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Facebook showed Russia’s election ads to 10 million people

Remember when Facebook was so quick to dismiss the reports saying fake news spreading on the social network may have played a crucial role in last year’s presidential election? Well, Facebook no longer thinks that, and the more details it reveals, the clearer it becomes Facebook was a major political tool during and after the […]

Security
Google’s new Gmail security: If you’re a high-value target

Google will soon be offering an Advanced Protection Program to lock down the Gmail accounts of high-value targets. According to Bloomberg, the new Gmail service will block third-party apps from accessing user data and introduces a replacement for two-factor authentication based on Google’s USB Security Key. Google will begin offering the Advanced Protection Program next […]

Security
Google exposes seven severe flaws in Dnsmasq

Google researchers have publicly disclosed a set of serious bugs in a DNS software package which underpins many of today’s PCs and devices. On Monday, the Google security team said the software package, Dnsmasq, contains seven security flaws including some which can lead to remote code execution and information leaks. Dnsmasq is a lightweight network infrastructure builder for […]

Hacking
​Serious Linux kernel security bug fixed

Sometimes old fixed bugs come back to bite us. That’s the case with CVE-2017-1000253, a Local Privilege Escalation Linux kernel bug. This is a problem with how the Linux kernel loaded Executable and Linkable Format (ELF) executables. If an ELF application was built as Position Independent Executable (PIE), the loader could allow part of that application’s data segment to […]

Security
Oracle launches 18c, its database and automated cybersecurity system

Oracle chief technology officer Larry Ellison unveiled the company’s autonomous database called 18c as well as a cybersecurity system that rides shot gun with it. The aim: Automate the database and cyberdefenses because human processes stink. Ellison’s keynote Sunday, which kicked off Oracle’s OpenWorld conference in San Francisco, focused on automation and how machine learning […]

Security
FBI doesn’t have to reveal iPhone hack details, judge rules

The FBI doesn’t have to identify the company it contracted with to hack an iPhone used by one of the terrorists involved in the 2015 mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, a federal judge ruled Saturday. Three news organizations sued the FBI a year ago under the Freedom of Information Act to learn the name of the […]

Security
ICANN Postpones Major Internet Security Update

Internet oversight body ICANN has postponed plans to change the cryptographic key that protects the global Domain Name System (DNS), claiming that some infrastructure operators aren’t ready. Changing the key involves generating a new cryptographic key pair and distributing the new public component to Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC)-validating resolvers. However, newly-obtained data appears to show […]

Security
Security firm finds some Macs vulnerable to ‘firmware’ attacks

Since 2015, Apple Inc (AAPL.O) has tried to protect its Mac line of computers from a form of hacking that is extremely hard to detect, but it has not been entirely successful in getting the fixes to its customers, according to research released on Friday by Duo Security. Duo examined what is known as firmware […]

Security
Apple sees sharp increase in U.S. national security requests

Apple Inc has received more than four times as many national-security related requests from the U.S. government in the first half of this year versus a year ago, according to a company report on Thursday. Apple said it had received between 13,250 and 13,499 national security requests affecting between 9,000 and 9,249 users. That compares […]

Security
BlackBerry’s Q2 tops expectations as software shows traction

BlackBerry’s second quarter results handily topped expectations as the company’s pivot to software and services appears to be accelerating. The company, which provides enterprise mobility and security software, reported fiscal second quarter non-GAAP earnings of $29 million, or 5 cents a share, on revenue of $238 million. On a GAAP basis, BlackBerry reported a loss […]

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