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India Trades Free Basics for Internet Freedom - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

India's Telecom Regulatory Authority on Monday ruled in favor of Net neutrality, effectively banning Facebook's Free Basics Internet access app. "This is a very important decision for the future of the Internet in India," said Barbara van Schewick, director of Stanford Law School's Center for Internet and Society, whose paper the TRA cited in its ruling.

Rosa Is a Real Powerhouse - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

The Rosa Desktop Fresh R series optimizes desktop usage and targets advanced users and enthusiasts looking for rich functionality. Add to that mix the default KDE flavoring and you have a compelling Linux distro. The typical Rosa user already is familiar with basic Linux offerings and wants a product with customization and personalization possibilities. That is what Rosa Desktop delivers.

Hacker Posts Stolen Data on FBI, Homeland Security Employees Online - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

The U.S. departments of Justice and Homeland Security on Monday announced they were investigating reports that a hacker broke into government computer systems and stole sensitive information about employees at the agencies. The hacker posted stolen information for about 9,000 DHS employees online Sunday and made public data on 20,000 FBI employees Monday.

Twitter Clobbered Over Timeline Algorithm Plans - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Twitter plans to introduce an algorithmic timeline, possibly this week, according to a report last week. The algorithm would organize tweets based on relevancy. Twitter users criticized the idea using the hashtag #RIPTwitter, prompting CEO Jack Dorsey to respond: "Regarding #RIPTwitter: I want you all to know we're always listening. We never planned to reorder timelines next week."

New Safe Harbor Pact Offers Temporary Port in Storm - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Through an eleventh-hour maneuver, the United States and the European Union last week avoided action that could have choked the movement of data between the regions and caused financial harm to U.S. companies. It may be only a temporary respite, however. The problem stems from a European Court of Justice decision in October that blew up an agreement between the regions.

Old-Timey Mischief on Display at the Malware Museum - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

The Internet Archive on Friday cut the ribbon on its online Malware Museum, an online compendium of malware programs computer users in the 1980s and 1990s sometimes encountered. Everything old is new again, apparently. The museum presents examples of the viruses, complete with the messages or animations they would have shown when infecting a computer.

Keybase Releases Encrypted File-Sharing iPhone App - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Keybase last week announced the alpha release of the Keybase app for the iPhone with a cryptographically secure file mount. Users can write data in an automatically created folder in this format: /keybase/public/username. Files written in the folder are signed automatically and appear as plain text files. The folder prevents server-side and man-in-the-middle attacks, Keybase said.

Smart Email and the Path to Digital Immortality - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

I attended IBM Connect last week, where I checked out one of the most interesting new products you've likely never heard of -- IBM Verse. While there was a lot of discussion about how it better integrated social networking, what really intrigued me was the idea of putting cognitive computing inside an email client. "Cognitive computing" is the new way of saying "artificial intelligence."

Vaio's Phone Biz to Test Windows 10's Reception in Asia - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Vaio on Wednesday announced Phone Biz, a Windows 10 mobile phone. The device doesn't have a SIM, leaving users free to select their own carriers. The Phone Biz lets users easily access corporate apps, Microsoft SharePoint and Microsoft Exchange, as well as the Azure cloud, according to Vaio. The OS is synced with the latest version of Windows 10.

Google to Put Self-Driving Cars Through Rainy-Day Paces - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Google on Wednesday announced that it has chosen Kirkland, Washington, as the next location to test its self-driving cars. It picked Kirkland as the third test city to give the cars more experience driving in new environments, traffic patterns and road conditions. Google has conducted testing mainly at or near its campus in Mountain View, California. Last year it expanded to Austin, Texas.

Apple Pencils In March 15 for 4-Inch iPhone Launch - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Apple is planning an event to unveil a refresh of its iPhone 5s and its Apple Watch, as well as to introduce a new version of its iPad Air, according to a Tuesday report. However, the event date could change, or the company could opt for an online announcement. The 4-inch Phone 5se reportedly will look similar to the 5s and sell at the same price point: $450.

Rugged Turing Phone to Run on Sailfish OS, Not Android - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Turing Robotic Industries this week announced that it has uninstalled Google's Android mobile platform in favor of Jolla's Sailfish OS in its yet-to-appear secure smartphone. The Turing Phone, molded from a single unit of the Liquidmorphium liquid-metal alloy, is designed to be more durable to absorb shocks and prevent screen breakage. Preorder pricing starts at $610.

Fitbit's Alta Is Dressed to Kill - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Fitbit has unveiled a new fitness tracker that highlights muted colors and fashion-forward design elements. The Alta, priced at $129, has a brushed, stainless steel body that supports interchangeable bands, so that it doesn't stand out for the wrong reasons. Consumers can select bands from the Classic line, available in plum, teal, black and blue for $30 each.

MIT Team Runs Victory Lap in 1st Hyperloop Competition - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

A team from MIT won the best overall design award in the first round of the Hyperloop pod design contest, held last weekend at Texas A&M University. About 120 teams participated in the event. The MIT entry focused on speed, braking, stability and levitation. Powerful magnets placed over a conducting plate -- the aluminum SpaceX track -- will accomplish levitation in an actual pod.

T-Mobile Wins OpenSignal Speed Tests - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

T-Mobile's 700-MHz rollout has given its mobile users some of the fastest data speeds in the U.S. market, according to a report OpenSignal released Tuesday. OpenSignal crowdsources data on carrier signal quality from users who have its consumer mobile application installed. T-Mobile has the fastest 4G LTE download speeds in the country, overtaking Verizon by a slight edge.

