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Friday, 01 August 2014 06:07

 USB security flaw

A pair of security researchers from SR Labs have uncovered a fundamental flaw in the way USB devices work. It affects every single USB device out there and worst yet, there's no line of defense short of prohibiting USB stick sharing or filling your USB ports with superglue. The flaw that security researchers Karsten Nohl and Jakob Lell plan to present next week at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas runs deeper than simply loading a USB drive with malware. Instead, it's built into the core of how the technology works. After spending several months reverse engineering the firmware that handles the basic communications functions of USB devices, they were able to reprogram the firmware to hide malicious code. This firmware is present on every USB device within the controller chip - the component that facilitates communication between the USB device and the computer it's plugged in to. By loading malicious code on the firmware, it's essentially hidden from sight...You are cordially invited to visit our forum to learn more.

 

 
U.S. judge orders Microsoft to submit customer's emails PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 01 August 2014 06:00

U.S. judge orders Microsoft to submit customer's emails

Microsoft Corp must turn over a customer's emails stored in a data center in Ireland to the U.S. government, a U.S. judge ruled on Thursday in a case that has drawn concern from privacy groups and major technology companies. Microsoft and other U.S. companies had challenged a criminal search warrant for the emails, arguing federal prosecutors cannot seize customer information held in foreign countries. But following a two-hour court hearing in New York, U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska said the warrant lawfully required the company to hand over any data it controlled, regardless of where it was stored. "It is a question of control, not a question of the location of that information," Preska said. The judge said she would temporarily suspend her order from taking effect to allow Microsoft to appeal to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The case appears to be the first in which a corporation has challenged a U.S. search warrant seeking data held abroad...Further information can be found at windows8newsinfo forum.

 

 
'Fake ID' flaw in Android PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 31 July 2014 03:12

'Fake ID' flaw in Android

The Fake ID flaw was part of Android from version 2.1 to 4.4. Millions of people using Android devices could be left open to attack from malicious apps that appear to come from legitimate developers, due to a flaw in Google's mobile software. The flaw has been named "Fake ID" by security company Bluebox Labs, which discovered it. However, Google says it has already issued a patch to protect Android users from attacks exploiting the flaw. Fake ID has been resident in Android from version 2.1 to 4.4, although it was fixed in April as part of the latest update, Android KitKat. Millions of devices could still be at risk, though, as Google's own figures show that 82.1% of Android users are running an older version. In a blog post published today, Bluebox explained that the problem lies in how app security is checked on Android, with each app given its own cryptographic signature determining who can update it, and what privileges it has on a device. To get these signatures, apps are signed using “identity certificates”...Get better informed by visiting windows8newsinfo forum.

 

 
Install Backdoors PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 29 July 2014 17:10

Install Backdoors

Finally some official confirmation. Microsoft is one of the companies that has often been named to be involved in spying scandals, while company officials have outright denied any such involvements. The software titan has explained on multiple occasions that every time it was asked to share user details and data, it did so only after receiving court orders for it. But now the company has made a loud and clear declaration regarding another equally important matter — the allegations of installing backdoors in its software. Redmond explains that such a move would destroy its business across the globe. Scott Charney, the corporate vice president of Trustworthy Computing at Microsoft, speaking in a panel discussion at The Aspen Institute last week went a step further. He clarified that that Microsoft was never asked by the United States government (or any other agency, for that matter) to install backdoor in its software. Microsoft, of course, is one of the more vocal proponents of transparency from the United States government in these matters...Find out what Microsoft is saying at windows8newsinfo forum.

 

 
Windows 8.1 Update 2 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 28 July 2014 08:34

Windows 8.1 Update 2

Happy monthly patchers should be aware that Windows 8.1 Update 2 is rumored to release during Patch Tuesday in August. Though we've known for months that a second update would be provided for Windows 8.1, there's been very little information delivered on what it might include, other than new features and fixes. Let's hope as the release date gets closer we'll hear more about it. It's also not clear if Update 2 will be cumulative, meaning that if users don't already have Update 1 installed (released in April), they can just skip the first update and the second one will suffice, bringing all the features and fixes needed to get Windows 8.1 into a supported state. If you remember, Microsoft took the stance that Update 1 is a requirement for Windows 8.1 users to continue to receive security updates, essentially ending support for Windows 8.1 in April. Microsoft was adamant that the first update to Windows 8.1 was called simply, "update," so with a second one releasing, I'm not sure what they'll call the new one. "Update, Update?" Follow everything about Windows 8.1 Update 2 at windows8newsinfo forum.

