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.
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.
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.
Skype has started testing a new design for its PC app. A beta version is available for Mac and all Windows computers, except for Windows 10. The design of the new PC version of Skype is similar to that of the revamped mobile version that was introduced in June. It focuses on sharing media and responding to messages with e.g. emoji.
Hundreds of owners of a smart door lock with an internet connection could no longer open their door after a faulty update. The affected locks are the RemoteLock LS6i locks from the American company Lockstate which currently sell at $469 at Amazon. The lock can be opened with a key, pin code or through Wifi.
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