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Internet / YouTube will stop supporting Pale Moon
« on: February 04, 2020, 06:37:01 AM »
Hi :)
This message showed up over at Youtube in my Pale Moon browser this morning local time: >:(
We’ll stop supporting this browser soon. For the best experience please update your browser.

What is going on between Youtube and Pale Moon?

Security Alerts & Briefings / Win 10 Must be Updated Immediately
« on: August 15, 2019, 11:37:12 AM »
Microsoft is warning Windows 10 users to update their operating system immediately because of two "critical" vulnerabilities.
The company said the vulnerabilities are potentially "wormable," meaning affected computers could spread viruses and malware without any action on the user's part.
There are "potentially hundreds of millions of vulnerable computers," Simon Pope, Microsoft's director of Incident Response, wrote in a blog post Tuesday.
CNN August 14, 2019:

"It is important that affected systems are patched as quickly as possible because of the elevated risks associated with wormable vulnerabilities like these, and downloads for these can be found in the Microsoft Security Update Guide," he said.
Windows 10 users that have enabled automatic updates are already protected. For those who update manually, they can click the search button and type "Windows Update" to access the update tool.

Other operating systems, such as Windows XP, are not affected.

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Web News / Facebook copied 1.5m users' email contacts
« on: April 18, 2019, 11:26:06 AM »
BBC News 18-04-2019

Facebook "unintentionally" uploaded the email contacts of more than 1.5 million users without asking permission to do so, the social network has admitted.
The data harvesting happened via a system used to verify the identity of new members. Facebook asked new users to supply the password for their email account, and took a copy of their contacts. Facebook said it had now changed the way it handled new users to stop contacts being uploaded.

Data losses

All those users whose contacts were taken would be notified and all the contacts it had grabbed without consent would be deleted, it said. The information grabbed is believed to have been used by Facebook to help map social and personal connections between users.

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Jokes / Beer Can Choir
« on: December 12, 2018, 03:22:37 PM »

Web News / Facebook's hidden battle against ad-blockers
« on: December 11, 2018, 04:47:20 PM »
Hmm, why am I tired of Facebook?

BBC News on 10 December 2019

The methods Facebook uses to thwart ad-blocking technology have been criticised by web developers.
The social network injects dozens of lines of code in every page to make it harder for ad blockers to detect and hide sponsored posts.
But that makes the website less efficient and stops software such as screen readers used by visually impaired users from working properly.

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Web News / Google Shutting Down Google+
« on: October 09, 2018, 12:01:55 PM »
BBC News

Google+ shutting down after users' data is exposed

Google is shutting down much of its social network, Google+, after user data was left exposed.
It said a bug in its software meant information that people believed was private had been accessible by third parties.
Google said up to 500,000 users had been affected.
According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, the company knew about the issue in March but did not disclose it.

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Web News / Facebook security breach!
« on: September 28, 2018, 05:24:51 PM »
Facebook security breach: Up to 50m accounts attacked

The company said attackers were able to exploit a vulnerability in a feature known as “View As” to gain control of people's accounts. The breach was discovered on Tuesday, Facebook said, and it has informed police. Users that had potentially been affected were prompted to re-log-in on Friday. The flaw has been fixed, wrote the firm’s head of security, Guy Rosen, adding all affected accounts had been reset, as well as another 40 million "as a precautionary step".The firm would not say where in the world the 50 million users are, but it has informed Irish data regulators, where Facebook's European subsidiary is based. Users that had potentially been affected were prompted to re-log-in on Friday. However, the company said users did not have to change their passwords.

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Web News / Rigged charger can hijack your new laptop
« on: August 10, 2018, 05:08:40 PM »
A neat feature of many modern laptops is the ability to power them up through the USB port. Unlike the rectangular USB ports of old, the newer type - USB-C - can carry enough power to charge your machine.
That’s great news: it means you don’t need to add a separate port just for charging. And when the USB port isn’t being used for power, it can be used for something useful, like plugging in a hard drive, or your phone.
But while you and I may look at that as an improvement, hackers see an opportunity to exploit a new vulnerability.

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Jokes / Alternative Machine Gun
« on: August 07, 2018, 03:02:29 PM »

I want one those! ;D

Web News / Gmail messages 'read by human third parties'
« on: July 04, 2018, 12:56:31 PM »
Hi :)

Tech’s ‘Dirty Secret’: The App Developers Sifting Through Your Gmail

Google said a year ago it would stop its computers from scanning the inboxes of Gmail users for information to personalize advertisements, saying it wanted users to “remain confident that Google will keep privacy and security paramount.”

But the internet giant continues to let hundreds of outside software developers scan the inboxes of millions of Gmail users who signed up for email-based services offering shopping price comparisons, automated travel-itinerary planners or other tools. Google does little to police those developers, who train their computers—and, in some cases, employees—to read their users’ emails, a Wall Street Journal examination has found.

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Jokes / Brexit Car Unveiled
« on: June 26, 2018, 04:31:12 PM »
I can't bare me :P

Web News / Popular encrypted email standards are unsafe
« on: May 15, 2018, 03:44:00 PM »
Hi  :),

Reuters, May 14-2018

European researchers have found that the popular PGP and S/MIME email encryption standards are vulnerable to being hacked and they urge users to disable and uninstall them immediately.
University researchers from Muenster and Bochum in Germany, and Leuven in Belgium, discovered the flaws in the encryption methods that can be used with popular email applications such as Microsoft Outlook and Apple Mail.

“There are currently no reliable fixes for the vulnerability,” lead researcher Sebastian Schinzel, professor of applied cryptography at the Muenster University of Applied Sciences, said on Monday.

“If you use PGP/GPG or S/MIME for very sensitive communication, you should disable it in your email client for now.”

The team had been due to publish its full findings on Tuesday but rushed them out after the news made waves among the community of encrypted email users that includes activists, whistleblowers and journalists working in hostile environments.

Titling the exploit ‘Efail’, they wrote that they had found two ways in which hackers could effectively coerce an email client into sending the full plaintext of messages to the attacker.

There’s no immediate suggestion that spy agencies or state-sponsored hackers have already used the technique to burrow into people’s emails.

The researchers have informed email providers of their findings, under so-called responsible disclosure, and it now falls to others to establish whether the exploits can be replicated.

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Twitter tells 330 million users to change their passwords

BBC News
Twitter has told its 330 million users to change their passwords after a glitch exposed some in plain text on its internal network.

The social network said an internal investigation had found no indication passwords were stolen or misused by insiders.

However, it still urged all users to consider changing their passwords "out of an abundance of caution".

Twitter did not say how many passwords were affected.

Web News / Ransomware tops malicious attack charts
« on: April 10, 2018, 12:38:13 PM »
Hi  :)

BBC today:

Ransomware has become the most popular form of malware used in cyber-attacks, suggests a study.
Almost 40% of all successful malware-based attacks involved ransomware suggests the annual Verizon data breach investigations report.
The types of systems compromised were changing too, it found, with criminals trying to hit databases not just PCs.
It also indicated firms had significant success dealing with some types of cyber-attacks.
They had particular success in dealing with attempts to knock web servers offline and spotting phishing emails,

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LandzDown Lounge / Photo of the day
« on: March 13, 2018, 01:22:47 PM »

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