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Submission + - SPAM: State Attorneys General Reportedly Pursing Windows 10 Claims

TroII writes: A recent report from the Rockland (NY) County Times suggests that several states' Attorneys General are compiling complaints about deceptive Windows 10 upgrades. In particular, New York State AG Eric Schneiderman is actively soliciting statements from consumers who feel they were deceived or suffered damages. Last month's $10,000 loss in court may have signaled the beginning of more widespread legal challenges to Microsoft's tactics.

Submission + - Avast Acquires AVG For $1.3 Billion To Create Security Software Giant (venturebeat.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Security software giant Avast Software has acquired rival AVG Technologies. Avast will pay $25 in cash for each of AVG’s outstanding ordinary shares, in a deal amounting to around $1.3 billion. Avast said that it’s acquiring AVG to “gain scale, technological depth and geographical breadth” and so it can “take advantage of emerging growth opportunities in internet security as well as organizational efficiencies.” The combined company will have access to “400 million endpoints” — that is, devices that have some form of Avast or AVG application installed. Almost half of those are mobile too, which is key in a world that is increasingly shifting away from the desktop. With access to more devices, this will serve the joint company a bigger pool of data on malware, meaning it should be better positioned to offer better security products.

Submission + - Samsung Unveils World's First UFS Storage Cards, Could Replace MicroSD (pcworld.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Samsung has unveiled the world's first UFS card that could one day replace microSD cards in devices. The UFS card is based on the Universal Flash Storage 1.0 Card Extension standard and will be available in capacities from 32GB to 256GB. With a UFS card, users will be able to read 5GB of data, or a full resolution movie file, in 10 seconds, Samsung claims. For comparison, a UHS-1 microSD card would take 50 seconds to do the same. UFS cards will be able to fit into a wide range of devices like smartphones, tablets, cameras, and drones, but the devices will need a specific UFS card slot, which could take some time. Samsung claims the 256GB UFS card has a sequential read speed of 530MBps. The random read speed is 20 times faster than a microSD card. The sequential write speed is about 170MBps, which Samsung estimates is two times faster than microSD cards. The random write speed is 350 times faster than microSD, Samsung claims. The Universal Falsh Storage 1.0 Card Extension standard is intended to replace the eMMC standard, which is used in low-cost laptops and Chromebooks. Samsung didn't disclose pricing or availability for the UFS storage cards. It's worth noting that Toshiba does also make UFS storage cards, but they have yet to release any based on the UFS 1.0 Card Extension standard.

Submission + - What pranks have you pulled on scam callers? 1

flatulus writes: My wife has been getting calls repeatedly from "the Windows IT department" about our computer. She tells them she's not biting and hangs up.

This morning I had the pleasure of answering the call. It went like this:

"Hello?"
"Hi, this is the Windows IT department calling about your computer."
"A computer? what's that?"
"I'm calling about your computer."
"Computer? I've never heard of this. What is a computer?"
"What is a computer? OK, buddy — get lost" (hangup)

So, what fun stories do you have about pranking scammers?

Submission + - Here's how a hacker is shaking down a medical clinic (bankinfosecurity.com)

SpacemanukBEJY.53u writes: A hacker going by the nickname The Dark Lord is threatening to release nearly 48,000 medical records unless an orthopedic clinic in the U.S. pays $165,000 by July 8. The batch of data is one of three lots he's stolen from health care clinics that are now advertised on The Real Deal underground market. If the data is accurate, this particular clinic has no good options, a dilemma faced by organizations confronted with extortion attempts by cybercriminals. It's an unsettling tale. The hacker sent a highly personal ransom letter to the clinic's director, including the names of his family members and their Social Security Numbers. "I do not feel bad or guilty about any of this," the hacker says.

Submission + - High cholesterol 'does not cause heart disease' new research finds (telegraph.co.uk)

An anonymous reader writes: Cholesterol does not cause heart disease in the elderly and trying to reduce it with drugs like statins is a waste of time, an international group of experts has claimed.

A review of research involving nearly 70,000 people found there was no link between what has traditionally been considered “bad” cholesterol and the premature deaths of over 60-year-olds from cardiovascular disease.

Published in the BMJ Open journal, the new study found that 92 percent of people with a high cholesterol level lived longer.

So much for settled science.

Submission + - SpaceX to launch commercial satellites Wednesday (floridatoday.com)

schwit1 writes: SpaceX will attempt another commercial launch on Wednesday morning, this time putting two satellites into orbit.

They will once again try to land the first stage in what they say are difficult circumstances. They are also picking up the launch pace, with this the second commercial launch in less than three weeks. It will also be their sixth launch of the year, matching what they did in each of the last two years, with more than half the year to go.

Boosters have landed at sea on SpaceX's last three missions. Two of those were launches to very high orbits, like Wednesday’s, for which landings are considered more challenging.

