Search wars

Malware Is Your Punishment For Using Bing

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Perhaps Binging it too often has some unintended and harmful side effects. According to a new study from a German security firm, the Microsoft-owned search engine is five times more likely to link you to a malware-infected page than Google.

In a high-tech humblebrag, AV-Test Institute reported that its initial suspicions that Google and Bing do a poor job of protecting their users from delivering Trojan-laden websites were correct. But Google isn’t really a winner here: it’s just that it did a less shitty job of indexing infected websites compared to Bing. Read More

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The ‘Scariest Search Engine on the Internet’ Finds Web-Connected Devices Google Doesn’t Index

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Devices like security cameras, traffic light systems, and high tech temperature controls can all be connected to the web, but they aren’t indexed by Google, which makes them difficult to find without deep computer expertise. Now SHODAN, a search engine that crawls the web for devices like routers, webcams and servers, is helping to expose some of the security flaws inherent to these devices. Read More

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Google Thinks the Solution to Weak Passwords Is to Put a Ring on It

Any excuse to use a pic of Queen Bey. (Photo: Shallow Nation)

If you think malware is the biggest threat to Internet security, perhaps you should think back to the last time you actually used a good, strong password. Two Google researchers recently submitted a paper to the IEEE Security & Privacy Magazine that argues that weak passwords are actually a bigger threat to online security than any of that malware embedded in those crappy porn sites you frequent.

Google’s proposed solution to the Great Password Scare of 2012-2013? Literally put a ring on it. Read More

Genius Ideas

Programmer Secretly Outsources His Job to China So He Can Get Paid to Screw Around on Reddit

UReddit student. (Photo: Free Code Source)

Today in brilliant ideas: Verizon’s security blog tells the story of an employee at an unnamed company who decided to outsource his job to China so that he could “watch cat videos” all day.

When the company noticed that someone from China was using the VPN of the employee (named “Bob”) to login, they called their telecommunications company, Verizon, to investigate. Verizon initially thought it was some type of malware, but it turned out that the company just had an amazingly lazy genius on their hands. Read More