Mozilla disables SHA-1 in Firefox after succesful attack (0)
Posted at 24 February 2017 20:57 CET

Mozilla today removed support for the SHA-1 algorithm from its Firefox browser. Yesterday researchers from the Netherlands and Google reported they successfully performed an attack on the SHA-1 algorithm that is used for secure internet banking and signing of documents.


Google investigates issue with automatically logged out accounts (0)
Posted at 24 February 2017 20:34 CET

An issue with Google accounts doesn’t seem to be security related, according to Google. Users around the world are reporting that they are automatically logged out from their Google account and that they have difficulties signing in again.


Security researchers releases free tool to make Windows more secure (0)
Posted at 23 February 2017 18:03 CET

A well-known security researcher has released a free tool that should make it easy for users to make Windows more secure. The tool is called Hardentools and disables features in Windows, and other applications, that can be exploited by attackers.


Sony reveals world’s fast SD card that writes at 299 MB/s (0)
Posted at 23 February 2017 17:37 CET

Sony today revealed its SF-G series SD cards, which it claims are the world’s fastest SD memory cards currently available. The cards can write data at 299 MB/s and read data at 300 MB/s and are targeted for use in cameras, especially those that require high speed storage.


Security researchers develop malware to steal data through HDD indicator LED (1)
Posted at 22 February 2017 18:05 CET

Researchers of the Cyber Security Research Center of the Israeli Ben-Gurion University have developed a new type of malware that can steal data such as passwords and encryption keys through the LED indicator of the hard disk drive at relative high speed.


Microsoft patches critical vulnerabilities in Flash Player for Edge and IE 11 – week behind Adobe (0)
Posted at 22 February 2017 17:36 CET

A week after Adobe released patches for critical vulnerabilities in Flash Player, Microsoft also released patches for the same vulnerabilities in Edge and Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. The vulnerabilities allowed an attacker to take full control of the system.


European privacy watchdogs concerned about Windows 10’s data collection methods (4)
Posted at 21 February 2017 19:26 CET

A group of European privacy watchdogs is going to investigate whether Windows 10 properly deals with personal data. In a letter to Microsoft the watchdogs express their concerns about the protection of private data in the latest Windows version.


Microsoft reveals Windows 10 Creators Update will be followed by Redstone 3 Update later this year (1)
Posted at 21 February 2017 18:55 CET

Microsoft will release another large update to Windows 10 this year after the the large update for the OS that is scheduled for April. The company confirmed this during its Microsoft Ignite-event in Australia.


Google and Bing voluntarily reduce visibility of copyright infringing websites in the United Kingdom (4)
Posted at 20 February 2017 18:34 CET

Google and Microsoft’s Bing will voluntarily reduce the visibility of copyright infringing websites on the British version of their search engines. Links to such sites will no longer appear on the first page of the search results.


Parents asked to destroy smart doll that can be used to eavesdrop on children (5)
Posted at 17 February 2017 17:00 CET

The German regulatory office for telecommunications has asked parents to destroy the so-called ‘smart doll My Friend Cayla’ as it can leak sensitive personal data. Security researchers have found that it’s possible to use the doll’s unsecured Bluetooth connection to eavesdrop on children.


Google reveals unpatched vulnerability in Windows 7 and Windows 10 (4)
Posted at 17 February 2017 16:44 CET

A Google security researcher has revealed a vulnerability in Windows for which Microsoft has not released a patch yet. The issue allows attackers to steal sensitive data (such as private userdata) from the system’s memory.


Microsoft silently extends support of original Windows 10 with 2 months (0)
Posted at 16 February 2017 17:51 CET

Microsoft has decided to extend support of the original version of Windows 10 with 2 months. Initially the Redmond software giant planned to end support of the original Windows 10 RTM version (version 1507 / Threshold 1) on the 26th of March this year.


