Category: security

Microsoft takes down botnet responsible for infecting nine million computers

Microsoft takes down botnet responsible for infecting nine million computers

Microsoft says that it has disrupted a botnet that was behind one of the largest cybercrime networks. The botnet, which is called Necurs, is responsible for infecting around nine million computers around the world. It’s also known as having one of the largest spam email networks. Necurs reportedly creates 3.8 million spam emails every two […]

Microsoft leaks presence of unpatched wormable exploit in Windows 10 SMB Servers

Microsoft has accidentally revealed the presence of a wormable exploit in the SMBV3 protocol during their Patch Tuesday infodump, but without releasing a patch for the same flaw, leaving all recent installations vulnerable. Affected PCs of the CVE-2020-0796 vulnerability include Windows 10 v1903, Windows10 v1909, Windows Server v1903, and Windows Server v1909. It is suspected […]

Analysis shows over the last decade Windows 10 had fewer vulnerabilities than Linux, Mac OS X and Android

Analysis shows over the last decade Windows 10 had fewer vulnerabilities than Linux, Mac OS X and Android

An analysis of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s National Vulnerability Database has shown that, if the number of vulnerabilities is any indication of exploitability, Windows 10 appears to be a lot safer than Android, Mac OS or Linux. Over the last decade, Debian Linux had 3067 technical vulnerabilities, which they defined as “a […]

Android had the most technical vulnerabilities in 2019: report

Android had the most technical vulnerabilities in 2019: report

A new report crunched data about vulnerabilities in operating systems over the last 20 years and found that Android has had the most security vulnerabilities on a consistent annual basis for the last few years. But, that shouldn’t freak you out. The report was compiled by TheBestVPN using data from the National Institute of Standards […]

Samsung Galaxy Buds+ score 7 on iFixits repairability scale

Samsung Galaxy Buds+ score 7 on iFixit’s repairability scale

Samsung announced the successor to the Galaxy Buds last month. The Samsung Galaxy Buds+ are an incremental upgrade and are improved when compared to the original Galaxy Buds. Earlier today, iFixit got their hands on the Galaxy Buds+ and the wireless earbuds scored a 7 out of 10 on iFixit’s repairability scale. The original Galaxy […]

HTTPS is Easy! | CSS-Tricks

I’ve been guilty of publicly bemoaning the complexity of HTTPS. In the past, I’ve purchased SSL certificates from third-party vendors and had trouble installing them. I’ve had certificates expire and had to scramble to fix them. I’ve had to poke and prod hosting companies to help me ensure things were going to renew correctly, and […]

Scotiabank donates $750,000 to University of Ottawa for AI research

Scotiabank is donating $750,000 to the University of Ottawa to launch the Scotiabank AI & Society Initiative. The initiative will focus on two research projects. The first project will support research focused on design ethics and inclusive AI systems. The second project will explore global AI regulations and how they might impact Canadian policies. Scotiabank […]

SpiceJet data breach affects 1.2 million passengers: Report

A data breach has hit one of India’s largest privately-held carriers, SpiceJet, affecting 1.2 million passengers in the country. Security researchers who first revealed the data breach told TechCrunch that they gained access to the carrier’s systems by brute-forcing the system’s easily guessable password. In a statement, SpiceJet said: “At SpiceJet, safety and security of […]

Facebook reaches settlement for lawsuit over facial recognition for $550 million

Facebook has settled a lawsuit over its use of facial recognition in its ‘Tag Suggestions’ feature for $550 million USD (roughly $727 million CAD). The plaintiffs sued Facebook in 2015, and accused the social media giant of violating the Biometric Information Privacy Act in Illinois by collecting biometric data with users’ consent. Last year, Facebook […]

CIRA accepting funding applications for digital literacy, cybersecurity projects

The Canadian Internet Registration Authority has opened up applications for its annual $1 million CAD Community Investment Program initiative. Starting now, charities and researchers can apply for funding to improve the quality of Canada’s internet. CIRA is looking for projects based on infrastructure research that improves internet speeds and costs. It’s also interested in projects […]