop-under and other similar ads on your screen Placing other advertisements into your web pages Redirects you to malicious websites containing bogus contents Tracking your movements on the web to help nefarious marketers send more crap your way to generating revenue Therefore, having eFast Browser installed on your machine may lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. What's Nefariously Intriguing About this Adware? The thing that makes this Adware different from others is that instead of taking contr

Microsoft doesn't want Windows 10 Users to Switch to Chrome or Firefox

Microsoft doesn’t want Windows 10 Users to Switch to Chrome or Firefox
October 19, 2015Swati Khandelwal
Microsoft wants Windows 10 users to use its Edge browser , and the company is pulling every trick out to make it happen. In a newly leaked Windows 10 preview release ( build 10568 ) , Microsoft has added a new prompt that appears whenever you try to switch away from default apps, including Microsoft Edge . Considering the wide adoption of Microsoft's newest operating system Windows 10, it seems that users are still hesitant in adopting Edge browser that comes bundled with  Windows 10 . To help encourage a higher adoption of Microsoft's default apps bundled with Windows 10, the software giant seems to be taking some steps. Come, Give Microsoft Edge A Shot!  If you already have Microsoft Edge as your default browser, then installing another rival browser, such as Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox , and switching the defaults will make a dialog box with " Give Microsoft Edge a shot " appear. The prompt highlights some of the latest features in

Aw, Snap! This 16-Character String Can Crash Your Google Chrome

Aw, Snap! This 16-Character String Can Crash Your Google Chrome
September 21, 2015Swati Khandelwal
Remember when it took only 13 characters to crash Chrome browser instantly? This time, it takes 16-character simple URL string of text to crash Google Chrome instantly. Yes, you can crash the latest version of Chrome browser with just a simple tiny URL. To do this, all you need to do is follow one of these tricks: Type a 16-character link and hit enter Click on a 16-character link Just put your cursor on a 16-character link Yes, that's right. You don't even have to open or click the malformed link to cause the crash, putting the cursor on the link is enough to crash your Chrome. All the tricks mentioned above will either kill that particular Chrome tab or kill the whole Chrome browser. The issue was discovered by security researcher Andris Atteka , who explained in his blog post that just by adding a NULL char in the URL string could crash Chrome instantly. Atteka was able to crash the browser with a 26 character long string, which is given b

THN Weekly Roundup — Top 14 Must-Read Cyber Security Stories

THN Weekly Roundup — Top 14 Must-Read Cyber Security Stories
September 07, 2015Mohit Kumar
We found a high concern for cybersecurity tactics and an increased awareness of the challenges that it brings. This week, we shared lots of stories with our readers, and to help them in identifying the biggest malware threats to their online safety. We are here with the outline of our last week stories, just in case you missed any of them ( ICYMI ). We recommend you read the entire thing ( just click ' Read More ' because there's some valuable advice in there as well ). Here's the list: ➢ How Hackers Can Hack Your Gmail Accounts? Getting smarter in their phishing tactics, hackers have found out ways to fool Gmail's tight security system by bypassing its two-step verification. Hackers are now using text messages and phone-based phishing attacks to circumvent Gmail's security and take over your Gmail accounts. — Read more . ➢ Not Just Windows 10, Windows 7 and 8 Also Spy on You Laughing at controversial data mining and privacy invasion featur

How to Fix Chrome Massive Memory Usage? Simply Try 'Chrome 45' for Faster Performance

How to Fix Chrome Massive Memory Usage? Simply Try 'Chrome 45' for Faster Performance
September 04, 2015Swati Khandelwal
Rejoice Chrome users! Google has made major improvements to its Chrome web browser that would once again make it one of the least memory eater browsers in the market. Although Chrome is used by hundreds of millions of people worldwide due to its simplicity and power, most people aren't happy with it because it uses too much memory and power. Google has now solved these problems. The most recent release of Chrome ( Chrome 45 ) is intended to make your browsing experience faster and more efficient. Google launched Chrome 45 for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android two days ago, but the company announced in an official blog post Friday that the new version includes several new updates that focus on making the browser load faster and use less memory. Also Read:  I keep 200+ Browser Tabs Open, and My Computer Runs Absolutely Fine. Here's My Secret Chrome 45 Uses 10% Less RAM A major issue reported by Chrome users was the browser's consumption of PC mem

Gello: Cyanogen's Customizable Web Browser for Android

Gello: Cyanogen's Customizable Web Browser for Android
July 04, 2015Swati Khandelwal
Get ready for a new Android Browser! Android ROM developer CyanogenMod has announced that it is working on a new browser for Android devices. Dubbed Gello , the open-source browser is based on Google's Chromium project and includes a ton of customization options for Android. The team provided a first look of Gello through a demo video that actually reveals a lot about the new Android browser. Some Specific Features of Gello include: " Save for Offline " Reading Mode Night Mode and Immersive Mode options Extensive site-by-site Privacy and Security Settings, including Ad Blocker Advanced Download Manager that allow you to rename files and select file paths Customized interface , including Tab Animations and Management Moreover, Lots of other granular controls. The Gello web browser would be aimed at those who prefer Android Open Source Project (AOSP) versions instead of Google's Android. The team noted that the Gello browser will not

Google Chrome Silently Listening to Your Private Conversations

Google Chrome Silently Listening to Your Private Conversations
June 25, 2015Swati Khandelwal
Google was under fire of downloading and installing a Chrome extension surreptitiously and subsequently listened to the conversations of Chromium users without consent. After these accusations, a wave of criticism by privacy campaigners and open source developers has led Google to remove the extension from Chromium , the open-source version of the Chrome browser. The extension in question is " Chrome Hotword ," which was found to be responsible for offering the browser's famous " OK, Google " functionality. ' Ok, Google ' is certainly a useful feature that allows users to search for things via their voice when they use Google as their default search engine, but its something that also enables eavesdropping of every single conversation made by a user. Google Silently Listens to your Conversation This issue came to light by Pirate Party founder Rick Falkvinge , who says Google has silently installed black box code into the open-so

I keep 200+ Browser Tabs Open, and My Computer Runs Absolutely Fine. Here's My Secret.

I keep 200+ Browser Tabs Open, and My Computer Runs Absolutely Fine. Here’s My Secret.
June 11, 2015Swati Khandelwal
I don't know about your part, but I make heavy use of tabs. I currently have 200+ tabs open in my Google Chrome Web browser. And sometimes the number is even more. For me it's a daily thing, as I regularly open new tabs because of my habit of reading lots of stuff online, including cyber security updates, hacking news, knowledgeable articles of various categories, new recipes to cook something delicious and, of course, funny viral videos. Browsers — Everything for us, But Biggest Memory Eaters! I think you'll agree with me when I say: It's really hard to manage so many tabs on Chrome — and Firefox too. But worse still is the obstruction in the performance of your computer, as the tabs continue to run background processes and feed on your system's memory. It gets difficult to sort through them, everything slows down, and sometimes it crashes the browser itself. Doesn't it? But, I really don't face any issue while surfing on 200+ tabs at one time
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