Intel celebrates security of Ice Lake Xeon processors, so far impervious to any threat due to their unavailability

The Register - Wed, 14/10/2020 - 20:26
But when they ship, Chipzilla promises its server silicon will 'double down' on defense mechanisms

Intel on Wednesday talked up a set of security features planned for its promised third-generation Xeon Scalable Processors, code-named Ice Lake, which are supposed to show up before the end of the year.…

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The rise of fearware and how to fight back

The Register - Wed, 14/10/2020 - 19:30
A new kind of email filtering protects against fraud

Sponsored  We've had malware, ransomware, and spyware. Now, prepare yourself for the latest in a litany of online nasties: fearware. Thanks to the pandemic, cybercriminals are finding new and more sophisticated ways to fleece us – and it's going to take a new approach to pinpoint, stop, catch and fight back against those attacks.…

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McAfee rattles tin for $600m+ in fresh IPO filing valuing firm at $3.6bn

The Register - Wed, 14/10/2020 - 16:52
That's if shares sell at the high end

McAfee – the antivirus vendor, not the totally sane and level-headed man who founded it – is reportedly looking to raise more than $600m in its upcoming IPO.…

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Brit webcam criminal snared in FBI LuminosityLink creepware sting spared prison

The Register - Wed, 14/10/2020 - 14:57
Swindon man walks away with two-year suspended sentence

A man who spied on unsuspecting victims through their webcams has escaped a prison sentence after buying off-the-shelf LuminosityLink malware and using CCTV software to spy on them.…

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'Facebook simply would not exist today if not for Bletchley Park,' says social network – but don't hold that against it

The Register - Wed, 14/10/2020 - 11:29
Zuckerberg and UK government throw code-breaking site funding lifeline

From the Department of Definitely Not Evil comes news that Facebook is donating £1m to Britain's Bletchley Park computing landmark.…

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Softly-as-a-service: IBM whispers plan for security SaaS based on a Cloud Pak

The Register - Wed, 14/10/2020 - 09:03
Appears to cook a new way to shift containerised wares and get you onto OpenShift

IBM has quietly announced a plan to turn one of its security software bundles into a software-as-a-service.…

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It's 2020 and a rogue ICMPv6 network packet can pwn your Microsoft Windows machine

The Register - Tue, 13/10/2020 - 21:09
Redmond urges folks to apply update ASAP – plus more fixes for Outlook and software from Adobe, Intel, SAP, Red Hat

Patch Tuesday  Microsoft's Update Tuesday patch dump for October 2020 has delivered security patches that attempt to address 87 CVEs for a dozen Redmond products.…

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For Foxit's sake: Windows and Mac users alike urged to patch PhantomPDF over use-after-free vulns

The Register - Tue, 13/10/2020 - 18:30
US CIST points spotlight at PDF reader 'n' creator suite

Windows and Mac users running Foxit's popular PhantomPDF reader should update their installations to the latest version after the US CISA cybersecurity agency warned of a handful of high-severity product vulnerabilities.…

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You can ditch the printer and go entirely paperless, but does that really make your work comms any more secure?

The Register - Tue, 13/10/2020 - 17:00
Tune in and learn how to reinvigorate your digital transformation

Webcast  It’s easy to say you want to kick off a digital transformation. It’s often harder to say what this should look like in practice, or what the benefits for your organisation will be. Just junking the printer and saying “we’re paperless now” isn’t a strategy, and certainly isn’t a plan. But moving to secure paperless communications is certainly a start.…

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Hackers hack Hackney: Local government cries 'cyberattack' while UK infosec officials rush to figure out what happened

The Register - Tue, 13/10/2020 - 13:32
Check bank accounts, don't open council emails, you know how this goes

Hackney Council in East London has declared that it was hit by a "cyberattack" – but both the authority and officials from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) remain tight-lipped about what actually happened.…

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The seven deadly sins letting hackers hijack America's govt networks: These unpatched bugs leave systems open

The Register - Tue, 13/10/2020 - 00:26
'Unauthorized access to elections support systems' detected tho 'no evidence to date that integrity of elections data has been compromised'

If you're wondering which bugs in particular miscreants are exploiting to break into, or attempt to break into, US government networks, wonder no more. And then make sure you've patched them.…

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Microsoft and chums use US trademark law to trash Trickbot malware network

The Register - Mon, 12/10/2020 - 19:30
Multinational operation is part of election protection effort

Microsoft and other global infosec companies have mounted a joint operation to sabotage command-and-control (C2) infrastructure used by the Trickbot malware.…

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'You've got the old cheeky Corona': Ireland's pandemic advice SMS service can be spoofed, warns researcher

The Register - Mon, 12/10/2020 - 17:21
Get cell broadcast tech in, urges onetime Lulzsec white hat

Ireland's efforts to keep residents informed about coronavirus has fallen foul of the same basic SMS vulnerability that one of their British neighbours experienced back in March.…

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Beware, drone fliers, of Scotland's black-headed gulls. For they will tear your craft from Mother Nature's skies

The Register - Mon, 12/10/2020 - 12:00
Innocent survey UAS brutally smashed into roof by Stranraer seabird

An innocent drone has crashed after being attacked by an aggressive Scottish black-headed gull.…

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One year after server hackers left NordVPN red-faced, firm's first colocated setup is online

The Register - Mon, 12/10/2020 - 11:18
Plus: Bunch of Cisco fixes for Patch Tuesday week, Fitbit kit hit, RAT malware written in Golang, and more

In brief  NordVPN has hit the go-live button for the first of its colocated server setups.…

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Britannia should rule the (cyber) waves, minister tells Singapore event in bid to drum up Commonwealth support

The Register - Mon, 12/10/2020 - 09:30
Rhetoric for the post-Brexit era but will actions follow words?

Comment  A UK government minister has called for the country to "shape the standards of new technology" in a speech aimed at drumming up Commonwealth support for a cyber "leadership" role for post-Brexit Britain.…

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Five Eyes nations plus Japan and India call for Big Tech to bake backdoors into everything

The Register - Mon, 12/10/2020 - 00:51
Or as they put it: ‘Embed the safety of the public in system designs … facilitating the investigation and prosecution of offences’

The nations of the Five Eyes security alliance – Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the USA and the UK – plus Japan and India, have called on technology companies to design their products so they offer access to encrypted messages and content.…

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Global Privacy Control emerges as latest attempt to let netizens choose whether they want to be tracked online

The Register - Sat, 10/10/2020 - 08:16
It's Do Not Track II: The Wrath of Ashkan and Sebastian... Caaaaaaaan't you stop stalking us around the internet

A coalition of technology companies, publishers, academics and advocacy groups this week proposed a web specification to allow internet users to declare whether they agree to have their personal data shared or sold.…

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Five bag $300,000 in bug bounties after finding 55 security holes in Apple's web apps, IT infrastructure

The Register - Sat, 10/10/2020 - 00:19
Unpatched Cisco VPN servers, access to the iOS source code, AWS secret keys – this is weapons grade 'oof'

A team of vulnerability spotters have netted themselves a six-figure payout from Apple after discovering dozens security holes in the Cupertino giant's computer systems, some of which could have been exploited to steal iOS source code, and more.…

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Software AG hit with ransomware: Crooks leak staffers' passports, want millions for stolen files

The Register - Fri, 09/10/2020 - 18:40
There's only one way to stop this, says counter-ransomware wares bod

Software AG has seemingly been hit by ransomware, with the German IT giant itself telling the country's stock market it had been “affected by a malware attack.”…

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