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Technology NewsUpdated Sunday, April 23rd, 2017. Powered by


>10,000 Windows computers may be infected by advanced NSA backdoor:

Did script kiddies use DoublePulsar code released by NSA-leaking Shadow Brokers?

Researchers claim China trying to hack South Korea missile defense efforts:

Deployment of THAAD upsets China, seen as espionage tool.

Fansubs for TV shows and movies are illegal, court rules:

Anti-piracy group tells Dutch court they damage the industry.

Windows, Office, to get synchronized twice yearly releases:

New policy officially formalizes the previously informal intentions.

FCC helps AT&T and Verizon charge more by ending broadband price caps:

Business Internet price caps eliminated even when customers have only one choice.

Mozilla, Microsoft rebuilding their browsers’ foundations without anyone noticing:

Browsers are getting quietly rebuilt around us.

Chrome, Firefox, and Opera users beware: This isn’t the apple.com you want:

Unicode sleight of hand makes it hard for even savvy users to detect impostor sites.

Tanium CEO admits using real hospital data in sales demos [Updated]:

CEO Hindawi: "Viewers didn’t connect demo to that customer for years."

Verizon lost 400,000 customers in the 6 weeks before it launched unlimited data:

Verizon turned things around but still lost 289,000 phone subscribers.

Windows bug used to spread Stuxnet remains world’s most exploited:

Code-execution flaw is triggered by plugging a booby-trapped USB into vulnerable PCs.

Tanium exposed hospital’s IT while using its network in sales demos:

CEO used client hospital's network in demo "hundreds of times," reports WSJ.

Open the pod bay doors, Watson: IBM introduces “cognitive rooms”:

Will have a "wake word" like Google Home, Amazon Echo—but you can choose it. Avoid "Hal."

Verizon CEO: We’d consider merger with almost anyone, including Comcast:

No deal is imminent as Verizon CEO claims no one has the fiber to match Verizon.

Microsoft turns two-factor authentication into one-factor by ditching password:

As long as you can log in to your phone, you can log in to your Microsoft Account.

Steve Ballmer’s new gov’t data project assumes that facts change minds:

Op-ed: Showing where taxes go is a valuable service, but facts are beside the point.

Vigilante botnet infects IoT devices before blackhats can hijack them:

Hajime battles with Mirai for control over the Internet of poorly secured things.

Microsoft continues to experiment with Windows power management:

Though for now, only recent Intel chips need apply.

Verizon buying 37 million miles of fiber to boost its wireless network:

Verizon buys fiber from Corning, with a focus on wireless Internet—not FiOS.

Meet PINLogger, the drive-by exploit that steals smartphone PINs:

Sensors in phones running both iOS and Android reveal all kinds of sensitive info.

Navy drone software brings us one step closer to robot-filled skies:

Software, including air traffic awareness and collision avoidance, passes Navy test.

Security AlertsUpdated Sunday, April 23rd, 2017. Powered by


Drupal Releases Security Updates:

Original release date: April 19, 2017

Drupal has released an advisory to address a vulnerability in Drupal core 8.x versions prior to 8.2.8 and 8.3.1. A remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability to obtain sensitive information.

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review Drupal's Security Advisory and upgrade to version 8.2.8 or 8.3.1.


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Cisco Releases Security Updates:

Original release date: April 19, 2017

Cisco has released updates to address several high-impact vulnerabilities affecting multiple products. These and other lower-impact vulnerabilities are listed at Cisco Security Advisories and Alerts. A remote attacker could exploit one of the high-impact vulnerabilities to cause a denial-of-service condition.

Users and administrators are encouraged to review the following Cisco Security Advisories and apply the necessary updates:


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Mozilla Releases Security Updates:

Original release date: April 19, 2017

Mozilla has released security updates to address a vulnerability in Firefox and Firefox ESR. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability to take control of an affected system.

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review the Mozilla Security Advisories for Firefox 53, Firefox ESR 45.9, and Firefox ESR 52.1 and apply the necessary updates.


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Google Releases Security Updates for Chrome:

Original release date: April 19, 2017

Google has released Chrome version 58.0.3029.81 for Windows, Mac, and Linux. This version addresses multiple vulnerabilities that an attacker may exploit to take control of an affected system.

Users and administrators are encouraged to review the Chrome Releases page and apply the necessary updates.


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


VMware Releases Security Updates:

Original release date: April 18, 2017

VMware has released security updates to address vulnerabilities in Unified Access Gateway, Horizon View, and Workstation. Exploitation 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 Advisory VMSA-2017-0008 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: April 18, 2017

Oracle has released its Critical Patch Update for April 2017 to address 299 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 April 2017 Critical Patch Update and apply the necessary updates.


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Microsoft Addresses Shadow Brokers Exploits:

Original release date: April 15, 2017 | Last revised: April 17, 2017

The Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) has published information on several recently publicized exploit tools which affect various Microsoft products.

Users and administrators are reminded that software no longer supported by Microsoft (also known as end-of-life (EOL) software) is particularly at risk for exploitation. US-CERT recommends retiring EOL products. For more information on EOL Microsoft products, see US-CERT Alerts TA14-310A and TA14-069A, and the previous US-CERT Current Activity on Windows Vista.

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review the MSRC post and apply any necessary updates.


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VMware Releases Security Updates:

Original release date: April 14, 2017

VMware has released security updates to address a vulnerability in vCenter Server. Exploitation of this vulnerability could allow a remote attacker to take control of an affected system.

Users and administrators are encouraged to review VMware Security Advisory VMSA-2017-0007 and apply the necessary update.


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


ISC Releases Security Updates for BIND:

Original release date: April 12, 2017

The Internet Systems Consortium (ISC) has released updates that address multiple vulnerabilities in BIND. A remote attacker could exploit any of these vulnerabilities to cause a denial-of-service condition.

Available updates include:

  • BIND 9 version 9.9.9-P8
  • BIND 9 version 9.10.4-P8
  • BIND 9 version 9.11.0-P5
  • BIND 9 version 9.9.9-S10

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review ISC Knowledge Base Articles AA-01465, AA-01466, and AA-01471 and apply the necessary updates.


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Apache Software Foundation Releases Security Updates:

Original release date: April 12, 2017 | Last revised: April 18, 2017

The Apache Foundation has released security updates to address vulnerabilities in Apache Tomcat. Exploitation of one of these vulnerabilities may cause a remote attacker to obtain sensitive information.

Users and administrators are encouraged to review Apache.org CVE-2017-5648, CVE-2017-5650, and CVE-2017-5651 for more information and apply the necessary updates.


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