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Apple OS X users in the United States faced largest number of attacks

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 1 week ago

Apple OS X users in the United States faced a large number of cyberattacks, with almost 100,000 users being targeted, according to a Kaspersky Lab report. Not surprisingly, that accounted for 39 percent of total Mac OS X cyberattacks - largely because the US has the largest number of Apple product owners - as cybercriminals pay more attention to iOS on smartphones and tablets, along with OS X on desktop computers and laptops.

 

 

AdWare programs were the most popular method of attack against OS X users, accounting for almost half of the top 20 list, according to Kaspersky.

 

OS X users are strongly urged to install some type of anti-virus and anti-malware software solution, as cybercriminals pay more attention to compromising Apple products.

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DOT promoting security features of driver's license app in Iowa

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 1 week ago

The state of Iowa plans to release an app so residents with smartphones will be able to show their driver's licenses in a digital format - but the technology has a number of critics. Drivers won't be required to go digital, and it's unknown how the digital driver's license can be used on multiple phones.

 

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There is concern of potential snooping when a citizen turns over his or her phone to an officer, but app designers are mulling over a locking feature that password-protects the phone from being accidentally unlocked.

 

"Not just anybody can download [the app]," said Mark Lowe, Department of Transportation director, told ABC News. "We need to know that after we have vetted you, you're the person accessing the app. A thumb print or fingerprint or facial recognition or voice or iris image. We have to change this static thing in your pocket to something that is live."

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Windows 7 update wreaks havoc on user software

By: Chris Smith | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: 1 week ago

The Windows KB3004394 update was issued on December the 10th and has just been confirmed by Microsoft as a major problem causer for many users - reportededly effecting only Windows 7, not Windows 8, users.

 

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This update will not only possibly stop you from installing newer updates, but AMD's Robert Hallock has claimed that this update will prevent you from installing new software like graphics drivers - severely effecting the roll-out of their new AMD Catalyst Omega drivers which were launched on the same day as this update blow-out.

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A VMWare AirWatch bug allowed users to access others sensitive data

By: Chris Smith | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 1 week ago

AirWatch's on-premise mobile device management solution has recently received a major update - patching a flaw that enabled users who manage MDM solutions in multi-tenant environments to access other users data and information.

 

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The patch was issued this week, closing the 'information disclosure hole' in its services. iTnews reported that the published security advisory VMSA-2014-0014 addressed the issue, with them claiming this was due to "AirWatch On-Premise having direct object reference vulnerabilities which could allow a manager of an MDM deployment in a multi-tenant environment to see organisational information and statistics of other tenants."

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Impressive Skyrim Enderal mod adds an entire new world

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week ago

Skyrim has seemingly become that game that will never stop evolving, but not in the way that most may think. There's games like Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and World of Warcraft that receive constant patch updates, content and special activities added by their original developers - but what if a game was kept afloat through mods from the community?

 

 

As first made aware to us by Kotaku, they quote this Enderal Skyrim mod as "a total conversion Skyrim mod that adds an entire new world to the game".

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Mark Zuckerberg is considering a Facebook 'dislike' button

By: Chris Smith | More News: Social Networking | Posted: 1 week ago

During a Townhall Q&A session today at Facebook HQ, Zuckerberg teased the idea of a dislike button making its way into the heavyweight social media platform. This Q&A was a bid to connect with the Facebook community and media, with Zuckerberg updating his Facebook page to state "For today's Q&A, people flew in and submitted videos from around the world to ask questions ranging from our plans for improving search and why we update our privacy policy to how Facebook can help create stronger communities."

 

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In this talk, one of the most interesting topics covered was that of the much-discussed 'dislike button' which many users want to see added to Facebook's services. In a short video linked on his Facebook page, 'Zuck' stated that "A lot of times, people share things that are sad, or tough cultural or social things", further opening the need for a dislike button to be implemented.

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Massive 25% saving on any book from Amazon - today only

By: Chris Smith | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: 1 week ago

Limited to a maximum of $10 savings, Amazon are offering 25% off any book sale for today only - this is a followup to their massive 30% off as seen during the popular Black Friday sales.

 

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This special offer online includes physical book copies - rendering Kindle and audiobook editions of your favorite titles out of the realm of discounts. Added to this, you can only use the discount code once per user account, meaning that if you make one order for a $5 saving and then go to choose another book - you're out of luck.

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Concern growing that drones could be used as weapon for terrorists

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 1 week ago

Following news that a drone flew in near proximity of an Airbus A320 in July, there is growing concern among UK researchers that terrorists could use small drones to attack aircraft. The drones are small, difficult to see, and aren't picked up on radar - and carrying some type of explosive charge, would be able to cause chaos.

 

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It would seem most likely the Airbus A320 incident involved a small drone operated by a civilian, but experts wonder what could be done if terrorists began to operate the drones.

 

"But what if that was a terrorist that had bought several drones on the Internet?" asked David Dunn, University of Birmingham professor, in a statement published by the Telegraph. "They could surround the aircraft with multiple drones at 200 ft. after take-off and take out the engines and leave it with nowhere to go. It would be the equivalent of an aerial truck bomb, like a suicide bomb only the terrorist could fly it remotely, with impunity."

Computer glitch causes chaos for London air traffic controller

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 1 week ago

The British government plans to launch an investigation when one of the country's air traffic control centers caused chaos for air traffic heading into and leaving London on Friday. The computer problems were resolved after a 35-minute shutdown, but had a major impact on air flights, with delays and cancellations throughout the UK and other major European airports.

 

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It would appear the Nation Air Traffic Services (NATS) air traffic management company suffered some type of computer system issue, leading to the problem.

 

"We are working hard to look after our customers who have been affected," according to a statement released by British Airlines. "While the system is slowly recovering, we anticipate the knock-on effects to take some time to resolve."

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Microsoft will detail Windows 10 gaming initiative next month

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: 1 week ago

Microsoft plans to use Windows 10 to show why the PC is "incredibly important" to the gaming market, and will begin to spill the beans next month. The company wants to continue building its Xbox platform, but also hopes to further develop the PC gaming platform.

 

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"I'll be focusing more on what we are doing on Windows 10 in January," said Phil Spencer, head of the Microsoft Xbox division, responding to a fan on Twitter. It's time for us to talk about gaming on Windows." It's likely Spencer will share details during the company's consumer event in January, scheduled for January 21, 2015.

 

After Windows 8/8.1 largely flopped among consumers and business users, Microsoft wants Windows 10 to be the "one platform" that can be used on billions of PCs, mobile products, and connected devices in coming years.

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