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Nextdoor Tackles Racial Profiling at Street Level - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Nextdoor last week rolled out to all 110,000 of its neighborhoods a new form-based process for making crime and safety reports. Implementation of the tool reduced incidents of racial profiling by 75 percent in areas where it was tested, according to CEO Nirav Tolia. Some Nextdoor members had begun using the site to post problematic messages targeting racial minorities.

Snazzier Fitbits Sport Beefed-Up Feature Sets - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Fitbit on Monday announced two new fitness trackers with sleeker looks, more durable construction and greater data-gathering capabilities. The Fitbit Charge 2, priced at $149.95, features continuous heart-rate tracking. It uses the data to generate a cardio fitness score and provides guidance for improving it over time. The Charge 2 displays real-time exercise stats.

#StandWithLeslie and Obliterate Internet Trolls - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

I think there's a legitimate argument for removing one category of folks from the gene pool, because they spend the little time they are given on Earth making other folks' lives miserable. Back when I was playing MMOs, some twisted folks -- known as "griefers," would lie in wait to mug lower level characters and find creative ways to destroy the fun in a game, often eventually killing it.

The Peppermint Twist Is Still Cool - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

The Peppermint operating system is built around a concept not found in most Linux distros. It is a hybrid combination of traditional Linux desktop applications and cloud-based infrastructure. Peppermint 7 is a lightweight distribution based on Ubuntu 16.04. The key to its process of linking full desktop functionality to cloud apps is an in-house developed application dubbed "Ice."

Innocents Exposed as WikiLeaks Gushes Information - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

WikiLeaks reportedly has leaked sensitive personal information belonging to hundreds of innocent individuals worldwide, including some residing in several highly repressive countries. The organization has revealed private credit card data, medical information, personal addresses and other data of various individuals, including the identification as gay of a Saudi Arabian who had been arrested.

Apple Speeds iOS Patch to Bring Down Pegasus - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Apple on Thursday issued a patch that addresses three recently discovered critical iOS zero-day vulnerabilities, and advised users to update their systems immediately. State-sponsored actors exploited the flaws to target United Arab Emirates human rights defender Ahmed Mansoor, and a Mexican journalist who reported on government corruption. Researchers have dubbed the flaws "Trident."

US Government's Social Media Vetting Idea Draws Fire - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

A coalition headed by the Center for Democracy & Technology, the Internet Association, and the American Civil Liberties Union this week filed objections to a Department of Homeland Security proposal to collect social media information from visitors entering the United States. The proposal, published in June, calls for the addition of a request to the I-94W form required for aliens seeking entry.

Instagram Opens Snappy New Events Channel - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Instagram last week announced a new Explore video channel that gives users an easier way to find and watch events. The channel aggregates videos from concerts, sporting events and more, and its personalization features flag events that might be a good match for users' individual interests. The new channel initially will be available only to U.S. users.

Gadget Ogling: Musical Pizza Boxes, Backup Backpacks, and Tattooing Robots - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Call it a gimmick, but I'm very much into the idea of having a pizza box that doubles as a turntable. Pizza Hut partnered with Novalia to make the box, which includes pitch and volume controls, a mixer, and touch-sensitive decks. Using printed electronics, DJs can crossfade, rewind and even scratch. The box pairs with smartphones and computers using Bluetooth and works with DJ software.

25 Years of Linux: What a Long, Strange Trip It's Been - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Happy Birthday Linux! You're 25! When Linux was born on Aug. 25, 1991, it was little more than a hobby for 21-year old Linus Torvald. Today the Linux community is estimated to be upwards of 86 million users strong. It has become the backbone of large enterprises, and it is installed in government systems and embedded in devices worldwide. It has grown into a major mainstream computing platform.

Twitter Steps Up Counterterrorism Efforts - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Twitter last week announced it had suspended 235,000 accounts since February for promoting terrorism, bringing to 360,000 the total number of suspensions since mid-2015. Daily suspensions have increased more than 80 percent since last year, spiking immediately after terrorist attacks. Twitter's response time for suspending reported accounts has decreased dramatically.

