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Intel Skylake die shot. Researchers have found a way to run malicious code on systems with Intel processors in such a way that the malware can’t be analyzed or identified by antivirus software, using the processor’s own features to protect the bad code. As well as making malware in general harder to examine, bad actors …

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Enlarge / Who doesn’t love some new Windows? The ill-fated Windows 10 October 2018 Update has hitherto been offered only to those Windows users who manually sought it, either by using the dedicated upgrade and media creation tools or by manually checking for the update in Windows Update. Three months after its initial release, Microsoft …

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Enlarge / Licensing and support lifecycles are not really the easiest topics to illustrate. Peter Bright Windows 7’s five years of extended support will expire on January 14, 2020—exactly one year from today. After this date, security fixes will no longer be freely available for the operating system that’s still widely used. As always, the …

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Enlarge / Askhan Soltani has worked with the FTC and as an independent researcher, exploring data privacy issues. Recently, he testified about Facebook’s privacy policies before the US and UK governments. Ashkan Soltani The Cambridge Analytica scandal. Data breaches at hotels, banks, rideshare companies, and hospitals. Facial recognition. DNA databases. We’re living through the data …

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Enlarge / Marriott Hotel brands like the W hotel were breached between 2014 and 2018. Craig Warga/Bloomberg via Getty Images On Friday, Marriott International announced a system breach that has affected approximately 500 million customers, with stolen information including names, credit card numbers, mailing addresses, email addresses, and passport numbers. The breach is one of …

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Enlarge / This message, shown during Windows upgrades, is going to be salt in the wound. Just over a month since its initial release, Microsoft is making the Windows 10 October 2018 Update widely available today. The update was withdrawn shortly after its initial release due to the discovery of a bug causing data loss. …

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https://t.co/1Of8EsOW8z Here’s a low quality bug that is a pain to exploit.. still unpatched. I’m done with all this anyway. Probably going to get into problems because of being broke now.. but whatever. — SandboxEscaper (@SandboxEscaper) October 23, 2018 SandboxEscaper, a researcher who back in August tweeted out a Windows privilege escalation bug, has published …

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Video by Chris Schodt, production by Justin Wolfson. In our latest episode of Ars Technica Live, we talk about election security. My guest was Alex Stamos, a researcher at Stanford who just happened to be the CSO at Facebook when the company discovered Russian operatives meddling in the US presidential election. He told us about …

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Enlarge / A partial screenshot of one of the scam profiles pushing an adult dating scam on Facebook. Responding to critics in the US Congress and elsewhere who say Facebook isn’t doing enough to stop the flow of disinformation, the social network in recent days has purged hundreds of accounts it found were designed to …