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  • Kris Anne Hall, The Constitution and The Supremacy Clause

    06/21/2018 3:20:30 AM PDT · by knarf · 9 replies
    Kris Anne explains quickly and clearly a lot more than the Supremacy Clause in this, her explanation of the Supremacy Clause.There is SO much that is interconnected within the Constitution.
  • Android malware is infecting Amazon Fire TVs and Fire Sticks

    06/12/2018 6:00:37 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    the verge ^ | 06/12/2018 | Rachel England
    The worm, called ADB.Miner, installs itself as an app called "Test" under the package name "". Once it's infected a device, it eats up resources mining cryptocurrency -- devices will become slow, video playback will stop abruptly and a notification saying "Test" with the green Android robot icon will appear randomly on screen. If you've never played around with your Fire TV's developer options (which are off by default), you'll be safe from the virus. If, however, you've allowed ADB debugging or apps from unknown sources, your device is at risk -- switch both to off. If you suspect you've...
  • The FBI Is Warning You To Reboot Your Router - Prevent New Attack — Here's Everything You Need To Do

    05/29/2018 11:27:44 AM PDT · by blam · 52 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 5-29-2018 | Antonio Villas-Boas
    On May 25, the FBI warned that anyone who uses a router to connect to the internet should reboot their routers. The warning comes amid a Russian malware (malicious software) called VPNFilter that can secretly install itself onto internet routers and collect data from an unsuspecting user. So far, it's estimated that 500,000 devices - mostly from the Ukraine - have been affected. Rebooting internet routers will "temporarily disrupt the malware and aid the potential identification of infected devices," according to the FBI. The agency also recommends to disable your routers' remote management settings, and update the password you use...
  • F.B.I.’s Urgent Request: Reboot Your Router to Stop Russia-Linked Malware

    05/28/2018 5:30:48 PM PDT · by Flick Lives · 95 replies
    The New York Times ^ | May 27, 2018 | Louis Lucero II
    Hoping to thwart a sophisticated malware system linked to Russia that has infected hundreds of thousands of internet routers, the F.B.I. has made an urgent request to anybody with one of the devices: Turn it off, and then turn it back on. The malware is capable of blocking web traffic, collecting information that passes through home and office routers, and disabling the devices entirely, the bureau announced on Friday. A global network of hundreds of thousands of routers is already under the control of the Sofacy Group, the Justice Department said last week. That group, which is also known as...
  • PSA: Here’s how to check for – and remove – the Mac malware mshelper

    05/18/2018 2:19:08 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 39 replies
    9 to 5 Mac ^ | May. 18th 2018 4:36 am PT | By Ben Lovejoy
    If your Mac seems to be running at high fan rates or you’re seeing reduced battery-life for no apparent reason, you may want to check for some Mac malware that seems to be going around … A couple of support threads have described people finding a process called mshelper using a lot of CPU usage.From the little that’s known about it so far, it seems this is either adware or a cryptocurrency miner. Despite the heading in the Reddit thread, there’s no evidence that it’s a virus, so the most likely explanation for its spread is a sketchy download...
  • How to protect yourself from the EFAIL vulnerability on Mac and iOS

    05/15/2018 1:05:04 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 8 replies
    Idownloadblog ^ | May 14, 2018 | By Bryan M. Wolfe
    Here’s how to protect yourself from the EFAIL vulnerability in Apple Mail on both iOS and macOS. These temporary fixes come after the new vulnerability was discovered that allows hackers to derive decrypted plaintext from encrypted emails. For the attack to work, the third party must be in possession of your encrypted S/MIME or PGP emails. Although Apple’s likely to offer a fix to this vulnerability sooner rather than later, there are things you can do now to make your email more secure.The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) was the first to discover this vulnerability.Method 1 As previously mentioned, the first method involves removing...
  • How North Korea’s Hackers Became Dangerously Good

