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More on the ransomware front Jim Finkle of Reuters in Boston reports -

 http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-cyber-ransomware-idUSKCN0X917X 

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For those that use advanced bits to post via Twitter, Tweetdeck is shutting down on April 15th officially according to this @Verge.com article http://www.theverge.com/2016/3/17/11255410/twitter-tweetdeck-windows-app-shut-down-april-15 


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Web News / Redmond updates Windows 10 phone home telemetry guide
« on: February 26, 2016, 05:22:54 AM »
In Microsoft's ever changing privacy ecosystem - here's the latest Windows 10 telemetry how-to via Chris Williams of the @Register.com

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/02/24/windows_10_telemetry/   

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With more than 200 million systems running Windows 10—many of them having upgraded from an earlier version for free—Microsoft has decided it’s time to monetize the lock screen.
Bad Boy Microsoft !  http://www.pcworld.com/article/3037396/windows/windows-10-lock-screen-ads-begin-with-rise-of-the-tomb-raider-push.html 
Further reading http://mobile.slashdot.org/story/16/02/24/2345234/windows-10-now-showing-full-screen-ads-on-lock-screen 

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Web News / Microsoft Releases Update for EMET
« on: February 23, 2016, 08:31:40 PM »
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US-CERT is aware of a vulnerability in Microsoft Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) versions prior to 5.5. Exploitation of this vulnerability may allow a remote attacker to bypass or disable EMET to take control of an affected system.

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2016/02/23/Microsoft-Releases-Update-EMET https://twitter.com/USCERT_gov/status/702181891177259008

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Web News / Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Vulnerability Disclosure
« on: February 01, 2016, 08:05:39 PM »
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In early November, a well-known and respected security researcher by the name of Tavis Ormandy alerted us to several security vulnerabilities in the consumer version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.

Within days, we were able to fix several of the vulnerabilities server-side and are now internally testing a new version (2.2.1) to release in the next 3-4 weeks to patch the additional client-side vulnerabilities. At this time, we are still triaging based on severity. [...]

https://blog.malwarebytes.org/news/2016/02/malwarebytes-anti-malware-vulnerability-disclosure/ 

What this means is - look for a new version of Malwarebytes through the internal update mechanism or via direct download - depending on how it's rolled out. 

 



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Testing / Testing modified Sig
« on: January 11, 2016, 07:15:14 PM »
This is a test



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General Software News, Updates & Discussions / Apple iTunes 12.3.2
« on: December 12, 2015, 01:35:58 AM »

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Adobe Flash Player 20.0.0.235 is now up. I'm assuming Corinne's links still work - if not these should be fine - note there is no changelog at the time of this writing.  http://www.neowin.net/news/adobe-flash-player-2000235 

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Internet / Adblock Plus for iOS
« on: October 01, 2015, 05:20:29 PM »
Spotted on Venturebeat.com yesterday - http://venturebeat.com/2015/09/30/adblock-plus-the-worlds-most-popular-ad-blocker-lands-on-ios/

App uses the vetted EasyList filter set - https://easylist.adblockplus.org/en/

Apple iTunes download - https://itunes.apple.com/app/adblock-plus-abp/id1028871868

As on other paltforms "acceptable ads" may be bypassed. 




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Web News / Edward Snowden is now on Twitter
« on: September 29, 2015, 11:33:21 PM »
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Whistleblower and former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden has finally joined Twitter — and he’s already been verified by the social network, so we know this one’s for real.

http://venturebeat.com/2015/09/29/edward-snowden-is-now-on-twitter/

Can you hear me now - https://twitter.com/Snowden/status/648890134243487744 


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Computerworld.com wrote:
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Lenovo seems to be testing the boundaries of trust.

First came the Superfish scandal where they were found to be pre-loading ad software that was so poorly implemented that it left victims/customers vulnerable to serious security flaws.  [...]

Article  - http://www.computerworld.com/article/2984889/windows-pcs/lenovo-collects-usage-data-on-thinkpad-thinkcentre-and-thinkstation-pcs.html 

My Tweet as of this morning - https://twitter.com/randyknobloch/status/646676519931244544 











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Adobe Flash Player 19.0.0.185 announced today via these: Adobe Bulletin - https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/flash-player/apsb15-23.html

Adobe PSIRT Blog entry -  http://blogs.adobe.com/psirt/?p=1273

And for those socially inclined via the Adobe Security Team on Twitter - https://twitter.com/AdobeSecurity/status/645981475322490882




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Web News / Pale Moon blocks Adblock Plus
« on: August 04, 2015, 02:00:49 PM »
Martin Brinkmann writes:
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  Users of the Pale Moon web browser who try to install the popular adblocking extension Adblock Plus won't be able to do so anymore as it was added to the blocklist by the Pale Moon team.  Pale Moon users who have it installed may have noticed that it is no longer enabled either. [...]
 
http://www.ghacks.net/2015/08/04/pale-moon-blocks-adblock-plus/ 

Users of Pale Moon, would of course, use the https://addons.palemoon.org/extensions/privacy-and-security/adblock-latitude/

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Web News / Superfish closes shop relaunches as JustVisual
« on: June 21, 2015, 07:25:58 PM »
Martin Brinkman writes:
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Superfish, a California-based advertising company best known for the part it played in the Lenovo fiasco posted an announcement on the official company homepage that its "business is closing".
If this is the case and I'm not doubting what Martin has written, those that keep and eye on these sorts of things should wary of unwelcome installs on PC's with soft security settings. And those that click before they think.

Announced: http://www.ghacks.net/2015/06/21/superfish-closes-shop-relaunches-as-justvisual/ 




 

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