Several CIA contractors have been fired after illegally ‘hacking’ vending machines. In total they stole for more than $3000 worth of candy. One employee discovered that if a cable, that connected the vending machine with a cloud based payment system, was unplugged, the vending machine accepted unfunded cards.
Linksys warns for a tool developed by the CIA, called Cherry Blossom, which can be used to install malcious firmware on routers. The existence of the tool was revealed by whistleblower website Wikileaks.
Several Windows Updates that Microsoft released this month can cause issues with printing in Internet Explorer. The updates patched critical vulnerabilities that, in the worst case, could allow an attacker to execute random code on the computer.
Facebook is currently testing a feature in India that should make it harder to make copies of profile pictures of users of the social network. The ‘profile picture guard’ has to be manually enabled and should make sure that profile pictures can’t be easily downloaded and shared on Facebook.
The free encrypted email provider ProtonMail has launched a free VPN service that, according to the company, allows users to browse the web without being tracked, bypass online censorship blocks, and also increases security by passing all internet traffic through a strongly encrypted tunnel.
On some Windows 10 PCs the antivirus software is temporarily disabled when the user installs the Creators Update, Microsoft writes in a blog. However, only antivirus applications that are incompatible with the large Windows 10 update are affected.
Several references in the Android source code give a strong indication that Android 8.0 will be very likely codenamed ‘oatmeal cookie’. In the source code we found references to ‘oc-dev’ which is in line with former branch names used by Google.
Mozilla has released Firefox Focus for Android, a fast, simple browser designed to protect privacy and with a built-in adblocker. Last year the Firefox Focus browser was already launched for Apple’s iOS.
The Korean hosting company Nayana has decided to pay a ransom of $1 million after being infected by the Erebus ransomware, that targets Linux servers. The malware encrypted 153 servers and 3,400 business websites, according to Japanese antivirus vendor Trend Micro.
The company VinPower Digital has announced the Optiarc 5290S DVD burner with DVD+R DL overburn feature. The company, mainly into the professional duplicator business, claims to be resurrecting the Optiarc brand. Optiarc was a joint venture of Sony and NEC that manufactured optical disc drives until 2013.
The CERT Coordination Centre (CERT/CC) of the Carnegie Mellon University warns for a vulnerability in Samsung’s Magician software that makes it possible, in certain cases, to utilize it to infect computers with malware. Samsung Magician is a tool to manage, test and update Samsung SSDs.
Microsoft has revealed a new keyboard called ‘Modern Keyboard’ that features a fingerprint scanner that can be used to login with Windows Hello. The keyboard can work over bluetooth or with a wire.
Microsoft will start to offer its Office suite in the Windows Store. It’s likely the move comes due to the release of Windows 10 S, a stripped down version of the operating system that only allows installing software from the Windows Store.
Google today announced that it will launch a tool called “Backup and Sync” by the end of this month. The application, targeted at regular consumers, can be used to backup files and photos to Google’s servers. Users can set which folders need to be backuped to Google’s servers.
Microsoft yesterday released a Windows update that patches a vulnerability that could be used for attacks similar to the WannaCry ransomware outbreak. Even the no longer supported Windows XP receives the update.
Microsoft has removed the Xiazai malware from more than 2 million computers since October 2015, the software giant today announced. The company also blocked 30,000 installations of the malware per month, on average. Xiazai is therefore an active threat that deserves additional attention, according to Microsoft.
Adobe has patched several vulnerabilities in its Flash and Shockwave Player that in the the worst case allow an attacker to take full control over the computer. There are no indications the vulnerabilities have been actively attacked before the updates were released, according to Adobe.
After copies of the Ultra HD Blu-ray version of the ‘Smurfs 2’ and ‘Patriots Day’ appeared online, now also a copy of the movie ‘Inferno’ has made its way on torrent sites. The Ultra HD Blu-ray copy is again released by a group that calls themselves ‘Terminal’.
While we’ve mainly seen ransomware developed for Windows, Mac users aren’t safe from such kind of malware as well. Security researchers of Fortinet have found ransomware for Apple’s operating system called MacRansom.
Microsoft has acquired Israeli security firm Hexadite, the software giant today announced. Hexadite develops software that uses artificial intelligence to automate responses to cyber attacks.
Researchers from Russian antivirus vendor Dr. Web have found a new type of Linux malware that infects Raspberry Pi computers. The malware is called Linux.MulDrop.14. and it’s actively distributed since May this year.
Microsoft is reportedly working on a Windows 10 Pro version that is optimized for workstations. The OS should be able to run on PCs with 4 CPUs and features Microsoft’s ReFS file system.
The German website Heise.de reports that it’s possible to stream Netflix content in Ultra HD, on Windows 10, with cheaper ‘Apollo Lake’ CPUs. Previously the more expensive 7th ‘Kaby Lake’ CPUs were the only option to stream Ultra HD Netflix content on PCs.
The Ultra HD Blu-ray version of the movie ‘Patriots Days’ has appeared on torrent sites. It’s the second direct copy of an Ultra HD Blu-ray movie that has been released on the internet.
Antivirus vendor Kaspersky has filed an antitrust complaint with the European Commission against Microsoft. The Russian company argues that Microsoft abuses its dominant position on the market for operating systems, to favor its own Windows Defender.
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