Awful transaction and timing: AT&T finally ditches DirecTV

reader comments 99 with 78 posters participating Share this story AT&T has completed its spinoff of DirecTV after six years of mismanagement in which nearly 10 million customers ditched the company’s pay-TV services. AT&T bought DirecTV for $49 billion ($67 billion including debt) in July 2015 even though DirecTV and other traditional TV services were […]

Trusted platform module security defeated in 30 minutes, no soldering required

Getty Images reader comments 117 with 84 posters participating, including story author Share this story Let’s say you’re a large company that has just shipped an employee a brand-new replacement laptop. And let’s say it comes preconfigured to use all the latest, best security practices, including full-disk encryption using a trusted platform module, password-protected BIOS […]

New WireGuardNT shatters throughput ceilings on Windows

Enlarge / Forget bendable mobile phones—we’re holding out for working mobile phone plushies. reader comments 53 with 42 posters participating, including story author Share this story The WireGuard VPN project announced a major milestone for its Windows users today—an all-new, kernel-mode implementation of the VPN protocol called WireGuardNT. The new implementation allows for massively improved throughput […]

With help from Google, impersonated website pushes malware

reader comments 256 with 87 posters participating Share this story Scammers have been caught using a clever sleight of hand to impersonate the website for the Brave browser and using it in Google ads to push malware that takes control of browsers and steals sensitive data. The attack worked by registering the domain xn--brav-yva[.]com, an […]

Software downloaded 30,000 times from PyPI ransacked developers’ machines

reader comments 120 with 82 posters participating, including story author Share this story Open source packages downloaded an estimated 30,000 times from the PyPI open source repository contained malicious code that surreptitiously stole credit card data and login credentials and injected malicious code on infected machines, researchers said on Thursday. In a post, researchers Andrey […]

New bank-fraud malware called Vultur infects thousands of devices

reader comments 76 with 55 posters participating, including story author Share this story Recently detected Android malware, some spread through the Google Play Store, uses a novel way to supercharge the harvesting of login credentials from more than 100 banking and cryptocurrency applications. The malware, which researchers from Amsterdam-based security firm ThreatFabric are calling Vultur, […]

Feds list the top 30 most exploited vulnerabilities. Many are years old

reader comments 13 with 12 posters participating Share this story Government officials in the US, UK, and Australia are urging public- and private-sector organizations to secure their networks by ensuring firewalls, VPNs, and other network-perimeter devices are patched against the most widespread exploits. In a joint advisory published Wednesday, the US FBI and CISA (Cybersecurity […]

Biden warns cyber attacks could lead to a “real shooting war”

Enlarge / US President Joe Biden, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo attend a plenary session of a NATO summit at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) headquarters in Brussels, on June 14, 2021. reader comments 30 with 21 posters participating Share this story President Joe Biden has warned […]