Last Patch Tuesday patches delayed till next Patch Tuesday – 14th of March (3)
Posted at 16 February 2017 17:06 CET

The updates that were planned for this month’s Patch Tuesday will be released during the Patch Tuesday of March, Microsoft today announced. Last Tuesday Microsoft reported that it would delay the patches of the 14th of February due to last minute issues.


Microsoft reports decrease in ransomware attacks since September last year (2)
Posted at 15 February 2017 16:14 CET

Microsoft reports that the number of ransomware attacks on Windows computers has decreased. The company bases the information on data collected by Windows Defender, the built-in antivirus application in Windows.


Microsoft delays this month’s Patch Tuesday due to last minute issue – first time ever (3)
Posted at 14 February 2017 19:25 CET

For years, Microsoft released security updates for Windows, Office and other software on the second Tuesday of the month, but today the software giant decided to delay the release of all planned update. Something the company hasn’t done before.


Western Digital replaces several HGST Ultrastar HDDs after higher than expected failure rates (2)
Posted at 14 February 2017 13:07 CET

Western Digital is replacing several enterprise HGST Ultrastar disks because of higher than expected failure rates in a certain batch. The company works together with affected customers to replace the disks.


Security researchers: Deleted Safari browsing history isn’t actually deleted (2)
Posted at 13 February 2017 18:57 CET

When the browser history of Apple devices is cleared, it remains on iCloud for up to a year and can easily be recovered, according to research by security company Elcomsoft. This is possible because the history is hidden and not actually deleted.


First specifications of Intel Optane SSD leaked (0)
Posted at 13 February 2017 17:51 CET

The Intel website briefly listed a document with details on the company’s first Optane 3D Xpoint SSD. In contrary to most currently known Optane products, that are low capacity caching drives, this Optane drive is a full fledged SSD with a capacity of 375 GB and up to 500,000 IOPS.


Microsoft no longer succeeds in attracting new Windows 10 users (11)
Posted at 10 February 2017 16:29 CET

Microsoft doesn’t succeed in getting more users on Windows 10, the number of systems running the company’s latest operating system has been stuck on 400 million for four months now. Since the end of the free upgrade campaign, the market share of Windows 10 remained pretty much the same.


WhatsApp enables two-step authentication for additional security – wants your email (2)
Posted at 10 February 2017 15:53 CET

Facebook’s subsidiary WhatsApp has started to roll-out two-step authentication for all users. The feature allows users to add additional security to their account. After it was tested in a beta version of the chat app the feature is now gradually rolled out.


AMD changes mind: Ryzen CPUs WON’T be officially supported in Windows 7 (10)
Posted at 09 February 2017 15:16 CET

AMD will not provide support and drivers to run its upcoming Ryzen CPUs under Windows 7. The processors are tested for Windows 7 but official support and drivers will only be provided for Windows 10, according to an official statement from AMD.


Microsoft starts to warn for the end of support of Windows Vista (16)
Posted at 09 February 2017 14:49 CET

Microsoft has started to warn Windows Vista users that support of the 10 year old operating system will end soon. Vista users with Microsoft Security Essentials installed receive the warning that their system is unprotected.


Security researchers to AV vendors: “Stop intercepting HTTPS traffic” (5)
Posted at 08 February 2017 19:14 CET

Google, Mozilla, Cloudflare and researchers from two Universities have criticised the interception of HTTPS traffic by antivirus software. According to the researchers and companies this has far-reaching consequences for the safety of users and their internet connection.


Specific DVD burner owners can claim $10 from optical drive manufacturers (2)
Posted at 08 February 2017 17:27 CET

Residents of several stated in the United States who purchased an internal or external optical drive, or a computer with such a drive, are eligible for benefits from settlements reached in antitrust litigation currently pending in federal court. The benefits are expected to be around $10 per drive.


VIZIO caught with secretly collecting viewing habits of 11 million smart TVs (2)
Posted at 07 February 2017 20:19 CET

The American television manufacturer VIZIO has been caught with collecting viewing habits on 11 million TVs without user’s’ consent. The company has to pay $2.2 million in settlements to the American Federal Trade Commission and the state of New Jersey.


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