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Technology NewsUpdated Monday, January 23rd, 2017. Powered by


Fastest magnetic read/write ever is incredibly energy efficient:

Tiny magnets in transparent garnet can be read and written with light.

AT&T raises phone activation fee another $5, now charges $25:

$25 fee for AT&T users who bring own device or buy phone on installment plan.

Trump voters need fast broadband and net neutrality too, Tom Wheeler says:

Wheeler talks to Ars about "Cablewood," competition, regulation on last day at FCC.

Microsoft to have holographic developer kits for cheap VR headsets at GDC:

The company plans to talk about developing holographic apps at an event in February.

Carbon nanotube transistors push up against quantum uncertainty limits:

Five nanometer features, lower voltage, and a faster switching speed.

Great app migration takes enterprise “on-prem” applications to the Cloud:

Taking existing code to the Azure or Google cloud platform isn't hard, but mind the security gaps.

Mozilla ditches the dinosaur, unveils new branding only a nerd could love:

They really did go for "moz://a."

That critical “ImageTragick” bug Ars warned you about? It cost Facebook $40k:

Widely used image-processing app left site vulnerable to code-execution exploits.

More, cheaper, bigger, faster: The defense and cyber strategy of Donald Trump:

Trump wants US cyber and physical military might to be more offensive.

Microsoft-owned Minecraft no longer supported on Microsoft-owned Windows Phone/Mobile:

Microsoft's advice to developers remains "do as we say, not as we do."

Newly discovered Mac malware found in the wild also works well on Linux:

Apple issues MacOS update that automatically protects infected machines.

Backblaze brings its dirt cheap cloud backups to the enterprise:

The service works, but the pricing is decidedly non-enterprise.

Guilty SPARC: Oracle euthanizes Solaris 12, expunging it from roadmap:

"Solaris 11.next" projected to arrive in late 2018, is last version through 2021.

Verizon to redirect calls made from dangerous Galaxy Note 7 phones:

Non-emergency calls from Note 7 will be redirected to Verizon customer service.

High-tech toilets in Japan getting standardized icons:

Perplexing signage will be slightly less perplexing in a bid to help tourists out.

Windows is getting its own built-in book store in the Creators Update:

Microsoft fills a gap in its content ecosystem, though it’s not obvious why.

It’s shockingly easy to hijack a Samsung SmartCam camera:

Web management interface susceptible to command-execution bug.

Microsoft tells corps to remember XP, migrate away from Windows 7 sooner than later:

Three years of security fixes still to come, but OS can't match Windows 10's improvements.

Who’s winning the cyber war? The squirrels, of course:

CyberSquirrel1 project shows fuzzy-tailed intruders cause more damage than "cyber" does.

“We aren’t born woke, something wakes us up“—maybe it’s Twitter, says activist:

In Texas, DeRay Mckesson talks Black Lives Matter, livestreams, and the need for curators.

Security AlertsUpdated Monday, January 23rd, 2017. Powered by


IC3 Warns of Employment Scams Targeting College Students:

Original release date: January 19, 2017

The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has issued an alert on employment scams targeting college students. Phony job opportunities are advertised via college employment websites or students’ university emails. Unfortunately, students who take the bait suffer financial losses.

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review the IC3 Alert for information on avoiding these scams. US-CERT Tip ST04-014 is another useful reference on social engineering and phishing attacks.


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Oracle Releases Security Bulletin :

Original release date: January 18, 2017

Oracle has released its Critical Patch Update for January 2017 to address 270 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 January 2017 Critical Patch Update and apply the necessary updates.


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SMB Security Best Practices:

Original release date: January 16, 2017 | Last revised: January 17, 2017

In response to public reporting of a potential Server Message Block (SMB) vulnerability, US-CERT is providing known best practices related to SMB. This service is universally available for Windows systems, and legacy versions of SMB protocols could allow a remote attacker to obtain sensitive information from affected systems.

US-CERT recommends that users and administrators consider:

  • disabling SMB v1 and
  • blocking all versions of SMB at the network boundary by blocking TCP port 445 with related protocols on UDP ports 137-138 and TCP port 139, for all boundary devices.

US-CERT cautions users and administrators that disabling or blocking SMB may create problems by obstructing access to shared files, data, or devices. The benefits of mitigation should be weighed against potential disruptions to users. For more information on SMB, please review Microsoft Security Advisories 2696547 and 204279.


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ISC Releases Security Updates for BIND:

Original release date: January 11, 2017

The Internet Systems Consortium (ISC) has released updates that address multiple vulnerabilities in BIND. A remote attacker could exploit any of these vulnerabilities to cause a denial-of-service condition.

Available updates include:

  • BIND 9 version 9.9.9-P5
  • BIND 9 version 9.10.4-P5
  • BIND 9 version 9.11.2-P2
  • BIND 9 version 9.9.9-S7

Users and administrators are encouraged to review ISC Knowledge Base Articles AA-01439, AA-01440, AA-01441, and AA-01442 and apply the necessary updates.


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Adobe Releases Security Updates:

Original release date: January 10, 2017

Adobe has released security updates to address vulnerabilities in Adobe Acrobat, Reader, and Flash Player. 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 APSB17-01 and APSB17-02 and apply the necessary updates.


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Microsoft Releases January 2017 Security Bulletin:

Original release date: January 10, 2017

Microsoft has released four updates to address vulnerabilities in Microsoft software. Exploitation of some of these vulnerabilities could allow a remote attacker to take control of an affected system.

Users and administrators are encouraged to review Microsoft Security Bulletins MS17-001 through MS17-004 and apply the necessary updates.


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GRIZZLY STEPPE - Russian Malicious Cyber Activity:

Original release date: December 29, 2016 | Last revised: December 30, 2016

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has released a Joint Analysis Report (JAR) that details Russian malicious cyber activity, designated as GRIZZLY STEPPE. This activity by Russian civilian and military intelligence services (RIS) is part of an ongoing campaign of cyber-enabled operations directed at the U.S. Government and private sector entities.

DHS recommends that network administrators review the Security Publication for more information and implement the recommendations provided.


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Mozilla Releases Security Update:

Original release date: December 28, 2016

Mozilla has released a security update to address multiple vulnerabilities in Thunderbird. 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 Mozilla Security Advisory for Thunderbird and apply the necessary update.
 


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FTC Releases Alert on Fake Apps for Mobile Devices:

Original release date: December 22, 2016

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has released an alert on fraudulent mobile apps designed to exploit consumers. Some fake apps may steal personal information such as credit card numbers. By taking precautions, users can protect themselves and their private data.

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to refer to the FTC Scam Alert and background article on Understanding Mobile Apps. For more information, see the US-CERT Tip on Cybersecurity for Electronic Devices.


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Cisco Releases Security Updates:

Original release date: December 22, 2016

Cisco has released security updates to address a vulnerability in its Cisco CloudCenter Orchestrator. Exploitation of this vulnerability could allow a remote attacker to take control of an affected system.

Users and administrators are encouraged to review the Cisco Security Advisory and apply the necessary updates.


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


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