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The Tour de France's Tech Transformation - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

The 102nd running of the longest sporting event in the world, the Tour de France, begins Saturday. The race first took place in 1903, and it has continued every year since, except during WWI and WWII. In the 112 years since that first race, the technology utilized by the riders has changed dramatically. Today, the racers ride bikes with frames made of advanced carbon fiber.

FBI Hunts SF Bay Area Fiber-Optic Cable Cutters - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

The FBI for the past year has been on the hunt for people slashing fiber-optic cables throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. The FBI called for the public's assistance in June, after 10 attacks had taken place. The 11th occurred on Tuesday, when someone severed cables used by Wave Broadband. "We have been in consultation with the FBI," said Wave Broadband spokesperson Mark Petersen.

5 Things the Apple App Store Could Do Better - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

I haven't been thrilled with app discovery on the App Store for years, and while Apple has been tweaking things to make it better, it's pretty easy to enter the iOS App Store, look around, and come to the conclusion that only an infinitesimal fraction of 1.5 million apps must be worthy of showing off -- and unfortunately, Disney's "Palace Pets in Whisker Haven" is one of them.

New Android Malware Sprouting Like Weeds - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Information stored on an Android smartphone or tablet is vulnerable to almost 4,900 new malware files each day, according to a report G Data SecurityLabs released Wednesday. Cybercriminals' interest in the Android operating system has grown, the firm's Q1 2015 Mobile Malware Report revealed. The number of new malware samples in the first quarter increased 6.4 percent.

Faster, Cheaper Fiber Could Rev Up Internet - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Researchers have found a way to significantly improve the performance of fiber networks, which could lead to benefits for both consumers and Internet service providers. Information in fiber optic cables degrades with the distance it travels. When you try to increase the speed at which the data is traveling by boosting the power in the network, degradation gets worse.

ISS Cargo Lost in SpaceX Falcon Flameout - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

The SpaceX CRS-7 rocket failed minutes after Sunday's launch, blowing up in mid-air. Just after T+2 minutes, when the craft's altitude was 32 km, its speed was 1 km/second, and its downrange distance was 30 km, its flight path apparently began curving downward. Three explosions then occurred. "There was an overpressure event in the upper stage liquid oxygen tank," SpaceX CEO Elon Musk tweeted.

Uncle Sam Wants a Hoverbike - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

The United States Army Research, Development and Engineering Command has commissioned two companies to develop hoverbike technology. The Army intends to operate the hoverbike as a new class of tactical reconnaissance vehicle. "This isn't for jungles or mountains, but could be ideal for patrols over deserts, swamps, or other open areas with mixed terrain," suggested tech analyst Rob Enderle.

The Automobile as We Know It Is Dead - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

There's a massive number of efforts going on to kill the car as we know it. Among them are efforts to make it a tiny self-driving box that we'd likely be embarrassed to be seen in, efforts to make it highly customized and amazing, and efforts to change its fuel from gasoline to CNG, electricity or something else. There is no doubt that the car as we know it soon will be dead.

Gadget Ogling: Vertical Vinyl, Kid-Friendly Video Chats, and a Smart Pool Monitor - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

I enjoy music as much as anyone, though I'm no real audiophile and I have not an enormous passion for one format over another. I admire the romance of vinyl but find it unwieldy and cumbersome when digital recordings work just fine for me. The Floating Record turntable is beautiful, though, and I'm almost tempted to race to my record store to stock up on vinyl to play on one of these.

Self-Driving Cars Avoid Collision, as They Should - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Two self-driving prototype vehicles, one operated by Google and the other operated by Delphi Automotive, earlier this week avoided a collision in Palo Alto, California. Neither car touched the other, but the incident spurred a number of rattled headlines over the so-called "near miss." In actuality, both vehicles responded as they were supposed to, the companies said in response to the media brouhaha.

Oculus Rift: This Is My Final Form - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

No more screendoor-effect issues or motion-induced sickness. On-board power, outside power requirements under control. With each prior iteration of its Rift headset, Oculus VR assured gamers that they hadn't yet seen the its final form. Finally, in the run-up to this year's E3 and at the show, came the invitation for everyone to "step into the Rift" and behold what the VR headset has become.

