Month: November 2018

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If you own an eCommerce website built on WordPress and powered by WooCommerce plugin, then beware of a new vulnerability that could compromise your online store. Simon Scannell, a researcher at RIPS Technologies GmbH, discovered an arbitrary file deletion vulnerability in the popular WooCommerce plugin that could allow a malicious or compromised privileged user to
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Grab, the Singapore startup that bought Uber’s Southeast Asia business earlier this year, continues to announce strategic investors for its ongoing Series H funding round. The latest edition revealed today is Korean automotive firm Hyundai, which is investing $250 million. Hyundai first invested in Grab in January, and it joins recently announced investors Microsoft (undisclosed)
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From gaming to helping people conquer their fear of spiders and getting quarterbacks ready for Sunday, virtual reality is a much-hyped emerging technology. But is it hackable?   In Ep. 18 of of Hackable?, “Virtually Vulnerable”, Geoff straps on a headset and tests his mettle against white-hat hackers manipulating his virtual experience. Can he withstand ransomware, a human
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On November 5, Symantec announced that it acquired Appthority and Javelin Networks in an effort to enhance its endpoint security solutions, adding key technology integrations to Symantec’s Integrated Cyber Defense Platform. Through its acquisition of Appthority, Symantec will enable its customers to analyze mobile apps and identify malicious behaviors and vulnerabilities. Building Appthority’s technology into Symantec
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Studying Android’s November security bulletin, you’ll notice that there’s a fair amount to patch. In total, there are 36 vulnerabilities assigned a CVE, and another 17 relating to Qualcomm components rather than Android itself. Within Android, four rated are critical and 13 rated as high. If there’s a standout it might be CVE-2018-9527, simply because it’s
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Jake Bright Contributor More posts by this contributor Tarform debuted new e-motorcycles but is there a U.S. market? Naspers announces $300 million initiative to support startups and tech in South Africa Africa’s VC landscape is becoming more African with an increasing number of investment funds headquartered on the continent and run by locals, according to
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Transit, a company that built a mobile app designed to help people in cities live without cars, has raised $17.5 million from two automakers in a Series B round. The round was led by RenaultNissan-Mitsubishi’s joint investment arm Alliance Ventures. InMotion Ventures, Jaguar Land Rover’s venture capital fund, also joined the round, as well as two past
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A new cybersecurity market segment has emerged in the past few years that combines “active defense” technologies with the traditional concept of honeypots or honeynets. Dubbed deception technologies, these tools can be configured to intercept attacks in progress and lure the attacker to systems and applications running expressly to keep them occupied while defenders either
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Malicious browser extensions have been blamed for the theft of private messages and data from 81,000 Facebook users recently discovered for sale on a cybercrime forum. According to the BBC Russian Service investigation, samples of the data were discovered in September being hawked for 10 cents per account on an English-language forum with Russian connections.
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Microsoft silently patched a bug in its Windows 10 operating system with the October 2018 update (version 1809) that allowed Microsoft Store apps with extensive file system permission to access all files on users’ computers without their consent. With Windows 10, Microsoft introduced a common platform, called Universal Windows Platform (UWP), that allows apps to
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Language learning company Reverso is launching a new product on the web and mobile. Reverso Synonyms is a thesaurus service that lets you learn new words and improve your vocabulary. You may have found this feature in the main Reverso translation app already. If you translate a word or a group of words, there’s a
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Vint Cerf Contributor Vinton Gray Cerf, a co-founder of i4j — innovation for jobs, is widely hailed as one of “the fathers of the Internet”. Cerf was a manager for the United States’ Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) funding groups to develop TCP/IP technology and currently serves as the Chief Evangelist of the Internet
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A team of security researchers has discovered another serious side-channel vulnerability in Intel CPUs that could allow an attacker to sniff out sensitive protected data, like passwords and cryptographic keys, from other processes running in the same CPU core with simultaneous multi-threading feature enabled. The vulnerability, codenamed PortSmash (CVE-2018-5407), has joined the list of other
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Researchers found two vulnerabilities that could impact popular wireless access points and compromise enterprise networks if exploited, according to TechCrunch. The pair of bugs were reportedly found in chips built by Texas Instruments. Networking device makers such as Aruba, Cisco and Meraki commonly build the Bluetooth Low Energy chips into their line-up of enterprise wireless access points. While the
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by Lisa Vaas Anonymous Coward, in commenting on a report from The Register about vulnerabilities that expose people’s browsing histories, pithily sums up potential repercussions like so: Sweetheart, whats this ‘saucyferrets.com’ site I found in your browsing history? If you value your privacy and your ferret predilections, be advised that in August, security researchers from
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Twitter has deleted thousands of automated accounts posting messages that tried to discourage and dissuade voters from casting their ballot in the upcoming election next week. Some 10,000 accounts were removed across late September and early October after they were first flagged by staff at the Democratic Party, the company has confirmed. “We removed a