    04/19/2018 6:19:25 PM PDT · by KingofZion · 11 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | April 19, 2018 | Timothy W. Martin
    North Korea’s cyber army, long considered a midlevel security threat, is quietly morphing into one of the world’s most sophisticated and dangerous hacking machines. Over the past 18 months, the nation’s fingerprints have appeared in an increasing number of cyberattacks, the skill level of its hackers has rapidly improved and their targets have become more worrisome, a Wall Street Journal examination of the program reveals. As recently as March, suspected North Korean hackers appear to have infiltrated Turkish banks and invaded computer systems in the run-up to the Winter Olympics, cybersecurity researchers say. *** North Korea is cultivating elite hackers...
  • Microsoft patches patch for Meltdown bug patch: Windows 7, Server 2008 rushed an emergency fix

    03/30/2018 7:37:48 AM PDT · by dayglored · 25 replies
    The Register ^ | Mar 29, 2018 | Shaun Nichols
    If at first you don't succeed, you're Redmond Microsoft today issued an emergency security update to correct a security update it issued earlier this month to correct a security update it issued in January and February.In January and February, Redmond emitted fixes for Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 machines to counter the Meltdown chip-level vulnerability in modern Intel x64 processors. Unfortunately, those patches blew a gaping hole in the operating systems: normal applications and logged-in users could now access and modify any part of physical RAM, and gain complete control over a box, with the updates installed.Rather than stop...
  • A (apparently) new malware is making the rounds, called Log 1

    03/05/2018 6:11:11 PM PST · by Chances Are · 28 replies
    The source is one Brooklyn Williams | 03/05/2018 | Chances Are
    This email starts innocently enough. Don't open it!
  • New Spectre, Meltdown variants leave victims open to side-channel attacks <p>

    02/19/2018 3:53:27 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 20 replies
    TechRepublic ^ | February 15, 2018 | By Conner Forrest
    MeltdownPrime and SpectrePrime, found by Princeton and NVIDIA researchers, may require significant hardware changes to be mitigated. MeltdownPrime and SpectrePrime, new variants of the Meltdown and Spectre flaws, could put PCs at risk of another type of cyberattack. The MeltdownPrime and SpectrePrime exploits could be harder to protect against than the original Meltdown and Spectre flaws, because of how deep their flaws exist in the processor. Security researchers from NVIDIA and Princeton have discovered new variants of the Meltdown and Spectre flaws that may be more difficult to tackle than the originals. Dubbed MeltdownPrime and SpectrePrime, these flaws were further...
  • Android malware is taking over phones to mine for cryptocurrency

    02/16/2018 12:06:12 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies ^ | Posted on February 14, 2018 | by True Pundit Staff
    Malwarebytes first discovered the malware when investigating a separate campaign late last month. Specifically, the team was testing a malvertising chain on Windows and Chrome that would lead to tech support scams, but when they tested the same chain on Android, they were “redirected via a series of hops to that cryptomining page.” The page in question features a warning message and a CAPTCHA code. Until the user enters the code, the website will proceed to mine Monero cryptocurrency (XMR) at full speed. Malwarebytes found several identical domains, all of which use the same CAPTCHA code. The first was registered...
  • U.S., UK government websites infected with crypto-mining malware: report

    02/12/2018 7:05:29 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    Thousands of websites, including ones run by U.S. and UK government agencies, were infected for several hours on Sunday with code that causes web browsers to secretly mine digital currencies, technology news site The Register reported. More than 4,200 sites were infected with a malicious version of a widely used tool known as Browsealoud from British software maker Texthelp, which reads out webpages for people with vision problems...
  • Secret Service warning banks about ATM 'jackpotting'

    01/29/2018 7:07:39 PM PST · by markomalley · 24 replies
    KGO ^ | 1/29/18 | David Louie
    Thieves have discovered a new way to exploit older ATM's into spitting out every dollar they hold. It's called jackpotting because of the speed of the bills flying out, resembling how slot machines used to pay out coins. The Secret Service has warned financial institutions to expect a wave of jackpotting over the next week to 10 days, based on its investigation of ATM crimes in several parts of the country. The U.S. appears to be the latest target. In 2016, jackpotting yielded $13 million from ATM's. Twelve European countries and Mexico have also been hit recently. Ahmed Banafa, from...
  • Malwarebytes Web Blocking / RAM Usage Issue

