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User Sues Microsoft for Forced Windows 10 Upgrade

User Sues Microsoft for Forced Windows 10 Upgrade

An Albuquerque man by the name of Frank K. Dickman Jr. filed a complaint against Microsoft and CEO Satya Nadella for forcing an upgrade on his computer which rendered it unusable. Dickman said that Microsoft had forced a Windows 10 upgrade on his ASUS 54L laptop computer, which originally came with an OEM license for Windows Version 7. The upgrade bricked his system, and Dickman is now demanding that Microsoft furnish him with a replacement copy of Windows 7 within 30 days or pay $600 million. It is said that Dickman’s suit may not go anywhere, but similar lawsuits had […]

Latest Chrome Build Now Comes with Ad Blocker

Latest Chrome Build Now Comes with Ad Blocker

In a blog post this week, Google’s Chris Bentzel revealed that Chrome will now be blocking non-CBA approved ads automatically. A survey composed of 40,000 respondents from US and Europe established that ads which hide a large portion of the page, as well as full page and flashing animated ads were considered to be “disruptive” and are not up to Better Ads Standards. Chrome will then notify the user if such an ad had been blocked. According to Campaign magazine editor Emily Tan, the advertising industry initially thought that Google would be blocking ads across the board, but is now […]

Telegram Zero-day Flaw Exploited to Mine Cryptocurrency

Telegram Zero-day Flaw Exploited to Mine Cryptocurrency

Cybersecurity company Kaspersky Labs recently found that hackers had been exploiting a flaw in messaging app Telegram to infect user’s devices with a cryptocurrency mining malware. It was said that the attackers used a Telegram feature that reverses the order of characters to rename files. Kaspersky added that the malware was found in Russia and its code had clues indicating the involvement of Russian cybercriminals. Telegram founder Pavel Durov said that the flaw was not a true vulnerability on Telegram Desktop, but rather a form of social engineering since the user still had to open the file before the attackers […]

1 Million Signatures Gathered Against New Snapchat Design

1 Million Signatures Gathered Against New Snapchat Design

Around one million signatures had already been gathered this week opposing Snapchat’s latest redesign. According to the company, the changes were meant to to separate interaction between friends and brands, but majority of the platform’s users found the new layout difficult to use. With the new update, users will only be able to access brands and influencers by swiping right. Petition creator Nic Rumsey said that a lot of users had to use VPNs just to be able to access the older version of the platform that didn’t have the new features. Celebrities including Chrissie Teigen and Kylie Jenner have […]

Facebook Pushes Security App on Users, Does Not Disclose Ownership

Facebook Pushes Security App on Users, Does Not Disclose Ownership

Facebook recently urged users to use the Onavo Protect app to protect their security, especially when using unsecured networks. However, the social networking giant did not reveal that prior that it owns the app, and that the information collected by the app is shared with the company. According to the app’s privacy policies, it shares with Facebook and others user data such as apps on the device, usage statistics, websites visited, and the amount used, and Facebook can use this data to track users even if they are not using the service. It was noted that a user would have […]

Mobile Apps a Culprit for Financial Website Glitches

Mobile Apps a Culprit for Financial Website Glitches

During the turbulent period which rocked global stock markets last week, technology analysts reported that smartphone apps were one of reasons behind glitches on financial websites. Kendra Thompson, an Accenture managing director, said that most financial systems were not built to handle requests from the rapidly increasing number of financial apps on mobile devices which users often use to check balances or watch market indexes. The problem is further compounded when users repeatedly refresh the website in instances of access issues. Chief strategist for financial services at Akamai Technologies Inc. even called the adoption of mobile finance apps as the […]

Chrome Set to Mark All Http Pages As “Not Secure”

Chrome Set to Mark All Http Pages As “Not Secure”

In a blogpost last Thursday, Chrome security product manager Emily Schechter announced that coming this July, all websites that are not yet using https encryption will be marked in Chrome 68 as “not secure”. Https provides encryption which “wraps” the website and its user within a secure tunnel to prevent attacker intrusion. Schechter adds that they have been strongly advocating https for years and the new warning sign is intended to make users understand that http sites lack adequate security. It was noted that Google also ranks https sites higher in its search results to encourage developers to adopt the […]

Anonymous User Leaks Apple iBoot Source Code

Anonymous User Leaks Apple iBoot Source Code

Last Thursday, an anonymous user had apparently uploaded the source code for Apple’s secure iOS bootloader on GitHub, prompting the phone manufacturing giant to send a DMCA takedown request to the website.   Some users said that the iBoot had already been leaked 4 months ago and was publicly available on Reddit. Experts say that the two year-old code has not been greatly modified and that large chunks of the code are likely to still be in newer versions. However, other security experts say that it was not as big of an issue since the iBoot is often reverse-engineered during […]

Microsoft’s Anti-Ransomware Protection Bypassed by Researcher

Microsoft’s Anti-Ransomware Protection Bypassed by Researcher

Security researcher Yago Jesus from SecurityByDefault recently said that he was able to bypass Microsoft’s “Controlled Folder Access” feature which is being touted as a reliable anti-ransomware measure. CFA allows the user to block changes to files in user-designated directories via a prompt. However, Jesus found that all Office apps were automatically whitelisted, which means that an attacker can add simple scripts in OLE objects inside Office files to bypass CFA. The researcher reported his findings to Microsoft, but the company said that it was not a security vulnerability. Even though they said that the issue will be fixed, Jesus […]

Windows to Delete Programs that Coerce Users to Upgrade

Windows to Delete Programs that Coerce Users to Upgrade

Microsoft recently announced that the Windows Defender, as well as their other security software, will delete programs which “bully” the user into upgrades or unwanted software. Barak Shein of Windows Defender Security Research confirmed that the company is ramping up its efforts against programs which make exaggerated claims about the health of the user’s system. Microsoft says that it has updated its evaluation criteria which defines what is malware and what is unwanted software.   The move is intended to protect users from software that display error messages in an exaggerated way to pressure the user into paying for a […]