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Law Affords More Protection to PINs Than Prints - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969
A federal magistrate in Los Angeles ordered the girlfriend of an alleged gang member to open her phone using her fingerprint so prosecutors could look at the data on it for a case they were working on, according to a news report published last week. After Paytsar Bkhchadzhyan pleaded no contest to identity theft, a judge issued a warrant to force her to press her finger to her iPhone to open it.
SpaceX's Red Dragon Could Soar Off on Mars Mission in 2018 - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969
SpaceX last week announced plans to launch a mission for Mars in 2018, with help from the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The Red Dragon, a variant of the SpaceX Dragon 2 spacecraft, will make the unmanned journey. The Falcon Heavy 9 space launch vehicle will send it on its way. The mission will gain data for NASA as part of its agreement with SpaceX.
HP Chromebook 13 Wins High Praise - for a Chromebook - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969
HP and Google last week unveiled the HP Chromebook 13. Designed with input from customers on what they want in a next-generation Chromebook, the device is about 13 mm thick, weighs 2.8 pounds, has a brushed anodized aluminum chassis, and is the first Chromebook to use Intel's sixth-generation Core M processors. It has a USB C port, and HP offers a USB-C docking station as an option at $145.
Fedora-Based Sugar on a Stick Is One Sweet Desktop - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969
The Fedora 23 Sugar on a Stick desktop offering is an unusually flexible computing desktop for children of all ages, school admins and organizations looking for the best bang for absolutely no bucks on existing computer hardware. The Sugar environment is both a desktop and a collection of activities or apps that involve user engagement. Activities automatically save results to a journal.
Under the Shadow of Steve Jobs: Why Trump May Be Unbeatable - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969
One of the frustrating things for me during Steve Jobs' time was that most of the folks who watched Apple go from nearly dead to the most valuable company in the world didn't seem to see anything really unusual. It was more like they were watching a great tennis player and seemingly concluding, "damn, what luck!" However, it requires a particular set of skills to do what Jobs did.
Microsoft Curbs Cortana in Windows 10 - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969
Microsoft has decided to restrict its Cortana digital assistant to operating with the Edge browser and Bing search engine in Windows 10. "As Windows 10 has grown in adoption and usage, we have seen some software programs circumvent [its] design and redirect you to search providers that were not designed to work with Cortana," said Ryan Gavin, Microsoft's general manager of search and Cortana.
Apple Drops CareKit on GitHub - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969
Apple on Thursday made its CareKit platform available through the GitHub open source community. CareKit joins two other Apple frameworks for developing healthcare apps -- HealthKit and ResearchKit. It was designed to enable developers to create apps that give users a more active role in managing their health. Apps developed through CareKit will let people track symptoms and medications.
TiVo's New Roamio for Cord Cutters Cuts the Subscription Fee - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969
TiVo on Wednesday announced a new version of its Roamio OTA digital video recorder aimed at the growing market of cable cord cutters, with a box that includes a hefty 1 TB of storage space and no monthly subscription fee. The DVR can record up to 150 hours of high-definition programming and up to four television shows at the same time, the company said.
Codenvy, Samsung Team to Power IoT Development - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969
Codenvy on Wednesday announced the beta release of the Samsung ARTIK IDE powered by Eclipse Che. The release of the professional toolset is part of Samsung's partnership with Codenvy to make it easier to build, deploy and manage applications for the Internet of Things, Codenvy said. The ARTIK IDE is the first open source cloud IDE platform dedicated to IoT application development.
Getty Images Takes Google Grievances to EU - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969
Getty Images on Wednesday filed a competition law complaint against Google with the European Commission. The company last year filed an "interested third party" submission in support of the EC's investigation into Google's anticompetitive business practices. Getty's complaint, in essence, is that Google Images facilitates piracy of high-res copyrighted content.
BlockIQ Escalates War on Ad Blockers - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969
As consumers turn to ad blockers to avoid advertising on their mobile and computer screens, marketers and content providers who depend on pitches to pay the bills are searching frantically for ways to counter the pesky programs. BlockIQ offers them one. BlockIQ, owned by AdSupply, which recently merged with Adaptive Medias, has launched BlockBypass.