Apple Buys Healthcare 'Magic Machine' - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Apple has purchased medical records startup Gliimpse in order to broaden its presence in the personal healthcare information management market. Apple reportedly confirmed that the purchase took place earlier this year. Apple in recent years has delved into healthcare with offerings such as HealthKit, CareKit and ResearchKit. The Gliimpse acquisition is seen as an extension of those efforts.

Google Fills Nexus Devices With Rich Nougat Features - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Google on Monday began rolling out its long-awaited Android 7.0 Nougat release to Nexus smartphones and tablets. The new operating system became available as a beta release, known only as "Android N," earlier this year. The experiences of developers and other users led to more than 250 new features, including improved multitasking, stronger battery life and tighter security features.

Netgear's Orbi WiFi Promises Strong Signal All Through the House - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Netgear on Monday announced the Orbi WiFi System, designed to eliminate dead spots in smart homes. Orbi's system "is similar to using a network extender, but Netgear has improved on this approach with a dedicated band for communication with the satellite devices," explained Bill Ablondi, a research director at Strategy Analytics. The initial Orbi system will be available in September for $400.

From the Olympic Non-Robbery to Ford Getting Out of Cars, to Evil NSA: A Strange Week - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

There were three stories that caught my eye last week that I think deserve some additional discussion. One is the alleged robbery of U.S. Olympians followed by questions of whether it really happened because their phones weren't stolen. There may be a legitimate reason for that, and it's one that suggests a lot of folks will be getting huge cellphone bills next month.

Latest Slackware Version Doesn't Cut Newbies any Slack - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Slackware is one of those Linux distros often described as being difficult to use. The Slackware Project version 14.2 released on July 1 does little to change that view -- at least, as far as installing it is concerned. Its KDE desktop is probably the most contemporary trait. Other than an update under the hood, it offers little that's new in terms of usability and few new features.

To Protect Enterprise Data, Secure the Code - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Responsibility for securing enterprise applications has been moving down the development lifecycle, and for good reason. It not only makes the enterprise more secure, but also saves companies time and money. For example, the average time to fix a vulnerability in IBM's application security solution has dropped from 20 hours to 30 minutes, according to Forrester Consulting.

Uber Revs Engine in Self-Driving Race - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Uber on Thursday announced plans to begin testing semi-autonomous vehicles in Pittsburgh later this month. Its first partially self-driving Volvo XC90 vehicles reportedly will be assigned at random to customers who use the company's app. Each of the prototype cars will have an actual human on board to act as copilot and monitor the vehicle's performance from the driver's seat.

Edward Snowden Sheds Light on Shadow Brokers - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Edward Snowden has injected himself into an escalating cyberstruggle that could affect the U.S. presidential election. The reported hack of The Equation Group might have been a warning shot from Russia, Snowden claimed. The group, which is widely believed to be a front operation for the NSA, apparently was hacked over the weekend by a previously unknown outfit called the "Shadow Brokers."

The Linux Foundation Gives PNDA a Home - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

The Linux Foundation on Tuesday added PNDA -- the Platform for Network Data Analytics -- to its project menagerie. PNDA provides an open source, scalable platform for next-generation network analytics. It integrates data from multiple sources on a network and works with Apache Spark to crunch the numbers in order to find useful patterns in the data more effectively.

Security Alerts


Adobe Releases Security Updates for ColdFusion - Posted on Tuesday August 30, 2016

Original release date: August 30, 2016

Adobe has released security updates to address a vulnerability in ColdFusion. Exploitation of this vulnerability may allow a remote attacker to obtain sensitive information from an affected system.

Users and administrators are encouraged to review Adobe Security Bulletin APSB16-30 and apply the necessary updates.


