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Dev Aims to Light the Way for Apple Watch Gaming - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Racking up more preorder sales in a couple weeks than the combined sales of all Android Wear units in 2014, the Apple Watch is in a position to redefine the nascent smartwatch market. It won't do that alone, however. The key ingredient is likely to be apps, apps and more apps. WayForward wants to be on the vanguard of the movement, claiming an early position with its Watch Quest game.

Take Your Apple Watch Face and Love It! - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Apple is known for fantastic product design but not for customization. The first iPhone hit the world nearly eight years ago, and yet our "customizable" home screen options are limited to the organization of app icons and a few bland wallpaper choices. So all of us future Apple Watch owners likely will have to settle for a handful of Apple-developed watch faces.

YouTube Marks 10 Years of Nondisruptive Revolution - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

YouTube on Thursday celebrated its first full decade in business. It was 10 years ago to the day that cofounder Jawed Karim uploaded the site's first video. It was a humble beginning: a 19-second clip of elephants, with Karim declaring that the pachyderms have "really, really long trunks." In fairness, it may have been in keeping with other notable firsts in technology.

Google's Low-Fee Fi: Ho-Hum - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Google carrier partners Sprint and T-Mobile with more than 1 million free, open WiFi hotspots Google has verified as fast and reliable. Users' devices will move automatically to the fastest connection -- 4G LTE being the standard in the United States, accessing 3G or 2G if only those speeds are available. The program will work in more than 120 countries.

Breach Outbreaks Fuel Encryption Adoption - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

As data breaches make headlines around the world, more companies are turning to encryption to protect their information jewels. That is one of the findings in a study released Monday, conducted by the Ponemon Institute and sponsored by Thales E-Security. "Mega breaches and cyber attacks have increased companies' urgency to improve their security posture," says the report.

Government Surveillance: What to Do, What to Do? - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

The CIA has been trying to hack into iOS for years. British and American agencies reportedly have collaborated to create a map of the Internet and Web users. The United States National Security Agency has, together with the UK's GCHQ, reportedly stolen SIM card encryption keys from Gemalto. The FBI is frothing at the mouth over Google's and Apple's encryption of their mobile OSes.

Ubuntu's Vivid Vervet Makes Snappy Entrance - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Canonical on Tuesday announced the release of Ubuntu 15.04, aka "Vivid Vervet," as in East African monkey. It will be available for download on Thursday. The new OS offers tools for cloud, device, client and Internet of Things development. The Ubuntu desktop release includes mostly maintenance and bug fixes, along with new integrated menus and dashboard usability improvements.

Google Dresses Up Android Wear - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Google on Monday released an update to Android Wear -- just the second significant feature refresh for its wearable device software since its introduction more than a year ago. "This update is overdue," said Ian Fogg, senior director and head of the mobile and telecoms team at IHS Technology. "With other products, Google adds features fairly continuously," he noted.

US Navy Gears Up for Cyberwarfare - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

The U.S. Fleet Cyber Command, part of the U.S. 10th Fleet, reportedly is developing a strategy for modernizing its cyberoperations and transforming the Navy's network into a cyberwarfare platform. The need for a stronger cybersecurity approach has been underlined by the penetration of U.S. government networks by hackers, the most recent of which was an attack on unsecured White House computers.

We'll Soon Live in an Imaginary World - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Virtual and augmented reality and holographic image technologies are coming at us with the speed of a freight train, and it won't be long until we'll no longer be able to distinguish between what is real and what isn't. There are some initiatives going on behind the scenes, as well as some breakthroughs, that shortly will make our experience of the world very different from what it is now.

Gadget Ogling: A Juicy Wristband, a Gamy Wearable and a Dorky Dongle - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Asus is taking a common-sense approach to the fitness tracker game by debuting a new watch with a 10-day battery life. Thanks to its square screen, the soon-to-be-released VivoWatch resembles a smartwatch more than, say, a Fitbit. It appears to have a monochrome screen, which must help extend that all-important battery life. It has a stainless-steel build, and dust and water protection.

