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Clearer, More Stringent Cybersecurity Rules for Government Contractors (July 30, 2015)

SANS NewsBites - Sat, 2015-08-01 15:58

The White House wants government contractors to have strong, clear, and consistent rules for protecting sensitive data.......

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French Television Broadcaster Still Feeling Fallout from April Cyberattack (July 30, 3015)

SANS NewsBites - Sat, 2015-08-01 15:58

French television broadcast company TV5Monde suffered a major cyber attack in April.......

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Fix Available for Critical Vulnerability in BIND Servers (July 30, 2015)

SANS NewsBites - Sat, 2015-08-01 15:58

A vulnerability in the BIND DNS protocol could be exploited to launch denial-of-service (DoS) attacks and take down large portions of the Internet.......

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US Dept. of Commerce to Revisit Wassenaar Export Rules (July 30, 2015)

SANS NewsBites - Sat, 2015-08-01 15:58

A US Department of Commerce spokesperson said that the government plans to revise export controls on hacking tools after members of the information security community spoke out against the government's first iteration of the rules, required by the Wassenaar Arrangement.......

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Senators Receive Millions of Faxes Protesting CISA (July 30, 2015)

SANS NewsBites - Sat, 2015-08-01 15:58

Opponents of legislation in the US Senate may have stalled a vote on the bill that aims to improve cyber threat information sharing between private companies and the government.......

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OnStar Vulnerability (July 30, 2015)

SANS NewsBites - Sat, 2015-08-01 15:58

A device called OwnStar was designed to demonstrate that the OnStar mobile service in GM vehicles is vulnerable to attacks.......

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Microsoft Releases Windows 10 (July 29, 2015)

SANS NewsBites - Sat, 2015-08-01 15:58

Microsoft has released its newest operating system, Windows 10.......

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Windows 10 Wi-Fi Sense Feature Shares Wi-Fi Passwords With Contacts (July 30, 2015)

SANS NewsBites - Sat, 2015-08-01 15:58

One of the new features of Microsoft's newest operating system is that Windows 10 will automatically share an encrypted version of your Wi-Fi network password with contacts in Outlook and Skype unless users specifically opt out.......

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OPM Attackers May Have Also Breached United Airlines Network (July 29 & 30, 2015)

SANS NewsBites - Sat, 2015-08-01 15:58

United Airlines has neither confirmed nor denied a report that a breach of its networks earlier this year allowed intruders to access flight manifests.......

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Sophisticated Hammertoss Malware Gets Instructions From Twitter, Steganography (July 29, 2015)

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Newly detected malware dubbed Hammertoss mimics user behavior to evade detection.......

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Suspicious Safari Updates (July 29, 2015)

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Malwarebytes found that some shady websites are telling visitors that their versions of Safari are out of date and offering updates.......

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Biden's late son urged him to run for U.S. presidency: New York Times

Reuters: Technology - Sat, 2015-08-01 15:38
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Vice President Joe Biden, inspired in part by his late son, has been holding meetings at his Washington home to discuss challenging Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination, The New York Times reported on Saturday.









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In Windows 10, Ad-Free Solitaire Will Cost You $10 -- Every Year

Slashdot - Sat, 2015-08-01 15:16
Wired UK reports that the pre-installed Solitaire on Windows 10 capitalizes on the long-cultivated addiction that some users have to the game with an interesting bargain: rather than being an ordinary included application like it used to be, what may be the world's most pervasive on-screen office time-sink of a game now comes with ads, unless a user wants to pay (by the month, or by the year) to remove those ads. Notes the linked piece: "To be entirely fair, this is the same as on the Windows 8 version, which wasn't installed by default but could be downloaded from the Windows Store." At $1.49/month or $10/year, this might be enough to drive some people who otherwise would not to check out some of the free, open-source games out there; PySolitaire is one of many in this incomplete list.

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'How can HP have a dress code if I'm wearing this wacky hat?'

The Register - Sat, 2015-08-01 14:42
Plus: Wanna know who played Magnum PI? Don't dial Blighty's cops

QuoTW We wrap up July with a week of Windows updates, camera controversy and an end to Internet Explorer.…

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Yemeni vice president arrives in Aden, fighting continues in country

Reuters: Technology - Sat, 2015-08-01 14:19
ADEN, Yemen (Reuters) - Yemeni vice president Khaled Bahah arrived in the southern port city of Aden on Saturday, the most senior official from Yemen's exiled government to visit since local fighters drove out the Iranian-backed Houthis.
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Three members of bin Laden family killed in UK jet crash: police

Reuters: Technology - Sat, 2015-08-01 14:15
LONDON/DUBAI (Reuters) - Three members of former al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden's family were killed when a private jet crashed in southern England on Friday, British police said on Saturday.
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Researchers Find That Queen Bees Vaccinate Their Offspring

Slashdot - Sat, 2015-08-01 14:15
The Washington Post reports that a team of researchers have discovered a previously unrecognized behavior in bees which gives the insects an extra layer of protection against certain diseases. Though the analogy to human-style vaccination is not perfect, it's close enough to make sense. Queen bees, the group found, break down some disease-causing pathogens found in the pollen and nectar brought to them by worker bees, but do not simply destroy them. Instead, after they are partly broken down, Bits of the pathogens are then transferred to the queen's "fat body," an organ similar to a liver, where they are packaged onto a protein called vitellogenin and delivered to eggs through the queen's blood stream. The result: newly hatched bee larvae that are already immune to the nasty germs that could have plagued the colony. The article notes that "the discovery could extend to other species throughout the animal kingdom," because all egg-laying animals have the same protein.

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Greece may seek up to 24 billion euros in first new aid tranche: paper

Reuters: Technology - Sat, 2015-08-01 13:24
ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece may seek 24 billion euros in a first tranche of bailout aid from international lenders in August to prop up its banks and repay debts falling due at the ECB, a pro-government Greek newspaper said in its early Sunday editions.
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Microsoft Taps PBS To Advance Its National Talent Strategy With 'Code Trip'

Slashdot - Sat, 2015-08-01 13:17
theodp writes: You don't have to be Mitt Romney to question PBS's announcement that it will air the Microsoft-funded 'reality' show Code Trip, in which Roadtrip Nation and Microsoft YouthSpark will send students across the U.S. for a "transformative journey into computer science." Of the partnership, Roadtrip Nation co-founder Mike Marriner said, "Roadtrip Nation is proud to partner with Microsoft's YouthSpark initiative not only to inform others of the many career routes one can take with a computer science background, but also to engage in the much-needed conversation of diversifying the tech field with more pluralistic perspectives." YouthSpark is part of Microsoft's National Talent Strategy (pdf), which the company describes as "a two-pronged approach that will couple long-term improvements in STEM education in the United States with targeted, short-term, high-skilled immigration reforms." The Official Microsoft Blog reports that filming of Code Trip began this week, with the three students traveling around the country to speak with leaders including Hadi Partovi, the co-founder of Code.org and 'major supporter' of FWD.us, who coincidentally once reported to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, and is the next door neighbor of Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith and a jogging partner of Steve Ballmer.

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Kurdish militia in Syria accuses Turkey of 'provocative' attacks

Reuters: Technology - Sat, 2015-08-01 13:10
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Kurdish militia fighting Islamic State in Syria accused Turkey on Saturday of targeting it at least four times in the past week, calling the attacks provocative and hostile.









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