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Submission + - Would killing Bitcoin end ransomware? (

Copy that 2 writes: Bitcoin and ransomware seem to go hand-in-hand, but experts explain that doing away with the cybercurrency would just force cybercriminals to find another anonymous way to extort money.

Submission + - SPAM: 7 ways to avoid alert fatigue

An anonymous reader writes: Almost like hitting the snooze button over and over on your alarm clock, you become immune to the noise after a while. That is what can happen to network security managers who can hear false positives quite often. Here is how to avoid those.
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Submission + - Bill guarantees 50% of salary for workers laid off with non-compete (

dcblogs writes: Non-compete agreements are controversial for many reasons, but what may be worst of all: Even if you are laid off from your job, a non-compete agreement may still apply. California has made non-compete agreements unenforceable, but Massachusetts has not. Some opponents say that's partly the result of lobbying by EMC, which has considerable clout as a major state employer, headquartered in the Boston suburb of Hopkinton. But the pending $67 billion merger of EMC with Dell, and the prospect of merger-related layoffs, is spurring a new attack on non-compete agreements. State lawmakers are considering limiting non-compete agreements to one year, banning them for low-wage workers and for people terminated without cause. The leading legislative proposal will also require an employer to pay at least 50% of the former employer's salary during the period of time the non-compete is in effect. This salary guarantee is called "garden leave" and is in Massachusetts House bill H.4323. In May, the White House released a report about non-compete agreements. It found that 18% of the workforce is now covered by a non-compete agreement, but over the course of a career, some 37% of all workers will be subject to them.

Submission + - Malvertising Campaign Hits, NY Times, BBC, AOL

An anonymous reader writes: In the last couple of days, visitors of a number of highly popular websites have been targeted with malicious adverts that attempted to install malware (mostly ransomware, but also various Trojans) on their systems. The websites themselves weren’t compromised. The problem was that the the ad networks these sites use – Google, AppNexus, AOL, Rubicon – were tricked into serving the malicious ads, which would lead users to sites hosting an exploit kit.

Submission + - MIT Creates Algorithm That Speeds Up Page Load Time by 34% (

An anonymous reader writes: MIT researchers created an algorithm that analyzes Web pages and creates dependency graphs for all network resources that need to be loaded (CSS, JS, images, etc.). The algorithm, called Polaris, will be presented this week a the Usenix conference, and is said to be able to cut down page load times by 34%, on average. The larger and more resources, the better the algorithm's efficiency gets, which should be useful on today's JS-heavy sites.

Submission + - Encrypted Blackphone Patches Serious Modem Flaw (

msm1267 writes: Silent Circle, makers of the security and privacy focused Blackphone, have patched a vulnerability that could allow a malicious mobile application or remote attacker to access the device’s modem and perform any number of actions.

Researchers at SentinelOne discovered an open socket on the Blackphone that an attacker could abuse to intercept calls, set call forwarding, read SMS messages, mute the phone and more.

Blackphone is marketed toward privacy-conscious users; it includes encrypted messaging apps such as SilentText and Silent Phone, and it runs on a customized, secure version of Android, called PrivatOS.

Submission + - IBM union calls it quits (

dcblogs writes: A 16-year effort by the Communication Workers of America to organize IBM employees into a union is ending. The union's local, the Alliance@IBM, is suspending "organizing" efforts, and says its membership has been worn down by IBM's ongoing decline of its U.S. work force as it grows overseas. The union never got many dues-paying members, but its Website, a source of reports from employees on layoffs, benefit changes and restructuring, was popular with employees, a source of information for the news media, and a continuing thorn in the side of IBM.

Submission + - U.S. expects drop in programming jobs, but gains in IT jobs overall (

dcblogs writes: The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) says IT jobs will grow an overall 12% in the next decade, except for programmers. That occupation will shrink as more work is shifted to lower wage countries, according to the government. There were 328,600 computer programmers in 2014, but over the next 10 years this number is expected to decline by 8% or 26,500 jobs, the BLS said in its biennial update of its Occupational Outlook Handbook released Friday. Software developers, the largest occupational group in IT, which employs 1.11 million, will increase by 17% or 186,600, over this period. This data may become fodder in the debate over H-1B visas. The U.S., according to the National Science Foundation, awarded about 48,000 computer science bachelor degrees in 2012, which is roughly equal to the number of jobs per year that all computer occupations will grow by.

Submission + - Disney IT workers prepare to sue over foreign replacements (

JustAnotherOldGuy writes: At least 23 former Disney IT workers have filed complaints with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) over the loss of their jobs to foreign replacements. This federal filing is a first step to filing a lawsuit alleging discrimination. These employees are arguing that they are victims of national origin discrimination, a complaint increasingly raised by U.S. workers who have lost their jobs to foreign workers on H-1B and other temporary visas. Disney's layoff last January followed agreements with IT services contractors that use foreign labor, mostly from India. Some former Disney workers have begun to go public over the displacement process

Submission + - Dissecting a PayPal phishing scam (

Copy that 2 writes: Today, we're revisiting the concept of how to spot a Phishing email by focusing on a recent Phishing campaign that's targeting PayPal customers. We'll start by pointing out visual cues that will help you avoid becoming a victim, but we'll also go thorough the scam completely so you can see what it looks like.

Submission + - Microsoft Doesn't Think Windows 10 Data Collection Violates Your Privacy (

jfruh writes: Windows 10 collects much more user data than previous versions of the OS, which resulted in unease from privacy advocates. But the company is still brushing aside complaints, saying that most data collection, while enabled by default, can be opted out of, and that the remainder is non-user-specific "telemetry" that Microsoft needs in order to improve its operating system.

Submission + - Facebook Notifies Users Of Potential Nation-State Attacks (

An anonymous reader writes: Facebook has announced its plans to notify users if they are under threat from state-sponsored cyberattacks. The social media giant proposes a notification system triggered when its algorithms suspect nation-state activity. The alert will pop up on the user’s Facebook page, warning them of the danger and advising them to switch on login approvals, which require the individual to enter a security code sent to them from Facebook.

Submission + - IBM Permits China To Review Source Code (

An anonymous reader writes: IBM has permitted the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology to review its proprietary source code in a 'controlled' environment, according to a speech on Thursday by IBM Senior Vice President Steve Mills, as reported in the Chinese media.

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