Riding in Driverless Cars Could Be Sickening - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Self-driving vehicles could increase the likelihood of motion sickness in some riders, suggests a UMTRI study released last week. Motion sickness, also known as "kinetosis," is a condition marked by symptoms of nausea, dizziness and other physical discomfort. Some factors that contribute to motion sickness could be elevated in self-driving vehicles, the researchers noted.

China's Great Cannon Could Point Anywhere When Next Fuse Is Lit - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

China, which censors the Internet with its Great Firewall aka the "Golden Shield," has a new censorship tool that is causing alarm. It's known as the "Great Cannon." The University of Toronto's Citizen Lab identified the tool in a report released last week. The Great Cannon was first used in March, to launch a large-scale DDoS attack on GitHub and GreatFire.org, Citizen Lab said.

LG Lends Substance to G4 Rumors - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

LG on Thursday confirmed rumors about the basic look of its upcoming G4 flagship smartphone with a post on its Facebook page. Details about LG's forthcoming G4 flagship smartphone recently were leaked on a Korean microwebsite, generating considerable buzz on the Internet. Photos and other information were published by a number of outlets before the microsite disappeared.

Opening Windows Source Code Could Improve Security - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Microsoft Technical Fellow Mark Russinovich raised a few eyebrows at ChefCon earlier this month, when he aired the possibility of Windows becoming an open source program. Sure, Microsoft's attitude toward the open source movement has mellowed over the years, but the prospect of the company rubbing elbows with the likes of Linux overloads the imagination.

Guitar Hero Strikes Back - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Rock Band 4's race to the top of the gaming charts this fall will be rivaled by a new release from Activision. Returning with a music video mode and first-person perspective, Guitar Hero Live offers a unique take on the music game genre. It "lets people rock real crowds with real reactions," said Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg. "Our goal was literally to give people stagefright."

SuperX OS Greases the Classic Linux Wheel - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

SuperX OS is a solid Linux distribution that dispels all of the criticisms about using free open source OSes. SuperX is a relatively new distro developed by Libresoft. Based on Ubuntu and Debian, it adds a highly customized KDE desktop environment. The maturity and impressive performance of Grace, its latest release, makes the SuperX OS a prime replacement choice for whatever distro you now use.

Apple Devs Play WWDC Lottery - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Apple on Tuesday announced that its 26th annual Worldwide Developers Conference will take place in San Francisco June 8-12. The event will include more than 100 technical sessions on developing, deploying and integrating the latest iOS and OS X technologies. Attendees will get access to the latest innovations, features and capabilities of the OSes.

New Smart Drone Breaks $1K Barrier - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

A new aerial drone from 3D Robotics packs two computers and an array of powerful features for $999. The computers -- one on the craft and one in the controller -- have enabled it to make some radical breakthroughs in autonomous flight and camera control, according to 3DR. Built on 1-GHz Cortex A9 ARM chips running Linux, the computers allow operators to preprogram the drone's flight path.

Reactions to New MacBook Run From Tepid to Cold - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Early reviewers last week weighed in on Apple's new MacBook, and for the most part, they were underwhelmed. The new MacBook is 13.1mm thick, weighs 2 pounds, and has a 12-inch Retina display. Apple has touted it as the future of the notebook, pointing out that it had to reimagine every element to make the device lighter, thinner and better. Critics called it an overpriced netbook.

Security Alerts
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WordPress Releases Security Update - Posted on Thursday April 23, 2015

Original release date: April 23, 2015

WordPress 4.1.2 has been released to address multiple vulnerabilities, one of which could allow a site to be compromised by a remote attacker. WordPress 4.1.1 and earlier are affected by this vulnerability.

US-CERT recommends users and administrators review the WordPress Security Release and apply the necessary updates.


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IC3 Warns of Cyber Attacks Focused on Law Enforcement and Public Officials - Posted on Tuesday April 21, 2015

Original release date: April 21, 2015

The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has issued an alert warning that law enforcement personnel and public officials may be at an increased risk of cyber attacks. Doxing—the act of gathering and publishing individuals’ personal information without permission—has been observed. Hacking collectives may exploit publicly available information identifying officers or officials, their employers, and their families. These target groups should protect their online presence and exposure.

