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Surface 3 Targets Windows-Loving Prosumers - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Microsoft has raised the curtain on its new Surface 3 tablet, targeting users who want a robust Windows tablet at an iPad price. Up to now, those looking for a full-featured Windows tablet had to spend $799 for a Surface Pro 3, but some customers will find their needs can be met with the new $499 Surface 3. Windows tablet shoppers now have more options, noted Directions on Microsoft's Wes Miller.

Google Goes Crazy for Chromebooks - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Google has announced two new budget-busting Chromebook computers, a tablet/notebook convertible with a full swivel screen, and a Chrome computer-on-a-stick. The Haier Chromebook 11 and the Hisense Chromebook both are available for preorder for $149. The Asus Chromebook Flip will hit the market this spring with a $249 price tag. The Asus Chromebit will be available this summer for less than $100.

India's Tussle With Internet Freedom - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

The Supreme Court of India last week struck down a law that permitted arrests for posting "offensive" content online. It ruled that Section 66(A) of the Information Technology Act was unconstitutional, and said it had no hesitation in striking it down. The law was challenged after two women were arrested in 2012 for posting critical comments on Facebook.

Halo Fans Hunt for Truth, Microsoft Hunts for Hearts - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Xbox and 343 Industries have released two live-action trailers for Halo 5: Guardians to encourage both Xbox One owners and holdouts to "hunt the truth." The trailers aired during The Walking Dead's season finale. In one, the story catches up with Master Chief scorning an injured and supine Spartan Locke with an unsettling benediction. In the other, their roles are reversed.

Proposed Amendments to US Cybersecurity Laws Under Scrutiny - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

The White House in January proposed updates to the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act that have stirred controversy within the cybersecurity industry. "If the proposed legislation were to be enacted, it would certainly have a chilling effect on cybersecurity research," said Chris Doggett, managing director at Kaspersky Lab North America.

GitHub Defenses Hold in 4-Days-and-Counting Battle - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

After battling a DDoS attack for four days, GitHub has restored normal service levels. The primary target of the assault is GreatFire.org, which is hosted on GitHub. GreatFire has attracted the ire of the Chinese government for offering anticensorship tools. "Very clearly, the Cyberspace Administration of China is behind both of the recent DDoS attacks," said GreatFire Co-founder Charles Smith.

Compliance Mindset Can Lead to Epic Security Fail - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

The recent data breach at Premera Blue Cross -- in which the personal information of some 11 million customers was compromised -- raises questions about how effective government regulators are at ensuring that healthcare providers adequately protect their patients' data. There have been abundant warnings that compliance with government regulations alone would not be adequate.

YouTube Fiddles With 4K - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

YouTube on Friday announced that it would begin supporting Ultra High Definition 4K video content. YouTube officially unveiled the news via TestTube, an incubator for new features concocted by its so-called mad scientists. YouTube developers have posted six experimental videos that can be streamed at up to 2160p -- essentially a resolution of 3,840 x 2,160.

Retiring in a Tropical Paradise: Risks May Outweigh Rewards - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

One of the really attractive options for retirement is moving to another country and, for a fraction of the cost of living in the U.S., living like royalty. Well, I've been hearing a lot of stories about this over the last year, and I think there is reason for concern. This isn't to say that a lot of folks haven't done it successfully.

Gadget Ogling: Shooting Flames, Flowing Time, and Locked-Up Temptation - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Someway, somehow, it's apparently legal to own the XM42 flamethrower in the United States, unless you happen to live in California or Maryland. I can't fathom any circumstance under which a weapon -- let's not mince words here -- capable of shooting flames 25 feet should be available for anyone to pick up if they have $700 lying around to back Ion Productions' crowdfunding campaign.

Facebook Invites App Devs to Join in Messenger Family Planning - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg this week told an audience at the F8 conference for Facebook developers that the company's future lies in its family of apps and in giving the network's members the ability to share what they want, where they want. "We're building this family so we can offer unique, world-class experiences for all of the ways that people want to share," Zuckerberg said.

