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Hackers exploit fresh PC hijack bug in Adobe Flash Player, the internet's screen door

The Register - Tue, 2015-06-23 13:59
Patch now, or just dump the thing

Adobe is advising users and administrators to patch its Flash Player after yet another remote-code execution vulnerability was discovered in the plugin.…

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Ask Slashdot: Keeping Cloud Data Encrypted Without Cross-Platform Pain?

Slashdot - Tue, 2015-06-23 13:48
bromoseltzer writes: I use cloud storage to hold many gigs of personal files that I'd just as soon were not targets for casual data mining. (Google: I'm thinking of you.) I want to access them from Linux, Windows, and Android devices. I have been using encfs, which does the job for Linux fairly well (despite some well-known issues), but Windows and Android don't seem to have working clients. I really want to map a file system of encrypted files and encrypted names to a local unencrypted filesystem — the way encfs works. What solutions do Slashdot readers recommend? Ideal would be a competitive cloud storage service like Dropbox or Google Drive that provides trustworthy encryption with suitable clients. Is there anything like that?

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BlackBerry boss vows to keep making phones

The Register - Tue, 2015-06-23 13:42
More are coming – this horse isn't dead yet

BlackBerry CEO John Chen told shareholders at his company's AGM today that he’ll stay in the handset business as he reckons he has a good chance at making money from it.…

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Former Cisco money chief cash-lands at Red Hat

The Register - Tue, 2015-06-23 13:24
Calderoni traverses extremes from tech giant to healthy Linux distro

Cisco’s departed financial chief Frank Calderoni has landed as CFO and operations chief at Linux distro kingpin Red Hat.…

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Hackers Exploit MacKeeper Flaw To Spread OS X Malware

Slashdot - Tue, 2015-06-23 13:09
An anonymous reader writes: Controversial OS X 'clean-up utility' MacKeeper is being exploited by cybercriminals to diffuse Mac malware OSX/Agent-ANTU, according to the BAE cyber security unit. A single line of JavaScript on a malicious web-page is enough to hand over control of the user's system via MacKeeper. Lead security researcher Sergei Shevchenko said 'attackers might simply be 'spraying' their targets with the phishing emails hoping that some of them will have MacKeeper installed, thus allowing the malware to be delivered to their computers and executed,' The malware enables remote control over commands, uploads and downloads, and the setting of execution permissions, as well as granting access to details of VPN connections, user names, and lists of processes and statuses.

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NY prison worker's husband breaks silence on 18th day of escapee hunt

Reuters: Technology - Tue, 2015-06-23 13:03
(Reuters) - The husband of a female prison worker charged with helping two New York inmates escape spoke out on Tuesday, the 18th day of a massive manhunt, saying the break-out plan called for her to slip him knockout pills.
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The wonderful madness of metrics: Different things to different folk

The Register - Tue, 2015-06-23 12:54
Or, how I learned to stop worrying and verify

Managers and customers love statistics and metrics. Companies can live or die by how good their metrics are and the potential penalties for failing to meet the required service levels as defined in agreements.…

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Why We Encrypt

Schneier on Security - Tue, 2015-06-23 07:02
Encryption protects our data. It protects our data when it's sitting on our computers and in data centers, and it protects it when it's being transmitted around the Internet. It protects our conversations, whether video, voice, or text. It protects our privacy. It protects our anonymity. And sometimes, it protects our lives. This protection is important for everyone. It's easy...
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