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Those huge CPU vulnerabilities, Meltdown and Spectre, explained

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By now you’ve probably heard. A large portion of the world’s computer processors are vulnerable to at least one of two exploits that render them susceptible to hackers. But what, exactly, is going on — and what can you do to protect yourself?

While the answer to the first question is complicated, thankfully the answer to the second isn’t. It turns out that companies like Google and Microsoft have been working behind the scenes to create patches for what the security community has named Meltdown and Spectre. 

But we’re not out of the woods yet, and, depending on your operating system, you still need to take some proactive measures to make sure your data is safe.  Read more…

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Equifax may have been hacked again and it’s not even funny anymore

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Equifax, the credit rating reporting agency that exposed personal data of nearly 150 million people, appears to have been hacked — again.

The (probable) hack was noticed by security researcher Randy Abrams and first covered by Ars Technica. While visiting Equifax’s website, Abrams noticed that some pages redirect to a site offering a fake, malware-bearing Flash update. 

Hijacking some pages on a hacked site to target visitors is a common tactic amongst malicious hackers. Often, you won’t see the malware-infested links on every page, and nothing else on the site will indicate that something’s wrong. But click on the link, and boom — your computer is infected.  Read more…

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Hackers just sent us practically all of HBO's social media passwords

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The leaks just keep coming.

The hackers responsible for the massive breach of HBO haven’t let up, and reached out to Mashable to share their latest exploits. And while the latest data dump doesn’t include any Game of Thrones spoilers, it definitely contains some information that the network wouldn’t want out in the open. 

Specifically, what appears to be the login credentials for almost every single HBO social media account. Passwords for everything from @HBO, @GameOfThrones, and @WestworldHBO to various Instagram and Giphy accounts were in a text document provided to us by the so-called “Mr. Smith group.” Read more…

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Trump to sign yet another trash executive order, this time on 'the cyber'

‘President’ Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order addressing cybersecurity today, Reuters reports in an item that cites “two sources familiar with the situation.” The EO is expected to be Trump’s first action to address what he called a top priority of his administration during the Presidential campaign.

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Hackers cause hotel to ditch keycards for old-school keys and locks

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Earlier this month, staff at Austria’s four-star Romantik Seehotel Jägerwirt tried to sign into the resort’s computer systems, but couldn’t. 

They had been infected by a kind of software called ransomware

When hackers deploy the tech, it encrypts a device, rendering it useless. Once a ransom is paid, the hackers then deliver an electronic “decryption key” which can be used to restore the device to normal. 

Unless the hotel paid a ransom in Bitcoin totaling close to $1,800 dollars, it wouldn’t be able to access its reservation system, cash desk system or issue electronic keycards.  Read more…

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Recommendations on cyber security for the 45th president… Use more hackers

New York City - USA - April 27 2016: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures while speaking to press after his five-state super Tuesday win 2016 was an extraordinary year. A record number of security breaches affected billions of people worldwide, including cyber attacks that dramatically impacted the course of businesses and governments. The Unites States, the world’s most connected nation, and the rest of the world will face a deficit of 1.5 million cyber professionals over the next  five years whose jobs are essential… Read More

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Software platform for 1,000 cannabis businesses crashed over the weekend

Last week a software platform used by 1,000 cannabis businesses crashed. The CEO of MJ Freeway says the outage was caused by an “unprecedented, malicious attack.”

From Fortune:

An MJ Freeway spokesperson told the Globe last week that the attack was specifically targeted at MJ Freeway, which is based in Denver. The company reports that it has received no ransom demands, suggesting that the attack could have been personally or politically motivated.

MJ Freeway, which serves more than 1,000 clients, is one of the most prominent startups providing technical infrastructure for the booming legal marijuana industry. In a 2015 Bloomberg profile, the company’s services were described as something like SAP or Oracle for weed, with features like automatic sales reports, staff scheduling, and crop data tracking.

(Thanks, Julian!)

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Cop suggests strapping Wi-Fi jammers on teen cybercriminals

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A British top policeman has proposed a punishment for teenage hackers: force them to wear Wi-Fi jammers to block them from accessing the internet. 

Chief Superintendent Gavin Thomas, president of the Police Superintendents’ Association (PSA), suggested that Wi-Fi jammers around the wrists or ankles could be a better sentence for young offenders. 

“We have got to stop using 19th century punishments to deal with 21st century crimes,” he said in an interview with The Telegraph

“If you have got a 16-year-old who has hacked into your account and stolen your identity, this is a 21st century crime, so we ought to have a 21st century methodology to address it,” he added.  Read more…

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