Internet Explorer security patch includes an ad-generator for upgrading to Windows 10

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Description: Internet Explorer security patch includes an ad-generator for upgrading to Windows 10 Source: Win Beta Date: March 9, 2016 Security update KB 3139929 for Internet Explorer also installs another update called KB 3146449. It is the second update that Leonhard takes issue with, because it doesn’t appear to be security related. Instead this new update… Read more »

Facebook and WhatsApp might be the next Apple in encryption fight

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Description: Police in Brazil want messages from Facebook-owned mobile service WhatsApp. But WhatsApp says it can’t provide the information that’s requested because of its encryption technology. Source: CNN Money Date: March 10, 2016 Authorities in Brazil think information transmitted through WhatsApp could help in a criminal investigation into drug trafficking. In Apple’s case, law enforcement wants… Read more »

Microsoft focusing on speed, security and luring customers away from Oracle

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Description: With SQL Server 2016, Microsoft focuses on speed, security and luring customers away from Oracle Source: Tech Crunch Date: March 10, 2016 The SQL Server 2016 can’t just encrypt data at rest but also query it without having to decrypt it, using a relatively new cryptographic technique called “homeomorphic encryption.” Read More. Questions for discussion:… Read more »

Apple computers targeted in first ‘ransomware’ attack

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Description: Apple computers targeted in first ‘ransomware’ attack Source: CNN Money Date: March 7, 2016 Questions for discussion: 1. Do you believe that the hackers waited until the most opportune moment, when Apple has been must under scrutiny, to release this new malware? 2. If you are an Apple user, was one of the deciding factors… Read more »

Hacker Steals 1.2 Billion Logins

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Description: The FBI has linked a hacker to the theft of 1.2 billion internet credentials – the largest heist of its kind. Source: BBC Date: November 25, 2015 A hacker known as “mr.grey” is named in court documents filed by the bureau last year. Previously, “mr.grey” had advertised the credentials to Facebook and Twitter accounts for… Read more »

The Doctor on a Quest to Save Our Medical Devices From Hackers

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Description: Dr. David Klonoff is trying to make his patients’ medical devices more secure. Source: Wired Date: November 24, 2015   Klonoff wants to find a way to secure insulin pumps to shut out nefarious hackers while still letting patients hack their own pumps for better performance. Read More. Questions for discussion: 1. Do you think that… Read more »

Technology and the Fight Against Terrorism

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Description: Preventing terrorist plots is harder than ever, and technology is both the problem and the solution. Source: CNN Money Date: November 24, 2015 Violent extremists like ISIS meet in the open on Facebook or Twitter. Then they take the conversation private, using technology called encryption to encode their messages. It’s called “going dark”, and it’s one… Read more »

Android Apps Sending Hidden Data

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Description: How many of your Android Apps are sending your hidden data? Source: Engadget Date: November 22, 2015   You may already know that Android apps send a lot of data, but you might be surprised at how much of it isn’t really necessary. While the data collected is likely to be harmless, there is always… Read more »