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WannaCry ransomware: Action required

Please update Windows computers by 5:00pm today (Tuesday, May 16). Restart your machine to have updates take effect.

Windows computers that are not up to date on Microsoft security update MS17-010 at that time will be temporarily disconnected from the UO network by the UO Information Security ...
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Mac OS X Users Should Run Updates Today

An iOS vulnerability found using the Safari web browser has been found to also affect Mac OS X versions as well. Apple released a new version of Safari (9.1.3) yesterday that will fix the vulnerability. “The exploit allowed hackers to take full control over a victim’s device by tricking ...

Apple answers some questions about their customer letter

Apple released a follow-up response to CEO Tim Cook’s open letter to customers this week. This release seeks to clarify Apple’s intentions behind their rationale for object the U.S. government’s request (via the FBI) to unlock the phone used by one of the shooters in San Bernadino ...

Apple’s Customer Letter: the US Government is requesting overreach

Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, released a letter to his customers today following the request by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to have data decrypted from an iPhone formerly belonging to the gunman who instigated a shooting spree in San Bernadino, California last December. In response to the ...

Mac OS X vulnerability to hijacking via third-party apps

ArsTechnica is reporting that Mac OS X Yosemite (10.10) and El Capitan (10.11) are vulnerable to man-in-the-middle (MITM) hijacking through Sparkle, a third-party software framework that certain third-party apps use to receive updates. In a MITM attack like this one, the software is made vulnerable ...

Microsoft ends support for Windows 8 and Internet Explorer 7, 8, 9, and most of 10

Windows 8 will no longer be supported as announced by Microsoft this week. In 2014, prior to the advent of Windows 10, Microsoft announced that Internet Explorer will only be supported on each supported version of Windows. It was announced this week that Windows 8 will no longer be supported. This ...

“Stagefright”: Major Security Bug for Android Mobile Devices

Android users should be aware of the recently announced “Stagefright” bug, which is a major security hole that allows for an attacker to execute malicious code on any Android device via a specially crafted multimedia (MMS) text message. Many messaging apps, including Google Hangouts and ...

Adobe Flash exploit now has a patch

(As reported on ArsTechnica.com: July 8, 2015) Adobe Systems has updated its Flash media player to patch a vulnerability that attackers started exploiting soon after attack code leaked from the devastating Hacking Team breach. As Ars reported Tuesday morning, the previously unknown Flash ...

If you enjoy having your email hacked, these are the best 25 passwords to use.

Several news outlets this week have reported on new information, from the password management company SplashData, on the 25 most commonly hacked passwords. When creating a password, random sets of letters, numbers, and symbols provide greater protection than sequences of digits, favorite sports, ...

The Silk Road trial is about more than just Ross Ulbricht

On October 2, 2013, Ross Ulbricht was arrested under the FBI allegation that he was the owner of the Deep Web entity, The Silk Road. The Silk Road Marketplace was known for being an online black market with a particular platform for selling illegal drugs. All transactions were done using the Tor ...
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