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Technology NewsUpdated Sunday, April 30th, 2017. Powered by


NSA ends spying on messages Americans send about foreign surveillance targets:

FISA court narrows what NSA can collect, because NSA can't stop "incidental" collection.

Why is Microsoft trying to turn its Surface business into the next Nokia?:

Microsoft is developing a worrying habit of neglecting its hardware products.

Russian spy ship sunk by sheep barge; sheep (and sailors) unhurt:

Built in 1970, it was converted to an intelligence-collection vessel in 1989.

Google Fiber building in Louisville despite lawsuit from AT&T and Charter:

Google Fiber filing permit to begin construction in Louisville.

Microsoft 3Q17: Cloud, Office, Windows strong, Surface slumps:

Phone revenue is basically wiped out.

Throttling of websites and online services might help customers, FCC says:

The FCC will now take your comments on whether to kill net neutrality.

Russian-controlled telecom hijacks financial services’ Internet traffic:

Visa, MasterCard, and Symantec among dozens affected by "suspicious" BGP mishap.

Punching holes in nomx, the world’s “most secure” communications protocol:

Extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof, and nomx implodes under scrutiny.

Next-generation Xeons to come in “Gold” and “Platinum” versions:

New naming scheme appears to be even less clear than the old one.

China launches second (and first homegrown) aircraft carrier:

While it still requires outfitting, the new ship will be China's first fully combat-ready aircraft carrier.

A vigilante is putting a huge amount of work into infecting IoT devices:

When it comes to features and robustness, Hajime surpasses its blackhat rivals.

Picture this: Senate staffers’ ID cards have photo of smart chip, no security:

Senate employees just use passwords, and their badges sport a picture of an alternative.

An interview with Cory Doctorow on beating death, post-scarcity, and everything:

Ars’ IT editor talks with Walkaway author about how close we are to a tech ending want.

10% of Windows 10 machines upgraded to Creators Update; 60% of phones eligible:

If your phone is in the 40% of Windows devices not supported, you can use Release Preview.

NSA backdoor detected on >55,000 Windows boxes can now be remotely removed:

Microsoft dismisses DoublePulsar infection estimates, but otherwise remains silent.

Study on AT&T’s fiber deployment: 1Gbps for the rich, 768kbps for the poor:

Median incomes $41,000 higher where AT&T builds fiber in California.

Windows Updates getting even more complex, a little more controllable:

With the Creators Update, Microsoft is adding non-security updates into the mix.

Verizon bungles launch of $70 gigabit plan, which costs more than $70:

The real price varies by customer and depends on what you pay Verizon today.

Cory Doctorow’s Walkaway: Hardware hackers face the climate apocalypse:

The future is open source in this optimistic sci-fi disaster epic full of big ideas.

AV provider Webroot melts down as update nukes hundreds of legit files:

False positives affect Windows Preview, Facebook, and more.

Security AlertsUpdated Sunday, April 30th, 2017. Powered by


FTC Releases Announcement on Identity Theft :

Original release date: April 27, 2017

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recommends that consumers who are affected by identity theft file a report at IdentityTheft.gov—a one-stop resource to help you report and recover from identity theft. Information provided there includes checklists, sample letters, and links to other resources.

US-CERT encourages consumers to learn about identity theft by reviewing FTC's blog post and US-CERT's Tip on Preventing and Responding to Identity Theft.


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Adobe Releases Security Updates for ColdFusion:

Original release date: April 26, 2017

Adobe has released security updates to address a vulnerability in ColdFusion. Exploitation of this vulnerability may allow a remote attacker to take control of an affected website.                   

Users and administrators are encouraged to review Adobe Security Bulletin APSB17-14 and apply the necessary updates.


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Pre-Installed Applications Developed with Portrait Displays SDK Contain Critical Vulnerability:

Original release date: April 25, 2017

Applications developed using the Portrait Displays software development kit (SDK), versions 2.30 through 2.34, contain a critical vulnerability. A local attacker could exploit this vulnerability to take control of an affected system.

The affected applications, pre-installed on some Fujitsu, HP, and Philips devices, are:

  • Fujitsu DisplayView Click: Version 6.0 and 6.01. The issue was fixed in Version 6.3.
  • Fujitsu DisplayView Click Suite: Version 5. The issue is addressed by patch in Version 5.9.
  • HP Display Assistant: Version 2.1. The issue was fixed in Version 2.11.
  • HP My Display: Version 2.0. The issue was fixed in Version 2.1.
  • Philips Smart Control Premium: Versions 2.23, 2.25. The issue was fixed in Version 2.26.

US-CERT recommends users and administrators review Vulnerability Note VU#219739 for additional information and refer to their device vendors for appropriate patches. Portrait Displays has released a patch for its SDK software.


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IBM Releases Security Update:

Original release date: April 25, 2017

IBM has released a security update to address a vulnerability in IBM Domino server IMAP EXAMINE. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability to take control of an affected system.

 Available updates include:

  • Domino 9.0.1 Feature Pack 8 Interim Fix 2
  • Domino 8.5.3 Fix Pack 6 Interim Fix 17

Users and administrators are encouraged to review the CERT/CC Vulnerability Note VU#676632 and IBM's Security Bulletin for more information and apply the necessary updates.


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Drupal Releases Security Updates:

Original release date: April 19, 2017

Drupal has released an advisory to address a vulnerability in Drupal core 8.x versions prior to 8.2.8 and 8.3.1. A remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability to obtain sensitive information.

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review Drupal's Security Advisory and upgrade to version 8.2.8 or 8.3.1.


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Cisco Releases Security Updates:

Original release date: April 19, 2017

Cisco has released updates to address several high-impact vulnerabilities affecting multiple products. These and other lower-impact vulnerabilities are listed at Cisco Security Advisories and Alerts. A remote attacker could exploit one of the high-impact vulnerabilities to cause a denial-of-service condition.

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


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Mozilla Releases Security Updates:

Original release date: April 19, 2017

Mozilla has released security updates to address a vulnerability in Firefox and Firefox ESR. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability to take control of an affected system.

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review the Mozilla Security Advisories for Firefox 53, Firefox ESR 45.9, and Firefox ESR 52.1 and apply the necessary updates.


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Google Releases Security Updates for Chrome:

Original release date: April 19, 2017

Google has released Chrome version 58.0.3029.81 for Windows, Mac, and Linux. This version addresses multiple vulnerabilities that an attacker may exploit to take control of an affected system.

Users and administrators are encouraged to review the Chrome Releases page and apply the necessary updates.


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VMware Releases Security Updates:

Original release date: April 18, 2017

VMware has released security updates to address vulnerabilities in Unified Access Gateway, Horizon View, and Workstation. Exploitation 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 Advisory VMSA-2017-0008 and apply the necessary updates.


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Oracle Releases Security Bulletin:

Original release date: April 18, 2017

Oracle has released its Critical Patch Update for April 2017 to address 299 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 2017 Critical Patch Update and apply the necessary updates.


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