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Malware abuses antivirus software to attack computers

Security researchers have found a new type of malware that abuses antivirus software to attack an computer. The new malware was discovered by security researchers from Cybellum who call their method DoubleAgent. DoubleAgent is able to modify antivirus software in such a way that they can take full control over it.

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Ask.com toolbar used to distribute malware

The Ask.com toolbar that is bundled with Java has been used to distribute malware in December last year. The toolbar itself is often referred to as potentially unwanted software and it's update functionality had been exploited by cybercriminals to infect users with malware.

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Ballistix sport LT 2666MHZ DDR4 RAM review

Today I will be taking a closer look on the new Ballistix Sport LT DDR4 ram, this is the 4x4GB 2666MHz kit and offers an increase in speed from 2400MHz, lets find out what else it has to offer.

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Google Drive replacement Backup and Sync trouble (update)

The Google Drive replacement Backup and Sync is off to a bad start, displaying an error claiming that the user's account is disabled.

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Security researchers disclose vulnerability that allowed hijacking of millions of Whatsapp and Telegram accounts

Chat services Whatsapp and Telegram both had a leak in their web client that allowed attackers to hijack accounts, security researchers from Checkpoint revealed today. The issue was reported on the 7th of March to both chat services and quickly fixed. There are no indications that the leak has been abused.

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Dutch consumer organisation warns for ‘hidden’ privacy setting in Windows 10 Creators Update

The Dutch consumer organisation 'Consumentenbond' warns for the upcoming Creators Update for Windows 10 because of a 'crucial' hidden setting that enables personalized advertisements. The organisation discovered the setting in an Insider build of Microsoft's latest OS and decided to warns Dutch consumers.

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Microsoft to end support of Office 2007 in October this year

Microsoft will end support for the popular Office 2007 suite within several months. After this date the software will no longer receive security updates. The Office 2007 RTM version was released on the 3rd of November when also Volume Licensing customers received the software. On January 30th the retail version of the software became available.

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New technology could increase HDD storage density by 1,000 times

Researchers have built a 'hard disk' from magnets that are as thin as a single atom. If the technology can be scaled-up then it should be possible increase the storage capacity of HDDs with 1000 times.

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Mozilla ditches Silverlight, Java and Acrobat in Firefox 52

Mozilla no longer supports Silverlight, Java and Acrobat in the latest version (52) of Firefox. According to the browser developer the plugins are responsible for performance issues, crashes and security issues because they make use of the old Netscape Plugin API (NPAPI).

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Microsoft ends OneDrive unlimited storage plans

From today Microsoft no longer offers unlimited storage to OneDrive users. Subscribers of Office 365 could previously store an unlimited amount of data on Microsoft's cloud storage provider but are now limited to 1TB.

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Microsoft warns for new sophisticated Microsoft phone scam

Microsoft warns internet users for a new sophisticated scam that makes it appear that Microsoft alerts the user that his computer is infected with a virus and that a provided phone number has to be called to fix the issue. In reality the user calls phone scammers that pretend to be Microsoft employees.

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Google reports decrease in malware on its Android Play Store

The amount of malware that was found in apps listed on the Google Play Store has been decreased compared to 2015. Google reports the numbers on its blog where it also sums up the new security measures the company has taken in 2016 to protect its mobile operating system Android.

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Microsoft warns for tax-themed malware and phising

Microsoft warns for tax -themed malware attacks and phishing scams. Especially users in the United States and the United Kingdom are currently targeted. Cybercriminals target them because it's Tax-day on the 18th of April in the United States and because British users are waiting for information on their tax returns after their tax filing season ended at the end of January.

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BackBlaze: Best way to securely wipe data on SSDs involves throwing away the encryption key

The easiest way to make sure data on an old SSD is no longer accessible, is by encrypting all data, according to cloud storage service BackBlaze. Users who want to recycle or get rid of their SSD should encrypt the data and throw away the encryption key if they want to make sure nobody can gain access to current or even deleted data.

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Windows 7 no longer receives updates on systems running Intel Kaby Lake or AMD Ryzen CPU

A support page on Microsoft's website confirms that Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 won't receive support for new CPUs. However the page also confirms that Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users won't receive updates anymore when they upgrade their CPU to an Intel's Kaby Lake generation processor or an AMD Bristol Ridge or AMD Ryzen processor.

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Microsoft patches zero-days in Windows and Internet Explorer

During yesterday's Patch Tuesday, Microsoft fixed 3 zero-days in Windows and Internet Explorer that were actively attacked. In total the company patched 140 vulnerabilities.

