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Technology NewsUpdated Saturday, March 25th, 2017. Powered by


Charter promises Trump a broadband push, but no extra Internet connections:

Charter's $25 billion promise is vague and includes stuff it already planned.

Azure Service Fabric takes first tentative steps toward open source:

Service Fabric started as an internal platform for Azure SQL, Cortana, and other services.

How ISPs can sell your Web history—and how to stop them:

How the Senate's vote to kill privacy rules affects you.

Google takes Symantec to the woodshed for mis-issuing 30,000 HTTPS certs [updated]:

Chrome to immediately stop recognizing EV status and gradually nullify all certs.

Shielding MAC addresses from stalkers is hard and Android fails miserably at it:

Only an estimated 6% of Android phones randomize MACs, and they do it poorly.

X-rays let you see the smallest feature buried in your CPU:

Technology could be used to cut down on problems bringing a new CPU to market.

Early Snapdragon 835 benchmarks show mixed results from semi-custom design:

Qualcomm ditches Kryo in favor of something based on Cortex-A73.

“Dig once” bill could bring fiber Internet to much of the US:

Unlike net neutrality, "dig once" puts Democrats and Republicans on same side.

Red Flag Windows: Microsoft modifies Windows OS for Chinese government:

Chinese government blocked Microsoft product purchases after NSA leaks.

Firefox gets complaint for labeling unencrypted login page insecure:

Sorry! That’s a feature not a bug.

DRM in HTML5 takes its next step toward standardization:

Web group also pushes measures to protect security researchers who find DRM flaws.

A simple command allows the CIA to commandeer 318 models of Cisco switches:

Bug relies on telnet protocol used by hardware on internal networks.

After years waiting for Google Fiber, KC residents get cancellation e-mails:

Google Fiber cancels customer accounts, doesn't explain why.

Intel’s first Optane SSD: 375GB that you can also use as RAM:

3D XPoint finally has (limited) commercial availability.

Thirty years in, South by Southwest still keeps it weird and wonderful:

Look at the event that somehow puts Joe Biden and Stranger Things on the same schedule.

When beauty is in the eye of the (robo)beholder:

Beauty.AI saw a lucrative problem and tried solving via algorithms. It ended poorly.

Virtual machine escape fetches $105,000 at Pwn2Own hacking contest [updated]:

Hack worked by stitching together three separate exploits.

ISPs say your Web browsing and app usage history isn’t “sensitive”:

ISP lobby groups make case against the FCC’s broadband privacy rules.

Abandoned calls clog 911 in Dallas and may have led to baby’s death [Updated]:

City may be at fault for problem initially blamed on T-Mobile "ghost calls."

Google reduces JPEG file size by 35%:

New algorithm is based on human psychovisual system. Images look better, too.

Security AlertsUpdated Saturday, March 25th, 2017. Powered by


Apple Releases Security Update for iTunes:

Original release date: March 24, 2017

Apple has released a security update for Apple iTunes to address multiple vulnerabilities. Exploitation of some of these vulnerabilities may allow a remote attacker to cause a denial-of-service condition.

Users and administrators are encouraged to review information on iTunes 12.6 and apply the necessary update.


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


Aviation Phishing Scams:

Original release date: March 23, 2017

US-CERT has received reports of email-based phishing campaigns targeting airline consumers. Systems infected through phishing campaigns act as an entry point for attackers to gain access to sensitive business or personal information.

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review an airline Security Advisory and US-CERT's Security Tip ST04-014 for more information on phishing attacks.


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


Cisco Releases Security Updates:

Original release date: March 22, 2017

Cisco has released security updates to address vulnerabilities in its IOS, IOS XE, and IOx Software. Exploitation of some of these vulnerabilities may allow a remote attacker to take control of an affected system or cause a denial-of-service condition.

Users and administrators are encouraged to review the following Cisco Security Advisories and apply the necessary updates:

 


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


Vulnerabilities Identified in Network Time Protocol Daemon (ntpd):

Original release date: March 22, 2017

The Network Time Foundation's NTP Project has has released version ntp-4.2.8p10 to address multiple vulnerabilities in ntpd. Exploitation of some of these vulnerabilities may allow a remote attacker to cause a denial-of-service condition.

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review the NTP Security Notice Page for vulnerability and mitigation details.


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


Cisco Releases Security Updates:

Original release date: March 21, 2017

Cisco has released security updates to address vulnerabilities in its IOS and IOS XE Software. Exploitation of one of these vulnerabilities could allow a remote attacker to cause a denial of service condition.

Users and administrators are encouraged to review the following Cisco Security Advisories and apply the necessary updates:


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


IRS Warns of Last-Minute Tax Scams:

Original release date: March 17, 2017

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has released an alert warning of phishing email scams targeting last-minute tax filers. The alert describes common features of these cyber crimes and includes recommendations to protect against them: strengthen passwords, recognize phishing attempts, and forward suspicious emails to phishing@irs.gov.

Tax payers and tax professionals are encouraged to review the IRS alert and US-CERT's advice on Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks.


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


Mozilla Releases Security Updates:

Original release date: March 17, 2017

Mozilla has released security updates to address a vulnerability in Firefox and Firefox ESR. Exploitation of this vulnerability may allow an attacker to take control of an affected system.

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review the Mozilla Security Advisory for Firefox and Firefox ESR and apply the necessary updates.


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


Microsoft Ending Support for Windows Vista:

Original release date: March 17, 2017

All software products have a lifecycle. After April 11, 2017, Microsoft is ending support for the Windows Vista operating system. After this date, this product will no longer receive:

  • Security updates,
  • Non-security hotfixes,
  • Free or paid assisted support options, or
  • Online technical content updates from Microsoft.

Computers running the Windows Vista operating system will continue to work even after support ends. However, using unsupported software may increase the risks of viruses and other security threats.

Users and administrators are encouraged to upgrade to a currently supported operating system. For more information, see Microsoft's Vista support and product lifecycle articles.

US-CERT does not endorse or support any particular product or vendor.


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


Microsoft SMBv1 Vulnerability:

Original release date: March 16, 2017

Microsoft has released a security update to address a vulnerability in implementations of Server Message Block 1.0 (SMBv1). Exploitation of this vulnerability could allow a remote attacker to take control of an affected system.

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review Microsoft Security Bulletin MS17-010 and apply the update. For more information, see the Information Assurance Advisory and US-CERT's SMB Security Best Practices guidance.


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


Cisco Releases Security Updates:

Original release date: March 15, 2017

Cisco has released several updates to address vulnerabilities affecting multiple products. A remote attacker could exploit these vulnerabilities to take control of an affected system.

Users and administrators are encouraged to review the following Cisco Security Advisories and apply the necessary updates:


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


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