FTC warns VPN apps might share your data with third parties (0)
Posted at 23 February 2018 17:05 CET

American Federal Trade Commission (FTC) warns users that VPN apps don’t provide full anonymity. On its website, the FTC provides several tips that should help users in picking a VPN app. It also explains what a VPN is and what purpose it serves.

Redfox responds to accusations of stealing hashed keys from MakeMKV (0)
Posted at 22 February 2018 19:30 CET

The developer of MakeMKV has accused Redfox from stealing so-called “hashed keys” that can be used to rip Ultra HD (UHD) Blu-ray movies. His accusation raised eyebrows amongst users on several forums. We asked Redfox to respond to the accusation, which they did.

Google researcher: Microsoft didn’t patch vulnerability, despite it saying it did (0)
Posted at 22 February 2018 18:20 CET

A vulnerability in Windows 10, discovered by a Google security researcher, hasn’t been patched, despite that Microsoft stated it did released a fix for it. Google researcher James Forshaw, who discovered the vulnerability, reports that the issue still persists.

Illegal streaming website owner sentenced to $103 million in damages and 2 years in jail (0)
Posted at 21 February 2018 23:47 CET

The administrator of French streaming website Streamiz has to pay €83.6 million ($103 million) in damages. Besides that, he also received a prison sentence of two years. The website was the second most popular illegal streaming website in France and received more than 250,000 daily visitors.

Vulnerability in µTorrent allows attackers to take control of your PC when you visit their website (0)
Posted at 21 February 2018 17:47 CET

Google security researcher Tavis Ormandy has discovered a vulnerability in µTorrent that allows an attacker to take over the computer. The vulnerability exists in both µTorrent Classic, the Windows desktop version, as in uTorrent Web, the browser based version of the torrent download application.

Consortium developing possible PCIe successor releases version 1.0 of its standard (0)
Posted at 21 February 2018 00:16 CET

A consortium consisting of many major technology companies has released Gen-Z Core Specification 1.0 which could become the successor to PCIe. The specification describes a new interconnect standard that should be able to transfer hundreds of gigabytes per second, per component. Gen-Z is open and royalty free.

Samsung launches PM1643, 30.72 TB V-NAND SAS SSD (0)
Posted at 20 February 2018 16:24 CET

Samsung today announced its largest enterprise SSD to date. The PM1643 has a capacity of a whopping 30.72 terabyte, made possibly by Samsung’s latest 64-layer 512 gigabit TLC V-NAND chips.  Besides the large regular NAND capacity, the drive also has 40GB DRAM of cache.

Microsoft pulls page that reveals limitation of Windows 10 on ARM (0)
Posted at 20 February 2018 03:46 CET

Microsoft has deleted a page from its website that showed the limitations of Windows 10 on ARM. On the page, the company listed what kind of applications won’t be able to run on the emulation layer for Windows 10. The page, titled ‘Limitations of apps and experiences on ARM’, can still be found in Google’s cache.

Flightsim company steals passwords from Chrome as anti-piracy measure (0)
Posted at 19 February 2018 17:41 CET

A company that develops flight simulator add-ons has added a tool to pirated versions of its software that is able to steal passwords from Chrome. The tool was discovered when several antivirus scanners detected it as ‘risk ware’. According to the company the tool is part of the software’s DRM.

Belgian court rules Facebook violates privacy and should stop tracking users (0)
Posted at 16 February 2018 23:20 CET

A Belgian court today ruled that Facebook should stop tracking Belgian internet users. The social network is no longer allowed to track anyone that uses the internet from Belgium. A Belgian privacy organisation sued Facebook violating the privacy of Belgian internet users.

Google discloses unpatched vulnerability in Microsoft’s Edge browser (0)
Posted at 16 February 2018 17:19 CET

Google today disclosed a vulnerability in Microsoft Edge that has not been patched by Microsoft yet. The vulnerability makes it possible to circumvent a security measure from the Microsoft’s default browser in Windows 10. The security measure that can be circumvented is called Arbitrary Code Guard (ACG).

Whatsapp Beta allows users to download the information it has collected and stored about them (0)
Posted at 15 February 2018 23:18 CET

WhatsApp has added a feature to the latest beta version of its messaging app that allows users to view and download the data collected about them. The company likely added the feature, to comply with upcoming privacy regulations in the European Union. From May 2018 there are new privacy regulations for companies who collect and store data about European citizens.

Mozilla: Ad Blocker in Google Chrome doesn’t protect your privacy and still allows trackers (0)
Posted at 15 February 2018 16:10 CET

Google Chrome has a built-in ad blocker since today, but it doesn’t protect the privacy of Chrome users, according to competing browser developer, Mozilla. The ad blocker of Chrome only blocks advertisements that don’t adhere to the standards of the Better Ads Coalition, such as popups or large advertisements.

