General Cyber News via Ars Technica Risk Assessment

Hackers could read non-corporate Outlook.com, Hotmail for six months

Hackers and Microsoft seem to disagree on key details of the hack.
Publish Date: 4/15/2019
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To catch a drug thief, hospital secretly recorded births, women’s surgeries

81 women claim their privacy was violated as hospital tried to trap a drug thief.
Publish Date: 4/3/2019
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Woman from China, with malware in tow, illegally entered Trump’s Mar-a-Lago

Event raises serious questions about security practices of the US Secret Service.
Publish Date: 4/3/2019
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How Microsoft found a Huawei driver that opened systems to attack

Monitoring systems were looking for attacks using technique popularized by the NSA.
Publish Date: 3/26/2019
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Microsoft ships antivirus for macOS as Windows Defender becomes Microsoft Defender

Microsoft is expanding the reach of its device management services.
Publish Date: 3/21/2019
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Google, Microsoft work together for a year to figure out new type of Windows flaw

Researcher finds building blocks for privilege escalation: Can they be assembled to create a flaw?
Publish Date: 3/18/2019
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Epic says its Game Store is not spying on you

But Sweeney says it will stop accessing Steam friends lists without permission.
Publish Date: 3/15/2019
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An email marketing company left 809 million records exposed online

150GB database included mortgage amounts, info on credit ratings.
Publish Date: 3/9/2019
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The rise of tech-worker activism

Video: Leigh Honeywell created Never Again pledge and a company devoted to tech-worker safety.
Publish Date: 3/1/2019
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Microsoft’s latest security service uses human intelligence, not artificial

Computers are good at processing vast amounts of data, but humans still have their uses.
Publish Date: 2/28/2019
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Google: Software is never going to be able to fix Spectre-type bugs

Researchers also devise a Spectre-like attack with no known mitigation.
Publish Date: 2/23/2019
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Mandatory update coming to Windows 7, 2008 to kill off weak update hashes

Microsoft is phasing out SHA-1 hashes on its patches.
Publish Date: 2/19/2019
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Researchers use Intel SGX to put malware beyond the reach of antivirus software

Processor protects malware from attempts to inspect and analyze it.
Publish Date: 2/12/2019
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Windows 7 Extended Security Updates will double in price each year

Three years of updates will be available.
Publish Date: 2/6/2019
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Windows 10 October 2018 Update is at last being pushed automatically

The update is still rolling out at a snail's pace.
Publish Date: 1/17/2019
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Windows 7 enters its final year of free support

Up to three years of paid support will be available after the cut-off.
Publish Date: 1/14/2019
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New Windows 10 build silences Cortana, brings passwordless accounts

Though as ever, Home users are special.
Publish Date: 1/4/2019
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Bay Area: Join us 1/9 to talk about personal data security in 2019

Researcher Ashkan Soltani will discuss what happens when companies sell your data.
Publish Date: 1/3/2019
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Cryptography failure leads to easy hacking for PlayStation Classic

Plug-and-play hardware lacks even basic functional security for crucial bootrom.
Publish Date: 12/10/2018
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Marriott breach leaves 500 million exposed with passport, card numbers stolen

Motivations of hackers are unclear, but proprietary Wi-Fi may have been a target.
Publish Date: 11/30/2018
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