The Tech Corner is a weekly technology news and advice column presented each week courtesy of Melvin McCrary at Ga. Computer Depot in Cedartown.
If you are the owner of an HP Slipstream or any of the competitor’s bargain Laptops, please be aware that the hard drive on these machines is very small (usually 20 GB). Additionally these hard drives are imbedded which means they are an integral part of the Motherboard. This makes it very expensive to upgrade to a larger drive. Also if there is a HDD failure, it will likely require a new Motherboard. The intent for these machines is to store files in the cloud which could get expensive and not easy to utilize if there is no internet available.
If you receive this screen on your Computer, Do Not Download it!!!
It is a scam. This is not from Mozilla/Firefox: If you get a pop-up message asking to update Firefox or plugins or scanning for malware then such a message is likely a scam and you should never respond to such an alert to avoid getting infected with malware.
• Only update Firefox via “Help > About” or by downloading and installing Firefox from the Mozilla server and never via a pop-up or link on a web page. HDD
• All updates should be downloaded from the provider web site; anytime you get an update notice from anyone, check the address bar, if it is not from the software named, it is probably a scam.
Black hat Firm Offers $500,000 for Zero-day iOS Exploit; Double That of Apple’s Highest Bounty
Last week, Apple announced a bug bounty program for researchers and white hat hackers to find and get paid for reporting details of zero-day vulnerabilities in its software and devices.
The company offers the biggest payout of $200,000, which is 10 times the maximum reward that Google offers and double the highest bounty paid by Microsoft.
Exodus Intelligence is offering more than double Apple’s maximum payout for zero-day vulnerabilities affecting the newest versions of iOS.
The company is willing to pay more than $500,000 for zero-day vulnerabilities and exploits affecting iOS 9.3 and above.
Although Exodus labeled itself as ‘Research Sponsorship Program,’ the company actually makes money by buying and selling zero-day vulnerabilities and exploits.
On Wednesday last week, Exodus launched its new bonus structure for the acquisition of details and exploits for zero-day vulnerabilities.
Microsoft accidentally leaks backdoor keys to bypass UEFI secure boot
Microsoft has accidentally leaked the Secret keys that allow hackers to unlock devices protected by UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) Secure Boot feature and it will be impossible for Microsoft to undo its leak.
Yesterday, Microsoft released August Patch Tuesday that includes a security patch for designing flaw in Secure Boot for the second time in two months, but unfortunately, the patch is not complete.
Car thieves can unlock 100 million Volkswagens with a simple wireless hack
Some 100 Million cars made by Volkswagen are vulnerable to a key cloning attack that could allow thieves to unlock the doors of most popular cars remotely through a wireless signal, according to new research. The new attack applies to practically every car Volkswagen has sold since 1995.
There are two distinct vulnerabilities present in almost every car sold by Volkswagen group after 1995, including models from Audi, Skoda, Fiat, Citroen, Ford and Peugeot.
First-Ever ransomware for smart thermostat is here
Internet of Things (IoT) is the latest buzz in the world of technology, but they are much easier to hack than you think. Until now we have heard many scary stories of hacking IoT devices, but how realistic is the threat?
Just think of a scenario where you enter in your house, and it’s sweltering, but when you head on to check the temperature of your thermostat, you find out that it has been locked to 99 degrees.
And your room thermostat is demanding $300 in Bitcoins to regain its control. Your Thermostat has been hacked!
This is not just a hypothetical scenario; this is exactly what Ken Munro and Andrew Tierney of UK-based security firm Pen Test Partners have demonstrated at the DEFCON 24 security conference in Las Vegas last Saturday.
The hackers chose a US thermostat with a large LCD display that runs a modified version of Linux, and has an SD card slot to allow its users to load custom settings or wallpapers, which they said, “makes it so easy to hack.”
Facebook will to block ad-blockers
Facebook says it will stop ad-blocking software from working on its website. It says ads are a core part of using Facebook, but will give users more control over which ads they see.
Hulu abandons free service; to become subscription only
Hulu is ditching its free TV service, though it will still be available in a different form. Analysts believe the move was forced on it by the television industry.
Data breach at oracle’s MICROS point-of-sale
A Russian organized cybercrime group known for hacking into banks and retailers appears to have breached hundreds of computer systems at software giant Oracle Corp. The attackers have compromised a customer support portal for companies using Oracle’s MICROS point-of-sale credit card payment systems.
Oracle acknowledged that it had “detected and addressed malicious code in certain legacy MICROS systems.” It also said that it is asking all MICROS customers to reset their passwords for the MICROS online support portal.
MICROS is among the top three point-of-sale vendors globally. Oracle’s MICROS division sells point-of-sale systems used at more than 330,000 cash registers worldwide. When Oracle bought MICROS in 2014, the company said MICROS’s systems were deployed at some 200,000+ food and beverage outlets, 100,000+ retail sites, and more than 30,000 hotels.