Intel roadmap for 2018 leaks: more Coffee Lake, a laptop hexa-core CPU and Cascade Lake (0)
Posted at 14 February 2018 18:45 CET

A leaked Intel roadmap, that is up-to-date until January of this year, shows when various Core iX 8000 chips for both desktops and laptops should become available. Also Xeon Cascade Lake-SP processors are mentioned as the successors of the Xeon Skylake-SP CPUs. New is Coffee Lake-E, a refresh of Kaby Lake-E for servers.

Microsoft patches 50 vulnerabilities in Windows, IE, Edge, Office and Outlook (0)
Posted at 14 February 2018 17:34 CET

During February’s Patch Tuesday, Microsoft fixed 50 vulnerabilities in Windows, Internet Explorer, Edge, Outlook, Office and Edge’s Javascript engine, ChakraCore. In the worst case the vulnerabilities could be used to take control over the system.

Critical vulnerability in Skype discovered – fix requires large code revision (0)
Posted at 13 February 2018 18:08 CET

A security researcher has found a critical vulnerability in Microsoft’s Skype that allows an attacker to take full control over the system. Microsoft is aware about the vulnerability since September last year, but hasn’t fixed the issue yet. According to the software giant, a fix for the issue needs a “large code revision”.

AMD graphic drivers to support PlayReady 3.0 by Q2 – makes Netflix in Ultra HD possible (0)
Posted at 13 February 2018 17:12 CET

AMD plans to add PlayReady 3.0 support to its graphic drivers, allowing users to watch Netflix in Ultra HD on their Windows computer. Currently it’s only possible to watch Ultra HD content from the video streaming site with a limit number of CPUs and graphic cards.

Vodafone forced to block access to illegal video streaming site Kinox.to (0)
Posted at 12 February 2018 19:57 CET

German internet service provider “Vodafone Kabel” has to block access to the illegal streaming website Kinox.to, one of Germany’s most popular websites. The ISP was forced to prevent its customers from accessing the site after an injunction of the district Court of Munich. A German movie studio requested the site to be blocked.

Micron announces first Quad Level Cell (QLC) NAND memory SSDs (0)
Posted at 12 February 2018 17:34 CET

Micron has announced its first SSDs using Quad Level Cell (QLC) NAND memory during A3 Technology Live Conference. The SATA drives are targeted at the enterprise market and should become available later this year. 

MakeMKV developer working on tool to easily convert Ultra HD Blu-ray ‘official’ drive to ‘friendly’ (0)
Posted at 09 February 2018 22:05 CET

The developer of the Ultra HD Blu-ray (UHD) ripping application MakeMKV, appears to be working on a tool that makes it easy to convert an ‘official’ UHD Blu-ray drive to a ‘friendly’ UHD Blu-ray drive. Currently this can be done by following rather lengthy technical guides. The tool from the MakeMKV developer should make it easy for everyone.

DVDFab introduces ExactRead, exclusive technology to correct read errors (0)
Posted at 09 February 2018 17:25 CET

Chinese software developer DVDFab today announced a new technology it calls ExactRead. The technology should ensure that DVD/(Ultra HD) Blu-ray rips are free from read errors and that the rip adheres to the DVD/(Ultra HD) Blu-ray specifications. 

Windows 10 users will be able to delete collected diagnostic data (0)
Posted at 08 February 2018 22:23 CET

The latest Windows 10 Insider Build introduces a feature that allows users to delete diagnostic data that Microsoft collected about the system. Earlier we reported that the operating system would get an option that allows users to view data collected about their computer.

HP caught: laptop contains other component than listed on website (0)
Posted at 08 February 2018 15:21 CET

Laptop purchasers should carefully check whether their new device really contains the components as the manufacturer’s website lists, a user found out. His laptop didn’t contain the listed graphic card but a lesser version instead.

Consumer Reports: Samsung and Roku smart TVs can be easily remotely controlled by hackers (updated) (0)
Posted at 07 February 2018 23:37 CET

The American Consumer Reports today revealed it has found that Samsung smart TVs and TVs using the Roku TV smart TV platform, can be easily controlled by hackers. The TVs contain security flaws that can be easily discovered and exploited according to Consumer Reports. Also, several Roku streaming devices are affected.

Corrupt update for Bitdefender antivirus caused software to stop working (0)
Posted at 07 February 2018 17:43 CET

A corrupt update caused the antivirus software from Bitdefender for Windows to stop doings its job. Users of the Bitdefender’s business solution, GravityZone, and users of the consumer versions were affected by the issue.