Intel asks #customers to #halt #patching for #chip #bug, citing #flaw

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Intel Corp (INTC.O) said on Monday that patches it released to address two high-profile security vulnerabilities in its chips are faulty, advising customers, computer makers and cloud providers to stop installing them. Intel Executive Vice President Navin Shenoy disclosed the problem in a statement on the chipmaker’s website, saying that…


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Forever 21 #POS #Devices Contract #Malware #Infections

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Apparel retailer Forever 21 said in the end-week of December 2017 that malware infection on its point-of-sale machines resulted in hacking of data related to payment cards from a few specific stores during the year. Reportedly, the attack got aggravated due to encryption absent on those machines. The $4bn retail…


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Intel #confirms reports of #hacking #vulnerability in its #chips, promises to #fix asap

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The world’s top chip maker Intel Corp on Wednesday confirmed a report about a potential security flaw in its Chips that is vulnerable to hacking and promised to fix the bug as soon as possible. Security researchers at Google said they discovered serious security flaws in Intel chips and other…


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15-year-old Unpatched Root Access Bug found in Apple’s macOS

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After a disastrous 2017, where Apple faced all sorts of security-related issues and complaints, the company is in trouble again right from the first day of the New Year! On the very first day of 2018 (or the last day of 2017, depending on your location and region), a security…


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How #Antivirus #Software Can Be #Turned #Into a #Tool for #Spying

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It has been a secret, long known to intelligence agencies but rarely to consumers, that security software can be a powerful spy tool. Security software runs closest to the bare metal of a computer, with privileged access to nearly every program, application, web browser, email and file. There’s good reason…


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Hackers #exploit the #Nintendo #Switch’s #Nvidia #chip to open up #homebrew #potential

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A HOMEBREW KIT could be the key to getting more games onto the Nintendo Switch, as hackers have figured out how to crack the console through its Nvidia chipset. Nintendo consoles are notoriously locked-down in order to keep software and game development limited to Nintendo’s in-house or approved third-party developers; homebrew games have not…


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HACKED #SEX ROBOTS COULD #MURDER PEOPLE, #SECURITY EXPERT #WARNS

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Sex robots could be hijacked by hackers and used to cause harm or even kill people, a cybersecurity expert has warned. Artificial intelligence researchers have consistently warned of the security risks posed by internet-connected robots, with hundreds recently calling on governments to ban weaponized robots. The latest warning comes from a…


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Smartphone #sensors can #leak the #four-digit #PIN code to #hackers

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Smartphones have remained the primary domain of experimentation for cybercriminals as they are always finding out ways to exploit and crack smartphones mainly Android devices. Apparently, researchers at Singapore based Nanyang Technology University or NTU Singapore, have identified a brand new way with which cyber-crooks can compromise a smartphone, which…


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Biometric #verification going #mainstream in #finance, concerns #remain

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Few would bet against biometric authentication going mainstream in the banking and finance sectors in South Korea this year as customers increasingly find it convenient to use the services simply with their fingerprint, iris or face. However, concerns also remain over security as serious risks arise if users’ biometric and…


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Malicious #malware: Lessons #learned and what to #expect from #cyber crime in 2018

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A wave of major cyberattacks swept across Russia in 2017. First in May, the WannaCry virus wreaked havoc on Russian mobile operator Megafon’s retail network and call center. Later in June, Petya (or NotPetya) attacked Russia’s oil major Rosneft at the height of a court battle against investment giant Sistema….


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Vietnamese #users lose $540 #million from #viruses

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Việt Nam’s leading internet security firm, Bách Khoa Internetwork Security Centre (BKAV), announced that Vietnamese users lost some VNĐ12.3 trillion (US$540 million) in 2017 due to viruses. The figure released by BKAV on its website on Wednesday showed that this year’s figure was much higher than last year’s VNĐ10.4 trillion….


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How #social media #bots are influencing our #everyday life #Bogus profiles, #spams, and much #more

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Who doesn’t know about the dominance of social bots on the internet during the United States Mid-term Elections 2010, and of course the United States Presidential Elections 2016. According to the estimates, approximately 14 pc of the users active on Twitter during the presidential election discussions were bots, which were…


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Why the #2018 #Midterms Are So #Vulnerable to #Hackers

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The first primary of the 2018 midterm elections, in Texas, is barely eight weeks away. It’s time to ask: Will the Russian government deploy “active measures” of the kind it used in 2016? Is it possible that a wave of disinformation on Facebook and Twitter could nudge the results of…


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The #healthcare #sector is one of the most #vulnerable to #cyberattacks

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HEALTHCARE isn’t necessarily a sector that you might closely associate with hacking and malware, but as more hospitals, medical practitioners and administrators begin adopting digital technology into their systems it’s becoming more crucial than ever that this industry adopts robust security measures. Despite the fact that 70 percent of health…


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Three #Years Later, #Hundreds of #Sites Still Use #Backdoored #WordPress #Plugins

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More than a year after revealing the presence of intentionally malicious code inside the source code of 14 WordPress plugins, experts warn that hundreds of sites are still using the boobytrapped components. In late October 2016, security experts from White Fir Design —the company behind the “Plugin Vulnerabilities” WordPress plugin—…


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5 Common #network #channels used by #malware

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Living in a modern digital era of computers can bring a lot of risks including data exfiltration to you and your PC. Computers are extremely vulnerable, and if the person on the other side of your network knows how to find the exact loophole in the system – you may suffer…


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Lack of #IT staff leaving #companies #exposed to #hacker #attacks

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Cybersecurity professionals are calling for better education and improved apprentice schemes after saying a shortfall of staff in the sector is leaving companies exposed to hacker attacks. According to a recent survey of recruitment agencies, 81% expect a rise in demand for digital security staff, but only 16% saw that…


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Beware of #gift cards that could be #vulnerable to #hacking

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According to the National Retail Federation, Americans are expected to spend $27.6 billion on gift cards this year. But what if your gift card was compromised and all the money was drained from it before you even went shopping? Cybersecurity expert Jim Stickley says he did that with Nordstrom gift…


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A recent #critical #infrastructure #hack has highlighted some major #vulnerability #issues

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An unnamed critical infrastructure facility was recently targeted by hackers who appear close to developing the ability to shut down operations, according to a report from cybersecurity firm Fire Eye. The hackers — who some speculate may have been operating on behalf of a nation — used a piece of…


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McAfee Labs Report Sees Known #Exploits and Fileless #Malware Drive Record New #Malware #Surge

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McAfee, one of the world’s leading cybersecurity companies, today released its McAfee Labs Threat Report: December 2017, examining the growth and trends of new malware, ransomware, and other threats in Q3 2017. McAfee Labs saw malware reach an all-time high of 57.6 million new samples—four new samples per second—featuring developments such as…


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