27
Dec

Critical Vulnerability Patched in Mozilla Thunderbird

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Via Ars Technica: Mozilla has recently released a major upgrade to the Thunderbird email client that addresses a critical buffer-overflow vulnerability that was discovered earlier this year: The bug, rated critical by the Mozilla Foundation, is CVE-2017-7845, which is a buffer overflow vulnerability affecting only Windows users. “A buffer overflow occurs when drawing and validating […]

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03
Nov

Westlaw: Blockchain 101

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Thomson Reuters (aka: Westlaw) has a introductory primer up on the increased use of blockchain technologies in both the financial and legal sectors. Blockchain 101 [Note: The article is partially pay-walled, so to read the full piece you will need a Westlaw login.]

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25
Oct

New Ransomware, Dubbed “Bad Rabbit”, Strikes Europe

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Endgadget is reporting on a new malware attack underway in in Europe. Dubbed “Bad Rabbit”, the attack takes advantage of widely known flaws in Adobe’s Flash product to trick users into downloading a fake update from a compromised web site. Once installed, the update encrypts user files, rendering them inaccessible until a ransom demand of […]

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17
Oct

KRACK Attack Opens Your Wi-Fi Networks to Snooping

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Mathy VanHoef, a researcher with the imec-DistriNet Research Group at University of Leuven, Belgium has released a paper titled Key Reinstallation Attacks: Forcing Nonce Reuse in WPA2 which details a major vulnerability in the WPA2 wireless security protocol. Per VanHoef’s release notes: [A]ttackers can use this novel attack technique to read information that was previously […]

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05
Oct

Yahoo!’s 2013 Data Breach Was FAR Worse Than Reported

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Via Bloomberg: “Yahoo! Triples Likely Scope of 2013 Hack to 3 Billion Users” If you’ve ever had a Yahoo! account, the following sentence is not going to help your blood pressure: Yahoo, the internet company acquired by Verizon Communications Inc. this year, now believes a 2013 security breach exposed all 3 billion of its users […]

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05
Sep

IS Google Fiber Dying?

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Over at Motherboard, Kayleigh Rogers revisits the first community to pilot Google’s Fiber and takes note of the fact the once-promised future of broadband has, apparently, been put on-hold: Thousands of customers in KC who had pre-registered for guaranteed service when Fiber made it to their neighborhood were given their money back earlier this year, […]

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18
Aug

The Cloud: A Primer

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Introduction Unless you’ve been lost in the Outback for the last few years, you’ve probably heard someone make mention of “the cloud”. But you still may not know what exactly is meant by the phrases “all of my important documents are stored in the cloud” or “we back up to the cloud every night”. Essentially […]

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13
Jul

Help Preserve Net Neutrality

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Today the Electronic Frontier Foundation, along with more than 50 Internet-based business powerhouses like Google and Facebook, launched a major campaign to convince FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to preserve the concept of net neutrality: Let’s Save Net Neutrality Why is this important? Because the Internet belongs to you. It was your tax dollars that funded […]

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