Alexa Takes Up Residence in a Really Smart Fridge Magnet - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969
Invoxia on Thursday announced that Amazon's Alexa Voice Service has been integrated with its Triby digital assistants. The voice-activated unit is the first non-Amazon product to be Alexa-enabled. Triby, which has a magnetic frame, features a built-in speaker and microphone that can be used to listen to Internet radio or as a hands-free speakerphone, but its main function is to act as a digital assistant.
Gadget Ogling: Electric Nightmares, Cold Coffee, and a Smart Clothespin - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969
I'm quite possibly the worst person in the world at waking up, without exaggeration. As a boy, I slept through a gas explosion that destroyed a home around 100 yards from my bedroom. All too often, I rely on my partner to shake me out of my slumber, as my own alarm clock rarely does the trick. I need something a little more forceful. The Shock Clock may be just up my alley.
Pentagon to Open New Cyberfront in War Against ISIS - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969
The Obama administration reportedly has authorized a new online campaign in its slow, grinding war against ISIS. The Pentagon's Cyber Command will target ISIS in a way that essentially will get inside the heads of terrorist commanders to disrupt their military operations. The plan amounts to dropping cyberbombs on the enemy, said Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert O. Work.
Tech, Auto Honchos Join Forces to Push Self-Driving Cars - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969
Some major players in both the new and old economies on Tuesday announced an alliance to pave the way for self-driving cars in America. Ford, Google, Lyft, Uber and Volvo raised the curtain on their Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets, which will work with lawmakers, regulators and the public to raise awareness of the safety and societal benefits of self-driving vehicles.
New Attack Technique Hides Spread of RATs in Asia - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969
SentinelOne last week announced that it has detected a technique being used in Asia to infect systems with remote access Trojans that ensures that the payload remains in memory throughout its execution and doesn't touch the victim's computer disk in an unencrypted state. Attackers remain hidden from antivirus and next-generation technologies that focus only on file-based threats.
White Hat Finds Security Threats on Facebook's Corporate Net - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969
A white hat hacker last week announced the discovery of more than a half-dozen security flaws in some software Facebook used on its corporate network. While performing penetration testing third-party software in a network appliance Facebook used, Orange Tsai discovered seven vulnerabilities that attackers could use to compromise a system, as well as a backdoor script left by someone else.
Bodhi Linux 3.2 Promises Clearer Path to Enlightenment - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969
Bodhi Linux 3.2.0 is an update to the Bodhi Linux 3.x series and features key kernel and desktop improvements. It is a different kind of Linux distro. Its developers refer to it as the "Enlightened Desktop," because it draws its energy from the Enlightenment desktop. Enlightenment started as a project to build a window manager for X11 in 1996. It grew into a desktop environment in its own right.
Chromebooks May Get Avalanche of Android Apps - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969
Google appears to be on the verge of executing a long-speculated plan to integrate Google Play's vast collection of more than a million Android apps into the Chrome operating system. A series of screen shots recently posted on Reddit show Chrome OS users able to access the Google Play store on a Chromebook. Users were able to find extensive references to ARC, or App Runtime for Chrome, embedded in the source code.
Taking DIY to the Next Level - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969
While hobbyists, inventors and innovators have been experimenting and producing a variety of do-it-yourself projects, their world is expected to undergo a hard shift as DIY moves to the next level. 3D printing is the cornerstone of the coming shift, and its effect on our daily lives will be multiplied by several converging forces: the collaborative economy, the jobless economy and personalization.
OpenSSL Releases Security Advisory - Posted on Tuesday May 03, 2016
Original release date: May 03, 2016
OpenSSL has released security updates addressing vulnerabilities in previous versions. Exploitation of one of these vulnerabilities could allow an attacker to obtain sensitive information. Updates available include:
OpenSSL 1.0.2h for 1.0.2 users
OpenSSL 1.0.1t for 1.0.1 users
US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review OpenSSL Security Advisory page and apply the necessary updates.
