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Newly Discovered Computer Chip Flaws Put Nearly ALL Modern Computers at Risk

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  • 4 January 2018
  • Author: TMcShane
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"Meltdown" and "Spectre"

Multiple research teams at academic and cybersecurity organizations (and even Google) have uncovered 2 flaws relating to computer chips that affect nearly every modern computer. The flaws have been dubbed "Meltdown" and "Spectre", and both create vulnerabilities that hackers can take advantage of. Microsoft, Apple and Linux are all issuing updates, though it is unclear when these will be available. Google has released a statement that Android users with the most recent security updates are protected. All SIM2K Cylance subscribers are protected from Meltdown and Spectre.

U.S. Declares Who is Responsible for WannaCry

A database on the Dark Web has 1.4 billion credentials, how many belong to you?

  • 19 December 2017
  • Author: TMcShane
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U.S. acknowledges North Korea behind WannaCry attacks

              

  Remember that global ransomware attack back in May? The one that left over 200,000 computers in over 150 countries encrypted, including the UK’s National Health Service? The U.S. declared on Monday that they have identified who is responsible, and the answer should come at no shock…

BREAKING NEWS: Net Neutrality Rules Repealed

FCC votes 3-2 in favor of rolling back Net Neutrality laws

  • 14 December 2017
  • Author: TMcShane
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The Net is Neutral No More


                This Thursday, members of the Federal Communications Committee voted in favor of rolling back Obama-era Net Neutrality rules. This decision marks a big-time win for large internet service providers (ISP’s), who will now have much more control over the way Americans use the internet. Net Neutrality was created to ensure a level playing field among content creators, both big and small, by preventing ISP’s from slowing or accelerating connection speed to certain websites. Without Net Neutrality laws in place, ISP’s have the ability to block, throttle or prioritize content based on their choosing.

 

                The votes came in at 3-2 in favor of scrapping Net Neutrality rules. “Consumers benefit, entrepreneurs benefit. Everybody in the internet economy is better off with a market based approach.” said Chairman of the FCC, Ajit Pai. He believes that this shift will spur investment and innovation, and give consumers more options when selecting internet plans. While the votes are in, the general public shouldn’t expect to notice any big changes in the short term but over time, ramifications could be drastic. “What this proposal would do is it would give broadband providers the legal right and the power to start blocking websites, or censoring content if they don’t have a commercial relationship with that content.” said Commissioner Rosenworcel, who voted against Net Neutrality rollbacks. “The open internet as we know it could change. Perhaps not immediately, but over time. And I think that’s troubling.”

Mayer and Smith in Senate Hearing

Bitcoin reaches $8,000 milestone

  • 20 November 2017
  • Author: TMcShane
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Equifax and Yahoo! testify in front of the Senate

Earlier this month, two former CEO’s had to testify in front of Congress their accounts of events surrounding two of the largest data breaches in history. Marissa Mayer, former CEO of Yahoo!, and Richard Smith, former CEO of Equifax, sat in front of the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation and detailed to the best of their ability the nature of these breaches that occurred under their watch; what caused them, who is responsible for them, and how they will be prevented in the future. The Senate committee also doesn’t fail to publicly shame these executives for endangering their customer’s sensitive information for decades to come, while themselves exiting their respective companies with millions of dollars in compensations and bonuses. We’ve summarized the hearing with a few main points you need to know:

Time to Patch Your Device

A new vulnerability affects most Wi-Fi enabled devices

  • 26 October 2017
  • Author: TMcShane
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Fatal WPA2 protocol flaw puts most Wi-Fi enabled devices at risk

                By now, you may have heard of the most recent high-profile security vulnerability to surface in the last couple weeks. You may even know the name attached to it – “KRACK attacks”. This vulnerability mainly exists within WPA2, which is a level of security certification developed by the Wi-FI Alliance, and is the standard protocol for many public and private access points. The vulnerability allows an attacker to intercept, decrypt, manipulate and hijack a victim’s wireless traffic, and doesn’t even need to connect to the network itself. Microsoft, Linux, Cisco, Apple and others have all released or announced patches.

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