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New Ransomware linked to Notpetya sweeps Russia and Ukraine

Posted by on Nov 18, 2017 in IT News | 0 comments

New Ransomware linked to Notpetya sweeps Russia and Ukraine

Just four months ago, a massive ransomware attack known as NotPetya ripped through Ukraine, Russia, and some multinational companies, infecting thousands of networks and eventually causing hundreds of millions of dollars in damages. Now, an apparent aftershock of that attack is reverberating through the region, as a new variant of that code locks up hundreds of machines and handicaps infrastructure. On Tuesday, the security community began tracking a new outbreak of ransomware tied to NotPetya’s authors. Known as BadRabbit, the the strain has infected hundreds of computers—mostly in...

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Facing prospect of regulation, Twitter plans new Ad disclosures

Posted by on Nov 15, 2017 in IT News | 0 comments

Facing prospect of regulation, Twitter plans new Ad disclosures

In an apparent response to mounting pressure in Washington, Twitter said it would give users additional information about ads on the microblogging service, including details about who paid for the ad and the groups being targeted. Twitter announced what its calling its Transparency Center in a blog post Tuesday, one week before the company’s general counsel is set to testify before the House Intelligence Committee, alongside representatives from Facebook and Google, about how Russian operatives used the platforms to meddle in the 2016 US election. It comes one week after Sens. Mark...

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Verizon’s long-shot bet to disrupt Google and Facebook

Posted by on Nov 10, 2017 in IT News | 0 comments

Verizon’s long-shot bet to disrupt Google and Facebook

Facebook and Google dominate digital advertising, but Verizon wants to change that. Like many telcos, Verizon desperately wants to own more of the content that flows through its wired and wireless connections. It also has been building an online-advertising empire, from its acquisition of AOL in 2015 through its purchase of Yahoo, which closed earlier this year. But it has a long way to go to catch up with the big two, as revealed by the company’s quarterly earnings report Thursday. It was the first full quarter since the Yahoo acquisition closed and the first time Verizon disclosed...

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Your browser could be mining cryptocurrency for a stranger

Posted by on Nov 8, 2017 in IT News | 0 comments

Your browser could be mining cryptocurrency for a stranger

There’s something new to add to your fun mental list of invisible internet dangers. Joining classic favorites like adware and spyware comes a new, tricky threat called “cryptojacking,” which secretly uses your laptop or mobile device to mine cryptocurrency when you visit an infected site. Malicious miners aren’t new in themselves, but cryptojacking has exploded in popularity over the past few weeks, because it offers a clever twist. Bad guys don’t need to sneak software onto your computer to get it going, which can be a resource-intensive attack. Instead, the latest technique uses...

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The flawed system behind the Krack Wi-Fi meltdown

Posted by on Nov 5, 2017 in IT News | 0 comments

The flawed system behind the Krack Wi-Fi meltdown

The security community scrambled to unpack Krack, a fundamental vulnerability in the ubiquitous, secure Wi-Fi network standard known a WPA2. Though some of the most popular devices are mercifully already protected (like most of those that run Windows and iOS), a staggering population remains exposed to data theft and manipulation every time they connect to WPA2 Wi-Fi. But as another interminable patching process begins, a different conversation is picking up, too, about how to catch flaws in crucial standards more quickly, and make it easier to patch them. No software is perfect. Bugs are...

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Google’s advanced protection locks down accounts like never before

Posted by on Oct 30, 2017 in IT News | 0 comments

Google’s advanced protection locks down accounts like never before

When it comes to the eternal tradeoff between digital security and convenience, most tech firms focus their efforts on the vast majority of people who choose a painless user experience over a paranoid one. But Google is adding a set of features specifically targeted at those who prefer the latter. You can now lock down your account to a degree that no other major tech firm has ever offered directly to users, convenience be damned. On Tuesday, Google announced the launch of a new “advanced protection” setting for Google accounts, which makes it harder than ever for hackers to...

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