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Command-line tools, Drupal, Popular Science web site, FCC, etc.

    By Brian Warkoczeski - October 31, 2014 8:01 am

Some news from the world of IT...

Vulnerabilities found in more command-line tools, wget and tnftp get patches

CSO - The critical Shellshock vulnerabilities found last month in the Bash Unix shell have motivated security researchers to search for similar flaws in old, but widely used, command-line utilities.

Drupal warns unpatched users: Assume your site was hacked

Computerworld - Drupal site owners who failed to rapidly deploy a recent critical patch were told to restore sites from backups.

A tablet that translates sign language into spoken word

CBS News - A team of deaf entrepreneurs has developed a revolutionary way for the hearing and hearing-impaired to communicate.

Popular Science Website Infected, Serving Malware

Threat Post - The website of Popular Science magazine was found infecting users with malware via the RIG exploit kit.

FCC reportedly close to reclassifying ISPs as common carriers

Ars Technica - "Hybrid" approach wouldn't prevent all Internet fast lane deals.

Microsoft endorses workaround for botched Windows patch KB 3000061

InfoWorld - Two weeks after users offered a fix for the MS 14-058/KB 3000061 kernel mode driver installation problem, Microsoft confirms it works.

How NSA Director Wants to Build an IoT Security Coalition

eWeek - Admiral Michael Rogers is preparing a coalition of government, military and commercial interests to fight a global cyber war if necessary.

Why the U.S. Has Fallen Behind in Internet Speed and Affordability

New York Times - The lack of competition in the U.S. broadband industry could have long-term economic consequences for American competitiveness.

Dyre malware targeting Swiss bank customers

Help Net Security - The Dyre/Dyreza banking Trojan has lately become very popular with cyber criminals--so much so that the US-CERT has issued an alert warning about the danger.

Petition targets Apple over 'spyware' in OS X Yosemite

Network World - Spotlight results spark privacy concerns.

Shellshock Attacks Stack Up

Dark Reading - Organizations are unable to keep up with patching processes and find incident response practices lag in wake of Bash bug.

Major banks ready their own mobile payment apps

PC World - Several major national and international banks are planning to launch their own mobile payments apps next year.

FCC's Wheeler said to mull hybrid approach to net neutrality

CIO - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission appears set to reclassify broadband so that it comes under the agency's authority, but without explicitly prohibiting special access deals between broadband and content companies, according to a news report.

HTML5 is done, but two groups still wrestle over Web's future

CNET - The World Wide Web Consortium finishes an update to this seminal Internet technology, but with two organizations in charge of the same Web standard, charting the Web's future is a mess.

IBM Supercomputer Watson Will Mine Millions of Tweets

NBC News - Watson, the artificially intelligent IBM supercomputer, can already beat you at Jeopardy. And soon, it will know more than you do about what's happening on Twitter, too.

Police vs cartels in the high-tech battle to stop cybercrime

CNN - Cybercrime costs the global economy an estimated $400 billion a year, and as it grows in scale and sophistication, law enforcement is having to do the same.


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