Android – New O version released as Developer Preview

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The new Android “O” version has been released as released as Developer Preview, as documented in the announcement below: https://android-developers.googleblog.com/2017/03/first-preview-of-android-o.html The new mobile OS aims to improve battery life and device performance while offering new features like picture-in-picture display, Wi-Fi Aware support, and more  Android O introduces a number of new features and APIs to […]

AMD Ryzen chips – BIOS update being developed to fix early CPU lockup issues

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As noted by PC Magazine, a special BIOS update is being developed to fix a CPU lockup issue being experienced by AMD Ryzen chips which began to launch earlier this month.   http://www.pcmag.com/news/352538/ryzen-7-chips-are-locking-up-pcs-amd-knows-why All Ryzen desktop processors are suffering from the same problem, and owners are being asked to wait for BIOS updates to solve the […]

Ransomware – Blank Slate uses blank spam email message with zip attachment

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Ransomware is a highly destructive family of malware, which is designed to hold the victim hostage to get desired files restored.  A highly effective spamming technique used by malware designers to send out a blank spam email message with malicious zip attachment.  This is called the “Blank Slate” attack and is circulating extensively in the […]

Microsoft Security Updates – MARCH 2017

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Below are key resources documenting this recent monthly Microsoft Patch Tuesday release http://blog.talosintelligence.com/2017/03/microsoft-patch-tuesday-march-2017.html https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/security/ms17-mar.aspx https://isc.sans.edu/forums/diary/February+and+March+Microsoft+Patch+Tuesday/22185/ https://isc.sans.edu/mspatchdays.html?viewday=2017-03-14 Following a sparse February patch Tuesday, today’s March release brings a bumper crop of fixed vulnerabilities: 17 bulletins covering 140 different vulnerabilities, 47 of which are rated as critical. The critical vulnerabilities affect Internet Explorer, Edge, Hyper-V, Windows PDF […]

Internet Security – Five worst hacking incidents Q1 2017

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Entrepreneur’s web site lists the five worst hacking incidents for the first quarter of 2017, as follows:  https://www.entrepreneur.com/slideshow/290673 1. Fake GMAIL login page – hackers have discovered a highly-effective phishing scheme that’s fooled users into forfeiting their login credentials. The hacker — usually disguised as a close email contact — is found to be sending […]


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