IBM researchers: Rowhammer-like attack on flash memory can provide root privileges to attacker

The way NAND flash memory used in Solid State Disks (SSDs) works, makes it possible for an attacker with write access to get root privileges on a system, researchers from IBM demonstrated during the WOOT '17 conference currently held in Vancouver. The method they've demonstrated works similar to that of the 'Rowhammer' DRAM attack.

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‘HBO offered hackers that stole Game of Thrones scripts ‘bounty’ of $250,000′

HBO offered a $250,000 'reward' to the hackers who are currently extorting the company. The information comes from Variety who received a screenshot from the hacker that shows email communication between the hackers and HBO.

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HBO hackers leak emails, Game of Thrones script and demand ransom

The unknown hacker or hacker group that recently hacked pay television service HBO, obtained a large collection of emails of the company's CEO. Entertainment website The Hollywood Reporter writes it received access to the material yesterday.

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IBM breaks record by storing 330 TB on a square inch of magnetic tape

Researchers from IBM and Sony have broke a record by storing more data than ever before on a piece of magnetic tape. They were able store 201 gigabits per square inch, IBM announced today. That means a storage density of 20x more than currently commercially available products.

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Researchers demonstrate self-healing, anti-ransomware Windows driver

Researchers of the University of Milan, Italy, have demonstrated a Windows driver that should detect ransomware attacks and recover encrypted files. The demonstration took place during the Black Hat security conference currently held in Las Vegas.

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Microsoft publishes lists of features that will be removed or deprecated with Fall Creators Update

Microsoft has published a list that describes what the future holds for several features that are currently integrated in Windows 10. Some of them will be removed with the Fall Creators Update, while others will be either deprecated (and removed in future releases), or no longer be in active development.

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Corsair Strafe keyboard, a quick look

Today I am taking a quick look on the Corsair Strafe keyboard, it comes with Cherry MX RED switched, and also it had RED LED's. So lets take a closer look.

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Windows 10 will not upgrade on older Intel CPUs anymore

Microsoft has started to prevent installing Windows 10 on some computers due to the hardware they contain. Several users and researchers complain they received notifications that their system is no longer supported.

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Backblaze: decline of average price per GB for HDDs pretty much ended

The stabilizing average price per Gigabyte of hard disk drives will be a challenge for cloud storage providers, because users will generate more data in the future. according to cloud storage provider Backblaze based on research on the 75,000 HDDs it purchased the last couple of years.

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Toshiba announces 3D flash memory with TSV technology

Toshiba today announced development of  BiCS FLASH 3D flash memory utilizing Through Silicon Via (TSV) technology with 3-bit-per-cell (triple-level cell, TLC) technology that should increase bandwidth at lower power consumption.

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90-year-old woman accused of being Microsoft scammer

A 90 year-old woman from the Dutch city of Helmond has been accused of being behind the infamous Microsoft scam. The scammers call people on a massive scale and pretend to be Microsoft support employees. They claim there is a computer problem that they can solve.

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Hackers once again publish unaired episodes of HBO series

The hackers that broke into the HBO servers have published several more unaired episodes of series from the paid video service, according to Reuters. The hackers published episodes of Curb Your Enthusiasm, Insecure, Ballers and The Deuce. This time they didn't share any episodes of Game of Thrones.

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Seagate demonstrates 64TB NVMe SSD with 13GB/s maximum throughput

Seagate has demonstrated a prototype NVMe SSD with a capacity of 64TB and a maximum throughput of 13 GB/s. The drive consists of eight M.2 SSDs in RAID, on a single PCIe card, and multiple high performance controllers.

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‘HBO hacker obtained much more data than previously thought’

Hackers who recently hacked pay television service HBO, have possibly stolen more information than previously thought. A security company hired by HBO has discovered that thousands of internal documents have been obtained.

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Experimental build of Chrome for Android comes with adblocker enabled by default

An early beta version of Google Chrome for Android has an ad blocker built-in that is enabled by default. The setting in the so called 'Canary build' was discovered by a German blogger who thinks the setting is due to Google's upcoming 'Better Ads' initiative.

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Kaspersky Lab introduces Free version of its software for everyone

Russian antivirus vendor Kaspersky has announced a free version of its antivirus software. Kaspersky Free, as the software is called, is available for users in the United States right now, European users have to wait till October.

