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Technology NewsUpdated Wednesday, June 28th, 2017. Powered by


Tuesday’s massive ransomware outbreak was, in fact, something much worse:

Payload delivered in mass attack destroys data, with no hope of recovery.

Verizon illegally denied Charter access to utility poles, complaint says:

Charter fined for slow Internet rollout but says Verizon delayed construction.

London police arrest four in Windows support scam bust:

India-based scam callers pose as ISP employees.

30 small ISPs urge Ajit Pai to preserve Title II and net neutrality rules:

Letter: Title II didn't hurt investment, is good for small ISPs and customers.

A touch of Cocoa: Inside the original iPhone SDK:

Back in 2008, Ars took its first look at what Apple provided for iPhone developers.

Microsoft bringing EMET back as a built-in part of Windows 10:

The built-in exploit mitigations are getting stronger and easier to configure.

Ohio Gov. Kasich’s website, dozens of others defaced using year-old exploit:

"High risk" exploit patch was issued in May of 2016.

A new ransomware outbreak similar to WCry is shutting down computers worldwide:

Like earlier ransomware worm, new attacks use potent exploit stolen from the NSA.

Comcast and Charter could invest in Sprint’s network, resell Sprint data:

Sprint is holding "exclusive talks" with the two biggest US cable companies.

Google fined $2.7B by European Commission for abusing search monopoly:

EU also rules that Google must stop demoting competitors in search results.

This Windows Defender bug was so gaping its PoC exploit had to be encrypted:

Is there a fuzzer in the house?

Skylake, Kaby Lake chips have a crash bug with hyperthreading enabled:

A fix is available for Linux systems; Windows users will have to use firmware updates.

Some beers, anger at former employer, and root access add up to a year in prison:

Ex-tech pleads guilty to smart meter network attack; changed a password to "f***you."

Ringless voicemail spam won’t be exempt from anti-robocall rules:

After heavy opposition, robocall company gives up attempt to avoid FCC rules.

32TB of Windows 10 beta builds, driver source code leaked [Updated]:

Dump appears to contain components normally only shared with partners.

BlackBerry’s no-phone business model isn’t working out as planned:

Stock falls 13 percent in one day after bad sales numbers.

Obama reportedly ordered implants to be deployed in key Russian networks:

Covert program draws on the NSA, CIA, and US Cyber Command.

Windows 10 S security brought down by, of course, Word macros:

Analysis: Windows 10 S promises many good things. It currently doesn't deliver.

Espionage suspect totally thought messages to Chinese intel were deleted:

"Mallory expressed surprise at seeing some secure message history."

Low-latency satellite broadband gets approval to serve US residents:

OneWeb's 50Mbps Internet with 30ms latency could hit remotest areas by 2019.

Security AlertsUpdated Wednesday, June 28th, 2017. Powered by


Multiple Petya Ransomware Infections Reported:

Original release date: June 27, 2017

US-CERT has received multiple reports of Petya ransomware infections in many countries around the world. Ransomware is a type of malicious software that infects a computer and restricts users' access to the infected machine until a ransom is paid to unlock it. Individuals and organizations are discouraged from paying the ransom, as this does not guarantee that access will be restored. Using unpatched and unsupported software may increase the risk of proliferation of cybersecurity threats, such as ransomware.

Petya ransomware encrypts the master boot records of infected Windows computers, making affected machines unusable. Open-source reports indicate that the ransomware exploits vulnerabilities in Server Message Block (SMB). US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review the US-CERT article on the Microsoft SMBv1 Vulnerability and the Microsoft Security Bulletin MS17-010. For general advice on how to best protect against ransomware, review US-CERT Alert TA16-091A. Please report any ransomware incidents to the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3).


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NIST Releases New Digital Identity Guidelines:

Original release date: June 26, 2017

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released the Digital Identity Guidelines document suite. The four-volume suite offers technical guidelines for organizations that use digital identity services.

US-CERT encourages information security practitioners in industry, government, and academic organizations to refer to the NIST blog post and SP 800-63 for more information.


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IRS Warns of Summertime Scams:

Original release date: June 26, 2017

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has released an alert warning of various types of scams targeting taxpayers this summer. The alert describes common features of these cyber crimes, including robocalls, demands for immediate payment, and threats to have taxpayers arrested immediately.

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


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FTC Releases Alert on Tech-Support Scams:

Original release date: June 23, 2017

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has released an alert on technical-support scams. In these schemes, deceptive tech-support operations offer to fix problems that don't exist, placing calls or sending pop-ups to make people think their computers are infected with viruses. Users should not give control of their computers to any stranger offering to fix problems.

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to refer to the FTC Alert and the US-CERT Tip on Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks for more information.


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IC3 Issues Internet Crime Report for 2016:

Original release date: June 21, 2017 | Last revised: June 23, 2017

The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has released its 2016 Internet Crime Report, describing the numbers and types of cyber crimes reported to IC3. Business Email Compromise (BEC), ransomware attacks, tech support fraud, and extortion are all common schemes affecting people in the U.S. and around the world.

US-CERT encourages users to review the 2016 Internet Crime Report and the FBI News Story for details and refer to the US-CERT Security Publication on Ransomware for information on defending against this particular threat.


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Drupal Releases Security Updates:

Original release date: June 21, 2017

Drupal has released an advisory to address several vulnerabilities in Drupal versions 7.x and 8.x. A remote attacker could exploit one of these vulnerabilities to take control of an affected system.

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review Drupal's Security Advisory and upgrade to version 7.56 or 8.3.4.


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Cisco Releases Security Updates:

Original release date: June 21, 2017

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

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


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Mozilla Releases Security Update:

Original release date: June 15, 2017

Mozilla has released a security update to address multiple vulnerabilities in Thunderbird. A remote attacker could exploit some of these vulnerabilities to take control of an affected system.

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review the Mozilla Security Advisory for Thunderbird 52.2 and apply the necessary update.


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Google Releases Security Updates for Chrome:

Original release date: June 15, 2017

Google has released Chrome version 59.0.3071.104 for Windows, Mac, and Linux. This version addresses several vulnerabilities, including one that an attacker could exploit to cause a denial-of-service condition.

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


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ISC Releases Security Updates for BIND:

Original release date: June 15, 2017 | Last revised: June 16, 2017

The Internet Systems Consortium (ISC) has released updates that address several vulnerabilities in BIND. An attacker could exploit one of these vulnerabilities to take control of an affected system.

Available updates include:

  • BIND version 9.11.1-P1
  • BIND version 9.10.5-P1
  • BIND version 9.9.10-P1

ISC recommends disabling LMDB (liblmdb) until BIND 9.11.2 is released later this summer. US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review ISC Knowledge Base Articles AA-01495, AA-01496, AA-01497 and apply the necessary updates.


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