Monthly Archives: October 2017

Fear the Reaper? Experts reassess the botnet’s size and firepower

Security researchers now say the botnet could be only as big as 28,000 infected devices, but warn that the figure could balloon in size at any given time.      By Zack WhittakerOctober 30, 2017 (Image: file photo)         Over the past week, security research teams have walked back claims of what…
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After Windows 10 upgrade, do these seven things immediately

You’ve just upgraded to the most recent version of Windows 10. Before you get back to work, use this checklist to ensure that your privacy and security settings are correct and that you’ve cut annoyances to a bare minimum.      By Ed BottOctober 27, 2017     Full version upgrades to a Windows PC…
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Hackers can gain full access to maritime ship data through a built-in backdoor

The AmosConnect communication shipboard platform is so weak, complete hijacking is easy — and there’s an open door, too.      By Charlie OsborneOctober 26, 2017 Wikimedia Commons     Researchers have uncovered severe vulnerabilities in software used by thousands of maritime ships worldwide. On Thursday, IOActive researchers unveiled a new analysis of AmosConnect 8.0,…
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Security flaw in LG IoT software left home appliances vulnerable

LG has updated its software security after researchers found flaw that left dishwashers, washing machines, air conditioners, and even a robot vacuum cleaner accessible by hackers.       By Danny Palmer | October 26, 2017 The vulnerability allowed attackers to snoop through robot vacuum cleaners. Image: Check Point       LG has updated its…
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Kaspersky admits to reaping hacking tools from NSA employee PC

Apparently, a pirate download of Microsoft Office could be the root of all the trouble.      By Charlie OsborneOctober 25, 2017 File Photo     Kaspersky has acknowledged that code belonging to the US National Security Agency (NSA) was lifted from a PC for analysis but insists the theft was not intentional. In October,…
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Microsoft: DoJ is curbing secret gag orders so we’re dropping lawsuit

New Department of Justice policy requires gag orders on cloud providers to be grounded in fact      By Liam Tung | October 24, 2017 Microsoft president and chief legal officer Brad Smith: “This new policy limits the overused practice of requiring providers to stay silent.” Image: Carnegie Europe/YouTube         The Department…
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