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


Apple Releases Security Update - Posted on Thursday August 25, 2016

Original release date: August 25, 2016

Apple has released a security update to address multiple vulnerabilites in iOS. Exploitation of some of these vulnerabilities may allow a remote attacker to take control of an affected system. The update is for iPhone 4s and later, iPad 2 and later, and iPod touch (5th generation) and later.

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review the Apple security page for iOS 9.3.5 and apply the necessary update.


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


VMWare Releases Security Updates - Posted on Wednesday August 24, 2016

Original release date: August 24, 2016

VMWare has released security updates to address vulnerabilities in VMware Identity Manager and vRealize Automation. Exploitation of one of these vulnerabilities could allow a remote attacker to take control of an affected system.

Users and administrators are encouraged to review VMware Security Advisory VMSA-2016-0013 and apply the necessary updates.


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


FTC Releases Alert on Louisiana Flood Disaster Scams - Posted on Tuesday August 23, 2016

Original release date: August 23, 2016

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has released an alert on scams that cite the recent flood disaster in Louisiana. These charity scams take many forms, including emails containing links or attachments that direct users to phishing or malware-infected websites. Donation requests from fraudulent charitable organizations commonly appear after major natural disasters.

US-CERT encourages users to take the following measures to protect themselves:

  • Review the FTC alert and its information on Charity Scams.
  • Do not follow unsolicited web links or attachments in email messages.
  • Keep antivirus and other computer software up-to-date.
  • Check this Better Business Bureau (BBB) list for helping Louisiana flood victims before making any donations to this cause.
  • Verify the legitimacy of any email solicitation by contacting the organization directly through a trusted contact number. You can find trusted contact information for many charities on the BBB National Charity Report Index.
  • Refer to Security Tip ST04-014 – Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks – for more information on social engineering attacks.

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Fortinet Releases Security Advisory - Posted on Monday August 22, 2016

Original release date: August 22, 2016

Fortinet has released a security advisory to highlight a vulnerability in versions of FortiGate firmware that were released before August 2012. Exploitation of this vulnerability could allow a remote attacker to take control of an affected system. Using unpatched software increases risks from viruses and other security threats, and attackers may target vulnerabilities for months or even years after patches are available.

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review the Fortinet Advisory and apply the necessary update. See US-CERT Security Tip on Understanding Patches for more information.


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Cisco Releases Security Updates - Posted on Saturday August 20, 2016

Original release date: August 20, 2016

Cisco has released security updates to address vulnerabilities in several products. Exploitation of some of these vulnerabilities could allow an unauthenticated remote attacker to take control of an affected system.

Users and administrators are encouraged 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.


Cisco Releases Security Update - Posted on Friday August 12, 2016

Original release date: August 12, 2016

Cisco has released a security update to address a vulnerability in its IOS XR Software for ASR 9001 Aggregation Services Routers. Exploitation of this vulnerability could allow an remote attacker to cause a denial-of-service condition.

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


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


Microsoft Releases August 2016 Security Bulletin - Posted on Tuesday August 09, 2016

Original release date: August 09, 2016

Microsoft has released nine updates to address vulnerabilities in Microsoft software. Exploitation of one of these vulnerabilities could allow a remote attacker to take control of an affected system.

Users and administrators are encouraged to review Microsoft Security Bulletins MS16-095 through MS16-103 and apply the necessary updates.


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


VMware Releases Security Update - Posted on Friday August 05, 2016

Original release date: August 05, 2016

VMware has released a security update to address vulnerabilities in vCenter Server, vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi), Workstation Pro, Workstation Player, Fusion, and Tools. 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 VMware Security Advisories VMSA-2016-0010 and apply the necessary updates.


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


Apple Releases Security Update - Posted on Friday August 05, 2016

Original release date: August 05, 2016

Apple has released a security update to address a vulnerability in iOS. Exploitation of this vulnerability may allow a remote attacker to take control of an affected system. The update is for iPhone 4s and later, iPad 2 and later, and iPod touch (5th generation) and later.

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review the Apple security page for iOS and apply the necessary updates.


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


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