Operating Systems

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Thousands of NHS computers are still running Windows XP from beyond the grave

Two years after the WannaCry ransomware outbreak shone a light on the computer security of the the UK’s National Health Service, and five years after Microsoft said it would no longer release patches for Windows XP, the NHS still has 2,300 PCs running the outdated operating system.

Read more in my article on the Tripwire State of Security blog.


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Apple pushes out another silent update to address flaws in RingCentral and other video conferencing apps

RingCentral and other video conferencing apps share the same flaws as those revealed in Zoom earlier this month, including the ability to hijack users’ webcams without their permission.

Apple pushes out further silent updates to protect users from sketchy app behaviour.


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Apple pushes out silent update to remove sketchy Zoom code from Macs

Zoom, the makers of a video conferencing app used by millions of people around the world, did not handle the discovery of a privacy vulnerability its software at all well.

It’s a good thing, then, that Apple has nixed the software’s dodgy behaviour.


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Smashing Security #136: Oops, we created Iran’s hacking exploit

Mac users of the Zoom video conferencing app are warned their webcams could be hijacked, security firms warn of how scammers are deepfaking audio to steal from businesses, and our guest owns up to the role he played in an Iranian cyberattack against US organisations.

All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by Charl van der Walt.


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Zoom Mac flaw allows webcams to be hijacked – because they wanted to save you a click

If you have installed Zoom, any website can turn on your Mac’s webcam without asking your permission.

Oh, and if you’ve since uninstalled Zoom – that doesn’t fix the problem.


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BlueKeep – everyone agrees, you should patch PCs running legacy versions of Windows

I have this horrible feeling that the only way we’re going to wake the world up to the need to patch their ageing versions of Windows against the BlueKeep vulnerability is to wait until a malicious worm begins to spread around the world.

Prove me wrong. Patch now.


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Smashing Security #131: Zap yourself from the net, and patch now against BlueKeep

Microsoft issues warning to unpatched Windows users about worm risk, and how do you delete all traces of yourself off the internet after you murder your podcast co-host?

All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault.


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tripwire.com

HiddenWasp malware seizes control of Linux systems

Security researchers have discovered a new strain of malware that they believe is being used in targeted attacks to seize control of Linux systems and open backdoors for remote hackers.

Read more in my article on the Tripwire State of Security blog.


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Ever app users uploaded billions of photos, unaware they were being used to build a facial recognition system

Users have shared the private photos stored in their email and social networks with Ever – not realising that they were being used to feed a facial recognition system.


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A third-party patch for Microsoft’s Internet Explorer zero-day vulnerability

Don’t want to wait for Microsoft to fix the problem in how Internet Explorer handles .MHT files? Other security researchers come to the rescue.


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It doesn’t matter if you don’t use Internet Explorer, you could still be at risk from this IE zero-day vulnerability

Even if you don’t use Internet Explorer any more, it may still be posing a potential risk by being installed on your Windows PCs.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.


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Smashing Security #121: Hijacked motel rooms, ASUS PCs, and leaky apps

An app leaking private conversations and intimate photographs is ignoring requests to fix the problem, hackers poison a security update sent to ASUS PCs, and how to protect your privacy in motel rooms.

All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by Maria Varmazis.


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Hackers poison Asus software updates, may have infected one million PCs

Hundreds of thousands of Asus PCs may have been infected with malware installed by Asus’s own automatic Live Update tool.


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Apple sued because two-factor authentication… oh, I give up

An American man is bringing a class action against Apple, complaining that two-factor authentication (2FA) on an iPhone or Mac takes too much time.


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Smashing Security #115: Love, Nests, and is 2FA destroying the world?

Is two factor authentication such a pain in the rear end that it’s costing the economy millions? Do you feel safe having a Google Nest in your home? And don’t get caught by a catfisher this Valentine’s Day.

All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by B J Mendelson.


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Smashing Security #095: British Airways hack, Mac apps steal browser history, and one person has 285,000 texts leaked

Malicious script is being blamed for the British Airways hack, Trend Micro’s apps are booted out of the Mac App Store for snaffling private data, and Paul Manafort’s daughter wants Twitter to remove a link.

All this and more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by David Emm of Kaspersky Lab.


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