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Emergency Flash Player patch fixes zero-day critical flaw

Adobe Systems released an emergency patch for Flash Player in order to fix a critical vulnerability that attackers are already taking advantage of.

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Attackers abuse exposed LDAP servers to amplify DDoS attacks

Attackers are abusing yet another widely used protocol in order to amplify distributed denial-of-service attacks: the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP), which is used for directory services on corporate networks.

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Researchers blame Dyn DDoS attack on script kiddies targeting video game company

Flashpoint researchers blamed Oct. 21 IoT-based DDoS attack on script kiddies from hackforums, claiming a 'well-known video game company' was the target. A post on hackforums claims the target was the PlayStation Network.

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DDoS attack shows dangers of IoT 'running rampant'

The DDoS attack launched Friday against Dyn should serve as a "wake-up call about security issues across IoT," said one cybersecurity expert.

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Workstation software flaw exposes industrial control systems to hacking

The software used to program and deploy code to various Schneider Electric industrial controllers has a weakness that could allow hackers to remotely take over engineering workstations.

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Critical account creation flaws patched in popular Joomla CMS

The Joomla developers are warning website administrators to apply an update for the popular content management system that fixes two critical vulnerabilities.

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ARM builds up security in the tiniest IoT chips

ARM will introduce processors that are just a fraction of a millimeter across and incorporate the company’s TrustZone technology.

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Does privacy exist anymore? Just barely.

The sphere of privacy continues to shrink.


Can you really stop ransomware?

Stopping ransomware from accessing your files by using whitelisting.

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Automated cars are raising concerns about privacy and security

U.S. transport agency guidance on vehicle cybersecurity irks lawmakers

Guidance from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for improving motor vehicle cybersecurity has attracted criticism from lawmakers who said that mandatory security standards are required.

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Lyft customers face potential hack from recycled phone numbers

Giving up an old cell phone number for a new one may seem harmless. But for Lyft customers, it can potentially expose their accounts to complete strangers.


Friday's IoT-based DDoS attack has security experts worried

The cybersecurity attack that relied on connected devices, or the Internet of Things, was serious, unusual and historic.

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Physical RAM attack can root Android and possibly other devices

Researchers have devised a new way to compromise Android devices without exploiting any software vulnerability and instead takes advantage of a physical design weakness in RAM chips.


Chinese firm recalls camera products linked to massive DDOS attack

A Chinese electronics component maker is recalling 4.3 million internet-connected camera products from the U.S. market amid claims they may have played a role in Friday's massive internet disruption.

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DDoS attack: Apple’s HomeKit for a safer smarthome

Why smart home customers need to read the small print

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WikiLeaks says it doesn’t collaborate with states

WikiLeaks claims to have many thousands of sources but does not collaborate with states in the publication of documents, its editorial board said Sunday.


Better safe than sorry: 5 apps for encrypting and shredding files

If you want to protect sensitive data -- especially if you’re sending it via email or via an online service -- one of these five encryption programs can help.

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