Security

Microsoft December 2019 Patch Tuesday plugs Windows zero-day

Windows 10 version 1909: Why this feature update should be a pleasant surprise Microsoft is getting the November 2019 Update ready for release to the general public. Ed Bott explains what makes this update different from the feature updates you’ve come to dread. Read more: https://zd.net/2P1kysX Microsoft has released today the December 2019 Patch Tuesday security updates. This month’s updates ...

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At long last, WireGuard VPN is on its way into Linux

Extraordinary surge in download of mobile VPN apps worldwide Countries with the most mobile VPN app downloads: Indonesia, the US, India. How much are people looking forward to WireGuard, the new in-kernel Linux virtual private network (VPN)? Well, Linus Torvalds said, “Can I just once again state my love for it and hope it gets merged soon? Maybe the code ...

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Reddit links leak of US-UK trade documents to Russian influence campaign

Image: Kon Karampelas Reddit said today that a leak of official US-UK trade documents that took place on its platform was the work of Russian operatives part of a long-running political influence campaign. The leak occurred in late October when a Reddit user named Gregoratior published multiple files from the ongoing US-UK trade talks taking place in the Trade and ...

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These are the worst hacks, cyberattacks, and data breaches of 2019

What happens after a data breach in a major company? Nothing good, says Wall Street The stock market does not take cybersecurity incidents kindly, it seems. The blight of cyberattacks, criminal hacking groups, and data breaches is not going away anytime soon. For the past few years, there has been a constant stream of data breaches that have hit the ...

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Facebook sues Chinese malware operator for abusing its ad platform

Facebook filed a lawsuit today against a Chinese company and two Chinese nationals for abusing the Facebook ad platform to run a malware scheme. The accused are ILikeAd Media International Company Ltd., a Hong Kong-based company founded in 2016, and Chen Xiao Cong and Huang Tao, the two men behind it. Facebook said today that ILikeAd used Facebook ads to ...

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Retailers, prepare wisely: DDoS remains a holiday threat

Think smaller DDoS attacks aren’t a real threat? Think again Distributed Denial of Service attacks are getting smaller — but they’re still getting more dangerous. No, Virginia, there’s no denying there is a Santa Claus. There’s also no denying the threat that distributed denial of service (DDoS) presents to retailers and eCommerce sites during the holidays. Nothing says “happy holidays” ...

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FBI warns about snoopy smart TVs spying on you

Don’t want your smart TV spying on you? Then follow these steps Opinion: You could worry about Windows 10 spying on you, or you could worry about something a bit more serious — like your TV listening in on you and passing on the information to intelligence agencies. She laughed. I laughed. The TV laughed. I shot the TV. “Blasted ...

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This trojan malware is being used to steal passwords and spread ransomware

Malware attacks on hospitals are on the rise The healthcare industry stores some of the most sensitive personal information there can be about people: hackers know this and are looking to exploit what they view as an easy target. A newly discovered hacking campaign by a ‘sophisticated cyber criminal operation’ is targeting healthcare and education organisations with custom-built, Python-based trojan ...

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Data of 21 million Mixcloud users put up for sale on the dark web

A hacker has breached online music streaming service Mixcloud earlier this month, and is now selling the site’s user data online, on a dark web marketplace. The hack came to light on Friday, when the hacker contacted several journalists to share news of the breach and to provide data samples, including to ZDNet. Accordig to a sample of the stolen ...

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