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Technology NewsUpdated Monday, July 24th, 2017. Powered by


Verizon accused of throttling Netflix and YouTube, admits to “video optimization”:

Verizon claims mobile video experience not affected; some customers disagree.

Microsoft 4Q17: Office 365 revenue surpasses traditional licenses:

Cloud remains strong, and Windows was surprisingly up, too.

Google drops the boom on WoSign, StartCom certs for good:

Citing “certificate misissuance,” Google to expire all certs from offenders by September.

Meet your new fungible, phallic robot friend:

Awe-inspiring demo videos reveal its simple, elegant pneumatic control system.

Tillerson cuts high-profile cyberdiplomacy office in State Dept. reorg:

Move demotes US cyber diplomats as part of department overhaul.

Clover Trail systems won’t get Windows 10 Creators Update—ever:

GPU issues block new Windows versions, but security updates will be provided.

FCC has no documentation of DDoS attack that hit net neutrality comments:

Records request denied because FCC made no "written documentation" of attack.

N. Korean defectors show locations of mass graves using Google Earth:

NGO creates maps to guide future investigation of crimes against humanity.

“Autumn Creators Update” was “mistranslation”—it’s “Fall Creators Update” for all:

It’s going to be called “Fall” even when it should be “Autumn”... or “Spring.”

Security guard robot ends it all by throwing itself into a watery grave:

Knightscope K5 security bot shows your job is probably safe from automation. For now.

Windows 10 support could end early on some Intel systems:

It all depends on what the “supported lifetime” of a system is.

Because English isn’t the same in England, Microsoft renames Fall Update for some:

We'd suggest simply calling it version 1709 instead.

First insider build of Windows Server arrives with new virtualization features:

Nano Server is now solely a container option, making it smaller and lighter.

Scrap dealer finds Apollo-era NASA computers in dead engineer’s basement:

Plus hundreds of mystery tapes from Pioneer and Helios probe missions.

Not for the first time, Microsoft’s fonts have caught out forgers:

If you’re going to pretend a document is from 2006, you should use Times New Roman.

A Comcast billing nightmare affects woman caring for her sick father:

"People with sick or dying family members should never have to go through this."

AMD Threadripper—16 cores and 32 threads for $999–arrives in August:

Ryzen 3 specs are also out, though prices haven't yet been finalized.

Ars Asks, part two: Electric IT bugbear boogaloo, cloud edition:

Help us out with a second short survey—for the cloud is dark and full of terrors.

Wimbledon 2017: The tech behind the world’s top tennis tournament:

The Championships uses a surprising amount of cool tech despite being 140 years old.

If FCC gets its way, we’ll lose a lot more than net neutrality:

Beyond no-blocking rules, Title II plays big role in overall consumer protection.

Security AlertsUpdated Monday, July 24th, 2017. Powered by


IBM Cisco Security Update:

Original release date: July 21, 2017

IBM has released a security update to address some vulnerabilities in its IBM Cisco MDS Series Switches Data Center Network Manager (DCNM) software. Exploitation of these vulnerabilities may allow a remote attacker to take control of an affected system.

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review the IBM Security Advisory for vulnerability and mitigation details.


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


Cisco Releases Security Update:

Original release date: July 20, 2017

Cisco has released a security update to address a vulnerability in its Web Security Appliance (WSA). A remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability to take control of a system.

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review the Cisco Security Advisory for vulnerability and mitigation details.


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


Apple Releases Security Updates :

Original release date: July 19, 2017

Apple has released security updates to address vulnerabilities in multiple products. A remote attacker may exploit some of these vulnerabilities to take control of an affected system.

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review Apple security pages for the following products and apply the necessary updates:


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


Oracle Releases Security Bulletin:

Original release date: July 18, 2017

Oracle has released its Critical Patch Update for July 2017 to address 308 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 July 2017 Critical Patch Update and apply the necessary updates.


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


Cisco Releases Security Updates:

Original release date: July 17, 2017

Cisco has released security updates to address a vulnerability in its WebEx browser extension on Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. A remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability to take control of a system.

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review the Cisco Security Advisory for vulnerability and mitigation details.


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


FBI Releases Article on Privacy Risks Associated with Internet-Connected Children's Toys :

Original release date: July 17, 2017

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has released an article on the privacy risks associated with Internet-connected children's toys. FBI warns that Internet-connected toys may contain "sensors, microphones, cameras, data storage components, and other multimedia capabilities - including speech recognition and GPS options" that may put the privacy and safety of children at risk due to the disclosure of personal information. FBI recommends that consumers read user agreement disclosures and privacy practices for information on how a toy's data may be used.

Users and administrators are encouraged to review the FBI article for more information and refer to the US-CERT Tip Protecting Your Privacy.


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


FTC Releases Alert on Digital Security While Traveling:

Original release date: July 14, 2017

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has released an alert on ensuring good digital security while traveling. Security recommendations include using caution while accessing free Wi-Fi hotspots, keeping all software updated, and using Virtual Private Networks (VPNs).    

US-CERT encourages users to refer to the FTC Alert and the US-CERT Tip on Cybersecurity for Electronic Devices for more information.


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


Cisco Releases Security Updates:

Original release date: July 13, 2017

Cisco has released security updates to address several Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) vulnerabilities in its IOS and IOS XE software. A remote attacker could exploit these vulnerabilities to take control of an affected system.

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.


Juniper Networks Releases Multiple Security Updates:

Original release date: July 13, 2017 | Last revised: July 21, 2017

Juniper Networks has released security updates to address multiple vulnerabilities in Junos OS and ScreenOS. A remote attacker could exploit several of these vulnerabilities to take control of an affected system.

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review the Juniper Security Advisories and update all affected versions of the Junos OS and ScreenOS operating systems.


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


Samba Releases Security Updates:

Original release date: July 12, 2017

The Samba Team has released security updates that address a vulnerability in all versions of Samba from 4.0.0 onward using embedded Heimdal Kerberos. A remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability to take control of an affected system.

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review Samba's Security Announcement and apply the necessary updates, or refer to their Linux or Unix-based OS vendors for appropriate patches.


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


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