Password manager 1Password has added a new feature to its software that allows users to check whether their passwords are amongst the 500 million leaked passwords collected by security researcher Troy Hunt. He has created a service that allows 1Password to check whether a password hash appears in his database.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.