Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Apple is forcing the ads industry to change

Advertising has become too personal.Modern systems learn too much about your personal life, tastes and aspirations, and while this is manna from heaven for advertisers, it’s an invasion of privacy for the many. And Apple is changing the equation.Intelligent...

Apple is forcing the ad industry to change

Advertising has become too personal.Modern systems learn too much about your personal life, tastes and aspirations, and while this is manna from heaven for advertisers, it’s an invasion of privacy for many. And Apple is changing the equation.Intelligent Tracking...

Patch Tuesday brings a reprise of the Autopilot debacle, now quashed, and another Win7 nag

Patch Tuesday in December rarely brings anything worthwhile — everybody’s on vacation, or wants to be on vacation — and this month’s no exception. We got patches for 36 separately identified security holes and two new advisories, full of sound and...

Blockchain/IoT integration accelerates, hits a ‘sweet spot’ for the two technologies

Three-quarters of companies implementing IoT have already adopted blockchain or plan to use it by the end of 2020, an indicator of the growing connection between the two, according to a survey of 500 U.S. companies by Gartner.While the...

How to secure your domain name services

Follow these steps to protect your websites at the server and workstation.

Android security checkup: 16 steps to a safer phone

Android security is always a hot topic on these here Nets of Inter — and almost always for the wrong reason.As we've discussed ad nauseam over the years, most of the missives you read about this-or-that super-scary malware/virus/brain-eating-boogie-monster are...

Microsoft to end updates to Windows 7’s free AV software, Security Essentials

Microsoft will not provide new malware signatures for its home-grown Security Essentials software after it retires Windows 7 in five weeks."No, your Windows 7 computer is not protected by MSE ((Microsoft Security Essentials)) after January 14, 2020," the company...

All about the latest iPhone location privacy scare

That story going round that claims iPhone 11 devices are secretly harvesting your location information even though you’ve told them not to do so? You don’t need to worry about it, and here’s why:What’s the story?   The tale begins...

All’s clear to install Microsoft’s November patches

The November passel of patches didn’t include anything earth-shattering; there were no emergency security breaches storming the gates, but good patching hygiene dictates that you get your machine braced for the next round.If you install patches manually one by...

Throwback Thursday: Bank error in your favor, collect $100,000

It’s the late 1980s, and this pilot fish is working as a teller at small suburban bank with a few branches.“Automation is catching on, but slowly,” says fish. “We have terminals to process deposits, withdrawals and money orders —...

Microsoft Patch Alert: November patches behave themselves – with a few exceptions

What a relief. The only major patching problem for November came from Office, not Windows. We had a handful of completely inscrutable patches – including two .NET non-security previews that apparently did nothing – but that’s the worst of...

How blockchain will kill fake news (and four other predictions for 2020)

As blockchain's hype cycle continues to befuddle many about its potential beyond  cryptocurrencies, businesses and governments are moving ahead with projects involving everything from digital identities to voting and supply chain tracking.Blockchain has slipped into the "Trough of Disillusionment" (see Gartner Hype...

7 mobile security threats that may catch you by surprise

Even if you're usually savvy about cybersecurity, anyone can have a vulnerable moment (in our writer's case it was his mother's funeral).

Apple confirms HomeKit-secured CCTV and router systems

Apple has at last confirmed which routers and smart home security systems will support the HomeKit Secure Video and HomeKit-enabled routers systems it introduced in iOS 13.Safe as houses? HomeKit Secure Video and HomeKit-enabled routers patch two of the bigger...

Android security: Analysis, advice, and next-level knowledge

It's tough to talk about Android security without venturing into sensational terrain.A large part of that is due to the simple fact that the forces driving most Android security coverage are companies that make their money by selling Android...
SC Magazine

Pensacola confirms ransomware attack

Pensacola officials confirmed that an ongoing cyberattack that began early Saturday morning is a ransomware attack. While the city did not release any additional details, the Pensacola News Journal said city spokeswoman Kaycee Lagarde confirmed the attack included a ransom, something that...

Trickbot Operators Now Selling Attack Tools to APT Actors

North Korea's Lazarus Group - of Sony breach and WannaCry fame - is among the first customers.
Brian Krebs

The Great $50M African IP Address Heist

A top executive at the nonprofit entity responsible for doling out chunks of Internet addresses to businesses and other organizations in Africa has resigned his post following accusations that he secretly operated several companies which sold tens of millions...

Intel Issues Fix for ‘Plundervolt’ SGX Flaw

Researchers were able to extract AES encryption key using SGX's voltage-tuning function.

How to stop spam calls right now

Spam calls drive us all crazy. Here are four ways to stop robocalls and other unsolicited phone calls.