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Jul 28, 2017
Enlarge / No more security bulletins for your neighborhood bulletin board. (credit: Randy Heinitz) The last three Patch Tuesdays haven't been the straightforward affairs we're used to. February's was a big deal because it was delayed and then canceled outright, with Microsoft never explaining to us why it didn't happen. Of course, that decision might have had something to do with the unexpec...

Enlarge / Artist's impression of a nomx product under the scrutiny of security researchers. (credit: Aurich/ThinkStock/Nomx) This article was originally published on Scott Helme's blog and is reprinted here with his permission. I was recently invited to take part in some research by BBC Click, alongside Professor Alan Woodward, to analyze a device that had quite a lot of people all excited. ...


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Jul 28, 2017
Enlarge (credit: Woodys Aeroimages) United Airlines might have another public relations nightmare on its hands. First came the viral video of a passenger being forcefully removed from a United flight in April. Then came the out-of-court settlement with that passenger, David Dao. If a 69-year-old United passenger being manhandled wasn't bad enough for United, there's word that the carrier's ...


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Jul 28, 2017
Enlarge / The Windows 10 S default wallpaper is a rather attractive simplified version of the Windows 10 default wallpaper. (credit: Microsoft) The major premise justifying Windows 10 S, the new variant of Windows 10 that can only install and run applications from the Windows Store, is that by enforcing such a restriction, Windows 10 S can—like iOS and Chrome OS—offer greater robustness and ...

AMD AMD today launched Ryzen Pro (styled "PRO" in AMD's branding, but we're not going to do that here), a series of processors designed for the corporate desktop. Close counterparts to the existing line of consumer-oriented Ryzen chips, the Pro parts are aimed at Intel's vPro-compatible processors, which ena...


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Jul 28, 2017
Enlarge / Cryptolocker was one of the ransomware pioneers, bringing together file encryption and bitcoin payment. (credit: Christiaan Colen / Flickr) The latest Windows 10 build, today's 16232, contains a few new security features. In addition to the richer control over exploit mitigation that Microsoft announced earlier this week, the new build also includes a trial of a new anti-ransomware...


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Jul 27, 2017
Some bugs aren't worth very much cash. (credit: Daniel Novta) Microsoft today announced a new bug bounty scheme that would see anyone finding a security flaw in Windows eligible for a payout of up to $15,000. The company has been running bug bounty programs, wherein security researchers are financially rewarded for discovering and reporting exploitable flaws, since 2013. Back then, Microsoft...


Source: Veracode.com

Jul 26, 2017
Let’s face it – cyberwar is no longer science fiction. Our economies – and our democratic system – are under attack. Security researchers are often reluctant to attribute attacks to particular nation states. But it’s become increasingly clear that Russia attempted to meddle in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, and perhaps other elections in the UK and Europe. Last summer, Russia-backed hack...