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This Week in AppSec News: January 6-12th, 2014

Jan 12, 2014 By Sarah Vonnegut | Between more big-name breaches, iOS mobile banking apps found insecure, Microsoft getting hacked by the SEA (again), and Yahoo’s HTTPS service being deemed ‘too little, too late’, the security industry hasn’t had the best beginning to 2014. Will the Personal Data Privacy and Security Act save the year? Senator Patrick Leahy thinks so. Here’s a look at the past week’s top AppSec stories:
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Target Breach Update: Up to One-Third of US Adults Now At Risk

Jan 11, 2014 By Sarah Vonnegut | The Target breach is nowhere near over. During their forensic investigation, Target has now found that at least 70 million customers, much higher than the original 40 million estimate, were affected. The new estimate may be a separate cache from the original number, and this data including a mix of mailing addresses, names, numbers and emails, so when all is said and done, personal info of up to 110 million customers, a third of American adults, could have been taken.
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Top 5 Symptoms Of Hacked Computers

Jan 08, 2014 By Sharon Solomon | Cybercrime has reached epidemic proportions. More and more computers are being exploited with intrusive malware and sophisticated hacking techniques. It’s very crucial to detect intrusions to minimize data loss and avoid privacy theft. 
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6 Stories To Know This Week: Weekly AppSec Digest

Jan 07, 2014 By Sarah Vonnegut | This past week in AppSec we’ve seen more of the same with some new twists: Snapchat, perhaps unsurprisingly, got hacked after neglecting vital vulnerabilities, Cryptolocker has spawned a new demon, the Syrian Electronic Army went after Skype and the NSA is (also unsurprisingly) trying to build a quantum computer that could decrypt anything.
Take a few minutes to catch up on all you may have missed with those New Years hangovers!
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Checkmarx Tipped For Elite Status In TheMarker 2014 Predictions

Jan 03, 2014 By Sharon Solomon | Checkmarx has wrapped up 2013 with another glowing acknowledgement. After being ranked as the second fastest growing Security Company in Deloitte’s 2013 EMEA Fast 500 rankings, comes recognition from StartIsrael. The TheMarker sponsored entrepreneurship giant has placed Checkmarx in the Top-10 list of Israeli startups to look out for in 2014.
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Top 3 Android Security Tips

Jan 02, 2014 By Sharon Solomon | Android  is enjoying an exponential growth. It’s estimated that Android Smartphone shipments exceeded the 1 billion mark in 2013. But this open-source platform has numerous security issues. Users are advised to step up their security awareness. The Android mobile platform made its entry into the smartphone market in late 2008. Despite lagging behind iOS and Windows Mobile for a couple of years, it is now the leading platform worldwide (over 80% market share in Q3 of 2013). Frequently changing passwords, using Android in-built security features and installing anti-virus programs are very useful and always recommended. But for extensive protection you can and should do more. Lets take a closer look.
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Start Your Weekend Early With Seriously, AppSec?!

Jan 02, 2014 By Sarah Vonnegut | In case you missed it last week, start 2014 off with a laugh, courtesy of our new Tumblr, Seriously, AppSec?! We’ll be adding new ones all the time, so check back for fresh AppSec reactions.
A few reader favorites:
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And The Winner of AppSecTip 2014 is….

Jan 01, 2014 By Sarah Vonnegut | Our #AppSecTip survey was a smashing success, thanks to the many amazing security pros who added their best pieces of AppSec advice! After two months of voting and some very close calls, we have finally arrived at the big announcement. So who takes the awesome AR Drone prize home?
Drum roll, please……
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Virtual Reality, Meet Hard Reality: The World of Warcraft Crackdown & What It Could Mean For Cybercrime in China

Dec 31, 2013 By Sarah Vonnegut | Last week in the Zhejiang province of China, 10 men were sentenced to prison terms of up to two years for accessing over 11,500 World of Warcraft accounts. The men didn’t hack into the accounts, but instead bought the login details for the accounts on the black market, then sold each player’s gear and accumulated gold to other gamers within the game.
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