Saturday, 19 March 2016

New IE11 update may sneak Windows 10 ‘upgrade’ options into security patch #vmvwiki ps

 For decades, Microsoft has split its patch offerings between security updates, bug fixes, and feature updates. The line between a bug fix and a feature update has often been blurry, with both being deployed in the same package, but security solutions have always been sandboxed and distributed as their own event. The company bent this rule when it began packaging Windows 10 updates as single-shot cumulative downloads, and now it’s apparently breaking it altogether. The latest Internet Explorer 11 security patch also includes a Windows 10-related download, as spotted by InfoWorld. 

New NSA rules allow agency to share data without privacy protections or terrorism links #vmvwiki ps 

A consistent argument the NSA and its defenders have offered for the agency’s behavior since 9/11 is that its mass surveillance and warrantless wiretapping programs are required to fight terrorism. One of the persistent fears of privacy advocates has been that these programs will be expanded into domains with absolutely no relation to terrorism. Now, the Obama administration has drafted rules that will allow the FBI and other agencies full access to the raw data that the NSA collects without any safeguards or privacy protections. 

FCC chairman proposes new rules to protect online consumer privacy  #vmvwiki ps

When Tom Wheeler was appointed chair of the FCC, many feared his history as CEO of the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association (CTIA) would taint his ability to head an organization tasked with regulating those industries. Instead, Wheeler has proven to support both net neutrality and now, more robust privacy protections for online users. 

A new plan to fight ISIS: turning big data on social media #vmvwiki ps

President Obama’s new anti-ISIS messaging czar Michael Lumpkin announced the Center for Global Engagement this week, formed by Executive Order. The new government body is aimed at modifying the conversation around terrorism, extremism, and the West’s overall profile. The initiative is distinct from past projects because it is aimed not at countering ISIS messages with US government ones, but at amplifying genuine, moderate messages throughout the Islamic cyber-world. Lumpkin told the Daily Beast that he sees this as a necessary evolution in the face of terrorist info-tech: “You need a network to defeat a network, so we’re going to take network approach to our messaging.”

It’s not just Apple: Sources claim government goes after source code on a regular basis #vmvwiki ps

The government’s most recent filing in the ongoing San Bernardino iPhone case was vitriolic in the extreme and contained a potent threat. In it, the Department of Justice noted that it could’ve compelled Apple to release its iOS source code and electronic signature, but that it had avoided doing this because it felt other solutions would be “more palatable” to Apple

Sunday, 6 March 2016

DHS Ready to Share Intelligence With Private Sector #vmvwiki ps

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security this month will start sharing threat information with a small number of hand-picked companies under the newly enacted Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act.
DHS hopes to collect threat indicators from companies and redistribute them to other companies so everyone gets a better view of threats and can use that knowledge to bolster defenses.

Google will warn users away from fake download buttons, social engineering 

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The web today is a vastly different place from the Internet I first explored courtesy of AOL and Netscape Navigator back in 1997. One thing that hasn’t changed in two decades, however, is the use of fake download buttons. Now that Google’s Safe Browsing Team is taking a stand against the practice, we might finally see some progress on the issue. 

Malware Museum lets you safely experience the PC viruses of yesteryear #vmvwiki ps

We’re all familiar with malware as an insidious menace that seeks to steal your personal information and ransom your data, but it was not always so. In the early days of personal computing, viruses were less of a malicious threat and more of an annoying joke. Now you can relive the “glory” days of mostly harmless computer viruses by visiting the Malware Museum hosted at the Internet Archive. 

Amazon’s terms of service now covers the zombie apocalypse #vmvwiki ps 

When the zombie apocalypse is upon us, you’ll want to know: Who’s got your back? It turns out shopping giant Amazon has our backs if you are a customer of its Amazon Web Services (AWS). Here’s a recently uncovered section of the Service Terms: 

New satellites could bring 1 terabit of internet bandwidth to remote regions

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Delivering internet access to remote areas is challenging, as the traditional method of running lines from connected regions is extremely expensive. There are a few approaches to doing this wirelessly — for example, Google’s Project Loon balloons. However, a company called ViaSat is teaming up with Boeing to provide super-fast internet access to remote areas from space. The just-announced ViaSat-3 satellite will have a terabit of available bandwidth. Yes, a terabit per second.