Another Intel Processor Vulnerability Found

Intel just can't seem to catch a break.  By now, almost everyone has heard about the dreaded Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities which have been plaguing the chip maker since they were first discovered.  Now, it seems there's a new chip-based threat. This latest threat has been dubbed PortSmash by the research team from the Tampere University of Technology in Finland and the Technical University of Havana, in Cuba who jointly discovered it.  It works by abusing a weakness in Intel's Hyper-Threading technology, which is Intel's implementation of SMT (Simultaneous Multi Threading). The researchers had this to say about the attack: "We recently discovered a new CPU microarchitecture attack vector.  The nature of the leakage is due to execution engine sharing ...
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Video Embedding Feature In MS Word Has Security Vulnerability 

Researchers have discovered a security flaw in MS Office 2016 and older versions that leave the door open to hackers who can take advantage of it to run malicious code on a target computer. This latest hack exploits a flaw in the software's online video option, which allows users to embed a YouTube video via link inside the document.  The problem is that when the link is pasted into a Word document, the software automatically generates an HTML embed script which is executed when the thumbnail image of the video is clicked on inside the document. Word contains a file called "document.xml" which is a default file used by the program to generate the code to embed the video.  It's ...
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Most Apple Devices Are Getting A Major Software Update

If you own Apple devices that use iOS, watchOS, tvOS, or macOS, there's good news.  The company just released major updates for all of those. They're available right now, and here are a few of the highlights: For iOS 12.1, the big changes are as follows: Group Face Time, with support for audio and video calls with up to 32 participants simultaneously End-to-End encryption for your Face Time/Group Face Time conversations A "Start Group Face Time" option from inside Group Messages More than 70 new emoji's Dual SIM support Improved camera functionality A variety of performance and battery life enhancements And more The big additions for watchOS are: Automatic contact of emergency services if you are immobile for more than ...
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iOS Gmail Users Will Be Able To Access Multiple Accounts

Earlier this year, Google introduced a new and improved Gmail that gave users virtually unlimited customization options. In addition to that, it included some exciting new AI-based features that cut down on repetitive tasks and made email management significantly easier. These advancements are important in this day and age, given the sheer volume of messages most of us tend to get. iOS Gmail users have historically lagged behind their Android counterparts, but that finally seems to be changing.  In the company's most recent update, iOS Gmail users will at long last get access to a feature that Android users have been enjoying for quite some time:  An "All Inboxes" view.  This view allows an iOS Gmail user to access all ...
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Yahoo Is Compensating Victims Of Their Massive Data Breach

Yahoo has the dubious honor of having been on the receiving end of the largest data breach in history. As a consequence, the company has recently agreed to pay $50 million in damages and provide free credit monitoring services to its impacted users. The company actually suffered a pair of breaches in 2013 and in 2014, although this information was not disclosed by the company until 2016.  All of the company's 3 billion users were impacted, and more than 200 million of them saw losses arising from that breach. The compromised data included: usernames, email addresses, dates of birth, security questions (and their answers) backup email addresses, and phone numbers exposed. The particulars of the settlement are as follows: Yahoo ...
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