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Yahoo, OS X vulnerability, GPS networks, Internet of Things, etc.

    By Brian Warkoczeski - August 04, 2015 8:13 am

A look at IT news...

Yahoo tackles big 'malvertising' campaign in its ad network

Computerworld - Yahoo said Monday it had removed malware from its advertising network, after malicious code there had gone undetected for at least six days.

Zero-Day Vulnerability in OS X Exploited in the Wild

Security Week - An unpatched local privilege escalation vulnerability in Apple's OS X operating system has been exploited by malicious actors to install adware and other suspicious applications on vulnerable computers.

GPS satellite networks are easy targets for hackers

CNN Money - A pivotal network of GPS satellites doesn't properly guard its communication, making devices back on Earth susceptible to hacking, according to new research.

Exploits start against flaw that could hamstring huge swaths of Internet

Ars Technica - If you haven't installed Bind update, now would be a good time to do so.

The Internet of Things and the Future of Farming

New York Times - The Internet of Things presents daunting technical and policy challenges. But smarter farming, for example, shows its potential.

HitchBot: 'Ready for the USA'

Washington Post - HitchBot, the robot that had hitchhiked its way across Germany, the Netherlands and across Canada without incident, survived just over two weeks and 300 miles in the United States after being vandalized beyond repair and abandoned on a street in Philadelphia.

Web Attacks Employing Upgraded Crimeware Kit Hit 1.5 Million Users

Dark Reading - RIG 3.0 used to infect millions of Internet Explorer (IE) users worldwide -- mostly via malvertising.

Patch halt looms for half of all IE users

Network World - Meanwhile, early data shows that 40% of Windows 10 users are running something other than the default Edge.

Siri may soon turn your voicemails into texts

CBS News - Apple is reportedly testing a way to enable Siri to answer your calls and transcribe voicemail messages.

EFF, AdBlock and Others Launch New Do Not Track Standard

Threat Post - After years of discussions, disagreements, and digressions, the Do Not Track header is supported by all of the major browsers. But because there's no real requirement for sites or advertisers to respect it, DNT is not as effective as it could be. Now, the EFF, Disconnect, and several other organizations are publishing a new DNT standard.

Apple computers vulnerable to 'Thunderstrike 2' firmware worm

CSO - An improved attack on the firmware in Apple computers makes them vulnerable to hard-to-detect malware without even being connected to a network, according to a Black Hat conference presentation due to be given later this week.

New Windows 10 scam will encrypt your files for ransom

ZDNET - A cautionary tale in being patient, and not skipping the line.

Survey exposes consumer fears about car hacking

CNET - In the wake of two high-profile car hacking reports, a new Kelley Blue Book survey suggests consumers are increasingly concerned about automotive cybersecurity, and those concerns could influence new purchases.

DHS warns about privacy implications of cybersecurity bill

CIO - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has warned about the privacy implications of a cybersecurity bill that is intended to encourage businesses to share information about cyberthreats with the government.


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