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Technology NewsUpdated Saturday, August 19th, 2017. Powered by


Code chunk in Kronos malware used long before MalwareTech published it:

Marcus Hutchins, the researcher who stopped WCry, complained his code was lifted.

Wisconsin lawmakers vote to pay Foxconn $3 billion to get new factory:

State taxpayers could end up paying Foxconn $500,000 per job, or more.

Trump’s DOJ not trying to stop AT&T/Time Warner merger:

AT&T and DOJ "discussing merger conditions" that would let deal go forward.

Secret chips in replacement parts can completely hijack your phone’s security:

Booby-trapped touchscreens can log passwords, install malicious apps, and more.

Scorching heat, rolling blackouts: The West is changing how it does summer:

The electricity industry at large can take pointers from a region working its grid hard.

OkCupid bans white supremacist “for life,” asks daters to report others:

A white supremacist featured in a Charlottesville documentary can’t use OKC anymore.

How the tech sector can legally justify breaking ties to extremists:

Generally speaking, private enterprise may refuse service on ideological grounds.

FCC’s claim that it was hit by DDoS should be investigated, lawmakers say:

FCC hasn't shown proof that it was attacked, Democrats say in call for probe.

Cox starts charging $50 extra per month for unlimited data:

Or you can get another 500GB for an extra $30 every month.

Lawsuit revived over Apple retail workers’ pay during security checks:

Dispute has widespread ramifications about pay for time spent in security checks.

FCC giving special help to right-wing TV news company, Democrats allege:

Pai is helping Sinclair expand its reach into TV-owning homes, lawmakers say.

Bank-fraud malware not detected by any AV hosted in Chrome Web Store. Twice:

Extension that surreptitiously steals bank passwords uploaded twice in 17 days.

GOP lawmakers shamed on billboards for trying to repeal net neutrality rules:

Republicans want a "slower, censored, and more expensive Internet," group says.

Apple going all-in on original programming, to the tune of $1 billion a year:

Apple could "procure and produce" as many as 10 new shows next year.

At ITC hearing, two US solar manufacturers ask for tariffs on imported cells:

Solar industry isn’t with the manufacturers, says tariffs will kill US jobs.

Powerful backdoor found in software used by >100 banks and energy cos.:

Advanced ShadowPad malware lurked in digitally signed products sold by NetSarang.

Amazon’s Instant Pickup has your items ready in just minutes:

For those last-minute, everyday items that you'd typically buy at a convenience store.

Update gone wrong leaves 500 smart locks inoperable:

Fatal error leaves customers scrambling for fixes that can take a week or longer.

South Australia okays giant solar thermal plant from SolarReserve:

The 150MW plant will be completed by 2020, SA government says.

Researcher who neutralized WCry pleads not guilty to writing banking malware:

Marcus Hutchins is accused of creating software that became the malware Kronos.

Security AlertsUpdated Saturday, August 19th, 2017. Powered by


Drupal Releases Security Updates:

Original release date: August 16, 2017

Drupal has released an advisory to address several vulnerabilities in Drupal 8.x. A remote attacker could exploit one of these vulnerabilities to obtain or modify sensitive information.

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review Drupal's Security Advisory and upgrade to version 8.3.7.


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Cisco Releases Security Updates:

Original release date: August 16, 2017

Cisco has released updates to address vulnerabilities affecting multiple products. A remote attacker could exploit one of these vulnerabilities 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:

  • Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller SSH Privilege Escalation Vulnerability cisco-sa-20170816-apic1
  • Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller Custom Binary Privilege Escalation Vulnerability cisco-sa-20170816-apic2
  • Cisco Virtual Network Function Element Manager Arbitrary Command Execution Vulnerability cisco-sa-20170816-em

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Symantec Releases Security Update:

Original release date: August 11, 2017

Symantec has released an update to address vulnerabilities in the Symantec Messaging Gateway. Exploitation of one of these vulnerabilities may allow a remote attacker to take control of an affected system.

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review the Symantec Security Advisory and apply the necessary update.


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


Juniper Networks Releases Junos OS Security Advisory:

Original release date: August 09, 2017 | Last revised: August 10, 2017

Juniper Networks has released a security advisory that addresses a vulnerability in Junos OS. A remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability to cause a denial-of-service condition.

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review the Juniper Security Advisory and apply necessary updates.


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


FTC Releases Alert on Government Grant Scams:

Original release date: August 08, 2017

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has released an alert on government grant scams. In these schemes, scammers pose as government officials to get consumers to send them money. Anytime someone asks you to pay money to get money, stop and think twice.

US-CERT encourages consumers to refer to the FTC Alert and the US-CERT Tip on Real-World Warnings Keep You Safe Online for more information.


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Microsoft Releases August 2017 Security Updates:

Original release date: August 08, 2017

Microsoft has released updates to address vulnerabilities in Microsoft software. A remote attacker could exploit some of these vulnerabilities to take control of a system.

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review Microsoft's August 2017 Security Update Summary and Deployment Information and apply the necessary updates.


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Mozilla Releases Security Updates:

Original release date: August 08, 2017

Mozilla has released security updates to address multiple vulnerabilities in Firefox and Firefox ESR. 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 Advisories for Firefox 55 and Firefox ESR 52.3 and apply the necessary updates.


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Adobe Releases Security Updates:

Original release date: August 08, 2017

Adobe has released security updates to address vulnerabilities in Adobe Flash Player, Acrobat, Reader, Experience Manager, and Digital Editions. 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 Adobe Security Bulletins APSB17-23, APSB17-24, APSB17-26, and APSB17-27 and apply the necessary updates.


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IRS Warns Tax Professionals of New Scam to Steal Passwords:

Original release date: August 07, 2017

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS), acting in concert with state tax agencies and the tax industry, has issued an IRS Security Summit Alert for tax professionals to beware of a new phishing email scam. Scam operators often use fraudulent e-mails to entice their targets to reveal login credentials.

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review the IRS Alert and US-CERT Security Tip ST04-014.


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Google Releases Security Updates for Chrome OS:

Original release date: August 03, 2017

Google has released Chrome OS version 60.0.3112.80 for Chrome devices to address multiple vulnerabilities. Exploitation of one these vulnerabilities could allow a remote attacker to take control of an affected system.

Users and administrators are encouraged to review the Google Chrome blog entry and apply the necessary update.


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


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