Users are encouraged to review the IC3 Alert for details and refer to US-CERT Tip ST06-003 for information on staying safe on social network sites.


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Mozilla Releases Security Update for Firefox - Posted on Tuesday April 21, 2015

Original release date: April 21, 2015

The Mozilla Foundation has released Firefox 37.0.2 to address a vulnerability that may allow a remote attacker to take control of an affected system.

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review the Firefox Security Advisory and apply the necessary update.


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Oracle Releases April 2015 Security Advisory - Posted on Wednesday April 15, 2015

Original release date: April 15, 2015 | Last revised: April 16, 2015

Oracle has released security fixes to address 98 vulnerabilities as part of its quarterly Critical Patch Update. 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 April 2015 Critical Patch Update and apply the necessary updates.


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Google Releases Security Update for Chrome - Posted on Wednesday April 15, 2015

Original release date: April 15, 2015

Google has released Chrome 42.0.2311.90 for Windows, Mac, and Linux 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 the Google Chrome blog entry and apply the necessary updates.


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Adobe Releases Security Updates for Flash Player, ColdFusion, and Flex - Posted on Wednesday April 15, 2015

Original release date: April 15, 2015

Adobe has released three security updates to address multiple vulnerabilities in Flash Player, ColdFusion, and Flex. Exploitation of these vulnerabilities could potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system, or lead to a reflected cross-site scripting attack.

Users and administrators are encouraged to review Adobe Security Bulletins APSB15-06, APSB15-07, and APSB15-08 and apply the necessary updates.


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Microsoft Releases April 2015 Security Bulletin - Posted on Tuesday April 14, 2015

Original release date: April 14, 2015

Microsoft has released eleven updates to address vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows. Some of these vulnerabilities could allow elevation of privilege, denial of service, remote code execution, information disclosure, or security feature bypass.

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review Microsoft Security Bulletins MS15-032 - MS15-042 and apply the necessary updates.


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WP Super Cache Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) Vulnerability - Posted on Thursday April 09, 2015

Original release date: April 09, 2015

WP Super Cache, a WordPress plugin, contains a persistent XSS vulnerability in versions prior to 1.4.4. Exploitation of this vulnerability could allow a remote attacker to take control of the affected system.

Users and administrators are encouraged to review the WP Super Cache Changelog for more information and update to version 1.4.4 if affected.


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Apple Releases Security Updates for OS X, iOS, Safari, and Apple TV - Posted on Wednesday April 08, 2015

Original release date: April 08, 2015

Apple has released security updates for OS X, iOS, Safari, and Apple TV to address multiple vulnerabilities. Exploitation of some of these vulnerabilities may allow a remote attacker to take control of the affected system.

Available updates include:

  • OS X Yosemite v10.10.3 and Security Update 2015-004 for OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.5, OS X Mavericks v10.9.5, and OS X Yosemite v10.10 to v10.10.2
  • iOS 8.3 for iPhones 4s and later, iPod touch 5th generation and later, and iPad 2 and later
  • Safari 8.0.5, Safari 7.1.5, and Safari 6.2.5 for OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.5, OS X Mavericks v10.9.5, and OS X Yosemite v10.10.2
  • Apple TV 7.2 for Apple TV 3rd generation and later

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review Apple security updates HT204659, HT204661, HT204658, and HT204662, and apply the necessary updates.


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Vulnerabilities Identified in Network Time Protocol Daemon (ntpd) - Posted on Wednesday April 08, 2015

Original release date: April 08, 2015

The Network Time Foundation's NTP Project has released an update addressing multiple vulnerabilities in ntpd. Exploitation of these vulnerabilities may allow an attacker to conduct a man-in-the-middle attack or cause a denial of service condition.

Users and administrators are encouraged to review Vulnerability Note VU#374268 for more information and update to NTP 4.2.8p2 if necessary.


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