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Windows 8 update, DDoS defense validation, E-book price-fixing lawsuit, Adobe patches, etc.
By Brian Warkoczeski - May 15, 2013 8:56 am
Some IT news to use and peruse...
Free Windows 8 update to address confusing features
Detroit News - A planned Windows 8 update to address complaints and confusion with Microsoft's new operating system will be made available for free this year, the company said Tuesday.
New Algorithm Lets SCADA Devices Detect, Deflect Attacks
Dark Reading - Embedded software prototype operates under the 'new normal' that many SCADA environments have already been breached.
Tips for validating DDoS defenses
Help Net Security - Prolexic has issued a number of recommendations that organizations can use to validate their DDoS defenses, as well as protection services they receive from mitigation providers.
Molding the next generation of computer scientists
CNN - Despite the financial appeal, there aren't enough computer programmers entering the U.S. workforce to fill the estimated 150,000 new computing jobs that will be produced every year for the next decade.
U.S. Now Paints Apple as 'Ringmaster' in Its Lawsuit on E-Book Price-Fixing
New York Times - According to the Justice Department, Apple took a leadership role in a price-fixing conspiracy in the market for e-books.
Video streaming is on the rise with Netflix dominating
CNET - With 32.3 percent of the market share, Netflix reigns the entertainment streaming world, but Amazon, Hulu, and YouTube still maintain their piece of the pie.
IE10 beats Chrome, Safari, Firefox at blocking web malware
ZDNET - The application reputation systems used in Internet Explorer 10 and Chrome offer users far better protection than rivals, according to a study.
Adobe Patches ColdFusion, Flash, Reader Vulnerabilities
Threat Post - Exploits for vulnerabilities in Adobe's ColdFusion application server have been at the heart of a number of incidents this year, including a compromise of servers belonging to the Washington State Court system. This level of action has prompted Adobe to release five security updates for the software this year already, including hotfixes sent out today for two vulnerabilities being exploited in the wild.
PHH Corporation Suffers Security Breach
eSecurity Planet - A temp who had been indicted for identity fraud was given access to names, addresses, e-mail addresses, phone numbers, and Social Security numbers.
MAPCO Attack Highlights Retail Trend
Bank Info Security - Malware attacks like the one that recently took aim at the payments processing systems of convenience store chain MAPCO Express are becoming more common.
Report: Google aims to take on Spotify, seals a deal with Sony and Universal
Ars Technica - Sources say that Google will announce a music streaming service tomorrow at I/O.
New Attack Targets Political Rights Movement in China
Security Week - Researchers have uncovered a targeted attack against political rights activists in China in which a malicious Word document exploits a vulnerability in Microsoft Office to take control of the victim computer.
Mozilla to Firefox: 'Browser, heal thyself'
Computerworld - Upgrade to Firefox 21 patches 15 security bugs, adds 'Firefox Health Report' tool.
Iran-Based Hackers Traced to Cyber Attack on U.S. Company
Bloomberg - A previously unknown hacking group believed to be based in Iran has started cyber attacks inside the U.S., according to Mandiant Corp., a security company that's linked China's army to similar activity.