Big Money Helps Cyanogen Go for Android's Jugular - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Cyanogen has announced the completion of a financing round that brought $80 million in new funds to pay for more hiring and accelerated development of its open platform software development kit. Cyanogen is committed to liberating the Android OS from the financial grip of Google. Cyanogen has spurred a developing secondary app market for an alternative Android distribution based on its mods.

The Internet's Split Personality - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

The Internet has been good for education but bad for morality, according to a study by the Pew Research Center. Researchers conducted face-to-face surveys with 36,619 people in 32 developing countries. A median of 64 percent of respondents said the Internet has had a good influence on education. On the other hand, a median of 42 percent said the Internet has had a bad influence on morality.

Twitter's Periscope Allows Live Stream Replays - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Live streaming from mobile devices has been having a rebirth of sorts with the proliferation of 4G, the continued rise of smart devices and the quickening pace of the demise of feature phones. Twitter has been seeking its own rebirth, and it's wagering that its renaissance will be influenced largely by Periscope, a new live-streaming app that just surfaced.

CAPTCHAs May Do More Harm Than Good - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

If an annoyance contest were held between passwords and CAPTCHAs, passwords would probably win, but not by much. CAPTCHA -- Completely Automated Public Turing Test To Tell Computers and Humans Apart -- was created to foil bots attempting to mass-create accounts at websites. Once created, those accounts could be exploited by online lowlifes for malicious ends, such as spewing spam.

Ford Tech Could Put an End to Speeding Tickets - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Ford Motors on Tuesday unveiled a new technology that can scan traffic signs and automatically adjust a vehicle's speed accordingly. The Intelligent Speed Limiter was demonstrated in Germany, but it will be available worldwide in the newest edition of Ford's S-Max cars. The technology features a camera mounted on the windshield that works with a recognition system that can read roadside signs.

Bodacious Bodhi Broadens Linux Desktop - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Bodhi Linux 3.0.0 RC3's implementation of the Enlightenment desktop, makes an awesome desktop computing platform for office or home. Bodhi is one of only a handful of Linux distros embracing the Enlightenment environment. Its developers call Bodhi the Enlightened Linux Distribution. Beware if you try it: Bodhi Linux could easily become your favorite Linux distro.

What's in an Apple Name? - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Apple has chosen some iconic names in the past, like the "iPod" and "iMac." Apple even managed to take "iPad" -- which was widely panned for evoking a feminine hygiene product -- and transformed it into the popular lexicon of children and Wall Street analysts alike. However, Apple does far more than give big and bold names to products -- it even names key features.

Leap Motion Faceplate Lets OSVR Head Talk to the Hand - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

It looks and sounds good, but virtual reality is still establishing how to get around in the digital worlds it creates. OSVR has placed the controls in the hands of Leap Motion, which may be a stellar move. Leap's novel approach embeds the VR controls in a faceplate that can be attached to an OSVR-compatible headset. The faceplate will be bundled with OSVR's Hacker Dev Kit when it ships in June.

Over-the-Air Tinkering Keeps Tesla's Model S New - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Tesla CEO Elon Musk last week said that the company's line of high-end electric cars will get some autonomous driving capabilities via an over-the-air software update this summer. The new features will let drivers give their vehicles control of certain tasks on major roads, possibly even highways. Other software updates for the Tesla S already are rolling out.

Security Alerts
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Google Releases Security Update for Chrome - Posted on Wednesday April 01, 2015

Original release date: April 01, 2015

Google has released Chrome 41.0.2272.118 for Windows, Mac, and Linux to address multiple vulnerabilities. Exploitation of one of these vulnerabilities could 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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Mozilla Releases Security Updates for Firefox, Firefox ESR, and Thunderbird - Posted on Tuesday March 31, 2015

Original release date: March 31, 2015

The Mozilla Foundation has released security updates to address vulnerabilities in Firefox, Firefox ESR, and Thunderbird. Exploitation of one of these vulnerabilities may allow a remote attacker to take control of an affected system.

Available updates include:

  • Firefox 37
  • Firefox ESR 31.6
  • Thunderbird 31.6

Users and administrators are encouraged to review the Security Advisories for Firefox, Firefox ESR, and Thunderbird and apply the necessary updates.


