What is a “Drive-By” Download?

The below is an older news post that is however still very much relevant today. An important reminder to keep your operating system and browsers up to date.

By Robert Siciliano

Gone are the days when you had to click to “accept” a download or install a software update in order to become infected. Now, just opening a compromised web page could allow dangerous code to install on your device.
You just need to visit or “drive by” a web page, without stopping to click or accept any software, and the malicious code can download in the background to your device. A drive-by download refers to the unintentional download of a virus or malicious software (malware) onto your computer or mobile device.

For the full article go to: http://blogs.mcafee.com/consumer/drive-by-download

UK Prime Minister wants to Ban Encrypted Messaging Apps

By: Swati Khandelwal
January 12, 2015

The terrible terrorist attacks in France forced the British Prime Minister David Cameron to consider banning the popular encrypted online messaging apps like Snapchat, CryptoCat, WhatsApp and Apple’s iMessageunless the companies don’t give the UK government backdoor access to their encrypted communications.
 
Speaking at a public event in the UK this morning, Cameron said that if he wins the next election and re-elected, he would seek to ban the encrypted communication apps as part of his plans for new surveillance powers in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo shootings in Paris.

Full article at: http://thehackernews.com/2015/01/encrypted-messaging-apps.html

Silk Road Reloaded switches from Tor to I2P Anonymous Network

By: Swati Khandelwal

January 12, 2015

Multiple successors of the original Silk Road have come and all have been taken offline in recent years, but aside from selling illegal goods and services, they all have had one thing in common – they’ve all relied on the Tor network.
A new version of the anonymous online black market Silk Road, has re-appeared on the dark web, but this time the website doesn’t rely on the now infamous Tor network and neither it deals in only Bitcoins.
The new version of the notorious online black market, dubbed “Silk Road Reload​ed”, launched Sunday on the little-known “I2P” anonymous network, dealing with a range of cryptocurrencies including the meme-inspired Dogecoin.

Full article at: http://thehackernews.com/2015/01/I2P-Tor-Silk-Road-Reloaded.html