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Exploit Kits are Finally a Thing of the Past According to Recent Studies

Exploit kits (EK) have long been feared by both users and developers, since they can invade a browser and ultimately gain control of a host machine. New reports released today, however, seem to insinuate that these kinds of attacks are quickly becoming less effective than ever before. Technicians and security…

Adobe’s Engineers Develop AI Routine to Track Fake News Images

Adobe announced that they were working on new artificial intelligence technology that could spot the differences between genuine news photos and fake ones. Their flagship product Photoshop has long been used by those who had wanted to generate phony images for use with manufactured news stories. Considering the recent attention…

Security Experts Warn About Network Leaks from Connected Cameras and Audio Monitors

According to reports published by a pair of top security firms and later echoed by both BleepingComputer and Slashdot, IoT machines aren’t nearly as secure as originally believed. Networked devices like baby monitors, security cameras and other small IoT units designed to transmit data over wireless connections have been continually…

Nintendo & Microsoft Partner Together to Permit Minecraft Cross-play

Nintendo Switch owners will now be able to enjoy Minecraft cross-play with those running the game software on Xbox One, mobile devices, desktops and laptops. Microsoft partnered with Nintendo to offer the ability to share a game experience between devices that belong to each other’s ecosystems. Marketing experts have praised…

Designers at Apple Could Have Removed All External Wires From iPhone X, Sources Say

Some sources have insinuated that Apple’s engineers considered removing the Lightning connector from the iPhone X before releasing their new mobile device to the public. While there are those who believe that Apple’s reasons for doing so would be to move toward the popular USB-C hardware platform, technicians in Cupertino…

Battletech Update 1.1 adds new difficulty settings, MechWarrior customization and quality of life improvements

Update 1.1 for Paradox Interactive’s strategy game Battletech is now live on Steam and GOG. The update has added new features and loads of content which include new difficulty settings as well as bug fixes and optimizations. The patch also makes some balance changes and brings improvements to AI, performance…

Google’s Developers Promise Secure Biometric Authentication in Android P

In an announcement put out earlier today, Google’s developers said that they plan to improve some of the biometric authentication techniques that the Android mobile operating system users as soon as Android P gets released. Security experts have noted that the Linux-based OS needs some improvements before it’s ready to…

Fake Fornite Games Flood Unofficial Android Repositories

A recent rash of videos posted to YouTube claiming to show Fortnite footage recorded on mobile devices running Google Android apparently include links to scam versions of the game, according to sources. Videos linking to fake versions of Fortnite have been viewed several million times. None of these fake apps…

Engineers Search for Cobalt-free Smartphone Batteries

Cobalt, a metal that once gave its name to a pleasant blue pigment derived from the element, is today an important material used for manufacturing lithium-ion batteries. These batteries are needed for smartphones and other mobile devices as well as for electric automobiles. The problem is, however, that the price…

WinUAE 4.0.0 Offers the Retro Amiga Experience to Gamers Running Modern Hardware

Toni Wilen, developer of the WinUAE project, announced version 4 of the emulator today and it comes with a host of new features that’s sure to please gamers who still have a taste for the Commodore Amiga. Fans of indie and retro video games can now enjoy them with much…

Development Team Releases CentOS Atomic Host 7.5

Atomic SIG team members from CentOS announced a new version of their operating system that’s sure to be an attractive option for those who want to run containerized applications in a secure cloud-native environment. The new CentOS Atomic Host version 7.5 (7.1805) features install media for a wide variety of…

New Reports say Semiconductor Companies are Rushing to Develop Mobile In-display Fingerprint Sensors

Fingerprint sensors that are deployed in a mobile device’s touchscreen is one technology that seems to continue to allude major companies like Samsung and Apple. So far, neither of these two companies have made this happen. Neither of the two firms promised that this sort of thing would be on…

Google Chrome Developer Urges Programmers to Take Action Against Wavethrough Vulnerability

Jake Archibald, Google Chrome’s advocate developer, has discovered a fairly serious vulnerability in modern web browsing technology that could permit sites to steal login details as well as other sensitive information. Exploits could theoretically steal information related to other sites that you have logged into but aren’t currently attempting to…

