Monthly Archives: October 2016

​The Dirty Cow Linux bug: A silly name for a serious problem

With attacks in the wild reported, you need to fix this Linux bug as soon as possible.  By Steven J. Vaughan-NicholsOctober 24, 2016 The name is dumb, but the Linux security bug behind it is serious.       Dirty Cow is a silly name, but it's a serious Linux kernel problem. According to the…
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Macs are up to $543 cheaper than PCs, claims IBM

IBM continues to challenge the popular myth is that Macs are more expensive than PCs.  By Adrian Kingsley-HughesOctober 21, 2016 Apple's current Mac lineup           Apple   Still living under the illusion that Macs are more expensive than PCs, so that's why you're sticking with Windows? According to IBM, this is just not the case. According…
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Microsoft continues its transition from the Windows company to a cloud company

Microsoft is marching toward its $20 billion commercial cloud goal, reaching a $13 billion annual run rate in its latest quarter.  By Mary Jo FoleyOctober 21, 2016   Microsoft's commercial cloud services business continued to grow during its first quarter of fiscal 2017, reaching a $13 billion annual run rate, officials said today, the day…
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Yahoo, ACLU press US feds to disclose email snooping orders, surveillance laws

Yahoo came under fire after scanning millions of customer emails on behalf of the police and now wants these orders made public.  By Charlie OsborneOctober 20, 2016 Yahoo     Yahoo has asked the US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper to declassify a surveillance demand the company received which resulted in a special program…
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One month with my iPhone 7 Plus: The best device for important work

From standby time and overall battery life to water resistance and performance, the Apple iPhone 7 Plus excels where it counts for getting critical work done.  By Matthew MillerOctober 20, 2016 Water resistance has become a new requirement for any phone I purchase.     It's been just over a month since I purchased my…
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This ransomware is now one of the three most common malware threats

The total number of ransomware attacks rose by 13 percent in September alone, say Check Point cybersecurity researchers.  By Danny Palmer | October 20, 2016   Locky made up 6 percent of all malware attacks during September   Image: F-Secure       The threat of ransomware attacks continues to grow. One particular strain of the…
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Republicans hacked, skimmed NRSC donations sent to Russian domain

CSO | Oct 19, 2016 Hundreds, if not thousands of donations made to the NRSC this year were likely compromised     Republicans who gave money to the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) this year, in order to help support incumbent Republican senators, might want to check their credit card statements. Those who donated to…
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VeraCrypt audit reveals attacker treasure trove of critical flaws

The open-source encryption software contains severe security problems -- and not all of them can be patched immediately.  By Charlie OsborneOctober 19, 2016 Anatoliy Babiy | Malwarebytes     An audit of VeraCrypt has uncovered critical vulnerabilities which could be exploited by attackers to compromise user data. VeraCrypt is open-source security software. The successor to…
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Chinese Cyberspies Target European Drone Maker, Energy Firm

By Eduard Kovacs on October 18, 2016     An advanced persistent threat (APT) actor believed to be based in China has been spotted targeting the systems of a European drone maker and a U.S. subsidiary of a French energy management company. Threat intelligence firm ThreatConnect has analyzed the attacks, but could not precisely determine…
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