Android malware automatically transfers money from PayPal app through simulated clicks (0)
Posted at 14 December 2018 23:56 CET

Security researchers from antivirus vendor ESET have discovered Android malware that uses fake clicks to steal money from PayPal users. The malware abuses the “accessibility service” feature in Android.

New Google Plus data leak affects 52.5 million users (0)
Posted at 14 December 2018 15:52 CET

Google has announced that private data of more than 52.5 million Google Plus users was accessible to apps and developers due to a bug in the programming interface (API). The bug was introduced with an update to the social network that was applied in November.

‘Apple plans to offer Netflix for news and magazines’ (0)
Posted at 13 December 2018 23:54 CET

Apple is reportedly planning to offer a service that can be considered the Netflix of magazines. The Cupertino tech giant would start offering a subscription service that allows users to read unlimited news and magazines. In March this year, Apple acquired the company Texture, which offered such a service and provided access to 200 magazines.

Logitech Options users should uninstall immediately after disclosure of very easy to exploit bug (0)
Posted at 13 December 2018 11:52 CET

A security researcher from Google’s Project Zero has found a critical vulnerability in the software for Logitech keyboards and mouses. As a workaround, Logitech Options users should uninstall the software. There is currently no patch available and the issue can be easily exploited.

Microsoft patches actively attacked Windows kernel vulnerability (0)
Posted at 12 December 2018 23:54 CET

Microsoft patched an actively attacked Windows kernel vulnerability during yesterday’s Patch Tuesday. The vulnerability, for which was no update available until yesterday, allowed an attacker with access to the system to elevate his privileges. Once elevated, the privileges could be used to run a specially crafted application to take control of the system.

Firefox 64 released with Contextual Feature Recommender and removal of Live Bookmarks (0)
Posted at 12 December 2018 15:30 CET

Mozilla has released the 64th version of its Firefox browser. Among other things, such as improved security and performance improvements, the new version of the browser improves tab management. The release also marks the removal of the RSS feature “Live Bookmarks”.

Microsoft uses Patch Tuesday to release cumulative update for Windows 10 October 2018 (0)
Posted at 11 December 2018 23:56 CET

Today is the first Patch Tuesday after Microsoft restarted distribution of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update and the company uses the opportunity to distribute a new cumulative update for systems that have updated to the latest Windows 10 version. The cumulative update finally fixes all known issues.

Windows 10 continues to collect and send Activity History to Microsoft even when it’s disabled (0)
Posted at 11 December 2018 18:03 CET

A Reddit user has discovered that Windows 10 continues to collect the activity history of the user and sends it to Microsoft, even when it’s manually disabled. The user found in Microsoft’s Privacy Dashboard that the operating system continues to track and sent data to Microsoft, amongst others, about files he opened and websites he browsed.

‘Microsoft working on foldable tablet with Windows Lite’ (0)
Posted at 10 December 2018 23:54 CET

Microsoft is reportedly working on another operating system that should compete with  Chrome OS, the lightweight operating system developed by Google and intended for cheap laptops. The company previously attempted to bring such an OS to the market as “Windows 10 S”, which failed and was phased out earlier this year. This time the company is allegedly working on a foldable tablet that should run a lightweight OS called “Windows Lite”.

Chromium based Edge browser will support existing Chrome extensions (0)
Posted at 10 December 2018 17:07 CET

Microsoft will support existing Google Chrome extensions in the future, according to one of the developers working on the browser in a post on Reddit. Currently the browser already supports Chrome extensions but not out-of-the box. Chrome extension developers still need to make code changes before their extension also works on Edge.

Mozilla criticizes Microsoft’s move to Chromium for giving too much control to Google (0)
Posted at 07 December 2018 23:56 CET

Mozilla is not happy that Microsoft is working on a new version of Edge that will be based on the open-source Chromium project that was once started by Google. The developers of Firefox argue that by adopting Chromium, “Microsoft hands over control of even more of online life to Google”.

Microsoft confirms Edge will move to open-source Chromium by 2019 (0)
Posted at 07 December 2018 13:20 CET

Microsoft has confirmed the rumors that it will base its Edge browser on the open-source Chromium browser. Edge is currently the default browser on Windows 10. By using Chromium, the company will be able to bring Edge to older Windows versions and macOS as well.

