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Microsoft’s Windows, Office 365 advice for secure elections

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This is Susan Bradley for CSOonline. Today we’re going to talk about elections. No don’t worry I’m not going to talk about politics. I’m going to talk about election security and specifically some actions that Microsoft is taking to make sure all elections across the world are more secure. First off they’re offering free Windows […]

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Facebook Sweetens Deal for Hackers to Catch Security Bugs

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In the wake of extensive mishandling of user data and a series of security missteps, Facebook has deployed a number of security and privacy initiatives. A key focus: expanding its long-standing bug bounty program. Now Facebook is courting outside hackers more aggressively than ever. Last year, the company began paying bounties for certain bugs researchers […]

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The MacOS Catalina Privacy and Security Features You Should Know

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MacOS Catalina is live and out now for the masses to download—and Apple being Apple, it’s packed with features focused on user security and privacy. Here’s how Catalina promises to make your Mac safer and better protected than ever, from warnings about weak passwords to smart ways to retrieve a lost MacBook. Improved Data Protection […]

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An iTunes Bug Let Hackers Spread Ransomware

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The past week brought a heaping helping of not so comforting cybersecurity news, starting with President Donald Trump’s apparent plans to pull out of the Cold War-era Open Skies treaty. We explained why that would be as bad an idea as it sounds. But that’s just for starters. We also took a look at how […]

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Can microsegmentation help IoT security?

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The Internet of Things (IoT) promises some big benefits for organizations, such as greater insights about the performance of corporate assets and finished products, improved manufacturing processes, and better customer services. The nagging security issues related to IoT, unfortunately, remain a huge concern for companies and in some cases might be keeping them from moving […]

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VMware builds security unit around Carbon Black tech

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VMware has wrapped up its $2.1 billion buy of cloud-native endpoint-security vendor Carbon Black and in the process created a new security business unit that will target cybersecurity and analytics to protect networked enterprise resources. When VMware announced the acquisition in August, its CEO Pat Gelsinger said he expected Carbon Black technology to be integrated […]

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Planting Tiny Spy Chips in Hardware Can Cost as Little as $200

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Elkins programmed his tiny stowaway chip to carry out an attack as soon as the firewall boots up in a target’s data center. It impersonates a security administrator accessing the configurations of the firewall by connecting their computer directly to that port. Then the chip triggers the firewall’s password recovery feature, creating a new admin […]

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Twitter Puts Profit Ahead of User Privacy—Just Like Facebook Did Before

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At this point, it’s painfully unsurprising to hear new examples of tech companies misusing customer data. But a particularly shameful version of the story has become increasingly common: services pulling phone numbers and other data used for two-factor authentication into their marketing databases. On Tuesday, Twitter became the latest tech giant to join those ranks. […]

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Never Trust a Platform to Put Privacy Ahead of Profit

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At this point, it’s painfully unsurprising to hear new examples of tech companies misusing customer data. But a particularly shameful version of the story has become increasingly common: services pulling phone numbers and other data used for two-factor authentication into their marketing databases. On Tuesday, Twitter became the latest tech giant to join those ranks. […]