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Be careful what you rent — rent-to-own computers from seven companies spied on users, stealing passwords and photographing… sex
You know those scary stories you hear about how a hacker took control of someone’s webcam and videotaped or photographed them without their knowledge? Yeah, well, it turns out hackers aren’t the only ones doing such things — companies that rent out computers do such things, too.
The Federal Trade [...]Read More »
New Java vulnerability in Java 5/6/7 bypasses Java security sandbox, affects 1 billion users worldwide
Is it open season on Java? Or has the season for Java never ended? Who knows. I do know, however, that yet another vulnerability has been discovered in Java. This time the vulnerability affects Java 5, Java 6, and Java 7, meaning roughly one billion users around the world are [...]Read More »
Microsoft releases new update to plug Internet Explorer exploit — get this now even if you got the earlier one (both 32-bit and 64-bit are supported)
Earlier this week dotTech brought you news about a vulnerability affecting Internet Explorer. Microsoft realized the significance of the vulnerability and quickly issued a hack-and-slash Fix it utility to patch the vulnerability. Aside from the fact that the earlier Fix it apparently didn’t support 64-bit machines, it also wasn’t a [...]Read More »
You know that Internet Explorer vulnerability affecting Internet Explorer 7/8/9 on Windows XP/Vista/Win7 dotTech recently posted about? Yeah, well, it looks like Microsoft is on the ball with this one; they have just issued an easy-to-apply ‘Fix it’ to patch the vulnerability. According to Microsoft, “applying the Fix it solution, [...]Read More »
Whether it be through Windows or its online services, Microsoft touches the lives of many, many people around the world on a daily basis. So when an e-mail from “Microsoft <firstname.lastname@example.org>” with the subject of “Important Changes to Microsoft Services Agreement” magically appears in the inbox [...]Read More »
New vulnerability in Internet Explorer 7, 8, and 9 allow hackers to remotely control your Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7 computer
A couple back-to-back Java vulnerabilities hit the cyber waves a few weeks back. The cyber criminal gang that exploited those vulnerabilities seems to have developed a new zero-day attack. This time the attack has Internet Explorer in its crosshairs.
Security researchers are reporting there is a new zero-day vulnerability affecting [...]Read More »
In August 2011 Microsoft started an investigation into fake copies of Windows coming out of China. For this investigation, Microsoft employees bought 20 brand new PCs from various Chinese vendors and took them back to HQ to test for forfeit copies of Windows. All twenty machines were found to have [...]Read More »
Google Chrome does something unique with Flash. Instead of relying on Flash as a third-party plugin, Chrome has a built-in version of Flash. Google is the one that manages updates for this built-in version of Flash as opposed to Adobe. While it may sound like this would result in a [...]Read More »
You get an e-mail that looks like it is from Facebook. The e-mail says you have been tagged in a photo by a friend and the photo is attached to the e-mail. You open the attachment and BAM you are infected by a trojan known as Troj/Agent-XNN. Or at least [...]Read More »
Yesterday Oracle released an update to Java 7 (Java 7u7 update) that fixed nineteen critical vulnerabilities, two of which were exploited by in-the-wild attacks that installed malware on infected machines. It took Oracles four months to patch the just-mentioned vulnerabilities; it took security researchers less than 24 hours to find [...]Read More »
New Java 7 exploit allows hackers to install malware on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux; only fix currently is to disable Java
Perhaps due to their high market penetration, or maybe because of poor coding, Adobe Flash and Java have emerged as the two most widely attacked platforms on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux alike. Indeed Adobe just recently patched a new Flash vulnerability, and now it is Java’s turn.
A [...]Read More »
New Adobe Flash bug allows hackers to take over your computer, update Flash to v11.3.300.271 to be safe
Adobe has released an out of the blue security bulletin stating a bug in Adobe Flash is being exploited by hackers and could potentially allow attackers to take over computers. The attack vector is malicious Microsoft Word documents that exploit the ActiveX version of Flash Player in Internet Explorer on [...]Read More »