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Technology NewsUpdated Saturday, June 24th, 2017. Powered by


32TB of Windows 10 beta builds, driver source code leaked [Updated]:

Dump appears to contain components normally only shared with partners.

BlackBerry’s no-phone business model isn’t working out as planned:

Stock falls 13 percent in one day after bad sales numbers.

Obama reportedly ordered implants to be deployed in key Russian networks:

Covert program draws on the NSA, CIA, and US Cyber Command.

Windows 10 S security brought down by, of course, Word macros:

Analysis: Windows 10 S promises many good things. It currently doesn't deliver.

Espionage suspect totally thought messages to Chinese intel were deleted:

"Mallory expressed surprise at seeing some secure message history."

Low-latency satellite broadband gets approval to serve US residents:

OneWeb's 50Mbps Internet with 30ms latency could hit remotest areas by 2019.

Check Point says Fireball malware hit 250 million; Microsoft says no:

Either way, Microsoft assures us that Windows 10 S would have been immune.

How the CIA infects air-gapped networks:

Sprawling “Brutal Kangaroo“ spreads malware using booby-trapped USB drives.

Scammer who made 96 million robocalls should pay $120M fine, FCC says:

Vacation scam preyed on elderly and disrupted medical paging system, FCC says.

Comcast accused of cutting competitor’s wires to put it out of business:

Comcast "systematically destroyed" an ISP with 229 customers, lawsuit claims.

Charter promised more broadband but didn’t deliver, now must pay fine:

21,000 NY customers did not get broadband on schedule, despite merger promise.

Air Force clears F-35 to fly again—with caveats—after hypoxia scares:

"Specific concerns" eliminated as source of problem, but cause of 5 cases not found.

Utility that says Comcast didn’t pay bills threatens to pull wires off poles:

UPDATE: Comcast and the utility have reached a settlement.

Honda shuts down factory after finding NSA-derived Wcry in its networks:

Automaker briefly stops making cars to contain worm that first struck in May.

More Android apps from dangerous Ztorg family sneak into Google Play:

Almost 100 such apps, with >1 million downloads, found so far (but not by Google).

AMD muscles in on Xeon’s turf as it unveils Epyc:

Multiply a Ryzen by four and all of a sudden Intel has some real competition.

“Internet of Ships” tells tale of USS Fitzgerald tragedy—or half of it:

AIS broadcasts freighter's course to world, triggering conspiracy theories.

Web host agrees to pay $1m after it’s hit by Linux-targeting ransomware:

Windfall payment by poorly secured host is likely to inspire new ransomware attacks.

Serious privilege escalation bug in Unix OSes imperils servers everywhere:

“Stack Clash” poses threat to Linux, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, and other OSes.

Cable lobby tries to stop state investigations into slow broadband speeds:

Besides gutting net neutrality, industry wants less scrutiny of speed claims.

Security AlertsUpdated Saturday, June 24th, 2017. Powered by


FTC Releases Alert on Tech-Support Scams:

Original release date: June 23, 2017

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has released an alert on technical-support scams. In these schemes, deceptive tech-support operations offer to fix problems that don't exist, placing calls or sending pop-ups to make people think their computers are infected with viruses. Users should not give control of their computers to any stranger offering to fix problems.

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to refer to the FTC Alert and the US-CERT Tip on Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks for more information.


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IC3 Issues Internet Crime Report for 2016:

Original release date: June 21, 2017 | Last revised: June 23, 2017

The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has released its 2016 Internet Crime Report, describing the numbers and types of cyber crimes reported to IC3. Business Email Compromise (BEC), ransomware attacks, tech support fraud, and extortion are all common schemes affecting people in the U.S. and around the world.

US-CERT encourages users to review the 2016 Internet Crime Report and the FBI News Story for details and refer to the US-CERT Security Publication on Ransomware for information on defending against this particular threat.


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Drupal Releases Security Updates:

Original release date: June 21, 2017

Drupal has released an advisory to address several vulnerabilities in Drupal versions 7.x and 8.x. A remote attacker could exploit one of these vulnerabilities to take control of an affected system.

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review Drupal's Security Advisory and upgrade to version 7.56 or 8.3.4.


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


Cisco Releases Security Updates:

Original release date: June 21, 2017

Cisco has released updates to address several vulnerabilities affecting multiple products. A remote attacker could exploit one of these vulnerabilities to take control of a system.

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review the following Cisco Security Advisories and apply the necessary updates:


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


Mozilla Releases Security Update:

Original release date: June 15, 2017

Mozilla has released a security update to address multiple vulnerabilities in Thunderbird. A remote attacker could exploit some of these vulnerabilities to take control of an affected system.

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review the Mozilla Security Advisory for Thunderbird 52.2 and apply the necessary update.


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


Google Releases Security Updates for Chrome:

Original release date: June 15, 2017

Google has released Chrome version 59.0.3071.104 for Windows, Mac, and Linux. This version addresses several vulnerabilities, including one that an attacker could exploit to cause a denial-of-service condition.

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review the Chrome Releases page and apply the necessary updates.


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ISC Releases Security Updates for BIND:

Original release date: June 15, 2017 | Last revised: June 16, 2017

The Internet Systems Consortium (ISC) has released updates that address several vulnerabilities in BIND. An attacker could exploit one of these vulnerabilities to take control of an affected system.

Available updates include:

  • BIND version 9.11.1-P1
  • BIND version 9.10.5-P1
  • BIND version 9.9.10-P1

ISC recommends disabling LMDB (liblmdb) until BIND 9.11.2 is released later this summer. US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review ISC Knowledge Base Articles AA-01495, AA-01496, AA-01497 and apply the necessary updates.


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Microsoft Releases June 2017 Security Updates:

Original release date: June 13, 2017

Microsoft has released updates to address vulnerabilities in Microsoft software. A remote attacker could exploit some of these vulnerabilities to take control of a system.

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review Microsoft's June 2017 Security Update Summary and Deployment Information and apply the necessary updates.


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Mozilla Releases Security Updates:

Original release date: June 13, 2017

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.

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review the Mozilla Security Advisory for Firefox 54 and Firefox ESR 52.2 and apply the necessary update.


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


Adobe Releases Security Updates:

Original release date: June 13, 2017

Adobe has released security updates to address vulnerabilities in Adobe Flash Player, Shockwave Player, Captivate, and Digital Editions. A remote attacker could exploit some of these vulnerabilities to take control of an affected system.

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review Adobe Security Bulletins APSB17-17, APSB17-18, APSB17-19, and APSB17-20 and apply the necessary updates.


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