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The Pirate Bay Takes Heat for Testing Monero Mining

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 09:29:05 +0000 The Pirate Bay has come under fire for testing a Monero javascript miner as a possible means for generating new revenue to replace its current model of making money through advertising on the site.

Joomla patches eight-year-old critical CMS bug

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 09:23:20 +0000 Joomla has patched a critical bug which could be used to steal account information and fully compromise website domains. This week, the content management system (CMS) provider issued a security advisory detailing the flaw, which is found in the LDAP authentication plugin.

You lost your ballpoint pen, Slack? Why's your Linux version unsigned?

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 10:22:54 +0000 Slack is distributing open Linux-based versions of its technology that are not digitally signed, contrary to industry best practice.

Apple's facial recognition: Well, it is more secure for the, er, sleeping user

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 10:20:53 +0000 Hackers have defeated the Touch ID technology that has been superseded by Face ID. Galloway reckons it's only a matter of time before attacks against Apple's latest authentication technology are successful.

Equifax's disastrous Struts patching blunder: THOUSANDS of other orgs did it too

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 09:31:19 +0000 Thousands of companies may be susceptible to the same type of hack that recently struck Equifax. The Equifax breach was the result of a vulnerable Apache Struts component.

Cloud Security Error Exposes Half a Million Voters' Personal Information

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 09:25:26 +0000 Another day, another cloud leak: Kromtech researchers recently came across a misconfigured CouchDB database exposing information on 593,328 Alaskan voters.

First ever crypto-mining Chrome extension discovered

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 09:23:53 +0000 A Chrome browser extension, with over 140,000 users, is gobbling up the resources of users' computers by secretly mining for virtual cash.

The laws that are ruining the Internet

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 10:35:28 +0000 But some of the laws created to protect us have strings attached-and some of these strings could strangle the Internet. That's because laws have many sections with unclear writing that allow for interpretations so broad that not even Dora could explore them. The concern is that these laws could create a chilling effect-that is, when people quell their own speech in fear of litigation or sanctions.

Pirate Bay digs itself a new hole: Mining alt-coin in slurper browsers

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 09:03:29 +0000 Bittorrent search engine and mortal enemy of intellectual property lawyers, The Pirate Bay, has upset the one group of people that actually likes it: its users.

5 Ways to Secure Wi-Fi Networks

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 09:00:49 +0000 Wi-Fi is one entry-point hackers can use to get into your network without setting foot inside your building because wireless is much more open to eavesdroppers than wired networks, which means you have to be more diligent about security.

APNIC-sponsored proposal could vastly improve DNS resilience against DDoS

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 08:37:23 +0000 The domain name system (DNS) is vital to the internet's operations, which makes it an obvious target. The architecture of DNS can even amplify the effect of some distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks. But a new technique could help change that.

The Pirate Bay hijacked users' CPU power to secretly mine cryptocurrency Monero

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 08:35:17 +0000 For once, the MPAA and RIAA might have been tickled by the famous piracy site The Pirate Bay after TPB ticked off some pirates by hijacking their CPU cycles to secretly mine cryptocurrency.