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Submission + - New 0-Day Exploit Affecting All Windows Versions Including Windows 10 (sans.edu)

UnderAttack writes: The Internet Storm Center is reporting that a new 0-day exploit was released to GitHub that causes current versions of Windows, including Windows 10, to crash. The exploit does require SMBv3, which is not supported on older versions of Windows. So your Windows XP system is likely still safe. The sad part is that this is a very simple missing length check, something that should have been avoided if any kind of QC would have been done on the code.

Submission + - Ransomware Completely Shuts Down Ohio Town Government (techcrunch.com)

An anonymous reader writes: In another interesting example of what happens when you don’t manage your backups correctly, the Licking County government offices, including the police force, have been shut down by ransomware. Although details are sparse, it’s clear that someone in the office caught a bug in a phishing scam or by downloading it and now their servers are locked up. Wrote Kent Mallett of the Newark Advocate: "The virus, accompanied by a financial demand, is labeled ransomware, which has hit several local governments in Ohio and was the subject of a warning from the state auditor last summer. All county offices remain open, but online access and landline telephones are not available for those on the county system. The shutdown is expected to continue at least the rest of the week." The county government offices, including 911 dispatch, currently must work without computers or office phones. “The public can still call 911 for emergency police, fire or medical response,” wrote Mallett.

Submission + - California To Decide Whether Personal Device Communication Is Public Record

An anonymous reader writes: California’s Supreme Court is due to make the call whether emails, text messages and other communications sent by government officials on private devices are public records. The decision, set for early March, will mark the latest development in an eight-year-old case which saw the former lawyer and activist Ted Smith suspect backroom dealings between a developer and the San Jose City Hall, and file a public records request for all related communications. Smith was denied access to some emails and texts sent by employees which were not covered by the state’s Public Records Act. If the Court now rules that theses are in fact public records, it would mean that government business communicated via private phones and computers are available for investigation.

Comment Re:10 cloud might have a place (Score 1) 183

This won't be a popular opinion around here but I think the 'app store' model is a fine thing for consumers. They really do just want an easy way to get and use stuff. Average consumers are genuinely incapable of administering windows systems safely. (You and I can. But we're not average consumers)

The problem is that once they build it for the "Average Consumers" they take away everything else leaving the advanced users in the cold. Hence Windows 7 still being large, and Apple and Linux having some uptics. Of course Apple is doing their best to run off the power users too...

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