General Cyber News via Ars Technica Risk Assessment

Facebook is struggling to meet the burden of securing itself, security chief says

Chief Security Officer described security report as a “very painful process.”
Publish Date: 10/19/2017
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If Bill Gates really thinks ctrl-alt-del was a mistake, he should have fixed it himself

You can't pin the blame for this one on IBM.
Publish Date: 9/21/2017
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Microsoft: Windows getting more stable, faster, and lasting longer on battery

Even as Windows 10 users grow, support calls are declining.
Publish Date: 9/21/2017
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Azure Confidential Computing will keep data secret, even from Microsoft

Virtual machines and hardware features will provide secrecy.
Publish Date: 9/14/2017
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Apple says Face ID didn’t actually fail during its iPhone X event

The iPhone maker says its new face unlocking tech worked as intended.
Publish Date: 9/14/2017
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Kaspersky software banned from US government agencies

Kaspersky: We have “never helped, nor will help, any government with cyberespionage.”
Publish Date: 9/13/2017
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Leak of >1,700 valid passwords could make the IoT mess much worse

List of unsecured devices lived in obscurity since June. Now, it's going mainstream.
Publish Date: 8/25/2017
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Secret chips in replacement parts can completely hijack your phone’s security

Booby-trapped touchscreens can log passwords, install malicious apps, and more.
Publish Date: 8/18/2017
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Building America’s Trust Act would amp up privacy concerns at the border

Civil libertarians tell Ars they’re worried about “mass surveillance expansion.”
Publish Date: 8/15/2017
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After phishing attacks, Chrome extensions push adware to millions

Compromised accounts push fraudulent extension updates to unsuspecting users.
Publish Date: 8/3/2017
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Microsoft expands bug bounty program to cover any Windows flaw

Now every part of Windows is covered by a bug bounty scheme.
Publish Date: 7/26/2017
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Windows 10 will try to combat ransomware by locking up your data

But how to protect files from users who have access to those files remains tricky.
Publish Date: 6/29/2017
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Ryzen Pro: AMD takes on Intel on the corporate desktop, with one key omission

AMD wants to go after Intel vPro while avoiding Intel's excessive product segmentation.
Publish Date: 6/29/2017
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Microsoft bringing EMET back as a built-in part of Windows 10

The built-in exploit mitigations are getting stronger and easier to configure.
Publish Date: 6/27/2017
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Windows 10 S security brought down by, of course, Word macros

Analysis: Windows 10 S promises many good things. It currently doesn't deliver.
Publish Date: 6/23/2017
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Check Point says Fireball malware hit 250 million; Microsoft says no

Either way, Microsoft assures us that Windows 10 S would have been immune.
Publish Date: 6/23/2017
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Microsoft’s decision to patch Windows XP is a mistake

There will always be one more emergency.
Publish Date: 6/14/2017
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Sneaky hackers use Intel management tools to bypass Windows firewall

Serial ports don’t have firewalls.
Publish Date: 6/9/2017
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Radio-controlled pacemakers aren’t as hard to hack as you (may) think

The four major makers aren't properly securing critical cardiac devices, report says.
Publish Date: 5/26/2017
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Cockpit access codes for United Airlines spill online

"The safety of our customers and crew is our top priority," United says.
Publish Date: 5/15/2017
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