Monthly Archives: January 2017

Google patches severe Android boot mode vulnerability

The critical vulnerability left Android devices open to denial of service and privilege escalation attacks.  By Charlie Osborne| January 9, 2017 Symantec       Google has resolved a dangerous Android vulnerability which allowed attackers to reboot Nexus devices into custom boot modes, leading to spying and remote attacks. Patched as part of Google's January…
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Smart Meters Pose Security Risks to Consumers, Utilities: Researcher

By Eduard Kovacs on January 05, 2017 Serious vulnerabilities in smart electricity meters continue to expose both consumers and electric utilities to cyberattacks. However, some have questioned claims that hackers can cause these devices to explode.     Smart electricity meters allow service providers to remotely monitor consumption and connect or disconnect power, and they…
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Hit by Globe3 ransomware? This free tool could help you decrypt your files

Cybersecurity researchers have already cracked the newest incarnation of Globe ransomware, allowing you to get your files back without paying out to criminals.  By Danny Palmer | January 5, 2017   Globe3 demands victims pay a ransom to get their files back Image: Emsisoft Lab   Victims of the latest strain of Globe ransomware can…
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Linux 2017: With great power comes great responsibility

Linux and open-source software now run the world and that means we need to work harder than ever to make sure it's trustworthy.  By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols | January 4, 2017   In 2016, Linux turned 25. When it began, it was a student project. Today, Linux runs everything. From smartphones to supercomputers to web…
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Project Zero calls out Kaspersky AV for SSL interception practices

Using an SSL proxy that simplistically stored certificates, Kaspersky Anti-Virus left its users open TLS certificate collisions.  By Chris Duckett | January 4, 2017     Google's Project Zero has found that it was previously trivial to create an SSL certificate collision thanks to Kaspersky using only the first 32 bits of an MD5 hash…
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iOS 10.2: Tips and hidden secrets

Most of these tips should work on all iPhones or iPads that support iOS 10.2, but note that some are only available on newer devices.  By Adrian Kingsley-Hughes| January 3, 2017   Uncover some of the cool new features hidden in iOS 10.2.     Here is a quick rundown of some of the new…
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The battle between SSD and HDD is over, and the winner is clear

Brendan Hesse January 3, 2017 solid state drives vs hard disk hdd ssd header Hadrian       While there are merits to both Solid State Drives and Hard Disk Drives, the choice at this point is clear — you need an SSD. The price advantage HDDs once held is quickly slipping, and unless you…
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