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BlueBorne is Bluetooth's Stagefright moment

The scariest thing about BlueBorne, the attack vector that uses Bluetooth to spread across devices, isn't what it can do, but rather just how many similar vulnerabilities may be lurking that we don't yet know about.

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5.3 billion devices at risk for invisible, infectious Bluetooth attack

Meet the BlueBorne attack vector; patch or turn off Bluetooth, as this is a wormable threat that spreads through the air without requiring user interaction.

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How to detect and remove a rootkit in Windows 10

Rootkits are a particular insidious form of malware because they load before an operating system boots and can hide from ordinary antimalware scans and protection. Their ability to elude detection also makes them extraordinarily...

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The 10 Windows group policy settings you need to get right

Configure these 10 group policy settings carefully, and enjoy better Windows security across the office

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NotPetya ransomware hits hospitals, while Shadow Brokers touts its July VIP service

U.S. hospitals were hit by the NotPetya ransomware—despite a vaccine already being available—while the Shadow Brokers touts its July dump of the month and its VIP service.

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Microsoft plugs another critical hole in Windows Defender

Microsoft patched a critical RCE vulnerability in its Malware Protection Engine that could have been exploited without any user interaction.

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It's time to update XP, Windows Server 2003 despite Microsoft's emergency patch

Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 are supposed to be dead, but Microsoft's emergency update to address serious vulnerabilities gives organizations another excuse to hang on to these legacy operating systems a little longer.

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Paying the WannaCry ransom will probably get you nothing. Here's why.

Last Friday’s massive WannaCry ransomware attack means victims around the world are facing a tough question: Should they pay the ransom? Those who do shouldn't expect a quick response -- or any response at all. Even after payment, the...

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Microsoft patches Windows XP and Server 2003 due to WannaCrypt attacks

On Friday evening, Microsoft released patches for Windows XP, Server 2003, and Windows 8, after those systems were infected with Ransomware on Friday. WannaCrypt, a variant of WannaCry Ransomware, used previously leaked NSA tools to...

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A 'kill switch' is slowing the spread of WannaCry ransomware

Friday’s unprecedented ransomware attack may have stopped spreading to new machines -- at least briefly -- thanks to a "kill switch" that a security researcher has activated.

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Microsoft finally bans SHA-1 certificates in Internet Explorer and Edge

The Tuesday updates for Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge forces those browsers to flag SSL/TLS certificates signed with the ageing SHA-1 hashing function as insecure.

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Microsoft fixes 55 vulnerabilities, 3 exploited by Russian cyberspies

Microsoft released security patches Tuesday for 55 vulnerabilities across the company's products, including three flaws that have already been exploited in targeted attacks by cyberespionage groups.

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Microsoft fixes remote hacking flaw in Windows Malware Protection Engine

Microsoft released an update for the malware scanning engine bundled with most of its Windows security products to fix a highly critical vulnerability that could allow attackers to hack computers.

Google Project Zero researchers find ‘crazy bad’ Windows RCE flaw

Google Project Zero researchers discovered a "crazy bad" RCE flaw in Windows. The attack works against default Windows installations and is "wormable."

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Microsoft adds another layer to the Windows 10 patching onion

A new update will occur monthly, or sometimes more often.

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Old Windows Server machines can still fend off hacks. Here's how

Keeping a computer up-to-date, with the latest OS and software patch, is one of the best things you can do to stay safe from cyber threats.

Bypass Microsoft's update block for Windows 7, 8.1 PCs running Kaby Lake, Ryzen

GitHub user Zeffy created a custom patch to defeat Microsoft's update block for Windows 7 and 8.1 users using devices powered by next-gen processors.

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Experts contend Microsoft canceled Feb. updates to patch NSA exploits

Microsoft may have delayed its February security update slate to finish patching critical flaws in Windows that a hacker gang tried to sell.

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New NSA leak may expose its bank spying, Windows exploits

A hacking group has released suspected U.S. government files that show the National Security Agency may have spied on banks across the Middle East.

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Microsoft fixes 45 flaws, including three actively exploited vulnerabilities

Microsoft released its monthly security updates Tuesday, fixing 45 unique vulnerabilities across its products, three of which are publicly known and two already targeted by hackers.

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