Updated Webroot virus definitions mistakenly target core Windows files

In an ironic twist, Webroot security tools have caused users to become less safe this morning.  A major bug has caused the security tool suite to start labeling core windows system files as generic Trojan files.  The Antivirus then placed these files in the quarantine chest, thus rendering the operating system unusable.  Thankfully the bug…

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iMovie, GarageBand, iWork is now free for all Mac and iOS users

As a gesture of good faith, Apple has released most of their core software for free to any users on their operating system.  These programs, iMovie, Numbers, Keynote, Pages, and Garage band are available at the App Store for free for all users. These programs were free to users who have purchased a brand new…

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Malicious Bots floating around on the internet brick IOT devices

  The internet is becoming like the ocean, a wonderfully fascinating place full of wonder and places to explore and discover, but it’s unsettling in the sense that it has so many things that can kill you hidden in its depths.   That’s if you’re an IOT device.  Researchers have set up a honeypot (an internet…

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Pwn2own 2016 hacking competition reveals many security exploits

Chaitin Tech, a Chinese enterprise security firm held a hacking event in which competitors would hack popular programs and operating systems for cash prizes.  This event was held a year ago and featured over a million dollars in cash prizes.  The goal was simple, in order to “pwn” a program, competitors had to execute arbitrary…

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IOT the culprit for the huge DDOS attack last October

Remember that massive disruption of service attack last October?  The one where major websites such as Amazon, Paypal, twitter, Reddit and Github went down for the day? Well it turns out an attack like this could repeat itself soon enough if the security of internet connected devices does not improve. After analysis, experts concluded that…

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Is IBM going to bring us to the quantum world?

IBM has just set up a new division, IBM Q, which will be dedicated to providing quantum computing power to the consumer.  Which means the computers we are working on today will suddenly go the way of the dinosaurs.  While IBM has created this division, don’t get too excited just yet, this type of technology…

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Children’s toys, espionage and cybersecurity

Germany has become the first country to ban a children’s doll, my friend Cayla, over concerns of espionage.  This “smart” doll connects to via Bluetooth to a cellphone with an app installed.  When a child talks to this doll, it listens and transmits the data to the app, which then translates the sound to text,…

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16 Percent increase in identity fraud in 2016

  The Javelin Strategy and Research organization released a 2017 Identity Fraud Study and the numbers have shown an increase in people falling victim to identity fraud. Two million more people have experienced this crime, than 2015. To add perspective to these figures, 6.15 percent of consumers in general had fallen victim to these crimes. …

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