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Apple file system hit by new glitch

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For the third time since its introduction a year ago, Apple’s high-end file system (APFS) has fallen victim to a bug. The latest vulnerability affects macOS High Sierra, leaving the encryption passwords of users with external storage devices exposed in plaintext – and therefore wide open to attack. Not all… Read more »

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US elections undermined by obsolete equipment

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The rickety US electoral system is once again under the spotlight. It now appears that some voting machines are so ancient that it is almost impossible to tell whether or not they have been hacked. More than three quarters of US states have voting machines that are over ten years… Read more »

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TeamViewer affected by permissions bug

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The recent announcement of a permissions bug in popular application TeamViewer, which allows users to ‘switch sides’ by seizing unauthorised control of each other’s mouse without permission, has caused some consternation. Engineers have responded swiftly by releasing a hotfix for the bug, which affects Windows, macOS and Linux. While it… Read more »

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Google releases several critical fixes

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Amongst the fifty fixes recently issued by Google for its Pixel and Nexus devices, one rated ‘critical’ rectifies an encryption bug in Qualcomm closed-source components. Of the five other patches rated ‘high’, four deal with glitches that potentially allowed denial of service attacks and the fifth resolves an elevation of… Read more »

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Hacking made easy

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Well that’s awkward. Apple, which prides itself on its in-built gold standard security, last week announced that it was releasing a patch for a rather crucial vulnerability. It seems that for a while, all you needed to do to gain access to any Apple machine running the new High Sierra… Read more »

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Intel finally releases critical security patches

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As the world’s number two supplier of microchips and processors, Intel products feature in millions of PCs and servers all over the globe. It is therefore no laughing matter to discover that malicious actors can use long-standing vulnerabilities in Intel’s Trusted Execution Engines, Management Engines and Server Platform Services firmware… Read more »

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Bluetooth leaves gates wide open to cyberattacks

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Locking our house or car comes as second nature. Switching off our Bluetooth connection when we’re not using it should also be an automatic security measure. Why? Because researchers have identified an attack called BlueBorne that exploits a range of vulnerabilities inherent in Bluetooth’s implementation in several software systems –… Read more »

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SAP releases patches for its CRM system

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German multinational SAP is the world’s third largest software firm, supplying companies all over the world with enterprise solutions. In its latest patch release, SAP has fixed a number of holes in its business management software – notably in its widely-used CRM application. While the majority of the flaws were… Read more »

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Brickerbot malware damages IoT devices

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An unpleasant new strain of malware capable of destroying unprotected devices linked to the Internet of Things is now in circulation. Cyber security firm Radware has identified that the malware, known as BrickerBot.1 and BrickerBot.2, forces its way into IoT systems through configuration errors in the firmware, meaning a simple… Read more »

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