Makulu 9 Aero Soars Above the Linux Distro Crowd - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

The special release of Makulu 9 Aero edition might seem like one flexible Linux offering too many. However, anyone hankering for a Windows-like operating system and the best of what is easy about using Linux could not make a better choice. The Linux OS is notorious for its great variety of distros. Linux is also infamous for having far too many choices.

3D Printing Could Resurrect Custom Carmaking - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Divergent Microfactories just introduced the world to the Blade, a 3D-printed supercar it designed as a proof of concept to spur the establishment of other microautomakers and reshape the auto industry. Divergent Microfactories envisions microautomakers emerging similar to the way microbreweries have popped up across the U.S. It wants to "democratize the auto industry."

Will LastPass Breach Poison Trust in Password Managers? - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

A data breach is no picnic for any organization, but for a company that makes its potato salad by protecting other people's passwords, it's the mother of all nightmares. Yet, that has happened to LastPass twice. In 2011, the service found anomalies in its network traffic that forced it to reset all its users' master passwords. Recently, it came under attack again.

Lexus Teases Smokin' Hoverboard - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Some said it could never be done. Some said it would be at least another half century before someone could develop an actual hoverboard. However, Toyota on Wednesday announced that a division of its Lexus arm has built a prototype of a hoverboard, one that truly leverages magnetic levitation. Superconductors, cooled by liquid nitrogen, and permanent magnets give it lift.

Devialet Wants You to Experience an Emotional Sound Implosion - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Capable of pushing out sound levels that approach the edge of the infrasound spectrum, Devialet's Phantom speaker system finally reached the U.S. market last week. Two versions of the speakers will be available: the 740 watt, 99 db base model, the Phantom, will sell for $1,990; the 3,000 watt, 105 dB Phantom Silver will sell for $2,390. Devialet will begin fulfilling U.S. preorders this September.

US, Brit Spooks Bedevil Security Software - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

The United States' National Security Agency and the UK's Government Communications Headquarters reportedly have been attacking antivirus and other security software since at least 2008. The aim is to infiltrate networks and track users. The agencies apparently have reverse-engineered security and antivirus software, sometimes under dubious legal authority.

Amazon Holds Coming-Out Party for Echo's Alexa - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

About seven months of invitation-only exclusivity for Prime customers came to a close on Tuesday as Amazon opened up sales of Echo, its digital assistant hardware, to anyone willing to spend $180 for it. Amazon will start fulfilling new Echo orders on July 14, but shoppers can prepurchase the cylindrical tower now. The device is animated by Alexa, Amazon's digital assistant software.

Sony Meets Microsoft in Game Console Muscle Match - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Beefed up and slimmed down, the new 1TB PlayStation 4 Ultimate Player Edition is scheduled to arrive in Japan before this month concludes and then launch in the UK in the middle of July, Sony announced on Sunday. The revised console, bearing twice the storage capacity of its predecessor, will arrive in the U.S. somewhere inside of the two weeks that follow its July 15 launch in the UK.

3 Things That Will Change Electronic Entertainment Forever - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

E3 -- perhaps the biggest and most important gaming conference in the world -- took place last week. Sony and Microsoft came ready to do battle, Nintendo showed up, and we were up to our armpits in little companies doing amazing things with virtual reality. However, companies that weren't at the event likely have more to say about the future of gaming than those that had a big presence there.

Security Alerts


Cisco Releases Security Update - Posted on Wednesday July 01, 2015

Original release date: July 01, 2015

Cisco has released a security update to address a vulnerability in versions of the Unified Communications Domain Manager Platform Software prior to 10.x. Exploitation of this vulnerability may allow a remote attacker to take control of the affected system.

US-CERT recommends that users review the Cisco Security Advisory and apply the necessary update.


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Apple Releases Security Updates for QuickTime, Safari, Mac EFI, OS X Yosemite, and iOS - Posted on Tuesday June 30, 2015

Original release date: June 30, 2015

Apple has released security updates for QuickTime, Safari, Mac Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI), OS X Yosemite, and iOS. Exploitation of some of these vulnerabilities may allow an attacker to obtain elevated privileges or crash applications.

