Update Patch From Microsoft Causing Issues With Outlook Users

Back in October, Microsoft issued an update for Windows 10 that was a bit of a disaster.  It wound up deleting some user files and sparked a completely justified outrage.  The company pulled the update back, taking it offline so more people wouldn’t be impacted. Then they recently re-released it, this time, without the file deletions. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the …

Officials Want To Know If Wireless Carriers Are Throttling Video

Remember earlier this year when net neutrality got killed off and everybody said it wouldn’t matter? Well, it seems it might have mattered after all. Recently, three US Senators sent letters of inquiry to four wireless carriers. They are investigating allegations that the carriers have been throttling (slowing down) video services or Skype video calls. The allegations stem from recent …

Having Issues With Your iPhone X Touchscreen?

If you own an iPhone X and have been experiencing problems with the touch responsiveness of your display, you’re not alone.  Apple has acknowledged that faulty components in an unspecified number of iPhone X’s may cause the display module to fail.  In response, they’ve launched a new program to replace affected screens for free. If you’ve been experiencing any issues …

Target’s Twitter Gets Hacked And Hackers Post A Scam Tweet

Target is the latest company to fall victim to a simple but effective Twitter-Bitcoin scam.  The scam is about as straightforward as it gets:  A tweet gets sent out by a well-respected brand or prominent individual.  It contains a link which is likely to be clicked on, given that it’s from a prominent individual or well-respected brand. The page at …

Two More Companies Just Had Customer Data Breached

How long does it take from when hackers steal credit card data from a given company until it appears for sale on the Dark Web? The answer varies from one hacker to the next, but the short answer is ‘not very long.’  The more precise answer, at least in the case of New Egg and British Airways, (both of whom …

Data Breach Hits Radisson Hotel Group

The Radisson Hotel Group joins the ranks of globally-recognized brands to be on the receiving end of a successful hack.  According to the company, a small percentage of their loyalty club members had some of their personal information accessed by an unauthorized and as yet unknown third party. The company reports that no credit or debit card information was stolen. …

Apple Adds Physical Security Feature To New MacBook

In recent months, hackers around the world have been finding new ways to invade people’s privacy, hijacking an increasing number of cameras and microphones attached to smartphones and PCs.  Apple is responding to the evolving threat by introducing a new layer of physical security to their latest MacBooks. The company has created a custom security chip which introduces a means …

Are Some SSD Drives Susceptible To Hacking?

A research team has found an exploit that allows hackers to decrypt and view encrypted files on a number of well-known SSD drives.       They include: Samsung T5 Portable Samsung T3 Portable Samsung 850 EVO Samsung 840 EVO Crucial MX 300 Crucial MX 200 Crucial MX 100 According to the research team: “We have analyzed the hardware full-disk …

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 …

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 …