Archive for October, 2018

Qualys Snaps Up Container Firm

October 31st, 2018
Plans to use Layered Insight's technology to add runtime capabilities and automated enforcement to its container security tool.

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Pervasive Emotet Botnet Now Steals Emails

October 31st, 2018
Researchers discover new cyber-spying function in the persistent malware operation's arsenal.

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With Netflix Show ‘Salt Fat Acid Heat,’ the Food TV Renaissance Continues

October 31st, 2018
TV about eating isn't what it used to be—now it's much more appetizing.

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Facebook Business Takeover

October 31st, 2018
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Helium implicated in weird iPhone malfunctions

October 31st, 2018
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Reddit user harritaco discovered something rather unusual about the iOS devices used at their place of work. iPhones and Apple Watches stopped working unexpectedly, completely locking up and recovering only days later, sometimes suffering long-term harm.

The failures appeared to coincide with the installation of a new MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) machine. MRIs use powerful magnetic fields and helium-cooled superconductors, and something about the presence of this new machine was upsetting the Apple hardware. That magnets can be a problem for electronic devices is no big surprise—they can damage magnetic media, confuse compasses, and induce electric currents in harmful ways—but surprisingly, it's not the magnets that seem to be the problem this time—it's the helium.

The iPhone user guide warns that proximity to helium can impair functionality and that to recover, devices should be left to air out for a week or so in an environment far away from the rogue helium. Harritaco discovered that, during installation of the MRI machine, some 120 litres of liquid helium leaked and vented into the environment. This created a relatively high helium concentration, and any Apple hardware exposed to that helium stopped working.

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How the Power of Quantum Can Be Used Against Us

October 31st, 2018
There has been a palpable shift from volumetric attacks to "quantum attacks," and they look to be one of the biggest cybersecurity challenges on the rise today.

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9 Traits of A Strong Infosec Resume

October 31st, 2018
Security experts share insights on which skills and experiences are most helpful to job hunters looking for their next gig.

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LightSpeed, a race for an iOS/MacOS sandbox escape

October 31st, 2018
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Nintendo recommits to “keep the business going” for 3DS

October 31st, 2018
Can't afford a Switch? Mario has a suggestion for you...

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In the age of the Nintendo Switch, the company's older 3DS handheld tends to get the short end of the stick in terms of press and player attention. But Nintendo has maintained that it's not going to abandon the dedicated portable, which showed surprisingly resilient sales as recently as this January.

In a recent financial briefing, Nintendo recommitted to keep selling and supporting the 3DS, and the company explained why the eight-year-old system continues to have a place next to the Switch.

Nintendo 3DS is set apart from Nintendo Switch by its characteristics as a handheld game system that is lightweight, price-friendly, and highly portable. Affordability is the strong point that positions Nintendo 3DS in a niche clearly separate from Nintendo Switch. In the grand scheme of things, Nintendo 3DS has a prominent position as the product that can be served as the first contact between Nintendo and many of its consumers, and for this reason we will keep the business going.

Keeping the 3DS around as a form of "entry-level" Nintendo hardware makes a lot of sense. The New 2DS XL now retails for just $150—half the price of a new Switch—and that's with a copy of Mario Kart 7 bundled. And until major Nintendo franchises like Pokemon and Metroid come to the Switch, the 3DS represents the best way to enjoy them in relatively modern forms.

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CVE-2018-9411: New critical vulnerability in multiple high-privileged Android services

October 31st, 2018
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