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Mirai botnet authors avoid prison after “substantial assistance” to the FBI

Mirai botnet authors go from black hats to white hats.     By Catalin Cimpanu September 19, 2018       The three men who created and ran the original Mirai botnet back in 2016 have avoided prison sentences after cooperating with the FBI and providing "substantial assistance in other complex cybercrime investigations," the US Department of…
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GovPayNow payment portal may have exposed over 14 million customer records

Names, addresses, and financial data were reportedly compromised due to lax security practices.     By Charlie Osborne  September 18, 2018     A company which manages online payments for US government agencies and states has become central to a security incident leading to the potential exposure of 14 million records. According to security expert Brian Krebs,…
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Linux on Windows 10: Running Ubuntu VMs just got a lot easier, says Microsoft

Ubuntu VMs can now be launched from Hyper-V Quick Create and use RDP for enhanced session mode.     By Liam Tung | September 18, 2018     Ubuntu maintainer Canonical and Microsoft have teamed up to release an optimized Ubuntu Desktop image that's available through Microsoft's Hyper-V gallery. The Ubuntu Desktop image should deliver a better experience…
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“Lawful intercept” Pegasus spyware found deployed in 45 countries

At least ten operators of Pegasus spyware have deployed the malware outside their country's border, new Citizen Lab report finds.     By Catalin Cimpanu September 18, 2018 Citizen Lab     Security researchers have found evidence that a piece of malware peddled as "lawful intercept" software to government agencies has been deployed against victims located in…
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Mozilla releases Firefox Reality, its web browser for VR

The browser is now available in the Viveport, Oculus, and Daydream app stores.     By Stephanie CondonSeptember 18, 2018      Mozilla on Tuesday released version 1.0 of Firefox Reality, a web browser built expressly to work with standalone virtual reality and augmented reality headsets. The browser is now available in the Viveport, Oculus, and…
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FCC’s Ajit Pai: Here’s why nanny-state California’s net-neutrality bill is illegal

Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai takes a swipe at California's net-neutrality protections.     By Liam Tung | September 18, 2018     Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Ajit Pai says California's plan to create its own net-neutrality rules is "illegal" and "anti-consumer". California last month voted to proceed with Senate Bill 822, providing stronger state-wide protections…
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GAW Miners CEO earns prison time for defrauding customers of $9 million

The company operated a Ponzi scheme under the guise of crypto-currency mining.     By Charlie Osborne  September 17, 2018     The former chief executive of now-defunct company GAW Miners has been sentenced to 21 months in prison for defrauding customers of roughly $9.2 million. According to court documents from the District of Connecticut, Homero Joshua…
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