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


As Windows 10 Creators Update nears completion, new build focuses on fixes:

Lots is fixed, but some strange glitches persist.

Watershed SHA1 collision just broke the WebKit repository, others may follow:

"Please exercise care" with colliding PDFs, researchers advise software developers.

ISIS builds quadcopter “bomber” with DJI drone and badminton supplies:

Downed drone outside Mosul shows off-the-shelf tech creatively used to kill.

Apple deleted server supplier after finding infected firmware in servers [Updated]:

Report: Siri, internal development servers affected by fake firmware patch.

5G specs announced: 20Gbps download, 1ms latency, 1M devices per square km:

Mobile 5G should be finalized in November, then they go and make the actual tech.

Print your own body parts:

For people missing limbs, 3D printing can make new prosthetics—faster, cheaper, and better.

Serious Cloudflare bug exposed a potpourri of secret customer data:

Service used by 5.5 million websites may have leaked passwords and authentication tokens.

Frank Abagnale, world-famous con man, explains why technology won’t stop breaches:

The man who once pretended to be a doctor explains identity theft to the health industry at HIMSS.

T-Mobile wants you to ignore last-place finish in nationwide network test:

Verizon and T-Mobile each claim best network, pointing to different tests.

At death’s door for years, widely used SHA1 function is now dead:

Algorithm underpinning Internet security falls to first-known collision attack.

T-Mobile promises big LTE boost from 5GHz Wi-Fi frequencies:

T-Mobile deploys LTE-U tech that shares unlicensed spectrum with Wi-Fi.

Google Fiber makes expansion plans for $60 wireless gigabit service:

As Google Fiber scales back fiber builds, signs point to wireless expansion.

CPU competition at last: AMD Ryzen brings 8 cores from just $329:

AMD is back in the performance game... finally.

Microsoft confirms second major Windows 10 update coming in 2017:

Details are scant, but a new Project Neon visual refresh is likely.

Hacks all the time. Engineers recently found Yahoo systems remained compromised:

Company knocks $350 million off its purchase price.

Hackers who took control of PC microphones siphon >600 GB from 70 targets:

Critical infrastructure, media, and scientists targeted by suspected nation-state.

Trump’s apparent security faux-pas-palooza triggers call for House investigation:

Rep. Ted Lieu and others ask Chaffetz and Cummings to look into "troubling reports."

Post-merger Charter keeps losing TV customers as it pushes new pricing:

Video losses in former TWC areas offset by Internet subscriber gains.

USB Killer now lets you fry most Lightning and USB-C devices for $55:

Plus a new, stealthy "anonymous" stick, because that's what the world really needed.

New AT&T “unlimited” plan has no mobile hotspot and costs $100 a month:

Tethering requires a limited plan, and video is throttled unless you enable HD.

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


Apple Releases Security Update :

Original release date: February 21, 2017

Apple has released a security update to address a vulnerability in Logic Pro X. Exploitation of this vulnerability may allow an attacker to take control of an affected system.

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review the Apple security page for Logic Pro X and apply the necessary update.


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


OpenSSL Releases Security Update:

Original release date: February 16, 2017

OpenSSL version 1.1.0e has been released to address a vulnerability for users of version 1.1.0. Exploitation of this vulnerability may allow a remote attacker to cause a denial-of-service condition.

Users and administrators are encouraged to review the OpenSSL Security Advisory and apply the necessary update.


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


Cisco Releases Security Update:

Original release date: February 15, 2017

Cisco has released a security update to address a vulnerability in its UCS Director software. Exploitation of this vulnerability could allow an attacker to take control of an affected system.

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


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


FBI Releases Article on Romance Scams:

Original release date: February 14, 2017

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has released an article addressing the rise of Internet romance scams. In this common type of fraud, cyber criminals target victims, gain their confidence, and trick them into sending money.

To stay safer online, review the FBI article on Romance Scams and US-CERT publication ST06-003 on staying safe on social networking sites. Please file a complaint with the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center if you believe you have been the victim of a romance scam.


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


Adobe Releases Security Updates:

Original release date: February 14, 2017

Adobe has released security updates to address vulnerabilities in Adobe Flash Player, Digital Editions, and Campaign. 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 APSB17-04, APSB17-05, and APSB17-06 and apply the necessary updates.


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


Apple Releases Security Update:

Original release date: February 14, 2017

Apple has released a security updates to address a vulnerability in GarageBand. Exploitation of this vulnerability may allow a remote attacker to take control of an affected system.

Users and administrators are encouraged to review the Apple security page for GarageBand and apply the necessary update.


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


Enhanced Analysis of GRIZZLY STEPPE:

Original release date: February 10, 2017

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has released an Analysis Report (AR) related to malicious cyber activity designated as GRIZZLY STEPPE. This AR provides a thorough analysis of the methods threat actors use to infiltrate systems, as well as specific mitigation techniques that may be used to counter this threat.

US-CERT recommends that network administrators review the Analysis Report and the previously-released Joint Analysis Report for additional information and mitigation recommendations.


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


ISC Releases Security Updates for BIND:

Original release date: February 08, 2017 | Last revised: February 09, 2017

The Internet Systems Consortium (ISC) has released updates that address a vulnerability in BIND. Exploitation of this vulnerability may allow a remote attacker to cause a denial-of-service condition.

Available updates include:

  • BIND 9 version 9.9.9-P6
  • BIND 9 version 9.10.4-P6
  • BIND 9 version 9.11.0-P3
  • BIND 9 version 9.9.9-S8

Users and administrators are encouraged to review ISC Knowledge Base Article AA-01453 and apply the necessary updates.


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


Cisco Clock Signal Component Failure Advisory:

Original release date: February 06, 2017

Cisco has released a hardware advisory for a clock signal component used in some of its devices, which include switches and routers. Devices that contain the faulty component could potentially fail after 18 months of use.

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review the Cisco advisory for more information and replacement guidance.


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


CERT/CC Reports a Microsoft SMB Vulnerability:

Original release date: February 03, 2017

CERT Coordination Center (CERT/CC) has released information on a Server Message Block (SMB) vulnerability affecting Microsoft Windows. Exploitation of this vulnerability could allow a remote attacker to cause a denial-of-service condition.

No patches are currently available, but mitigations include blocking outbound SMB connections (TCP ports 139 and 445 and UDP ports 137 and 138) from the local network to the wide-area network. For more information, see VU#867968.


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


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