Be cautious buying used computer parts from large on-line websites

  Recently there has been a some issue with customers purchasing Ryzen CPUs from amazon. Some people on OC3D forums have reported purchasing Ryzen CPUs on Amazon and receiving an old Intel LGA socketed CPU. It seems as though some people have been requesting returns and sending in different older, incompatible CPUs to receive the…

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In 2016, Seagate was sued because of their 3 TB hard drive failure rates

In February of 2016, the hard drive manufacturer Seagate was hit with a class action lawsuit regarding the poor reliability of their 3 Terabyte drives. The lawsuit brings to light the unusual amount of failures from 2012 onwards. It has found roughly only 68 percent of 3TB Seagate drives deployed in 2012 failed by early…

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An endurance test with the most popular SSDs, the results are suprising

The German print magazine, c’t have been doing massive endurance tests on a variety of popular SSDs these past months. Six SSDs have been tested, OCZ TR150, Crucial BX 200, Samsung 750 Evo, Samsung 850 Pro, SanDisk Extreme Pro and SanDisk Ultra II.  The Samsung 850 Pro SSD came up on the absolute top with 9100…

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1 million DVRs are ready to become a new botnet

Experts found a vulnerability in the software from the Chinese manufacturer XiongMai. About 1 million digital video recorders contain an uncorrected vulnerability that could lead to the emergence of a new powerful botnet like the infamous Mirai. According to experts from the British company Pen Test Partners, the vulnerability is present in the network software…

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Almost 1 million systems provide guest access via SMB protocol

Of the 2,306,820 devices with open ports for SMB access, 96% support SMBv1. Currently, the network has discovered 2,306,820 devices with open ports for SMB access. This protocal infected hundreds of thousands of computers with WannaCry’s extortion software last month. Of the above number of devices, 42% (about 970 thousand) provide guest access or anyone who…

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Hard drive LED lights manipulated to transmit data to remote viewers

As if in a plot of a cyber-thriller TV show, the blinking lights of hard drive LEDS can now be exploited to steal data off of the host computer.  Israeli security researchers have successfully created and tested this type of attack in a controlled environment.  One of the major upsides to this type of malware…

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