General Cyber News via Ars Technica Risk Assessment

A host of new security enhancements is coming to iOS and macOS

Coming: FaceTime encryption, protected cam access, and, possibly, USB Restricted Mode.
Publish Date: 6/5/2018
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New speculative-execution vulnerability strikes AMD, ARM, and Intel

Fortunately, existing fixes should provide the protection we need.
Publish Date: 5/22/2018
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As the Web moves toward HTTPS by default, Chrome will remove “secure” indicator

The browser is changing to flag the things that are dangerous, not the ones that are safe.
Publish Date: 5/17/2018
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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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