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Technology NewsUpdated Friday, December 9th, 2016. Powered by


Disgraced IT worker stole confidential Expedia e-mails even after he left:

Insider-trading scheme netted more than $331,000 in illegal profits.

FCC’s Ajit Pai says net neutrality’s “days are numbered” under Trump:

Pai wants to "fire up the weed whacker" and cut down FCC regulations.

Internet of $@!%: Google API change triggers Epson printer revolt:

Printers caught in reboot loop after API change causes firmware fail.

Windows is coming back to ARM, this time with 32-bit x86 compatibility:

This time around, the plan is for ARM to be just another PC platform.

Verizon FiOS expands again, but Verizon’s future is still wireless:

Verizon brings fiber to more homes, but also plans future wireless home service.

Millions exposed to malvertising that hid attack code in banner pixels:

Manipulated images are almost impossible to detect by the untrained eye.

DOD covered up report that said it could save $125 billion in overhead:

Brass were afraid findings were "unrealistic"—and would lead to bigger budget cuts.

Enterprise has a lot to look forward to with Windows 10 Creators Update:

Windows as a Service isn't just for giving consumers new features; it's for enterprises, too.

Trump tweets rage at cost of new Air Force One: “Cancel order!” [Updated]:

Boeing's contract originally projected to cost $1.65 billion for two planes by 2024.

SaaS to the max: The limits of shifting from on-site to cloud services:

Software as a Service can replace many things, but what are its limits?

Windows 10 “Home Hub” feature will take on Amazon Echo and more:

2017, 2018 Updates will offer shared workspaces and a Cortana serving multiple people.

Troubled Navy ship class design infringed on patent, lawsuit claims:

Meanwhile, Navy's newest destroyer has its own engineering problems.

Millions in US still living life in Internet slow lane:

DSL and satellite drag down US broadband speeds, new FCC data shows.

There’s a new DDoS army, and it could soon rival record-setting Mirai:

For more than a week, someone has waged massive attacks on a daily basis.

FCC says AT&T is violating net neutrality with DirecTV data cap exemption:

Verizon also in trouble with FCC over charging competitors for zero-rating.

At least 10 million Android users imperiled by popular AirDroid app:

For six months, the remote management app has opened users to code-execution attacks.

Microsoft shareholders express fear that the company is abandoning mobile:

Users aggrieved at Microsoft-developed apps coming to Android and iOS first.

Shamoon wiper malware returns with a vengeance:

Displays body of drowned Syrian boy after wiping drive; Saudi government targeted.

Mozilla and Tor release urgent update for Firefox 0-day under active attack:

Critical code-execution flaw resides in Windows, Mac, and Linux. Patch now.

Cablevision owner replacing cable with fiber, pledges 10Gbps speeds:

Altice, 4th largest US cable company, will bring fiber to millions of homes.

Security AlertsUpdated Friday, December 9th, 2016. Powered by


Google Releases Security Updates for Chrome:

Original release date: December 01, 2016

Google has released Chrome version 55.0.2883.75 for Windows, Mac, and Linux. This version addresses multiple vulnerabilities that, if exploited, may allow an attacker to take control of an affected system.

Users and administrators are encouraged to review the Chrome Releases page and apply the necessary updates.


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Mozilla Releases Security Updates:

Original release date: November 30, 2016

Mozilla has released security updates to address a vulnerability in Firefox, Firefox ESR, and Thunderbird. Exploitation of this vulnerability may allow a remote attacker to take control of an affected system.

Available updates include:

  • Firefox 50.0.2
  • Firefox ESR 45.5.1
  • Thunderbird 45.5.1

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review the Mozilla Security Advisory and apply the necessary updates.


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US-CERT Alerts Users to Holiday Phishing Scams and Malware Campaigns:

Original release date: November 30, 2016

US-CERT reminds users to remain vigilant when browsing or shopping online this holiday season. Ecards from unknown senders may contain malicious links. Fake advertisements or shipping notifications may deliver infected attachments. Spoofed email messages and fraudulent posts on social networking sites may request support for phony causes.

To avoid seasonal campaigns that could result in security breaches, identity theft, or financial loss, users are encouraged to take the following actions:

  • Avoid following unsolicited links or downloading attachments from unknown sources.
  • Visit the Federal Trade Commission's Consumer Information page on Charity Scams.

If you believe you are a victim of a holiday phishing scam or malware campaign, consider the following actions:

  • Report the attack to the police and file a report with the Federal Trade Commission.
  • Contact your financial institution immediately and close any accounts that may have been compromised. Watch for any unexplainable charges to your account.
  • Immediately change any passwords you might have revealed and do not use that password in the future. Avoid reusing passwords on multiple sites.

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Mozilla Releases Security Update :

Original release date: November 28, 2016

Mozilla has released a security update to address a vulnerability in Firefox versions 49 and 50. A remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability to take control of an affected system.

Available updates include:

  • Firefox 50.0.1   

Users and administrators are encouraged to review the Mozilla Security Advisory for Firefox and apply the necessary update.


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


Vulnerabilities Identified in Network Time Protocol Daemon (ntpd):

Original release date: November 21, 2016

The Network Time Foundation's NTP Project has released version ntp-4.2.8p9 to address multiple vulnerabilities in ntpd. Exploitation of some of these vulnerabilities may allow a remote attacker to cause a denial-of-service condition.

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review Vulnerability Note VU#633847 and the NTP Security Notice Page for vulnerability and mitigation details.


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Symantec Releases Security Updates:

Original release date: November 18, 2016

Symantec has released security updates to address a vulnerability in Norton and Symantec enterprise products. Exploitation of this vulnerability may allow an attacker to take control of an affected system.

Users and administrators are encouraged to review Symantec Security Advisory SYM16-021 and apply the necessary updates.


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


VMware Releases Security Update :

Original release date: November 17, 2016

VMware has released a security update to address a vulnerability in vRealize Operations. Exploitation of this vulnerability could allow an attacker to cause a denial-of-service condition.

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review VMware Security Advisory VMSA-2016-0020 and apply the necessary update.


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


Mozilla Releases Security Updates:

Original release date: November 15, 2016

Mozilla has released security updates to address multiple vulnerabilities in Firefox and Firefox ESR. A remote attacker could exploit some of these vulnerabilities to take control of an affected system.

Available updates include:

  • Firefox 50
  • Firefox ESR 45.5

Users and administrators are encouraged to review the Mozilla Security Advisory for Firefox and apply the necessary updates.


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


Symantec Releases Security Updates:

Original release date: November 15, 2016

Symantec has released security updates to address a vulnerability in multiple products. Exploitation of this vulnerability may allow an attacker to take control of an affected system.

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review Symantec Security Advisory SYM16-020 and apply the necessary updates.


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


Strategic Principles for Securing the IoT:

Original release date: November 15, 2016

DHS has released a set of Strategic Principles for Securing the Internet of Things (IoT) to help inform consumers, operators and manufacturers in their decision-making regarding networked and networkable devices. While the IoT can provide efficiency, convenience, and interactivity features that are attractive, the IoT can also be vulnerable to manipulation by malicious actors, as observed in recent distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks. US-CERT recommends reviewing the Strategic Principles for Securing the Internet of Things to learn more.


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