General Cyber News via Ars Technica Risk Assessment

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
read more -->

Windows 7 Extended Security Updates will double in price each year

Three years of updates will be available.
Publish Date: 2/6/2019
read more -->

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
read more -->

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
read more -->

New Windows 10 build silences Cortana, brings passwordless accounts

Though as ever, Home users are special.
Publish Date: 1/4/2019
read more -->

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
read more -->

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
read more -->

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
read more -->

Now it’s Office’s turn to have a load of patches pulled

Two patches pulled altogether; another is known to cause crashes but should be used anyway.
Publish Date: 11/20/2018
read more -->

Spectre, Meltdown researchers unveil 7 more speculative execution attacks

Systematic analysis reveals a range of new issues and a need for new mitigations.
Publish Date: 11/14/2018
read more -->

Windows 10 October 2018 Update is back, this time without deleting your data

Microsoft is opening up about some of its testing procedures, too.
Publish Date: 11/13/2018
read more -->

Another Windows 0-day flaw has been published on Twitter

And on GitHub there's a proof-of-concept that'll render your system unbootable.
Publish Date: 10/24/2018
read more -->

How to make elections secure in the age of digital operatives

Former Facebook CSO Alex Stamos tells us what he learned in 2016 and what comes next.
Publish Date: 10/24/2018
read more -->

Meet Helm, the startup taking on Gmail with a server that runs in your home

Fee-based service couples the security of a private server with the reliability of the cloud.
Publish Date: 10/17/2018
read more -->

Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Mozilla come together to end TLS 1.0

Almost everyone has now migrated to TLS 1.2, and a few have moved to TLS 1.3.
Publish Date: 10/16/2018
read more -->

Already facing an uphill misinformation fight, Facebook loses to scammers, too

Facebook's focus on misinformation is leaving an opening for another type of scam.
Publish Date: 10/16/2018
read more -->

Apple to Congress: Chinese spy-chip story is “simply wrong”

"Our internal investigations directly contradict every consequential assertion."
Publish Date: 10/8/2018
read more -->

Bloomberg: Super Micro motherboards used by Apple, Amazon contained Chinese spy chips

Super Micro, Amazon, and Apple deny everything in the report.
Publish Date: 10/4/2018
read more -->

Google taking new steps to prevent malicious Chrome extensions

Company plans stricter rules for developers and greater control for users.
Publish Date: 10/2/2018
read more -->

Google backtracks—a bit—on controversial Chrome sign-in feature

Privacy-conscious users were unhappy at being signed in to browser without consent.
Publish Date: 9/27/2018
read more -->