FBI Releases Article on Ransomware - Posted on Friday April 29, 2016
Original release date: April 29, 2016
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has released an article addressing the proliferation of ransomware campaigns. Ransomware is a type of malicious software that infects a computer and restricts users' access to it until a ransom is paid to unlock it. Individuals and organizations are discouraged from paying the ransom, as this does not guarantee access will be restored.
Google Releases Security Update for Chrome - Posted on Thursday April 28, 2016
Original release date: April 28, 2016
Google has released Chrome version 50.0.2661.94 to address multiple vulnerabilities for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Exploitation of some of these vulnerabilities may allow a remote attacker to take control of an affected system.
US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review the Chrome Releases page and apply the necessary update.
Mozilla Releases Security Updates - Posted on Tuesday April 26, 2016
Original release date: April 26, 2016
Mozilla has released security updates to address multiple vulnerabilities in Firefox and Firefox ESR. Exploitation of some of these vulnerabilities may allow a remote attacker to take control of an affected system.
Available updates include:
- Firefox 46
- FireFox ESR 38.8
- FireFox ESR 45.1
FTC Releases Alert on Earthquake Disaster Email Scams - Posted on Wednesday April 20, 2016
Original release date: April 20, 2016
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has released an alert on email scams that cite the recent earthquakes in Ecuador and Japan. The scam emails may contain links or attachments that direct users to phishing or malware-infected websites. Donation requests from fraudulent charitable organizations commonly appear after major natural disasters.
US-CERT encourages users to take the following measures to protect themselves:
- Review the FTC alert and their information on Charity Scams.
- Do not follow unsolicited web links or attachments in email messages.
- Keep antivirus and other computer software up-to-date.
- Check this Better Business Bureau (BBB) list for Ecuador Earthquake Relief before making any donations to this cause.
- Verify the legitimacy of any email solicitation by contacting the organization directly through a trusted contact number. You can find trusted contact information for many charities on the BBB’s National Charity Report Index.
- Refer to Security Tip ST04-014 – Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks – for more information on social engineering attacks.
Cisco Releases Security Updates - Posted on Wednesday April 20, 2016
Original release date: April 20, 2016
Cisco has released security updates to address vulnerabilities in multiple products. Exploitation of these vulnerabilities could allow a remote attacker to cause a denial-of-service condition on an affected system.
US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review the following Cisco Security Advisories and apply the necessary updates:
- Cisco Wireless LAN Controller Management Interface Denial of Service Vulnerability
- Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance Software DHCPv6 Relay Denial of Service Vulnerability
- Cisco Wireless LAN Controller Denial of Service Vulnerability
- Cisco Wireless LAN Controller HTTP Parsing Denial of Service Vulnerability
- Multiple Cisco Products libSRTP Denial of Service Vulnerability
Oracle Releases Security Bulletin - Posted on Tuesday April 19, 2016
Original release date: April 19, 2016
Oracle has released its Critical Patch Update for April 2016 to address 136 vulnerabilities across multiple products. 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 the Oracle April 2016 Critical Patch Update and apply the necessary updates.
Symantec Releases Security Updates - Posted on Tuesday April 19, 2016
Original release date: April 19, 2016
Symantec has released security updates to address vulnerabilities in its Messaging Gateway (SMG) Appliance software. 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 Symantec Security Advisory and apply the necessary updates.
VMWare Releases Security Updates - Posted on Thursday April 14, 2016
Original release date: April 14, 2016
VMware has released security updates to address a vulnerability in vCenter Server, vCloud Director, vRealize Automation Identity Appliance, and the Client Integration Plugin. Exploitation of this vulnerability may allow a remote attacker to obtain sensitive information.
Users and administrators are encouraged to review VMware Security Advisory VMSA-2016-0004 and apply the necessary updates.
IRS Warns Taxpayers About Scams as Tax Deadline Approaches - Posted on Wednesday April 13, 2016
Original release date: April 13, 2016
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued a press release to warn of a potential increase in scams targeting taxpayers around the April 18 tax deadline. Before and after the deadline, scammers may tempt or pressure taxpayers into revealing personal information. US-CERT and IRS recommend taxpayers prepare for heightened risk this tax season and remain vigilant year-round.