General Cyber News via Ars Technica Risk Assessment

Microsoft claims to make Chrome safer with new extension

A purported Edge advantage is now available in Chrome.
Publish Date: 4/18/2018
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Intel, Microsoft to use GPU to scan memory for malware

The company is also using its processors’ performance monitoring to detect malicious code.
Publish Date: 4/17/2018
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AMD systems gain Spectre protection with latest Windows fixes

Systems will still need updated firmware to get the latest microcode, however.
Publish Date: 4/11/2018
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Practical passwordless authentication comes a step closer with WebAuthn

Microsoft, Mozilla, and Google are all implementing the new standard.
Publish Date: 4/10/2018
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Intel drops plans to develop Spectre microcode for ancient chips

Company claims it's too hard, and few systems have exposure to attack.
Publish Date: 4/4/2018
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Google bans cryptomining Chrome extensions because they refuse to play by the rules

Google continues to try to keep its browser running smoothly in spite of others’ efforts.
Publish Date: 4/3/2018
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As predicted, more branch prediction processor attacks are discovered

New attack focuses on a different part of the branch prediction system.
Publish Date: 3/26/2018
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AMD promises firmware fixes for security processor bugs

All bugs require administrative access to exploit.
Publish Date: 3/20/2018
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Intel outlines plans for Meltdown and Spectre fixes, microcode for older chips

Microcodes for Sandy Bridge and newer are now available.
Publish Date: 3/15/2018
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Patch Tuesday drops the mandatory antivirus requirement after all

Today’s patches also include an annoying-looking remote code execution bug.
Publish Date: 3/13/2018
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Intel’s latest set of Spectre microcode fixes is coming to a Windows update

Windows users will no longer be beholden to their motherboard makers.
Publish Date: 3/1/2018
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Intel ships (hopefully stable) microcode for Skylake, Kaby Lake, Coffee Lake

All 6th, 7th, and 8th generation Core processors now have microcode available.
Publish Date: 2/21/2018
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32 lawsuits filed against Intel over Spectre and Meltdown flaws

Company also accused of failing to act in response to insider trading.
Publish Date: 2/16/2018
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Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection coming to Windows 7 and 8.1

A Windows 10 feature is coming to old platforms.
Publish Date: 2/12/2018
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From July on, Chrome will brand plain old HTTP as “Not secure”

The "Not secure" label will go where the padlock would go for an encrypted connection.
Publish Date: 2/9/2018
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Intel releases new Spectre microcode update for Skylake; other chips remain in beta

Previous microcode update was reported to cause unwanted system reboots.
Publish Date: 2/8/2018
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New Windows patch disables Intel’s bad Spectre microcode fix

Registry keys can also be used to selectively enable or disable the microcode fix.
Publish Date: 1/29/2018
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Malicious Chrome extension is next to impossible to manually remove

Extensions remain the Achilles heel for an otherwise highly secure browser.
Publish Date: 1/19/2018
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Spectre and Meltdown patches causing trouble as realistic attacks get closer

Driver incompatibilities and microcode problems are both being reported.
Publish Date: 1/15/2018
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Here’s how, and why, the Spectre and Meltdown patches will hurt performance

Now that microcode and patches are starting to ship, a clearer picture is emerging.
Publish Date: 1/11/2018
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