General Cyber News via Ars Technica Risk Assessment

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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Skype finally getting end-to-end encryption

It’ll use the Signal protocol, also used in WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and others.
Publish Date: 1/11/2018
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Bad docs and blue screens make Microsoft suspend Spectre patch for AMD machines

Blue screen crashes on decade-old AMD chips seem to be widespread.
Publish Date: 1/9/2018
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Meltdown and Spectre: Here’s what Intel, Apple, Microsoft, others are doing about it

Intel, Microsoft, ARM, and others have responded. We dig in.
Publish Date: 1/5/2018
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“Meltdown” and “Spectre”: Every modern processor has unfixable security flaws

Immediate concern is for Intel chips, but everyone is at risk.
Publish Date: 1/4/2018
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After backlash, animal shelter fires security robot, “effective immediately”

San Francisco SPCA used Knightscope robot for a month to mitigate vandalism.
Publish Date: 12/14/2017
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Chrome 63 offers even more protection from malicious sites, using even more memory

Google gives Administrators new ways to lock down the browser.
Publish Date: 12/7/2017
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How to fix a program without the source code? Patch the binary directly

Microsoft abandons typical Patch Tuesday playbook to fix Equation Editor flaw.
Publish Date: 11/17/2017
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Firefox’s faster, slicker, slimmer Quantum edition now out

It's as much as twice as fast as it was a year ago.
Publish Date: 11/14/2017
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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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