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Firefox emergency update patches active zero-day exploit

Firefox emergency update patches active zero-day exploit

Given how regularly browser makers like Google and Mozilla release new versions of their software, a sudden new release is almost surprising. Firefox 67.0.3, however, is no simple minor release. Users are urged to make sure they're running this latest version of the browser because while it seems to fix just one thing, it is a critical security fix that could cause users headaches or maybe even lost cryptocurrencies.

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Hospitals are being bombarded with robocalls, putting patients at risk

Hospitals are being bombarded with robocalls, putting patients at risk

Robocalls have become such a significant issue that the FCC recently ruled wireless carriers can start blocking these calls by default. The decision came amid growing frustration over the huge number of robocalls consumers are receiving, with some people reporting more than a dozen calls a day. As it turns out, this problem is impacting hospitals, too.

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GrandCrab ransomware authors retire after earning $2 billion

GrandCrab ransomware authors retire after earning $2 billion

There is no shortage of malware around the world but the most vicious kind are the ones that hold people's precious files for ransom. Even worse are the ransomware that demand payment from victims knowing fully well that there is actually no way to recover those files. One of the most recent and most egregious is the GrandCrab strain of ransomware. The good news is that its principal owners and operators have announced their "retirement". The bad news is that they're doing so because they claim to have already earned $2 billion from the operation.

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USAF’s first AGM-183A hypersonic weapon flight test was a success

USAF’s first AGM-183A hypersonic weapon flight test was a success

The United States Air Force's first flight test of the AGM-183A Air Launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW) was a success, officials have announced. The flight test was conducted with a B-52 Stratofortress aircraft at the Edwards Air Force Base on June 12; it involved a prototype version of the hypersonic weapon that featured only sensors.

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Instagram hijacked accounts are getting easier to reclaim

Instagram hijacked accounts are getting easier to reclaim

With a social network as big as Instagram, users getting their accounts hacked and hijacked is a common problem. Instagram has rolled out some measures to keep accounts secure, but users are saying those aren't enough, especially when it comes to reclaiming a hijacked account. Today, Instagram detailed some more security methods for user accounts - including a way for users to get their usernames back, even after it's been changed by hackers.

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Samsung TV antivirus advice leads to IoT security confusion

Samsung TV antivirus advice leads to IoT security confusion

Add your smart TV to the list of things you need to run antivirus on, with Samsung surprising - and worrying - some of its owners with the advice that they should've been scanning their sets for malware. The unexpected guidance came courtesy of Samsung's support account on Twitter, which warned that WiFi-connected TVs should be regularly checked for viruses and other potentially damaging software.

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Cellebrite UEFD Premium boasts it can unlock any iOS or Android device

Cellebrite UEFD Premium boasts it can unlock any iOS or Android device

Most of the rhetoric in tech these days revolve around privacy, especially when it comes to smartphones and data on the cloud. Manufacturers and platform makers are, at least in public, committed to thwarting attempts to break into users' phones but, almost ironically, one of the most persistent threats aren't criminals. Governments are just as interested in breaking their way into mobile devices, often for the stated sake of law enforcement, and Cellebrite is only too happy to have them as buyers of its new UEFD Premium system.

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Windows 10 update will intentionally break some Bluetooth connections

Windows 10 update will intentionally break some Bluetooth connections

Windows 10 updates have become a game of chance. You almost never know when an update will break something and make your PC unusable. While Microsoft does try to fix things after the fact, often the damage is already done. Now Microsoft is taking the initiative to warn users that an upcoming update may cause Bluetooth devices to lose their connection to Windows PCs. And, no, isn't a bug but a feature.

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This app made ‘Dark Knight’ phone mic spy tech a reality

This app made ‘Dark Knight’ phone mic spy tech a reality

Remember that time in Batman: The Dark Knight when they hacked into every phone in the city and used audio matching and GPS to locate The Joker? It would seem that the app developers behind the app LaLiga had the same idea as Bruce Wayne - because they've essentially made that nightmare a reality. With their app, they've been detecting pubs and bars broadcasting pirated football (soccer) matches illegally, using geofencing and live audio from everyday users with their LaLiga app.

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Android phones can now be used as 2FA security keys on iOS

Android phones can now be used as 2FA security keys on iOS

In April, Google announced that consumers could start using their Android phones as physical security keys for two-factor authentication. The new option enables users to require login verification using a physical device, but eliminates the need to use a separate dongle. In an update about the feature today, Google revealed that Android phones can now be used as physical security keys for iOS devices, too.

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Watch a US Navy warship swerve to avoid Russian destroyer crash

Watch a US Navy warship swerve to avoid Russian destroyer crash

The United States Navy has released two videos showing the 'unsafe maneuver' Russian Destroyer UDALOY I DD 572 made toward the USS Chancellorsville, a guided missile cruiser, while in the Philippine Sea. The incident took place at around 11:45AM on Friday, June 7, and involved the destroyer coming within approximately 50ft - 100ft of the USS Chancellorsville.

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BeiTaAd adware discovered in 238 Google Play Store apps

BeiTaAd adware discovered in 238 Google Play Store apps

It's probably nothing new by now whenever news about this or that malware getting into Google Play Store's automated "bouncer" but few have probably achieved the same mass reach as this one. Called BeiTaAd or BeitaPlugin, the particular strain of adware will perhaps go down in history for having taking great pains to hide its nature from security measures and being found in 238 unique apps. It is, perhaps, no coincidence that those apps were all made by the same Chinese company as well.

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