Submission + - SPAM: (In)Famous and Dangerous Angler Exploit Kit Disappears Without A Trace

An anonymous reader writes: Angler, the world's most popular exploit kit, appears to have shut down, as cyber-criminals are moving their operations to other exploits kits such as Neutrino, RIG, and Sundown. Used mainly for malvertising campaigns, five different sources have all said that they've stopped detecting any type of malicious activity from Angler exploit kits on June 7. This has been confirmed by F-Secure, Malwarebytes, Forcepoint, independent security researcher Kaffeine, and Brad Duncan of ISC.

At the start of June, Russian authorities announced their largest cybercrime bust in history, during which they arrested 50 people and detained 18. Authorities said these suspects were involved in the creation of the Lurk trojan, also often distributed via the Angler exploit kit. For the past year, Angler has been the #1 ranked exploit kit in the cyber-crime underworld, often at the heart of many large malvertising campaigns that affected sites ranging from Yahoo to Microsoft.

Link to Original Source

Submission + - Snap Packages Become the Universal Binary Format for All GNU/Linux Distributions 1

prisoninmate writes: Canonical informed us that they've been working for some time with developers from various major GNU/Linux distributions to make the Snap package format universal for all OSes. Snap is an innovation from Canonical created specifically for the Snappy technology used in Snappy Ubuntu Core, a slimmed-down version of Ubuntu designed from the ground up to be deployed on various embedded and IoT (Internet of Things) devices. Starting with Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus), Canonical launched the Snap packages for the desktop and server too. At the moment, we're being informed that the Snap package format is working natively on popular GNU/Linux operating systems like Arch Linux, Fedora, Debian GNU/Linux, OpenWrt, as well as Ubuntu and its official flavors, including Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Ubuntu MATE, Ubuntu GNOME, Ubuntu Kylin, and Lubuntu.

Submission + - Venezuela sells gold reserves as economy worsens (cnbc.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Venezuela’s gold reserves have plunged to their lowest level on record after it sold $1.7 billion of the precious metal in the first quarter of the year to repay debts. The country is grappling with an economic crisis that has left it struggling to feed its population.

The Opec member’s gold reserves have dropped almost a third over the past year and it sold over 40 tonnes in February and March, according to IMF data. Gold now makes up almost 70 percent of the country’s total reserves, which fell to a low of $12.1 billion last week.

Venezuela has larger crude reserves than Saudi Arabia but has been hard hit by years of mismanagement and, more recently, depressed prices for oil. Oil accounts for 95 percent of its export earnings. Despite the recent price rebound, declining oil output is likely to take a further toll on the economy.

The IMF forecasts the economy will shrink 8 percent this year...

Submission + - SELinux is beyond saving at this point (utoronto.ca)

asvravi writes: Some interesting views over at Chris Sibenmann's blog on SELinux and its fate.

SELinux has problems. It has a complexity problem (in that it is quite complex), it has technical problems with important issues like usability and visibility, it has pragmatic problems with getting in the way, and most of all it has a social problem. At this point, I no longer believe that SELinux can be saved and become an important part of the Linux security landscape.


Submission + - Patched Office Flaw Used by Half-Dozen APT Groups (threatpost.com)

msm1267 writes: A Microsoft Office vulnerability patched six months ago continues to be a valuable tool for APT gangs operating primarily in Southeast Asia and the Far East. Researchers at Kaspersky Lab today published a report describing how attackers continue to flourish exploiting CVE-2015-2545, a remote code execution vulnerability where an attacker crafts an EPS image file embedded in an Office document designed to bypass memory protections on Windows systems.

Exploits have been used primarily to gain an initial foothold on targeted systems. Those targets are largely government and diplomatic agencies and individuals in India and Asia, as well as satellite offices of those agencies in Europe and elsewhere. The Office flaw was patched in September in MS15-099 and updated again in November. Yet APT groups seem to be capitalizing on lax patching inside these high-profile organizations to carry out espionage. Some criminal organizations have also made use of exploits against this particular flaw, in particular against financial organizations in Asia, Kaspersky researchers said in their report.

The APT groups, however, seem to be having the most ongoing success with CVE-2015-2545. Kaspersky Lab identified a half-dozen groups, including two new outfits, that have been using modified exploits for the flaw.

Submission + - New and Improved Atomic Clocks Are 100 Times More Accurate (vice.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Physicists from the the National Metrology Institute of Germany have developed a new variant of atomic clock boasting up to 100 times the accuracy of today's traditional microwave-based atomic clocks.

The technology, which is described in a paper published this week in the journal Optica, could force us to once again redefine what a second is by virtue of both its accuracy, and, crucially, practicality.

Submission + - PDFCreator developers use web installers to avoid SourceForge Malware Scan (sourceforge.net)

Kobun writes: On the heels of SourceForge's announcement that all projects would be scanned for malware, at least one developer has found a way to work around this restriction. PDF Creator now uses a web installer for its download through the SourceForge pages, which then loads the tainted executable outside of SF's ability to scan. The fight against spyware continues.

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