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Technology Bytes Post-Mortem Meetup – Friday, March 1st 2019

  Technology Bytes went off the air 2 years ago. Join us for a memorial geek gathering in honor of this occasion. We will be meeting at our old hangout, Khon’s Wine Darts And Coffee located at 2808 Milam. There’s plenty of free parking and Khon’s offers a great beer and wine selection with many […]

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Facial recognition doesn’t work as intended on 42 of 110 tested smartphones

Devices from Asus, BlackBerry, Huawei, Lenovo, LG, Nokia, Samsung, Sony, and Xiaomi failed a basic “photo test.”   January 5th 2019, By Catalin Cimpanu   A Dutch non-profit has tested 110 smartphone models and found that the facial recognition feature used for locking devices doesn’t work as intended on 42 phones.   The study, carried […]

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TV licensing scam

Found this on BBC news:- https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-46745298   As a side note it seems in the UK anyway that the elderly are being targeted by email scammers. Take a look at the best antivirus, anti-malware, anti-spy, etc. software

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Intel admits chip security has a long way to go

A year ago, the world came to realise how a side-loading attack could compromise a microprocessor. Intel has been working hard to make fixes easier   A year on from the discovery of the Spectre and Meltdown processor flaws, Intel has admitted its work on security has only just begun. In a web post, Leslie […]

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Abine Blur Password Manager User Data Exposed Online

January 2nd 2019, By Lawrence Abrams     Abine, the creator of the Blur privacy and password management service, released a security notice on Monday that states that a file was exposed to the Internet that contained customer information.   Blur is a service that aims to increase a user’s privacy by offering password management, […]

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WannaCry ransomware is dormant on thousands of computers

January 1, 2019, By Hemant Saxena   The latest reports on WannaCry ransomware suggests the malware continues to remain a potent threat. Even after a year of its outbreak, WannaCry ransomware has not been eradicated completely. It is currently dormant and therefore, still has the potential to affect the businesses worldwide.     WannaCry still […]

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Hackers Threaten to Dump Insurance Files Related to 9/11 Attacks

The Dark Overlord appears to be trying to capitalize on conspiracy theories about the September 11 attacks.   December 31st 2018, By Joseph Cox   On Monday, New Year’s Eve, a hacker group announced it had breached a law firm handling cases related to the September 11 attacks, and threatened to publicly release a large […]

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Microsoft Is Making It Harder To Mess With Windows 10’s Built-in Antivirus

Dec 29, 2018,9:00 am   In the Spring of 2019, Microsoft will be releasing another big update for Windows 10. You can expect a long list of tweaks and a few brand new features. One of those new features will help keep your computer malware-free.   The Surface Pro 6 is on display during a […]

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EU to fund bug bounty programs for 14 open source projects starting January 2019

Some of the approved projects include KeePass, 7-zip, VLC Media Player, Drupal, and FileZilla.   December 29th 2018, By Catalin Cimpanu   The European Union will foot the bill for bug bounty programs for 14 open source projects, EU Member of Parliament Julia Reda announced this week.   The 14 projects are, in alphabetical order, […]

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First-Ever UEFI Rootkit Tied to Sednit APT

December 28th 2018, By Tom Spring   Researcher at ESET outlines research on the first successful UEFI rootkit used in the wild.   LEIPZIG, GERMANY – Researchers hunting cyber-espionage group Sednit (an APT also known as Sofacy, Fancy Bear and APT28) say they have discovered the first-ever instance of a rootkit targeting the Windows Unified […]