German security researchers break Samsung’s Galaxy S8 iris recognition system

Hackers of the German Chaos Computer Club have found a way to break the iris recognition system of the Samsung Galaxy S8 with no more than a picture of an iris and a contact lens. The Samsung Galaxy S8 is the first popular smartphone with iris recognition as a biometric authentication method.

WannayCry ransomware also infected medical devices

The WannaCry ransomware not only infected servers, also medical device were hit by the malware. Fortune has obtained a picture from radiology equipment inside an American hospital that shows a WannaCry ransomware screen.

European Commission fines Facebook $122 million over misleading info in WhatsApp acquistion

The European Commission has fined Facebook 110 million for providing misleading information about the acquisition of WhatsApp. The social network purchased the popular messaging app in 2014.

White House warns for risks of pirated software

The White House has warned for the security risks of illegal software. Tom Bossert, Trump's advisor for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism argues that pirated software often doesn't receive updates which makes that users are at a higher risk of being infected with malware.

Hospitals in the United Kingdom hit by large scale ransomware attack – emergency patients diverted

British hospitals have become the victim of a large scale cyber attack. Hospitals around the country were hit by a ransomware attack, The Guardian writes. Several hospitals had to divert emergency patients. GP surgeries reportedly had to shut down phone and computer systems while emergency departments have told people to stay away unless it is a real emergency.

HP laptops come with keylogger in the audio driver

A potential keylogger has been found by security researchers in many Hewlett Packard laptops.  The Swiss security firm modzero found the vulnerability in April and have released details to the public today.

Microsoft fast with update for critical Windows vulnerability found by Google security researchers

The vulnerability in Windows, that was revealed by two Google Zero Project members yesterday, has been patched by Microsoft. The vulnerability resided in the Microsoft's Malware Protection Engine.

Vulnerability in mobile network allows hackers to empty bank accounts

Hackers have been able to steal money from bank accounts by intercepting text messages (SMS) used for two-factor authentication. The hacks happened in January this year according to the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung.

Gmail app for Android now warns for phising sites

The Gmail Android app will warn users when have opened a potential phishing website. The feature is rolled out gradually, according to Google it can take several days before it become available for everyone.

Users can’t change default browser and search engine in new Windows 10 S

The new Windows 10 S doesn't allow users to choose another default browser or search engine. Users have to use Microsoft's Edge browser and the company's Bing search engine, according to a FAQ on the Microsoft website.

Masking your digital tracks with the Noiszy plug-in

In this "new" digital world we live in, tracking users has become big business and more and more sites are participating in this to provide targeted ads and information.  In some ways this can be helpful, but it is disturbing on other levels, since someone else is trying to determine what you see, without you being completely aware of their actions.  Watching people to determine their interests is also being done by governments, and in the US, ISP's have gained the right to watch your browsing habits, and it is difficult to hide from the entity providing access to the web.

Malicious subtitles can be used to fully take over PC – Kodi, VLC, Popcorn Time vulnerable

Popular media players like Kodi, Popcorn Time and VLC can be used to take control over the computer on which they run through malcious subtitles, security company Check Point warns. According to the company about 200 million video players and streamers are vulnerable.

Security researchers warn for 8 critical zero-days in WD TV Media Player

Security company SEC Consult warns that Western Digital's TV Media Player contains several critical, unpatched, vulnerabilities that allow an attacker to take full control over the device. Once the device is compromised it's even possible to take control over the network in which the device is installed.

Popular torrent site ExtraTorrent shuts down permantely

One of the remaining popular torrent sites, ExtraTorrent has posted a message on its website that it has shut down permanently. Also all data has been permanently erased according to the message. It's unclear why the administrators of the website have decided to close the site.

Disney’s latest ‘Pirates’ movie held for ransom by pirates

Disney CEO Bob Iger has stated that the company is extorted by criminals. In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter he states that criminals threaten the company to make the movie Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales available online if the company doesn't pay a ransom.

Avast antivirus users unable to access the internet after buggy update

Users of Avast antivirus software complain on the company's forums that they are no longer able to visit websites and can't update Windows. The issue appears to be caused by a buffy update of the antivirus software.

Microsoft patches actively attacked vulnerabilities in Windows, Office and Internet Explorer

During May's Patch Tuesday, Microsoft has patched 46 vulnerabilities, including 3 zero-days in Windows, Microsoft Office and Internet Explorer that were actively attacked before the patches were available.

