CAPTCHA Can Now Be Decoded By Computers

CAPTCHA is evil and must be stopped. This much we know. Here’s another nail in the coffin of the universally-loathed authentication system: it turns out that despite being designed to stop automated processes, CAPTCHAs can actually be easily cracked with the right kind of computing power.

Why Patching Heartbleed Doesn't Fix The Security Time Bomb

Heartbleed, the bug that has preoccupied thousands of websites and millions of users over the past week, may well have been the biggest security flaw in internet history but it is unlikely to be the last. Our entire security infrastructure is a mess because both ordinary people and elite security experts often harbour fundamental misunderstandings about security, design and privacy.

Chromebleed Notifies You If A Site You Visit Was Hit By The Heartbleed Bug

Chrome: The Heartbleed bug is among the biggest security vulnerabilities we have seen in recent times. You could manually check sites to see if they have been impacted — or you could use Chromebleed, an extension that tells you if the site you’re on was affected by the bug.

Europe's Ditching Data Retention, So Why Is Australia So Keen?

There has been plenty of technology-related legal activity in the European Union this month. Last week the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) ruled that data retention regulations, as they currently stand, are not in accordance with EU law and the European Parliament voted in favour of introducing net neutrality into EU telecoms regulation the week before. As Australia is currently in the midst of a data retention inquiry — the second in three years — what effects will this ruling have on the debate?

Lifehacker Australia Has Heartbleed Plugged: What You Need To Know

This week, the internet has been hit with one of the biggest security scares in recent memory. It’s called Heartbleed, and it sucks. In the interest of disclosure, we want to tell you what we’ve done to look after your information.

Google Expands Android's Built-In App Scanning Security

Android: Google announced that it is expanding its Verify Apps system to continually scan all apps installed on a phone to determine if they’re malicious or harmful.

Patch Tuesday: The Real Windows XP Problem Begins In A Month

Windows XP death day is here. This week’s Patch Tuesday group includes the last-ever patches for the ageing operating system. But that means the real problems begin in a month.

Why Is Microsoft Killing Windows XP?

As operating systems go, Windows XP has had a fantastic run since debuting 13 years ago. It can be still found on nearly 28 per cent of the desktops in the world. It is the second-most installed desktop operating system, behind Windows 7, and it can be found in banks, government departments, in desktops across China and India, and in automated teller machines (ATMs). So why, as of tomorrow, is Microsoft ceasing support for its iconic operating system?

Microsoft Revises How Its Security Software Classifies Adware

Advertising on the internet was once limited to annoying popups or excessively-animated banners, but these days even software installers can be packed with mostly unwanted extras. In light of this shift in adware distribution, Microsoft has revised how its anti-malware measures classify such software and has given developers until July 1 to get their houses in order.

How The Cryptolocker Ransomware Works

Cryptolocker, a particularly vicious form of malware that first appeared in September 2013, is a game-changer. After getting into your computer, it will encrypt all your data files, from your word documents to your photos, videos and PDFs. It will then ask for a ransom of around $US300 or 0.5 bitcoins to get them back. It has been one of the most commented developments in computer security circles in recent times, and copycats are appearing.