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Toshiba X300 6TB High Performance HDD Review

Welcome to Myce’s review of the Toshiba X300 6TB SATA Consumer HDD (hereafter referred to as the X300). I normally review Enterprise Storage products, particularly Enterprise SSDs. As you will see below, Toshiba targets the X300 at professional workstation users; or to put it another way the heavy weight end of the consumer market’s requirements. I am a self-confessed storage freak and I have in excess of 10TB of SSD storage in my home PC, including an NVMe based SSD as my boot drive and SATA and SAS SSDs being run in RAID 0 configurations. These days I can’t imagine that I would ever recommend anyone uses an HDD as a boot drive but I was motivated to investigate what it is like to live with a state of the art, high performance, HDD for data storage in conjunction with an SSD based boot drive. So, with this in mind, I jumped at the opportunity to review the X300. Please read on to see what I discovered with the X300.

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Microsoft shows OneDrive advertisements in Windows 10 File Explorer

Internet users are complaining about OneDrive advertisements in the File Explorer of Windows 10. Microsoft calls the ads 'Sync provider notifications' but offers an option to turn them off.

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Windows 10 users targeted in new social engineering attack

Cybercriminals who previously exploited vulnerabilities in Adobe Flash Player, Java and Internet Explorer to infect users with malware, now make use of social engineering to distribute ransomware. The developers of the Magnitude exploit kit that previously abused vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer and Flash now use new tricks to infect their victims with malware.

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Google fixes 107 vulnerabilities in Android

Google has fixed 107 vulnerabilities during its monthly patch cycle for Android. In the worst case an attacker could exploit one of the vulnerabilities to take full control over an Android device. To do so the user had to open a malicious email, visit a malcious website or receive a malcious MMS.

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Windows 10 Creators Update reduces updates with up to 35% thanks to UUP

Windows 10 updates will become smaller starting with the Windows 10 Creators Update that is scheduled for April this year. Last year Microsoft announced that its Unified Update Platform (UUP) would reduce the size of Windows updates up to 35%.

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Microsoft reveals new privacy and update settings for Windows 10 Creators Update

Microsoft has revealed the update and privacy settings that users can choose from when they install the Windows 10 Creators Update. Users can decide in more detail than before on what they share with the software giant and when the update has to take place.

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Microsoft develops customized Windows 10 version for Chinese government

Microsoft has developed a customized version of Windows 10 for the Chinese government. It's not exactly known what changes the American software giant has made to the operating system, but in general the Chinese are worried about hidden backdoors that can be used by foreign secret services.

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Windows 10 Creators Update RTM to become available to Insiders this week

Microsoft is about to finish the Windows 10 Creators Update. The Release To Manufacturing (RTM) version should become available to Windows Insiders this week, according to rumors.

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US-CERT warns for end of support of Windows Vista next month

The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) warns that Microsoft will no longer support Windows Vista from the 11th of April this year. This means the OS will no longer receive updates, including patches for security issues.

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Microsoft to announce new Surface Book in April – device already in mass production

Microsoft will reportedly announce a new Surface Book in March and April and the device is currently already in mass production, according to the Taiwanese website Digitimes. It's expected the new Surface Book will have a traditional laptop design and a lower starting price than its predecessors.

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Security reseachers: Youtube’s encryption reveals viewing behavior

Youtube's encryption contains several security holes that allows hackers and intelligence agencies to track the viewing behavior of users of Google's video streaming site, security researchers of the Israeli Ben Gurion University warn.

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Facebook forbids usage of its data by surveillance software

Facebook has changed the terms of use for developers of the social network. In the new terms the company now explicitly forbids to use data obtained from the social network to "provide tools that are used for surveillance".

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Pioneer USA reveals HD Blu-ray drive BDR-211UBK – available late March

After Pioneer Japan, also Pioneer in the USA announced a PC Blu-ray writer with Ultra HD Blu-ray support. The drive has model number BDR-211UBK and should become available late March at a MSRP of $129.99.

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Nintendo wins lawsuit against seller of flashcarts, modchips and game copiers

Nintendo has won a lawsuit against the Canadian webstore Go Cyber Shopping for selling several accessories to play illegally obtained games. The online store has to pay a fine of 12,76 Canadian dollar ($9.5/€9 million).

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Wikileaks reveals CIA instructions on how to hack Android, iOS and Windows devices and use smart TVs for eavesdropping

Whistleblower website Wikileaks has posted thousands of documents of which the website claims they come from an internal network inside the CIA office in Langley. The documents contain extensive information about the hack software used by the CIA to hack iOS, Android and Windows devices, but also Samsung smart TVs.

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Windows 10 update breaks System Restore

A cumulative update for the Windows 10 Anniversary Update makes that users are no longer able to go back to an earlier system restore point. They get error code 0x80070091 when they attempt to recover their Windows using system restore.

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Kingston reveals DCP 1000 PCIe NVMe SSD with claim of read speeds of up to 6.8 GB/s

Kingston has introduced a new PCIe NVMe SSD for professional use that is able to read data at up to 6.8 GB/s. The DCP 1000 was already demonstrated during CES this year but today the company officially revealed the drive.

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