News in brief: New IoT grief; Old patch lessons; Older voting tech

Your daily round-up of some of the other stories in the news more…

Joomla 3.8 fixes serious LDAP authentication issue, update now

The bug allows the extraction of an affected site’s credentials “in seconds” more…

RedBoot Ransomware Modifies Master Boot Record

A newly discovered ransomware family has the ability to replace the Master Boot Record and modify the partition table, allowing the malware to function as a wiper. read more more…

How Cyber Thugs Use Music and Celebrity Searches to Dupe Your Family

Like stockbrokers watch the market, cybercriminals keep an eye on the public’s latest obsessions. And, once they spot a trend in our search behavior, they know exactly where to plant malware links designed to steal personal information from our devices. Such is the case with Canadian pop-punk artist Avril Lavigne, who by no fault of […] more…

No, Facebook spies aren’t secretly “following me”, it’s a hoax

Typing “Facebook security” into your block list won’t reveal their names more…

DHS Notifies States Targeted by Russia in Election Hacks

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has finally notified the states whose systems were targeted by hackers before last year’s presidential election. read more more…

Monday review – Adobe botches, Apache bleeds and Equifax blunders

From Apache bleeding to Equifax shooting itself in the foot. Again. more…

All the Features You Need to Know About in iOS 11

iOS 11 was released last week, and with it your iPhone and iPad (as long as its one of these models) got a ton of new features. There are so many, that navigating through them all can end up being a pretty daunting, and let’s face it, confusing, task. Not sure how to learn it […] more…

How Much Money Can Pirate Bay Make from a Cryptocoin Miner?

In a surprise move, The Pirate Bay decided to add a cryptocurrency miner to its website last weekend. The notorious torrent site wanted to see whether this could replace the ads on the site. A controversial idea, but how much money can a site like The Pirate Bay make through mining? In recent years many […] more…

iFixit’s iPhone 8 teardown finds a smaller battery and lots of glue

There’s a new iPhone out in the wild, which means there’s a new teardown from iFixit showing everything that’s going on inside Apple’s latest handset. Tags:  Apple more…

Fitbit Ionic review: Meet the $300 fitness-focused smartwatch

Fitbit has a lot riding on its new $300 Ionic smartwatch. Analyst reports suggest the smartwatch category will continue to grow over the next few years, and Apple and Google already have well-established devices and operating systems. Being one of the top players in the wearables game, Fitbit is unlikely to build a device that […] more…

Security News This Week: Hackers Broke Into the SEC… A Year Ago

The week kicked off with news that CCleaner, a popular security software tool, had itself been compromised, distributing a backdoor to hundreds of thousands of users and highlighting software’s serious supply-chain security issue. Just a few days later, it turned out that the CCleaner was designed instead to target nearly two dozen specific tech firms. […] more…

All the Ways Equifax Epically Bungled Its Breach Response

The breach of the credit monitoring firm Equifax, which exposed extensive personal data for 143 million people, is the worst corporate data breach to date. But, incredibly, the mistakes and the superlatives don’t end there. Three weeks since the company first publicly disclosed the situation, a steady stream of gaffes and revelations paint a picture […] more…

Verizon Engineer Exposes Internal System Data

Researchers discovered an unprotected Amazon Web Services (AWS) S3 bucket containing potentially sensitive information associated with a system used internally by Verizon. read more more…

Adobe Accidentally Posts Private PGP Key

Adobe’s product security incident response team (PSIRT) accidentally published a private PGP key on its blog. The compromised key was quickly revoked and a new key was generated after the incident came to light. read more more…

Adobe security team posts public key – together with private key

If you generate an encryption keypair and you get a public key and a private key, which one do you think you should keep to yourself? more…

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