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Twitter Tries to Get Stickier - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Twitter fans who want to dress up pix they post to the service can do it with #Stickers, a new feature announced Monday. "Soon, you can browse our rotating sets of stickers to join in on real-time conversations, and select from the library of hundreds of accessories, emoji, and props to make your photos more fun," said Sasank Reddy, a senior product manager at Twitter.

AI Playmate Cozmo Wants to Get to Know You - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Anki on Monday introduced Cozmo, a little robot powered by an advanced artificial intelligence. Cozmo promises to be far more interactive than any toy robot that has been released to date. Although he's designed with play in mind, the combination of technology from toys, videogames and robotics represents a major leap forward, according to Cozmo's creators.

Gun Control and Learning to Make Data-Driven Decisions - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

We live in an unprecedented age of information and computing power -- yet whether publicly or privately, we still make decisions largely on how we feel rather than based on hard information. With this massive influx of data and computing power, when it comes to issues like global warming or gun control, we are more likely to decide based on how we feel rather than figuring out the facts.

Fedora 24 Pushes Linux Boundaries - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Red Hat this week announced the release of Fedora 24, an open source Linux operating system maintained by the Fedora Project community. Fedora Linux is the community version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, or RHEL. Fedora 24 is comprised of a set of base packages that form the foundation of three distinct editions: Fedora 24 Cloud, Fedora 24 Server and Fedora 24 Workstation.

BitTorrent Dips Toes Into Ad Stream - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

BitTorrent on Thursday announced a revamp of its Bundle offering as a pilot project, giving it a new name, "BitTorrent Now." Heavily used by independent musicians and filmmakers, as well as the BBC and other organizations, the service now accepts ads. BitTorrent Now's first streaming app is available for Android. Apps for iOS and Apple TV are in the works.

Study: Third-Party Apps Pose Risks for Enterprises - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Since mobile computing put an end to the good old days when IT departments had absolute control over software deployed in the enterprise, there's been a rise in employees' use of third-party applications -- a rise that poses security risks to corporate environments. That is one of the findings in a report CloudLock released last week.

Headphone Jack-less iPhone 7 Rumor Gains Ground - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

The rumor that Apple will get rid of the headphone jack in the iPhone 7 resurfaced Tuesday. Apple is expected to launch the new iPhone later this year. The iPhone's Lightning connector reportedly will do double duty as its charging port and headphone connector. The result will be a thinner device and better water resistance. If true, the move "is right in terms of timing," said analyst Jeff Orr.

Twitter Applies '140' Rule to Video Seconds - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Twitter on Tuesday launched enhanced video services that will allow users to post longer videos -- up to 140 seconds. It also announced a new platform for celebrities and public figures to share their stories. Because sports, news, music and other videos increasingly are the type of content that goes viral on Twitter, the company decided to expand content parameters.

Docker Tunes Up Engine Orchestration - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Docker on Monday announced Docker Engine 1.12 with built-in orchestration, which allows automated deployment and management of Dockerized distributed applications and microservices at scale in production. Users can select Docker Swarm mode to turn on built-in orchestration, or they can use their own custom tooling or third-party orchestrators that run on Docker Engine.

Google Makes It Easier to Do the 2-Step - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Google on Monday began rolling out a new two-step authentication feature, Google Prompt, targeting enterprise employees. The new option consists of a pop-up that displays a mobile user's name and profile image, and that specifies the location and device involved in the attempted sign-in. The device owner is asked whether to allow or deny the sign-in.

Gadget Ogling: Pliable Phones, Clever Kicks, and Sumptuous Speakers - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Lenovo has peeled back the curtain on a smartphone that you can wrap around your wrist, sporting a full-color screen. The "CPlus," as Lenovo calls the prototype, runs Android and has a 4.26-inch display. It will be available in 12 colors if and when it goes on sale. It's clear bendable smartphones will be a viable consumer product in the near future.

Plume Podifies Home WiFi - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Plume last week introduced its eponymous self-optimizing WiFi system for the home. Plume adapts in real life to the different network demands made by various devices and ensures that each gets the fastest speeds possible, according to the company. The recommended setup is one pod per room and connecting space, such as a hallway, plus any cable or DSL modem or any modem/router combination.

AI for President - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Andy Rubin, Android's daddy, last week made some interesting comments about quantum computing and artificial intelligence. The part I agree with is it won't be long until most things we have are connected to an intelligent machine. However, when referring to something that will be far smarter than we are, the use of the term "artificial" would not just be inaccurate -- it would be rude.

Linux Snap Package Format Goes Multi-Distro - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Snapcraft -- the Linux package format Canonical developed for Ubuntu -- now works on multiple Linux distros, including Arch, Debian, Fedora and various flavors of Ubuntu. They're being validated on CentOS, Elementary, Gentoo, Mint, OpenSUSE, OpenWrt and RHEL. "Distributing applications on Linux is not always easy," said Canonical's Manik Taneja, product manager for Snappy Ubuntu Core.

Google: Dare to Daydream - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Google's Cardboard has proved to the masses that virtual reality is more than a pipe dream. Inexpensive cardboard headsets leverage smartphones to create makeshift head-mounted displays for low-level VR experiences. For those whose fancies of owning a US$600 Rift or a $900 Vive were out of reach, Cardboard was a way to keep their imaginations captive while Google was dreaming of Daydream.

Facebook Gives Messenger More Jobs to Do - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Facebook on Thursday unveiled its redesigned Messenger app, which replaces the list of conversations it previously displayed with a home screen that will let users perform more actions within a chat. The Home tab now organizes Messenger into recent conversations, favorites, active users, and messages awaiting a response. It has a shortcut that reminds users about Facebook friends' birthdays.

