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FaceTime bug poses privacy threat for individuals and businesses using the app

9to5Mac has discovered a significant bug in FaceTime app, and the news is running virally over social and major media outlets. Reportedly, when users start group FaceTime, they can immediately hear the audio coming from their phone, regardless of the other person accepting or rejecting their call. 9to5Mac TechCrunch has verified this bug on multiple iPhones running iOS …

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Will your data be affected by Google’s GDPR flop? Europe leads the way on privacy policy enforcement.

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a New Privacy Law, Makes Europe World’s “Tech Police” is a regulation in EU law (2016/679) on data protection and privacy for everyone within the EU. French data protection authority fining Google  $57 Million (50 Million Euros) Under GDPR, a largest penalty as of now (being 4th penalty of such kind …

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Google applies modifications to Chrome after major privacy issue

A while ago Google made changes to its Chrome browser, forcing a sign-in to the Chrome itself, by default, once a user engaged with any Google service, such as Youtube or Gmail. As a result, it was possible that users may have assumed that once they’d signed out of Chrome their data was no longer accessible, however, it was not the case: Google’s satellite services kept …

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Update: additional info on advanced malware, named VPNFilter

On May 23rd researchers at Cisco discovered an advanced malware, named VPNFilter, that targets routers and NAS devices in order to steal files, information, and examine network traffic as it flows through the device. More details can be found on the powersolution.com blog article titled ‘[ALERT] 500,000+ Consumer Routers Infected with VPNFilter Malware’   Originally, …

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Additional Update on CPU Meltdown and Spectre Vulnerabilities

As a follow up to our previous communication titled ‘Update to CPU Meltdown & Spectre Vulnerabilities,’ powersolution.com has been testing the updates provided by Microsoft and computer vendors to patch the two vulnerabilities dubbed Meltdown and Spectre. We have also been following the guidance provided by Intel, AMD, HP, and Dell. To recap, roughly every …

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Critical flaw in Intel Chips makes your computer vulnerable without a fix, and too slow with a patch.

A critical design flaw in Intel chips that have not been fully disclosed at this time has triggered a massive and coordinated response by both Windows and Linux to implement significant security updates that can potentially lead to performance issues. The flaw is said to allow a cybercriminal attackers to exploit ordinary apps to get access to …

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U.S. Congress Hired the Wrong “IT Guy” – How SMBs Can Avoid a Similar Costly Mistake

Heard of Imran Awan? Just another IT consultant serving the U.S. Congress, until recently.  Awan is a Pakistani IT specialist that was hired, along with family members, by certain U.S. Congress representatives over a period of several years.  Awan, along with his family and team members, earned several millions of dollars – sometimes for their …

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Leaked new version of Windows 10 for advanced users

Last week Microsoft inadvertently released the wrong Windows 10 Creators Fall Update test build to Windows 10 PC and Mobile users in the various test rings. Some Windows Phone users currently not in the Insider program also reported getting these inadvertent test builds. Microsoft actually planned to release new test builds of Windows 10 to …

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Yahoo comes clean about a giant breach (AGAIN!) – another 1 billion records compromised

Not too long ago we posted “One of the largest cybersecurity breaches EVER you did NOT know about [Yahoo]” blog, and now it happens again – and this time it’s twice as big, and it goes further back. The Yahoo corporate office disclosed information on breach of more than a billion – over 1,000,000,000 accounts …

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