Intel AMT Loophole Allows Hackers to Gain Control of Some PCs in Under a...

Researchers say an unprotected Management Engine BIOS Extension can allow an attacker the ability to configure Intel’s AMT feature for remote access by a hacker. Source: Threadpost

Apps Exposing Children to Porn Ads Booted From Google Play

Researchers identified 60 apps on Google Play infected with AdultSwine malware that in some cases displayed graphic adult-themed ads on apps intended for children. Source: Threadpost

House Votes to Reauthorize Controversial Spy Provision, Section 702

The U.S. House of Representatives voted to renew U.S. spy provisions, extending the powers of the NSA to collect internet communications for another six years. Source: Threadpost

WhatsApp Downplays Damage of a Group Invite Bug

WhatsApp said that claims that infiltrators can add themselves to an encrypted group chat without being noticed is incorrect. Source: Threadpost

FBI Director Calls Smartphone Encryption an ‘Urgent Public Safety Issue’

The debate over the government's authority to access private encrypted data on digital devices was amplified when the Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Christopher Wray called unbreakable encryption an 'urgent public...

Microsoft January Patch Tuesday Update Fixes 16 Critical Bugs

Thanks to Meltdown and Spectre, January has already been an extremely busy month of patching for Microsoft. Source: Threadpost

Anti-Virus Updates Required Ahead of Microsoft’s Meltdown, Spectre Patches

Microsoft is pausing the rollout of Windows Meltdown and Spectre patches until hosted anti-virus software vendors confirms no unsupported Windows kernel calls via the addition of a registry key on PCs. Source:...

Apple Releases Spectre Patches for Safari, macOS and iOS

Apple releases patches addressing the Spectre vulnerability impacting its macOS, iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Source: Threadpost

New Rules Announced for Border Inspection of Electronic Devices

The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol announced new restrictions on when agents can copy data from digital devices at border crossing points. Source: Threadpost

Experts Weigh In On Spectre Patch Challenges

Mitigating Spectre and Meltdown flaws won't be easy, but experts say exploits targeting Spectre will be hard to patch against. Source: Threadpost
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Tesco Bank Stops Online Transactions After Money Missing from 20K Accounts

Tesco Bank, a U.K. retail bank, today put a halt to online transactions from current accounts after some customers reported over the weekend money...