Keybase Introduces Exploding Messages to Ensure Forward Secrecy of Transmitted Data

Encrypted social networking service Keybase introduced a new technology that they call exploding messages. As of today, you can put a timed fuse on any messages that you send through a Keybase chat interface. In a rather snarky yet good-natured blog post, Keybase recommended that intimate and important messages get…

Flightradar24 Urges Some Users to Reset Passwords After News of Server Breach

Popular airline tracking service Flightradar24 is reporting that they’ve suffered a fairly substantial data breach that could have compromised email addresses for over 230,000 users. The service is also saying that hashed passwords belonging to these users are also now potentially compromised as well. No information about the breach was…

OpenBSD Project Announces They’re Disabling Intel HT Support by Default

Representatives from the OpenBSD project announced today on their mailing list that they’ll soon be disabling support for hyper-threading (HT) technology on machines that use Intel-based CPU architectures. With many people concerned about so-called Spectre-class bugs, these developers felt the most prudent course of action was to turn the technology…

Apple Developers can Now Download watchOS 5 developer beta 2

While it won’t be available for end-users to securely install for quite some time, watchOS 5 developer beta 2 is now out for testing. Those who don’t currently have Apple Developer accounts will have to wait a little while before the latest versions of Cupertino’s wearable operating system becomes available…

UBports Announces First Ubuntu Touch OTA-4 Release Candidate

Marius Gripsgård, lead developer of the UBports project, announced today that the first release candidate for the upcoming OTA-4 Ubuntu Touch update is now available. The announcement was made through Softpedia as well as Gripsgård’s own Twitter account. While some individuals have already decreed the end of the so-called Ubuntu…

MirageFox Malware Connected to APT15 Cracking Organization says Intezer

APT15, an information cracking group that’s possibly linked to an organization in China, has developed a new malware strain that infosec experts from top security research firm Intezer claim borrows code from older tools. The group has been active since at least 2010-2011, and it therefore has a fairly large…

Only Around 25 Percent of Uploaded Malware is Shared with VirusTotal and Other Multi-scanners

According to a report released by BleepingComputer security news editor Catalin Cimpanu, approximately 75 percent of all malware samples that get uploaded to non-distributive scanners don’t get shared with multi-scanners later on. VirusTotal, Jotti’s malware scan and other similar sites send information about scanned files back to infosec labs who…

New Report Names Additional TappLock App Vulnerabilities

Infosec experts from PenTest Partners preformed a test last week where they were able to unlock TappLock’s smart padlock technology in just a few seconds. These researchers were able to exploit vulnerabilities in the digital authentication method, which they felt had serious issues. Technicians from PenTest remarked that they believed…

Porteus Kiosk Releases Important Security & Performance Updates for Digital Signage

Tomasz Jokiel, one of the top developers working with the Porteus Kiosk distro, announced today that version 4.7.0 is now available. This is a full release, which means it’s available for members of the general public to download at their leisure. Porteus uses a hybrid ISO image, so technicians can…

Researchers Jailbreak iPhone X and Install Cydia

While mobile security experts have been saying for several years that jailbreaking devices running Apple’s iOS platform has become increasingly complicated, at least one individual has found a way to circumvent Cupertino’s new restrictions and install Cydia. Researcher Liang Chen from Tencent Keen Lab has been able to exploit some…

Linux Kernel Dumps Out 107,000+ More Lines of Code

Several agencies have reported on the recent agreement to drop a large amount of code from the Linux kernel, but it now looks like the kernel’s size reduction will be even greater than anyone previously imagined. Release number 4.18-rc1 is just the latest step toward a leaner core package. Most…

Infosec Experts Say macOS Thumbnail Cache Could Leak Sensitive Data

Unix security experts have recently discovered that the creation of thumbnails for images and other file types could theoretically lead to a fairly serious vulnerability in computers running Apple’s macOS system software. If a directory stores images and other visual documents, then macOS will automatically create thumbnails for files in…