Category Archives: News

Has Alexa snapped? Why your Echo sometimes does creepy things

Why does Alexa sometimes misinterpret sounds? We dive deep into the digital assistant's inner workings to show you.        By David Gewirtz March 12, 2018  Alexa detects sound through an array of microphones. Amazon         It was, of course, inevitable. "Alexa, this. Alexa, that." After a while, we all just knew Alexa was going…
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Microsoft: Switching out of Windows 10 S Mode will be free for all

Microsoft is officially acknowledging that Windows 10 S Mode will be coming 'soon' to all editions of Windows 10 -- and moving off it to a fully-featured version of the OS will be free for all users.      By Mary Jo FoleyMarch 12, 2018       Microsoft's disclosure of its strategy around Windows 10 S…
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Password manager maker Keeper hit by another security snafu

The exposed server contained the company's downloadable software -- including a code-signing certificate.        By Zack WhittakerMarch 9, 2018 (Image: Supplied)   Keeper, an embattled password manager maker currently suing a news reporter for defamation, left a server hosting the company's installer files exposed with full permissions, allowing anyone to access and replace files with…
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California to introduce “Right to Repair” legislation

Right to repair: California will become the 18th state to introduce legislation so you can fix your electronics yourself.        By Jake SmithMarch 9, 2018        California will be the 18th state to propose a "Right to Repair" bill for electronics. It would require hardware manufacturers to make repair information, alongside equipment and…
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Cryptojacking attack uses leaked EternalBlue NSA exploit to infect servers

RedisWannaMine is a sophisticated attack which targets servers to fraudulently mine cryptocurrency.         By Charlie OsborneMarch 9, 2018       Researchers have uncovered a new cryptojacking scheme which utilizes the leaked NSA exploit EternalBlue to infect vulnerable Windows servers. On Thursday, security professionals from Imperva revealed the attack, warning that this latest scheme is…
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Debian, Kali Linux distributions now available in the Microsoft Store

Microsoft is making good on its promise from a year ago to make more Linux distributions available from the Microsoft Store for use on Windows 10's subsystem for Linux.         By Mary Jo FoleyMarch 8, 2018       Microsoft promised months ago that Windows 10 users would be able to install and run multiple…
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Binance cryptocurrency sell-off disaster blamed on mass phishing campaign

A long-term phishing campaign and a timed attack appear to be at the heart of unauthorized cryptocurrency trading.        By Charlie OsborneMarch 8, 2018        Binance has rejected rumors of a security breach after users reported that their funds were being sold off without consent. The chaos erupted on Wednesday when a sudden…
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Memcached DDoS: This ‘kill switch’ can stop attacks dead in their tracks

Researchers find a technique to contain the memcached amplification attacks seen over the past week.     By Liam Tung | March 8, 2018        The 1Tbps-plus memcached amplification attacks that hammered GitHub and other networks over the past week can be disarmed with a "practical kill switch", according to DDoS protection firm Corero. The potency…
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Windows security: Microsoft fights massive cryptocoin miner malware outbreak

Microsoft blocks a malware outbreak that could have earned big bucks for one criminal group.        By Liam Tung | March 8, 2018       Microsoft has blocked a rapidly spreading malware outbreak that could have infected nearly 500,000 Windows PCs within hours on March 6. The trojan, dubbed Dofoil or Smoke Loader, was designed deliver…
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