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Amazon investigated by FTC for misleading discounts

The American Federal Trace Commission (FTC) is investigating whether Amazon has been misleading customers with discounts. The company is accused of showing higher discounts on its website than actually given, Reuters reports.

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HBO monitors illegal downloads of Game of Thrones and sends warnings to pirates

HBO works together with anti-piracy partner IP Echelon on lowering the number of illegal downloads. The companies are monitoring several Torrent swarms and sent warnings to illegal downloaders.

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Whatsapp lifts file sharing limit on Android version

Android users can now send all kinds of files to others with Whatsapp. The popular messaging app has released an update that make this possible. The iOS version of the app doesn't have the feature yet.

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Microsoft’s Seeing AI app uses artificial intelligence to narrate the world for visually impaired

Microsoft has released Seeing AI, an app targeted at visually impaired that is able to provide information about the world around the user. It uses artificial intelligence to describe people, text and objects through the iPhone camera.

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‘China to force providers to block VPNs by February’

The Chinese government is reportedly going to force ISPS to block virtual private networks (VPN) from February 2018. The VPNs are used by Chinese internet users to bypass blocks from the Chinese government. E.g. Facebook, Twitter and Youtube are blocked in the country.

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Windows 10 PCs can now be unlocked with Samsung smartphone fingerprint sensor

Windows 10 computers can from now on be unlocked with the fingerprint sensor of Samsung smartphones. The Korean electronics giant today released an update of its Samsung Flow app that makes it possible.

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Consumer Reports no longer recommends Microsoft Surface devices because of bad reliability

Surface devices break faster than laptops and tablets of competitors, according to a report from the American Consumer Reports. The organisation therefore no longer recommends the devices from Microsoft.

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Micron announces 9200 Series of NVMe high-end enterprise SSDs

Micron today introduced its 9200 Series of NVMe SSDs, the company's latest high-end enterprise series. The drives combine the cost-effective capacity of 3D NAND with the throughput and response time of the NVM Express (NVMe) protocol. With the Micron 9200, Micron becomes the first manufacturer to ship a greater-than-10TB NVMe SSD.

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Looking at the three windows power modes, and the impact on SSD performance

There are three modes on the edit power options menu in control panel, and the idea is simple, either get the maximum performance from your system, or go to the other extreme and save as much power as possible. There is also the default mode called balanced mode, that will bride the other two modes, but how much can those three settings affect the speed of your SSD? Lets find find out.

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Toshiba announces TR200 SATA SSD series with 64-layer 3D flash memory

Toshiba today announced its TR200 SATA solid state drive (SSD) series for the retail market. The drives use Toshiba's latest 3-bit-per-cell TLC (triple-level cell) BiCS 64-layer NAND flash memory and are targeted at gamers and DIY enthusiasts.

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Facebook acquires startup to track down video pirates

Facebook has acquired the American startup Source3. With the software of the company it should be easier to track down video pirates on the social network. The acquisition has been announced on the site of Source3.

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Patreon charges patrons 35 cents fee for new $1 pledges

Patreon, a site that lets fans fund creators such as YouTube publishers has silently introduced payment processing fees that affect all new pledges. For example, a patron that pledges $1 will have to pay $1.35.

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Microsoft extends support for Intel Clover Trail CPUs till 2023

Microsoft has extended the support for Windows 10 computers that are powered by an Intel Clover Trail CPU. Earlier we reported that Clover Trail based systems could no longer be upgraded to the Windows 10 Creators Update.

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Viking Technology unveils 25TB and 50TB 3.5″ MLC NAND SSDs

Viking Technology has unveiled SSDs with capacities of 25TB and 50TB targeted at data centers. The 3.5" form factor SSDs connect to the computer using the 6Gb/s SAS interface and contain MLC NAND.

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Toshiba N300 6TB High Reliability HDD Review

Welcome to Myce’s review of the Toshiba N300 6TB SATA High Reliability HDD.

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Research: illegal streaming ripping is the new downloading

More and more digital pirates use sites and tools to download music and video from streaming services like Spotify and Youtube. The number of users that rips streams is larger than the number of users that use illegal download sites, according to a research report from the Intellectual Property Office en de PSR For Music

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Skype for iOS and Android’s new ‘fresh and colorful design’ frustrates users

The new design of the mobile version of Skype, which Microsoft introduced last month for iOS and Android, is heavily criticized by users. The idea was to make Skype fresher, younger and trendier but many users are far from happy with the change and post their complaints online.

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