A bug in Microsoft’s login system put users at risk of account hijacks

December 2, 2019

Microsoft has fixed a vulnerability in its login system, which security researchers say could have been used to trick unsuspecting victims into giving over complete access to their online accounts. The bug allowed attackers to quietly steal account tokens, which […]

‘User education’ key to prevent ransomware, says state cyber commander

November 21, 2019

The commander of the Louisiana National Guard’s cyber protection unit said Tuesday that the greatest threat to the state-government networks his team is tasked with protecting is that users still unknowingly clicking malicious links that activate attacks like ransomware. “There’s […]

Windows security warning: Ransomware is growing fastest, and just got harder to tackle

November 18, 2019

Via: ZDnet

Ransomware is growing fast and could become more difficult to tackle as the criminal ecosystem shifts from a few dominant players to many smaller ones. Tech security company Bitdefender analysed Windows security threats including ransomware, coin miners, fileless malware, PUAs […]

Attacks & Breaches, Security

States need better data recovery to forestall ransomware threats

December 9, 2019

Via: StateScoop

State agencies’ data is increasingly at risk to ransomware attack, in part due to poor backup and recovery practices, according to findings from a new survey. Among state IT and agency leaders polled, 69% said it would take their agency […]

Mobility, Tech

Windows 10 Mobile is over: Prepare for final security patches as support ends

December 9, 2019

Via: ZDnet

Tuesday marks the end of Microsoft’s failed bid to get the world on Windows Mobile, Windows Phone or Windows 10 Phone. Come December 2019 Patch Tuesday, it will be the last time Microsoft ever offers security updates for devices running […]

Hardware, Mobility, Tech

The iPhone 11’s U1 chip necessitates constant geolocation checks, Apple says

December 6, 2019

Via: ArsTechnica

Earlier this week, security reporter Brian Krebs published a story explaining that Apple’s latest iPhones (iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro) periodically check the user’s location even if the user disables location services individually for each and every app and […]

Infrastructure, Networking

FCC’s 5G fund called ‘slap in the face’ to areas struggling to get 4G

December 6, 2019

Via: StateScoop

The $9 billion plan the Federal Communications Commission announced Wednesday to expand 5G coverage into rural areas was criticized Thursday by lawmakers and state officials who say there’s little economic or technical rationale for building 5G infrastructure in rural areas […]