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New Phishing Attack Targets Amex And Netflix Users

If you do business with either American Express (AMEX) or Netflix, be on the alert.  Windows Defender Security Intel has recently reported the detection of two major new phishing-style campaigns aimed at the customers of both businesses. Recipients have been receiving emails that appear identical to official Netflix and American Express communications. In both cases, the ultimate goal is to convince customers to hand over their credit or debit card information. Microsoft has sent a couple of different tweets out about...

Issue With Internet Explorer Could Affect Most PC Users

Are you still surfing the web with Internet Explorer?  If so, you're not alone.  Four years after Microsoft announced Edge as its successor, the company's old browser still has a few stubborn holdouts who continue to use it for various reasons. Unfortunately, security experts keep finding critical security flaws in the code that make it something of a ticking time bomb. The most recent of these was unearthed by an independent researcher named John Page. He published a proof of concept...

Android Wifi Hotspot App Leaks Network Passwords And Information

Do you use an Android App called 'WiFi Finder'?  If so, be advised that your network password has likely been exposed, based on research conducted by Sanyam Jain, of the GDI Foundation. Jain discovered an unprotected database online associated with the app that contained more than two million network passwords. He reported his findings to Zack Whittaker of TechCrunch, and the two of them spent more than two weeks trying to contact the Chinese-based developer to no avail. When that effort...

Staples May Have Exposed Some Of Its Customer Data

If you're a customer of US retail chain Staples, you may have recently received a notification from the company regarding a problem with their Order Tracking system. According to information in the notification, the data was left exposed due to insufficient protection of the data stream accessed when a customer clicked to review their current and past orders. The company stressed that to this point, there is no evidence that any exposed data has been accessed by third parties and no...

Adobe Updates Some Of Their Products Due To Critical Issues

Adobe continues to have problems associated with JavaScript. As a consequence, they have released new patches for Experience Manager, InDesign, and Framemaker. Of these, the patch for Experience Manager is the largest, and addresses a total of five critical vulnerabilities, tracked as: CVE-2020-9732 CVE-2020-9734 CVE-2020-9740 CVE-2020-9741 CVE-2020-9742 Each of these bugs, can, if left unpatched, lead to arbitrary JavaScript execution in the browser. In addition, the latest Experience Manager patch addresses six other issues deemed serious, including one that is described as an...

Google Working To Help Warn Users Of Earthquakes

Unless you live within a couple hundred miles of the town of Sparta, NC, you may not be aware of the fact that recently, a 5.1 earthquake struck the area. It damaged a few homes and rumbles could be felt as far away as north Georgia and parts of Virginia. It is doubtful that the earthquake in North Carolina was the inciting event that prompted Google to announce a new earthquake detection and alert system on Android devices, but it is...

Toshiba Will No Longer Make Laptops

For the past three decades, Toshiba has been a major player in the laptop market. Toshiba released its first laptop in 1985. Their famous T1100, which was sold in Europe, was one of the first laptops to make use of floppy disks. Based on their success with that model, they quickly expanded their operation and began selling laptops in the US and Japan. Recently though, the Japanese powerhouse has reported that they're exiting the laptop business. According to a recent announcement by...

Windows 10 Update Gives Graphics Cards Users More Control

Does your PC have more than one graphics card in it? If so, and you're a Windows 10 user, there's good news. Microsoft recently announced some coming changes to Windows 10 that will give users with multiple GPU's more control over how their cards are used when running applications. Currently, Windows makes the decision about which card to use on the fly, but in a preview of Build 20190, under settings  Display  Graphics Settings there is a new dropdown that allows users to set...

New Charging Cables Could Hack Your Devices

A security researcher known as "_MG_" on Twitter has invented a modified Apple Lightning cable that could allow a hacker to remotely access any Mac computer using them.  He demonstrated his new invention, dubbed the "OM.G Cable" at the Def Con hacking conference in Las Vegas recently. The Lightning Cable is used by Apple owners to charge their devices and sync data. The OM.G cable is indistinguishable from a legitimate Lightning Cable. According to tests conducted by Motherboard, it allows...

New Netflix Payment Phishing Emails Appear Legitimate

Do you have a Netflix account? If so, you're certainly not alone. Since the start of the pandemic, the company has experienced unprecedented growth and is now the video streaming service of choice for tens of millions. If you're one of those, be aware that an as yet unknown group of hackers has developed an exceptionally convincing-looking phishing scam designed to harvest Netflix payment information. The attack begins just like many do, with the receipt of an email explaining that...