DVDFab updates Media Player software to support playback of unprotected Ultra HD Blu-ray content

DVDFab today released a new version of its Media Player that will support playback and navigation of 4K / Ultra HD Blu-ray folders. This means the recently released pirated Ultra HD Blu-ray version of the Smurfs 2 can be played back using the software. The Chinese company stresses that it won't break its promise of not cracking AACS 2.0.

Nearly 1 million Gmail users hit by phishing scam

Last week, nearly 1 million Gmail users have been targeted in a phishing scam. Cybercriminals sent emails that appeared to come from Google and that claimed that someone wanted to share a Google Docs document with the recipient.

Lexar Tough 128GB Jumpdrive review

Not everyone want a flash drive just to move data from one place to another, some of us need o have a large drive with us all time and also a must is that the drive will be able to handle rough conditions. Lexar's Tough USB3.1 flash drive is here to rescue you, so lets take a look on what it has to offer and how it performs.

AV-Test: antivirus vendors should better protect their own software

While antivirus products should protect computers against all kinds of threats, the developers of the software should put more effort in making their own software more secure. This according to tests performed by German AV-Test that analyzed 32 antivirus products for consumers and companies.

Massive Google & Facebook Scam

Google and Facebook fall victim to massive scam.

Windows 7 not protected by Windows Defender against Wannacry ransomware

Windows Defender doesn't protect against the Wannacry ransomware, according to Michael Horowitz from Computerworld. Microsoft announced on the 12th of May that Windows Defender would be able to detect and remove Wannacry, but apparently that wasn't valid for Windows 7. Horowitz claims to have the information from sources close Microsoft.

Adobe Flash blocked by default in Firefox 55

Content for Adobe's Flash Player will be blocked by default from Firefox 55. Frp, that version it will also only be possible to load Flash files over HTTP and HTTPS, local Flash files can no longer be accessed from the browser. On websites that still require the browser plugin, Flash content will be 'click-to-play'.

Samsung removes Youtube app from smart TV models from before 2012

Samsung will pull the plug on the Youtube app on smart TVs from 2012 and earlier. The Korean electronics is displaying a message to owners of the TV that they will no longer able to use the Youtube app on their smart TV from 30th of June this year.

WD takes Toshiba to arbitration for sale of NAND memory business

Western Digital has announced it will take legal measures in case of the sale of the NAND memory division of Toshiba. The company has filed a Request for Arbitration with an international arbitration court. Western Digital has an interest in the sale of the NAND division of Toshiba as they are in a joint venture together called Flash Vision.

Microsoft: Windows 10 now running on 500 million devices

Windows 10 currently runs on 500 million devices worldwide, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced during its keynote of the Build 2017 conference. Eight months ago the software giant counted 400 million devices.

Undocumented API allows collecting huge amounts of privacy sensitive data of all WhatsApp users

Through an undocumented API of WhatsApp it's possible to collect phone numbers, status updates and profile pictures of nearly all WhatsApp users. The issue was discovered by security researcher Loran Kloeze, who describes how a database can created with all kinds of data about WhatsApp users.

‘Google security researchers have found the worst Windows remote code exec in recent memory’

Two Google security researchers have found a very critical leak in Windows that allows attackers to remotely execute code on the affected system. The vulnerability was discovered by Natalie Silvanovich and Tavis Ormandy from Google's Project Zero, a team of hackers that tries to find vulnerabilities in widely used software in order to protect internet users.

Another pirated Ultra HD Blu-ray movie appears on torrent sites – is it real this time?

The Ultra HD Blu-ray version of the movie the Smurfs 2 has appeared on two private torrent trackers. It's unclear how the pirates have been able to make the 53.3 GB file that appears to really contain the movie.

Microsoft plans to separate Edge from Windows 10 to add new features more frequently

To add new features faster to the Edge browser, Microsoft plans to update it through the Windows Store.

Microsoft reveals Windows 10 S – inspired by teachers and students

Microsoft has added a new member to its Windows 10 family, Windows 10 S. This version of Windows 10 is mainly targeted at teachers and students. Windows 10 S works on all kinds of Windows 10 PCs from powerful machines to simple laptops that can be used in classrooms. The OS should be a competitor to Google's Chromebooks.

HGST 12TB Hard Drive Released

HGST, a division of Western Digital, has released the world's largest conventional hard drive, the Ultrastar HE12, which is a sealed drive using helium and a capacity of 12TB.  This is a fourth generation helium based drive, and it uses PMR (perpendicular magnetic recording) technology.  The new HE12 model is intended for commercial use, but the benefits of this type of technology does eventually make its way to consumer drives as well.

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