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Unofficial fix emerges for Windows bug abused to infect home PCs with ransomware

A cybersecurity firm has issued another unofficial patch to squash a bug in Windows that Microsoft has yet to fix, with this hole being actively exploited to spread ransomware. Rewind to October 17, and Acros Security released a small binary patch to address a flaw in Microsoft’s Mark-of-the-Web (MotW) feature. This feature is supposed to set a flag in the metadata for files obtained from the internet, USB sticks, and other untrusted sources. This flag ensures that […]

Part 1: Mod’ing Radio Shack AM/FM radio 1201849

Progress in adapting a small AM/FM radio for Arduino control. The internal MCU communicates with the AKC6951 chip via I2C. Here is documented the wiring of how to tap into this communication channel, and show the communication on an oscilloscope.  I will first be using an ATTiny85 because it can do I2C no problem. Down the road, I’m worried about VBATT, as the radio works fine with the batteries down to 2V, and probably a […]

Kids Are Back in Classrooms and Laptops Are Still Spying on Them

source: The high school teachers see the desktop when they open GoGuardian, a popular software application used to monitor student activity: The interface is familiar, like the gallery view of a large Zoom call. But instead of seeing teenaged faces in each frame, the teacher sees thumbnail images showing the screens of each student’s laptop. They watch as students’ cursors skim across the lines of a sonnet or the word “chlorofluorocarbon” appears, painstakingly typed into […]

What You Think Is Yours Isn’t

And It’s Getting Worse For me, who has to support customers who install Windows 11, this is my daily nightmare, and that just rolls down to the users. Think about it.  If I can’t support my users, the solution to every issue is like Apple’s philosophy: BUY A NEW ONE. It’s 18 minutes, and you might not understand some of the terms, but he does boil it down for you, so just try to pay […]

Google warns Chrome users browser has been hacked

link: (NewsNation) — If you use Google Chrome as an internet browser, beware: Your information could be compromised. Google issued an alert warning billions of Chrome users that the browser has been successfully targeted by hackers, and listed 30 security flaws, including seven deemed to have a “High” threat level. The tech company is now releasing an update within the next few days to fix the bugs, which affect Windows, macOS and Linux, according to […]

How to download from rsync:// sites…

Like webp and the other obscure “standards”, you won’t know about rsync if you are just windows or even mac. It’s a linux/unix command from way back, and there isn’t an admin alive that doesn’t know how to use it. To do things on Windows, and even Mac, you need to install something bloated like cygwin to add a unix subsystem, which is horrible, and integrated. Better if you can’t get on a linux system, […]

What would Cyber-Insurance [Not] Cover?

5 Situations in Which Cyber Liability Insurance Would Be Helpful   source article here Check Point Research reports that ransomware attacks increased 93% in the first half of 2021 — having cyber liability coverage can help your company recover from damages that these attacks cause. Editor’s Note: This is a guest blog contribution from Sales Manager Chris Ham. Chris shares his expert perspective on how businesses and other organizations can protect themselves from various cyber […]

Security Tip (ST04-014) – Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)

Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks source What is a social engineering attack? In a social engineering attack, an attacker uses human interaction (social skills) to obtain or compromise information about an organization or its computer systems. An attacker may seem unassuming and respectable, possibly claiming to be a new employee, repair person, or researcher and even offering credentials to support that identity. However, by asking questions, he or she may be able to piece […]

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