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Cisco Releases Semiannual IOS Software Security Advisory Bundled Publication - Posted on Thursday March 26, 2015

Original release date: March 26, 2015

Cisco has released its semiannual Cisco IOS Software Security Advisory Bundled Publication. This publication includes seven Security Advisories that address vulnerabilities in Cisco IOS Software. Exploits of these vulnerabilities could result in a denial of service (DoS) condition, interface queue wedge, or exchange memory leak.

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


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Installer Hijacking Vulnerability in Android Devices - Posted on Tuesday March 24, 2015

Original release date: March 24, 2015

A vulnerability in Google's Android OS has been discovered that could allow an attacker to change or replace a seemingly safe Android application with malware during installation. An attacker exploiting this vulnerability could access and steal user data on compromised devices without user knowledge. Devices running Android version 4.4 or later are not vulnerable.

US-CERT advises users to ensure their devices are running an up-to-date version of Android and to use caution when installing software from third-party app stores.
 


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Apple Releases Security Update for OS X Yosemite - Posted on Friday March 20, 2015

Original release date: March 20, 2015

Apple has released Security Update 2015-003 for OS X Yosemite v10.10.2 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 Apple Security Update 2015-003 and apply the necessary updates.


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Mozilla Releases Security Updates for Firefox, Firefox ESR, and SeaMonkey - Posted on Friday March 20, 2015

Original release date: March 20, 2015 | Last revised: March 23, 2015

The Mozilla Foundation has released security updates to address vulnerabilities in Firefox, Firefox ESR, and SeaMonkey. Exploitation of these vulnerabilities may allow a remote attacker to take control of an affected system.

Available updates include:

  • Firefox 36.0.4
  • Firefox ESR 31.5.3
  • SeaMonkey 2.33.1

Users and administrators are encouraged to review the Security Advisories for Firefox, Firefox ESR, and SeaMonkey and apply the necessary updates.


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Drupal Releases Security Updates - Posted on Thursday March 19, 2015

Original release date: March 19, 2015 | Last revised: March 20, 2015

Drupal has released updates to address multiple vulnerabilities, one of which could allow a remote attacker to gain access to a system account.

Available updates include:

  • Drupal core 6.35 for 6.x users
  • Drupal core 7.35 for 7.x users

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


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OpenSSL Patches Multiple Vulnerabilities - Posted on Thursday March 19, 2015

Original release date: March 19, 2015

OpenSSL has released new updates addressing multiple vulnerabilities, one of which is classified as a high severity issue. Exploitation could allow a remote attacker to cause a cause a Denial of Service attack against the server.

Updates available include:

  • OpenSSL 1.0.2a for 1.0.2 users
  • OpenSSL 1.0.1m for 1.0.1 users
  • OpenSSL 1.0.0r for 1.0.0 users
  • OpenSSL 0.9.8zf for 0.9.8 users

Users and administrators are encouraged to review the OpenSSL Security Advisory and apply the necessary updates.


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Ubuntu Releases Security Update - Posted on Thursday March 19, 2015

Original release date: March 19, 2015

Ubuntu has released a security update to address multiple vulnerabilities in PHP5 affecting Ubuntu 14.10, 14.04 LTS, 12.04 LTS, and 10.04 LTS. Exploitation of these vulnerabilities may allow an attacker to cause a denial of service or execute arbitrary code.

Users and administrators are encouraged to review Ubuntu Security Notices USN-2535-1 and apply the necessary updates.


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Apple Releases Security Updates for Safari - Posted on Wednesday March 18, 2015

Original release date: March 18, 2015 | Last revised: March 19, 2015

Apple has released security updates for Safari to address multiple vulnerabilities. Exploitation of these vulnerabilities may allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code or prevent users from discerning a phishing attack on an affected system.

Updates include:

  •     Safari 8.0.4 for OS X Yosemite v10.10.2
  •     Safari 7.1.4 for OS X Mavericks v10.9.5
  •     Safari 6.2.4 for OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.5

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review Apple security update HT204560 and apply the necessary updates.


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