Available updates include:

  • QuickTime 7.7.7 for Windows 7 and Windows Vista
  • Safari 8.0.7, Safari 7.1.7, and Safari 6.2.7 for OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.5, OS X Mavericks v10.9.5, and OS X Yosemite v10.10.3
  • Mac EFI for OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.5 and OS X Mavericks v10.9.5
  • OS X Yosemite 10.10.4 for OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.5, OS X Mavericks v10.9.5, and OS X Yosemite v10.10 to v10.10.3
  • iOS 8.4 for iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch 5th generation and later, and iPad 2 and later

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review Apple security updates HT204947, HT204950, HT204934, HT204942, HT204941 and apply the necessary updates.


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OPM Identity-Protection Phishing Campaigns - Posted on Tuesday June 30, 2015

Original release date: June 30, 2015 | Last revised: July 01, 2015

US-CERT is aware of suspicious domain names that may be used in phishing campaigns masquerading as official communication from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) or the identity protection firm CSID. Https://opm.csid.com is the legitimate domain used by CSID, which is responsible for identity protection services for those affected by the recent data breach.

US-CERT recommends that users visit the OPM website for more information. Users are also encouraged to read US-CERT's guidance on avoiding social engineering and phishing attacks and report suspicious emails.


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Cisco Releases Security Updates - Posted on Thursday June 25, 2015

Original release date: June 25, 2015

Cisco has released security updates to address vulnerabilities in Web Security Virtual Appliance (WSAv), Email Security Virtual Appliance (ESAv), and Content Security Management Virtual Appliance (SMAv) software. Exploitation of one of these vulnerabilities may allow a remote attacker to take control of the affected appliance.

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


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


Fraud Alert Issued on Business Email Compromise Scam - Posted on Wednesday June 24, 2015

Original release date: June 24, 2015

The Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FS-ISAC) and federal law enforcement agencies have released a joint alert warning companies of a sophisticated wire payment scam referred to as business email compromise (BEC). Scammers use fraudulent information to trick companies into directing financial transactions into accounts scammers control.  

Users and administrators are encouraged to review the BEC Joint Report for details and refer to the US-CERT Tip ST04-014 for information on social engineering and phishing attacks.


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IC3 Issues Alert on CryptoWall Ransomware - Posted on Tuesday June 23, 2015

Original release date: June 23, 2015

The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has issued an alert warning that U.S. individuals and businesses are still at risk of CryptoWall ransomware fraud. Scam operators use ransomware—a type of malicious software—to infect a device and restrict access until a ransom fee is paid­­. Individuals and organizations are discouraged from paying the ransom, as this does not guarantee files will be released.

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review the IC3 Alert for details and refer to the US-CERT Alert TA-295A for information on crypto ransomware.


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Adobe Releases Security Updates for Flash Player - Posted on Tuesday June 23, 2015

Original release date: June 23, 2015

Adobe has released security updates to address a critical vulnerability in Flash Player for Windows, Macintosh, and Linux. Exploitation of this vulnerability may allow a remote attacker to take control of an affected system.

Users and administrators are encouraged to review Adobe Security Bulletin APSB15-14 and apply the necessary updates.


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Google Releases Security Update for Chrome - Posted on Monday June 22, 2015

Original release date: June 22, 2015

Google has released Chrome version 43.0.2357.130 for Windows, Mac, and Linux to address multiple vulnerabilities. Exploitation of one of these vulnerabilities may allow an attacker to obtain sensitive information.

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


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Drupal Releases Security Updates - Posted on Thursday June 18, 2015

Original release date: June 18, 2015

Drupal has released updates to address multiple vulnerabilities. Exploitation of one of these vulnerabilities could allow a remote attacker to gain access to a system account, including an administrator's.

Available updates include:

•  Drupal core 6.36 for 6.x users
•  Drupal core 7.38 for 7.x users

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


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


Adobe Releases Security Updates for Multiple Products - Posted on Tuesday June 16, 2015

Original release date: June 16, 2015

Adobe has released security updates for Adobe Photoshop Creative Cloud (CC) and Bridge CC to address multiple vulnerabilities. Exploitation of one 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 APSB15-12 and APSB15-13 and apply the necessary updates.


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