Adobe issues emergency patch for Flash Player after it was abused in attack on Russian hospital (0)
Posted at 06 December 2018 23:56 CET

Adobe yesterday issued an emergency update for Flash Player after a critical vulnerability in the software was actively exploited. The vulnerability was discovered by security researchers from Gigamon and 360 Core Security. Attackers exploited the vulnerability in an attack on a Russian hospital.

Microsoft fixes large list of issues with Windows 10 October 2018 Update (0)
Posted at 06 December 2018 16:06 CET

After numerous problems with the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, Microsoft today released a large update that should fix many issues with the plagued Windows 10 update. The company released cumulative update KB4469342, which Microsoft claims, has been thoroughly tested by Windows Insiders since the 27th of November.

Google Chrome 71 adds features to better protect internet user (0)
Posted at 05 December 2018 23:48 CET

Google today released version 71 of its Chrome browser. The release should strengthen security of the browser. Another important change is in the advertisement filter system of Chrome which will start to block ads on sites that persistently display annoying ads.

Issue with Nvidia GeForce drivers causes another issue with Windows 10 October 2018 Update (0)
Posted at 05 December 2018 16:28 CET

An issue with the Windows 10 October 2018 Update and Nvida GeForce video cards causes the Edge browser to become unresponsive when playing videos. The issue was discovered by users who installed the cumulative Windows 10 update for the October 2018 update that was released together with last month’s Patch Tuesday.

Again, Microsoft blocks Windows 10 October 2018 Update on some PCs (0)
Posted at 04 December 2018 23:56 CET

Microsoft has decided to block installation of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update on some systems. Computers running corporate security software Morphisec Protector or applications that make use of Morphisec technology will be blocked from installing the latest large Windows 10 update. It’s not the first time Microsoft blocks systems from updating to the Windows 10 October 2018 Update.

‘Microsoft to ditch Edge and replace it with Chromium based browser in Windows 10’ (0)
Posted at 04 December 2018 17:38 CET

Microsoft is reportedly working on a browser based on Chromium, the open-source browser on which also Google Chrome is based. The browser should eventually replace Microsoft Edge which is currently the default browser for Windows 10.

TrekStor announces external SSD with the size of a USB stick (0)
Posted at 03 December 2018 23:56 CET

German consumer electronics company TrekStor today announced the i.Gear SSD-Stick Prime which is an external SSD with the size of a USB stick and build around an M.2 SSD. The i.Gear SSD-Stick is available in capacities of 64, 128, 256 and 512 GB. TrekStor claims the device is fifteen times faster than conventional USB drives.

Seagate announces 16TB HAMR technology based HDD (0)
Posted at 03 December 2018 18:11 CET

After years of development, Seagate today announced it has readied its first 3.5″ hard disk drive utilizing HAMR technology. The drive is targeted at enterprise and data center usage and has a capacity of 16 TB. By next year this should grow to 20 TB.

Dutch company completes world’s first prefab house built of Cannabis (0)
Posted at 30 November 2018 23:51 CET

A Dutch company is the first in the world to build a prefab house of a variety of the Cannabis plant. Benefits of the plant based house should be durability, high isolation capability, earth-quake resistance and affordability. World’s first Cannabis house is located about 250 kilometers away from Cannabis Valhalla, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

American iPad and iPhone users targeted in large scale malvertising attack (0)
Posted at 30 November 2018 16:53 CET

American iOS users have been targeted in a malicious advertisement campaign that sent users to scam and porn sites. According to security company Confiant, these attacks have existed for a while already, but the company noticed a clear peak on the 12th of November.

Lenovo gets approval for $8.3 million Superfish settlement (0)
Posted at 29 November 2018 23:42 CET

Lenovo can go ahead with the settlement of a class action suit in the United States that was started after the company was found to install Superfish adware on its laptops. An American judge granted initial approval of an $8.3 million settlement. Final approval needs to come from a federal judge.

Hollywood drafts HDR specification for cinemas (0)
Posted at 29 November 2018 16:59 CET

A joint venture of major Hollywood studios has released a draft for a HDR specification specially for cinema screens. The specification specifies a 12-bit color-depth, a minimal active black level of 0.005 cd/m² and  a displayed luminance of 500 cd/m².

Microsoft releases Intel microcode updates to protect against L1TF and Spectre 3a/4 attacks (0)
Posted at 28 November 2018 23:54 CET

Microsoft has started to distribute important microcode updates for Intel processors powering systems running Windows 10 October 2018 Update or Windows Server 2019. The updates should protect the devices against L1TF and Spectre 3a/4 attacks.