 

 
Tor Network Hacked PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 31 July 2014 03:18

Tor Network Hacked

The Tor anonymous encryption service offers internet users a way to surf the web with anonymity and prides itself on the level of security it offers. Well it looks as though the network was compromised earlier this year along with some user data, according to a recent Tor developer blog post. It also said that those who used Tor between early February and July 4th of this year "should assume" they have been in some way affected by the attack. The group goes on to say that the unknown attackers were able to gather information regarding hidden sites users were visiting (like Silk Road for example) and that there may well have been other parts of the network that were compromised as well. Tor also said "they "likely were not able to see any application-level traffic (e.g. what pages were loaded or even whether users visited the hidden service they looked up)." Tor suspects the attackers used two methods to gain access, the first of which is known as traffic confirmation which sees the attackers examining Tor traffic relays matching them with others to identify traffic routines...Learn more on our forum.

 

 
China regulator announces anti-monopoly probe PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 30 July 2014 08:42

China regulator announces anti-monopoly probe

A Chinese regulator said on Tuesday it is conducting an anti-monopoly investigation into Microsoft Corp over its Windows operating system, in the latest in a growing number of competition probes that have unnerved Western firms in China. China's State Administration for Industry & Commerce (SAIC) was also investigating a Microsoft vice president and senior managers, and had made copies of the firm's financial statements and contracts, the agency said on its website. It said Microsoft, which has struggled to make inroads in China due to rampant piracy, had not fully disclosed information about Windows and its Office software suite. Microsoft is one of the biggest U.S. companies to fall under the eye of Chinese regulators as they ramp up their oversight in an apparent attempt to protect local companies and customers. The investigation comes as U.S.-China business relations have been severely strained by wrangles over data privacy. The SAIC said it had obtained documents, e-mails and other data from Microsoft's computers and servers...For more you will need to visit windows8newsinfo forum.

 

 
Windows 8.1 Update 2 PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 29 July 2014 17:05

Windows 8.1 Update 2

A few days, then. Microsoft is gearing up to release the second refresh of the Windows 8.1 platform, in the form of Update 2, with all signs pointing towards a release next month. August 12 is now said to be the day of the public debut. While curiously, Windows 8.1 Update 2 will show up for MSDN subscribers on August 15 — which is another way of saying a manually downloadable version will be up for grabs in a few days’ time, if Microsoft releases it solely via the Windows Update feature. The major point of discussion here is the reason why Redmond has opted for this secrecy before launch. There were hints, primarily from Terry Myerson, the head of the operating systems division at Microsoft, who said at this year’s BUILD developer conference that the Start Menu and the ability to run Metro apps in windows on the desktop might would arrive with the second update to Windows 8.1. But it appears, the software titan changed these plans, reserving these important features for the next full version of the operating system, Windows 9...We are following this upcoming release on our forum.

 

 
What is Hybrid Cloud PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 27 July 2014 08:30

What is Hybrid

According to a survey conducted by Tech Pro Research, 68% of people using the Internet know what a Hybrid Cloud is. However, the sample size was just 138 and constituted people interested in Information Technology field.  I am not inclined to agree that 65% of IT people understand hybrid clouds, because most of them are yet to understand all the concepts and facts of cloud computing (when we consider IT people from all over the world). In many countries, business houses do not go for cloud computing due to one or more reasons. One of the primary reasons is the lack of trust in public clouds. Probably, individuals in such countries understand cloud computing and use it too (OneDrive, Google Drive, etc.). But Amazon, Azure, etc. find almost no subscribers from such countries. Reason? Lack of proper understanding of cloud computing concepts and again, fear of data being stolen and loss of data. Anyway, coming back to what is Hybrid Cloud, we have to first understand public and private clouds...For a deeper explanation visit windows8newsinfo forum.

 

 
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