Nintendo's New Zelda Adventure Draws E3 Cheers - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Nintendo on Tuesday offered E3 attendees a preview of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, the latest title in the action-adventure franchise. This time the story involves much more than rescuing a princess. The game actually has been years in the making, and at E3 Nintendo pulled out all stops, devoting much of its booth to the game. Nintendo presented two different demos of Breath of Wild.

WatchOS 3 Offers New Hope for Smartwatch Category - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Apple finally responded to concerns that were threatening to scuttle its once-promising wearables category. Its introduction of watchOS 3 at this week's WWDC has drawn high praise. The Apple Watch represented the company's attempt to marry the ultimate Dick Tracy smart gadget with the genius of the iPhone, but it fell short. Instead of a convenience, it was far too slow and complicated.

Facebook Tackles Suicide Prevention Worldwide - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Facebook plans to roll out its suicide prevention tools and resources around the world. Already available in the U.S., the resources are designed to help members who may be thinking about committing suicide or otherwise hurting themselves, as well as family and friends who are concerned about their loved ones' well being. The tools are available in the local languages where members are based.

Russians Hack DNC Servers to Get Goods on Trump - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Two groups of Russian hackers burrowed into the Democratic National Committee's servers and spent months stealing information on Donald Trump, the Republican Party's presumptive presidential nominee, according to Crowdstrike. The security firm identified "two sophisticated adversaries on the network," noted CTO Dmitri Alperovitch, dubbed "Cozy Bear" and "Fancy Bear."

Security Alerts


IRS Announces Safeguards to Protect Taxpayer Information - Posted on Friday June 24, 2016

Original release date: June 24, 2016

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued two news releases addressing new safeguards to protect taxpayers and strengthen authentication requirements. The electronic filing (e-File) PIN, an alternative signature verification tool used to assist with electronic tax filing, will no longer be available after suspicious activity was recently detected. Additionally, new requirements are in place to enhance validation for participants using the Income Verification Express Service (IVES), a service used to verify loan applicants' incomes.

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review the IRS news releases e-File PIN and Steps to Strengthen IVES Program for details and refer to US-CERT Security Tip ST04-013 for information on protecting your privacy.


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WordPress Releases Security Update - Posted on Wednesday June 22, 2016

Original release date: June 22, 2016

WordPress 4.5.2 and prior versions are affected by several security issues.  Exploitation of one of these vulnerabilities could allow a remote attacker to take control of an affected system.

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review the WordPress Security Release and upgrade to WordPress 4.5.3.


This product is provided subject to this Notification and this Privacy & Use policy.


Apple Releases Security Update - Posted on Tuesday June 21, 2016

Original release date: June 21, 2016

Apple has released a security update to address a vulnerability in AirPort Base Station (Wi-Fi enabled devices). Exploitation of this vulnerability may allow a remote attacker to take control of an affected system.

Users and administrators are encouraged to review the Apple security page for AirPort Base Station and apply the necessary updates.


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Google Releases Security Update for Chrome - Posted on Friday June 17, 2016

Original release date: June 17, 2016

Google has released Chrome version 51.0.2704.103 to address multiple vulnerabilities for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Exploitation of one of these vulnerabilities may allow a remote attacker to obtain sensitive information from an affected system.

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review the Chrome Releases page and apply the necessary update.


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Adobe Releases Security Updates - Posted on Thursday June 16, 2016

Original release date: June 16, 2016

Adobe has released security updates to address vulnerabilities in Adobe Flash Player and Adobe AIR. Exploitation of some of these vulnerabilities may allow a remote attacker to take control of an affected system. The critical vulnerability in Flash Player is being used in limited, targeted attacks.

Users and administrators are encouraged to review Adobe Security Bulletins APSB16-18 and APSB16-23 and apply the necessary updates.


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Cisco Releases Security Updates - Posted on Wednesday June 15, 2016

Original release date: June 15, 2016

Cisco has released security updates to address vulnerabilities in the web-based management interface of three wireless routers (models RV110W, RV130W, and RV215W). Exploitation of one of these vulnerabilities could allow a remote attacker to take control of an affected system.

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review the following Cisco Security Advisories and apply the necessary updates:


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VMware Releases Security Updates - Posted on Wednesday June 15, 2016

Original release date: June 15, 2016

VMware has released security updates to address a vulnerability in vCenter Server. Exploitation of this vulnerability could allow a remote attacker to take control of an affected system.

Users and administrators are encouraged to review VMware Security Advisory VMSA-2016-0009 and apply the necessary updates. 


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Microsoft Releases June 2016 Security Bulletin - Posted on Tuesday June 14, 2016

Original release date: June 14, 2016

Microsoft has released 16 updates to address vulnerabilities in Microsoft software. Exploitation of some of these vulnerabilities could allow a remote attacker to take control of an affected system.

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review the following Microsoft Security Bulletins MS16-063 through MS16-082 and apply the necessary updates.


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Adobe Releases Security Updates - Posted on Tuesday June 14, 2016

Original release date: June 14, 2016

Adobe has released security updates to address vulnerabilities in DNG Software Development Kit (SDK), Brackets, Creative Cloud Desktop Application and Cold Fusion. Exploitation of some of these vulnerabilities may allow a remote attacker to take control of an affected system.

Users and administrators are encouraged to review Adobe Security Bulletins APSB16-19, APSB16-20, APSB16-21 and APSB16-22 and apply the necessary updates.


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VMware Releases Security Updates - Posted on Friday June 10, 2016

Original release date: June 10, 2016

VMware has released security updates to address vulnerabilities in NSX, vCNS and vRealize Log Insight. Exploitation of one of these vulnerabilities could allow a remote attacker to take control of an affected system.

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review VMware Security Advisories VMSA-2016-0007 and VMSA-2016-0008 and apply the necessary updates.


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