First sites admit data loss through Heartbleed attacks

Canada’s tax authority and a popular British parenting website both lost user data after attackers exploited the Heartbleed SSL vulnerability, they said Monday.

Reverse Heartbleed Testing

Client using the vulnerable version of OpenSSL are subject to information leakage.  Most browsers are unaffected.

Adobe Patches Flash Player

All users should upgrade, details at Adobe.

April 2014 Patch Tuesday

Microsoft has released a smaller amount of patches this month, two of them critical (office/IE).

Windows XP support has ended

Any flaws discovered from now on—and it’s inevitable that some will be discovered—will never be publicly patched.

OpenSSL Vulnerability “HeartBleed”

The Heartbleed bug allows anyone on the Internet to read the memory of the systems protected by the vulnerable versions of the OpenSSL software. This compromises the secret keys used to identify the service providers and to encrypt the traffic, the names and passwords of the users and the actual content.  You can check your own sites.   UTC does not appear to be vulnerable.

Graphene battery research by Samsung experiences breakthrough in manufacturing process

However, the reason we haven’t seen devices using graphene yet is due to difficulties in the implementation of the delicate processes involved in building graphene layers on a large manufacturing scale.


Seagate sub LaCie has pre-announced a 6TB near line disk drive from its parent and it doesn’t appear to use the slow write shingled magnetic recording technology.

The #1 paid app in the Google Playstore “Virus Shield” is a complete scam

Android Police has discovered that all the app does is change a red “X” graphic to a red “check” graphic.

HTTPS Strict Transport Protocol (HSTS) in Internet Explorer 12

Browsers supporting HSTS force any sessions sent over HTTP to be sent instead over HTTPS, encrypting communication to and from a website.