Attacks

Artificial intelligence is automating attacks on political campaigns     – CNET
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Google and Microsoft are helping political campaigns defend against hackers using automated attacks to target the midterm election.

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Women Die More From Heart Attacks Than Men — Unless the ER Doc Is Female
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Women who suffer from heart attacks may be at a higher risk of death in the emergency room if they see a male physician rather than a female one, a new study suggests. The study doesn’t jump to conclusions, but doctors and cardiologists have a few theories. There could be a systematic bias where male […]

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The most ambitious browser mitigation yet for Spectre attacks comes to Chrome
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(credit: Google) Google’s Chrome browser is undergoing a major architectural change to enable a protection designed to blunt the threat of attacks related to the Spectre vulnerability in computer processors. If left unchecked by browsers or operating systems, such attacks may allow hackers to pluck passwords or other sensitive data out of computer memory when […]

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Sonic and ultrasonic attacks damage hard drives and crash OSes
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(credit: Microsoft) Attackers can cause potentially harmful hard drive and operating system crashes by playing sounds over low-cost speakers embedded in computers or sold in stores, a team of researchers demonstrated last week. The attacks use sonic and ultrasonic sounds to disrupt magnetic HDDs as they read or write data. The researchers showed how the […]

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IoT attacks are getting worse — and no one's listening     – CNET
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If there was one theme at this year’s Kaspersky conference, it was the constant reminder that many connected devices have potentially serious gaps in security.

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400k servers may be at risk of serious code-execution attacks. Patch now
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Hacker stock photos FTW. (credit: Thinkstock Photos) A bug in an obscure but widely used email program may be putting as many as 400,000 servers around the world at risk of serious attack until they install an update. The flaw—which is in all releases of the Exim message transfer agent except for version 4.90.1—opens servers […]

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New LTE Attacks Can Snoop On Messages, Track Locations, and Spoof Emergency Alerts
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An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: A slew of newly discovered vulnerabilities can wreak havoc on 4G LTE network users by eavesdropping on phone calls and text messages, knocking devices offline, and even spoofing emergency alerts. Ten attacks detailed in a new paper by researchers at Purdue University and the University of Iowa […]

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Microsoft Disables Word DDE Feature To Prevent Further Malware Attacks
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An anonymous reader writes: As part of the December 2017 Patch Tuesday, Microsoft has shipped an Office update that disables the DDE feature in Word applications, after several malware campaigns have abused this feature to install malware. DDE stands for Dynamic Data Exchange, and this is an Office feature that allows an Office application to […]

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Victims of Mystery Attacks In Cuba Left With Anomalies In Brain Tissue
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An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: American victims of mysterious attacks in Cuba have abnormalities in their brains’ white matter, according to new medical testing reported by the Associated Press. But, so far, it’s unclear how or if the white-matter anomalies seen in the victims relate to their symptoms. White matter is […]

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