The past week, Vancouver was the site of the 2022 Pwn2Own contest, a timed test of skills for hackers and cybersecurity experts. This year marks the 15th anniversary of the contest, and 2022's gathering didn't disappoint. 17 contestants attacked 21 targets, including Apple's Safari browser, Windows 11, and even the... Read more...
In what seems to be the year of security breaches and threat actors thieving or or holding data for ransom, defenders, or blue teamers, cannot seem to catch a break. However, just after announcing that it had hit a major component supplier for Boeing and Lockheed Martin, it appears that the Conti ransomware gang as we... Read more...
Security researchers from the Technical University of Darmstadt in Germany have found that even if an iPhone has been powered off, some segment of its wireless connectivity remain active in the device. Most notable is Bluetooth, though NFC and Ultra-Wide-Band both may remain active as well. Through the Bluetooth... Read more...
No one in computer security can catch a break lately, it seems, as yet another two major cybersecurity flaws have been found related to web servers. Named Sysrv-K by security researchers on Microsoft's Security Intelligence Twitter, te vulnerabilities install botnets, which will run a crypto-coin miner on infected... Read more...
May 2022 has not been a good month for operating system updates. Microsoft had a problem with Active Directory and later driver crash blue screens of death (BSoD). Now it appears Apple has zero-day security exploit problems affecting many of its major platforms, including macOS, watchOS, and tvOS. An emergency fix... Read more...
The beginning of the year saw a flurry of stories about security breaches as the cybercriminal gang known as LAPSUS$ stole data from an alarming number of big name companies in a short period of time. However, while LAPSUS$ is no longer in operation, after the London police arrested all seven members of the group... Read more...
On the 10th of May this year the patch Tuesday updates for Windows started rolling out. Unfortunately, as almost always seems to be the case, there are more and more problems piling up. Of course, the first issue people started reporting was related to servers who use Kerberos and Domain Controllers on server... Read more...
Many are aware by now, second Tuesday of every month is Patch Tuesday for Microsoft Windows. This is when Microsoft rolls out major and critical updates to its ubiquitous operating system, Windows. Much like many Patch Tuesdays before, there are problems with the latest one. Specifically, the patch has problems... Read more...
Unlike driver updates, BIOS releases typically arrive far less often—usually when vendors add support for new CPUs, but also occasionally to improve stability and performance, or to address security vulnerabilities. Regarding the latter, HP is pushing out firmware updates for over 200 laptops and desktops to patch a... Read more...
When you fill out an online form and hit the submit button, you're willingly transmitting your personal data to the website and any third parties you may have agreed to in the fine print. That's fair game. However, an alarming security report suggests your data is sometimes transmitted even if you change your mind and... Read more...
Another day another malware threat. Yes, yet another new way of delivering malware has shown up recently. That new way does not directly involve files but Windows Event Logs. According to security researchers at Kaspersky, a customer showed this new behavior. The method injects shellcode payloads into the event... Read more...
When you are investigating a crime, one of the most important things to establish is "motive." If you know a crime has been committed, having an understanding of why it happened is a critical step to figuring out who did it. In the strictest sense, installing software on someone else's computer isn't a crime. It's... Read more...
Admit it, you use the same password for multiple sites. Even if you don't, a lot of people do because it's just too darn difficult to juggle separate login credentials for a multitude of services and websites that you use or visit on a regular basis. Maybe you employ a password manager to keep track of everything, or... Read more...
Last week, Google introduced its new data safety section for the Play Store, which states that Android application developers have until July 20th to fully disclose their data collection, sharing, and safety practices. A new analysis of popular Android apps shows why this kind of data collection transparency is... Read more...
Windows Updates are a great idea, most of the time. Other times they're an annoyance, like when they download and install in the background while you're trying to play a system-intensive game. Or, they are just outright broken for some people. The latter of those seems to be the case for some Windows 11 users... Read more...
We’ve recently covered a number of sophisticated phishing scam techniques, including fake animated windows designed to steal passwords and automated call bots that trick victims into giving away multi-factor authentication codes. While ransomware attacks are currently on track to surpass phishing attacks as the number... Read more...
AV Comparatives has posted the results of its latest performance impact test of over a dozen popular antivirus programs, and unfortunately for Microsoft, its Defender program that's built into Windows only narrowly avoided coming in dead last. On the bright side, though, Defender moved up from taking the last spot in... Read more...
Another day another vulnerability. Several, actually—the Stable Channel for the desktop edition of Chrome had an update on April 26, 2022 that includes no less than 30 security fixes, half a dozen of which are rated as "High" severity flaws. The release notes for Google's Chrome v101.0.4951.41 for Windows, Mac, and... Read more...
Have you ever Googled yourself and stumbled upon some less than savory information or simply something you wouldn't want to be easily found? As Google states, it's important to control how people can find your sensitive, personally identifiable information (PII), so now you can. Using a new Google tool, users can... Read more...
Microsoft will be retiring Internet Explorer once and for all on June 15. However, Microsoft won’t be out of the web browser game with this retirement. The company has shifted its focus to maintaining and developing the Chromium-based Edge browser. Microsoft rolls out new Edge features fairly often, though some of... Read more...
Microsoft's Windows has plenty of reason to be proud of its status as the desktop operating system of choice for personal computers, but Linux drives a massive portion of the processing that lies beneath the surface of the internet at large. Ultimately, it's to everyone's benefit if security holes are closed, so we... Read more...
Back in May of 2021, Google announced that privacy labels would be coming to the Google Play Store. Now, almost a year later, the company has announced that it will soon be rolling these labels out to the Play Store with requirements for application developers. The Google Play Store already features an expandable... Read more...
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