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Google's Project Zero backs off a bit - will now give up to 14 days' grace
FEB 16th 2015

Google's been under the pump - a bit, anyway - over its Project Zero.

If you've missed the controversy, it goes something like this:

  1. Google's bug-hunters find an exploitable vulnerability in your code.
  2. Google tells you about it.
  3. You get 90 days to make and ship a fix.
  4. If you fail to make it in time, for whatever reason, Google tells the world how to use the exploit.

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Microsoft pulls PowerPoint-killing patch KB2920732
FEB 16th 2015

Microsoft has decided to withdraw one of the patches it released this month after complaints from users who couldn't open PowerPoint.

The patch - KB2920732 - was meant to be a boon rather than a bane but failed to deliver its promised aim of stability, mostly with video playback. Instead, many users started to complain about issues.

According to Windows Central, a pretty big problem arose straight after the patch was installed - PowerPoint would no longer open on devices running Windows RT.

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Anonymous takes down dozens of "terrorist" social media accounts in #OpISIS
FEB 10th 2015

Anonymous hacktivists, in conjunction with RedCult, have ramped up efforts to disrupt ISIS by zeroing in on social media accounts allegedly used by the terrorist group for recruitment and propaganda purposes.

Against a backdrop of increased military action by allied forces against ISIS, hackers flying the Anonymous flag have unveiled a new operation - dubbed #OpISIS - which aims to take down websites and email accounts, as well as expose Islamic militants, according to a message recently posted on PasteBin.

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Chipotle apologises for offensive tweets, says account was hacked
FEB 9th 2015

Fast-food restaurant chain Chipotle was forced to apologise after its Twitter account was used to post racist, homophobic and anti-government tweets on Sunday morning.

The attack, which occurred just after 1am ET, saw the the company's profile picture changed from its usual pepper logo to a swastika. The profile description was also altered to read.

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WhatsApp Web has privacy holes that could expose user photos
Jan 30th 2015

WhatsApp has just rolled out a new service called WhatsApp Web that allows users to sync the messaging app between their mobile devices and desktop, but the new web client has a couple of privacy pitfalls that show it's not really ready for its close-up.

The problems with the web client, which were reported to us by Indrajeet Bhuyan, a 17-year-old security blogger, undermine privacy settings that work just fine on the WhatsApp mobile app.

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The GHOST vulnerability - what you need to know
Jan 29th 2015

The funkily-named bug of the week is GHOST.

Its official moniker is the less catchy CVE-2015-0235, and it's a vulnerability caused by a buffer overflow in a system library that is used in many, if not most, Linux distributions.

A buffer overflow is where you assume, for example, that when you handle a four-byte network number written out as decimal digits, you will never get anything longer than 255.255.255.255.

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Hoaxer posing as GCHQ boss prank-calls PM Cameron
Jan 26th 2015

A hoax caller claiming to be GCHQ's chief spy was put through to UK Prime Minister David Cameron's phone on Sunday.

The caller pretended to be Robert Hannigan, director of the government's signal intelligence agency, but he apparently didn't fool the prime minister and the call was quickly terminated.

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‘One day, YOU won't be able to SENSE the INTERNET,’ vows Schmidt
Translation: GOOGLE will be EVERYWHERE at ALL TIMES
Jan 26th 2015

Google exec chairman Eric Schmidt misled the world last week by claiming that - one day - the internet will vanish.

However, Schmidt was simply following the now well-worn path of his kingpin contemporaries by bigging up the Internet of Things - a piece of marketing jargon that many tech firms hope will slip into our vocabulary in the same way they eventually managed to get cloud computing to, er, slip off the tongue.

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WhatsApp issues 24 hour ban for WhatsApp Plus users
Jan 22nd 2015

WhatsApp has started giving out 24 hour bans to those using a third party Android app to send and receive messages through its service.

WhatsApp Plus - also known as WhatsApp+ - allows you to customize the app with different colours and themes, and also offers the option to block contacts from seeing when you were last online while still allowing you to see when others were.

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