Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Computerworld

Microsoft sets post-retirement patching record with Windows XP fix – 5 years after support ended

Microsoft on Wednesday resurrected Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 long enough to push patches to the long-dead products. It was the first time since 2017 that Microsoft deemed the situation serious enough to warrant a security fix for...
Computerworld

Do Apple devices need anti-virus software?

Apple’s devices are far better defended against malware and viruses than other platforms, but does this mean they don’t need anti-virus software?No, yes and maybe I’ve lost track of the number of times Mac users have told me Macs don’t...
Computerworld

WhatsApp attacked by spyware | TECH(feed)

WhatsApp’s recent spyware hack took advantage of a security vulnerability and allowed attackers to access private, digital communication. In this episode of TECH(feed), Juliet walks through the hack, who was affected and how you can secure your devices ASAP.
Computerworld

How to set up a Microsoft Azure backup process

Setting up a backup process in Azure is one way to quickly recover from a ransomware attack.
Computerworld

If you’re running Windows XP, 7 or associated Servers, patch them

As of very early Wednesday morning, I don’t hear any loud screams of pain from the May Patch Tuesday bumper crop of patches. There’s still much we don’t know about the “WannaCry-like” security hole in pre-Win8 versions of Windows...
Computerworld

The iPhone user’s guide to the WhatsApp hack attack

Hackers have used a security bug inside WhatsApp to install spyware through an infected WhatsApp voice call, and Apple users are affected.What you need to do If you are one of the 1.5 billion people who use WhatsApp you should immediately update...
Computerworld

Why Microsoft is building a Bitcoin-based ID verification system

After more than a year in development, Microsoft has chosen Bitcoin as the blockchain platform for a decentralized identification (DID) verification system that will allow users to have secure access to an online persona via an encrypted database hub.The...
Computerworld

Business laptop? $1,000. Sending away the thief? Priceless.

The time is 2001, not long after 9/11, and the place is New York City. Heightened security awareness is the order of the day, and everyone in pilot fish’s office is required to carry an access card that activates the...
Computerworld

No, Google, Apple’s privacy is not a luxury item

Why is privacy a luxury? Possibly because surveillance capitalist firms have subsidized product prices by collecting and trading in the personal data of the people that use their products, enabling them to sell hardware cheap.The consequences of convenience The crux...
Computerworld

The SAP/Apple partnership changes everything

SAP and Apple are working together to help businesses build applications that use Apple’s machine learning and augmented reality technologies.Apple is the enterprise Apple CEO Tim Cook joined SAP CEO Bill McDermott at the latter company’s SAPPHIRE conference to announce...
Computerworld

Mozilla issues fix after it lets cert expire and Firefox add-ons go belly-up

Mozilla over the weekend scrambled to come up with a fix for a bug that crippled most Firefox add-ons.Engineers issued an update for the desktop browser Sunday afternoon that addressed the issue. That update followed a Saturday hotfix released...
Computerworld

Now’s the time to install the April Windows and Office patches

April was a tough month for Win 7, 8.1, Server 2008 R2, 2012 and 2012 R2 customers who ran specific antivirus products. Blue screens, freezes, slow-as-sludge drippings all bedeviled a large number of Sophos, Avira, Avast, AVG and even...
Computerworld

Wayback Wednesday: At least he asked

Malware from the web is slowly becoming a problem where this support pilot fish works.“We have about two tickets a week with users saying they have thousands of viruses and they need to download software,” says fish.“Now, every machine...
Computerworld

Microsoft tells IT admins to nix ‘obsolete’ password reset practice

Microsoft last week recommended that organizations no longer force employees to come up with new passwords every 60 days.The company called the practice - once a cornerstone of enterprise identity management - "ancient and obsolete" as it told IT...
Computerworld

Microsoft Patch Alert: April patches have sharp edges, with several missing, others reappearing

You have to wonder who’s testing this stuff.Admins, in particular, have had a tough month. April brought widespread breakdowns – bluescreens, hangs, very sluggish behavior – to hundreds of thousands of Win7 and 8.1 machines. This wasn’t a “small...
Tripwire

HawkEye Attack Wave Sends Stolen Data to Another Keylogger Provider

A recent attack wave involving HawkEye malware sends data stolen from its victims to another keylogger provider’s website. On 21 May, My Online Security came across a new sample of HawkEye. The actual delivery mechanism itself wasn’t unique compared...

Washington Issues Temporary License to Huawei

Washington Issues Temporary License to Huawei The US government has issued a temporary license to Huawei and its affiliates, allowing American companies to supply the telecoms and handset giant until August. Despite reports emerging over the weekend of various chipmakers...
isBuzz

GDPR: The Best Strategy For International Businesses

The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was created with the aim of homogenising data privacy laws across the EU. GDPR also applies to organisations outside the EU, if they monitor EU data subjects, or offer goods and services...
IBM Security

How Cyber-Secure Are Business Travelers? New Report Says Not Very

I travel frequently for business — to industry conferences such as RSA Conference and Black Hat and meeting with clients. Whenever I travel, I bring my work laptop, my personal cellphone enabled with work email and calendar, and, of...

Haas F1 team leans on service providers as security force multipliers

If today’s cars are smartphones on wheels, then race cars are supercomputers with engines attached. As the fastest racing sport in the world, Formula One cars come laden with over 100 sensors measuring every aspect of a car’s internal...