    01/27/2018 11:24:53 AM PST · by RckyRaCoCo · 38 replies
    Malwarebytes ^ | 01/27/2018 | Malwarebytes
    "We're aware of an issue with a protection update that shipped an hour ago that is causing all web traffic to be blocked and RAM usage to climb. We are triaging this right now with all hands on deck. I will have an update shortly with root cause and will share with all of you as I get information. I completely appreciate the pain this is causing our users and we are working hard to resolve this"
  • Best Malware protection

    01/25/2018 2:56:05 PM PST · by Old Yeller · 44 replies
    I know there are a lot of computer geeks in Freeperland. What malware protection is best, in your opinion.
  • A sneaky extension for Chrome, Firefox prevents its removal, hijacks browser

    01/19/2018 5:15:02 PM PST · by markomalley · 20 replies
    Digital Trends ^ | 1/19/18 | Kevin Parrish
    Internet security firm Malwarebytes recently discovered that a pair of extensions will not only hijack Chrome and Firefox, but will block any attempts to remove them from these two browsers. The version found in Chrome is a forced extension resulting from web pages that trick visitors into installing the extension via a JavaScript-based popup. The Firefox version stems from advertisements pretending to be an official manual update requirement warning posted by Mozilla. “Tiempo en colombia en vivo” is the name of the invading Chrome extension. Malwarebytes doesn’t provide any specifics about what this extension actually does to Chrome but presumably, it completely...
  • Man Charged Over Super Creepy Apple Mac Spyware That Snooped On Victims Via Webcams

    01/11/2018 2:11:23 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 8 replies
    Forbes ^ | January 10, 2018 | By Thomas Fox-Brewster , FORBES STAFF
    Earlier this year Forbes reported on an especially creepy strain of malware known as FruitFly targeting Apple Macs. At the time, it was unclear just what the spy tool was for, though it appeared to be used for surveilling people's personal Macs, in particular peeping at them through their webcam. Now the U.S. Department of Justice has unveiled an indictment against 28-year-old North Royalton, Ohio, resident Phillip Durachinsky, who is not only accused of spying on Apple Mac owners via Fruitfly but also of producing child pornography. Prosecutors alleged Durachinsky had been installing spyware on people's PCs for more than...
  • It’s Official: North Korea Is Behind WannaCry

    12/18/2017 7:22:58 PM PST · by Innovative · 36 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Dec. 17, 2017 | Thomas P. Bossert
    ... after careful investigation, the U.S. today publicly attributes the massive “WannaCry” cyberattack to North Korea. The attack spread indiscriminately across the world in May. It encrypted and rendered useless hundreds of thousands of computers in hospitals, schools,
  • Microsoft emergency update: Malware Engine needs, erm, malware protection (Windows 7/8/8.1/10)

    12/10/2017 7:55:42 PM PST · by dayglored · 54 replies
    The Register ^ | Dec 7, 2017 | Shaun Nichols
    Microsoft has posted an out-of-band security update to address a remote code execution flaw in its Malware Protection Engine.Redmond says the flaw, dubbed CVE-2017-11937, has not yet been exploited in the wild. Because it is an out-of-band critical fix, however, it should be installed as soon as possible. For most users, this will happen automatically.The security hole is present in Windows Defender and Microsoft Security Essentials, as well as Endpoint Protection, Forefront Endpoint Protection, and Exchange Server 2013 and 2016.The bug was discovered and reported by the UK's National Cyber Security Centre – which is part of GCHQ, Blighty's spying...
  • Reaper: Calm Before the IoT Security Storm? (botnet reaper aka IoTroop)

    10/26/2017 9:25:58 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 3 replies ^ | October 17, 2017 | Brian Krebs
    It’s been just over a year since the world witnessed some of the world’s top online Web sites being taken down for much of the day by “Mirai,” a zombie malware strain that enslaved “Internet of Things” (IoT) devices such as wireless routers, security cameras and digital video recorders for use in large-scale online attacks. Now, experts are sounding the alarm about the emergence of what appears to be a far more powerful strain of IoT attack malware — variously named “Reaper” and “IoTroop” — that spreads via security holes in IoT software and hardware. And there are indications that...