Europe, US Cut 11th Hour Safe Harbor Deal - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Europe and the United States on Tuesday announced a new Safe Harbor agreement that neutralizes the threat of enforcement actions against domestic companies handling overseas data. The EU-US Privacy Shield aims to protect the privacy of data belonging to European citizens when it's handled by U.S. companies. It "will protect the fundamental rights of Europeans," said EU Commissioner Vera Jourová.

Harvard Researchers Debunk Warnings of Terrorists 'Going Dark' - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University on Monday released a report that questions the so-called "going dark" phenomenon. The U.S. government and surveillance and law enforcement agencies have been calling for an end to encryption because they say it lets terrorists communicate with impunity and is responsible for the inability of law enforcement to monitor communications.

Gadget Ogling: Babe-Friendly Smartwatches, Pretty Routers, and Automated Aromas - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

If I were a parent, I assume I would have a strong opposition to giving a smartphone to an under-14 child of mine. Don't get me wrong. I would, I surmise, be all in favor of my offspring being able to tap into the Internet to explore, learn, and communicate. I'd also want my kid to be reachable at all times -- but, ideally, in a more-controlled way than by carrying a typical smartphone.

Microsoft's Project Natick: Data Centers Better Down Where It's Wetter? - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Microsoft on Monday unveiled Project Natick, a research initiative aimed at developing underwater data centers that could be built near coastal cities. The project is still in its infancy, but Microsoft built one test facility last year. It was deployed 30 feet underwater off the California coast in August and was tested through December, when it was returned to the Microsoft campus.

Zenwalk 8 Beta Led Me Down a Rocky Road - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Zenwalk is a Linux distro that seems to be in a state of flux. I took a gamble with the Zenwalk 8.0 beta edition, released last month, after several colleagues raved about its improvements. Chalk that up to potentially bad advice. It's not that Zenwalk is a bad distro. It is an uncooperative and strange experience. A lot can be said about not having to struggle with a problematic OS version.

Security Alerts


Microsoft Releases February 2016 Security Bulletin - Posted on Tuesday February 09, 2016

Original release date: February 09, 2016

Microsoft has released 13 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 MS16-009 through MS16-022 and apply the necessary updates.


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


Google Releases Security Update for Chrome - Posted on Tuesday February 09, 2016

Original release date: February 09, 2016

Google has released Chrome version 48.0.2564.109 to address multiple vulnerabilities for Windows, Mac, and Linux. 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 the Chrome Releases page and apply the necessary update.


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


Adobe Releases Security Updates - Posted on Tuesday February 09, 2016

Original release date: February 09, 2016

Adobe has released security updates to address vulnerabilities in Connect, Experience Manager, Flash Player, and Photoshop CC and Bridge CC. 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 Adobe Security Bulletins APSB16-07, APSB16-05, APSB16-04 APSB16-03, and apply the necessary updates.


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


Oracle Releases Security Updates for Java - Posted on Monday February 08, 2016

Original release date: February 08, 2016

Oracle has released security updates to address a vulnerability in Java SE versions 6, 7, and 8 for Windows. Exploitation of this vulnerability may allow a remote attacker to take control of an affected system.

Users and administrators are encouraged to review the Oracle security alert and apply the necessary update.


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


Comodo Chromodo Browsers Vulnerable to Cross-Domain Attacks - Posted on Thursday February 04, 2016

Original release date: February 04, 2016

Some Comodo Chromodo browser versions (45.8.12.392, 45.8.12.391, and possibly earlier) are vulnerable to cross-domain attacks. When a user of a vulnerable Chromodo browser visits a specially crafted web page, an attacker may obtain access to web content from another domain.

US-CERT recommends users and administrators review Vulnerability Note VU#305096 for additional information and mitigation details.


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WordPress Releases Security Update - Posted on Tuesday February 02, 2016

Original release date: February 02, 2016

WordPress 4.4.1 and prior versions contain two security vulnerabilities. Exploitation of one of these vulnerabilities could allow a remote attacker to obtain sensitive information.

Users and administrators are encouraged to review the WordPress Security and Maintenance Release and upgrade to WordPress 4.4.2.


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FTC Announces Enhancements to IdentityTheft.gov - Posted on Friday January 29, 2016

Original release date: January 29, 2016

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has upgraded its IdentityTheft.gov site to provide improved help to victims of identity theft. Enhancements include more personalized response plans for consumers, automatic generation of documents to aid in recovery, and better integration of the site with the FTC's consumer complaint system. Resources are also available for those who want to avoid becoming victims of identity theft.

Consumers are encouraged to visit FTC's IdentityTheft.gov site and review US-CERT's tip on Preventing and Responding to Identity Theft for more information.


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OpenSSL Releases Security Advisory - Posted on Thursday January 28, 2016

Original release date: January 28, 2016

OpenSSL versions 1.0.2f and 1.0.1r have been released to address vulnerabilities in prior versions. Exploitation of these vulnerabilities may allow a remote attacker to obtain sensitive information.

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review the OpenSSL Security Advisory and apply the necessary update. For more information, please see Vulnerability Note VU#257823.


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


Cisco Releases Security Update - Posted on Wednesday January 27, 2016

Original release date: January 27, 2016

Cisco has released a security update to address a vulnerability in the web-based management interface of Cisco RV220W Wireless Network Security Firewall devices. Exploitation of this vulnerability could allow a remote attacker to take control of an affected device.

Users and administrators are encouraged to review the Cisco Security Advisory and US-CERT's tip on Securing Your Home Network and apply the necessary update.


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Mozilla Releases Security Updates - Posted on Tuesday January 26, 2016

Original release date: January 26, 2016

Mozilla has released security updates to address multiple vulnerabilities in Firefox. Exploitation of one of these vulnerabilities may allow a remote attacker to take control of an affected system.

Available updates include:

  • Firefox 44
  • Firefox ESR 38.6

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


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


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