Symantec offers free website spoofing protection for US midterm elections

Symantec, one of the largest US-based cyber-security firms, has launched today a free security service for candidates and political campaigns involved in the US 2018 midterm elections. The service is a website spoofing detection system that alerts candidates, political organizations, or election committees when someone registers a domain using various names and brands associated with that particular political figure, campaign,… Read more →

Mozilla releases Firefox Reality, its web browser for VR

Mozilla on Tuesday released version 1.0 of Firefox Reality, a web browser built expressly to work with standalone virtual reality and augmented reality headsets. The browser is now available in the Viveport, Oculus, and Daydream app stores. Firefox Reality enables users to move between 2D websites and immersive web experiences. As Mozilla said when it announced its work on the… Read more →

Cloudflare IPFS Gateway boosts decentralized website development

Cloudflare has introduced the IPFS Gateway in a bid to encourage the creation of websites based on distributed, peer-to-peer technology. The cloud hosting provider and DDoS mitigation firm said on Monday that the solution can be used to access content from the InterPlanetary File System (IPFS) without the need to install a specialized client. Users of the solution are able… Read more →

UK watchdog has not issued any GDPR data breach-related fines yet

More than three months into the GDPR era, the UK’s data privacy watchdog –the Information Commissioner’s Office– has not fined any company yet under the severe terms of the new EU legislation. These fines, when imposed, can go up to €20 million ($23.35 million) or 4 percent of annual global turnover, whichever of both is highest. “Unfortunately – or maybe… Read more →

900,000 Australians opt out of My Health Record

(Image: Getty Images/iStockphoto) As of 12 September, around 900,000 Australians had opted out of My Health Record. This represents three percent of those citizens and residents who are eligible for a Medicare card or a Department of Veterans Affairs card. The figure includes opt-outs via the website and call centre, but not those being processed by paper forms. There was… Read more →

Amazon reportedly plans to roll out more Alexa-enabled hardware

Amazon’s voice-activated assistant Alexa has a significant presence in consumers’ homes, thanks to the robust ecosystem of developers and manufacturers who are incorporating Alexa into their devices. Now, Amazon plans to step up the momentum by producing more of its own Alexa-powered devices, according to a report. The Seattle-based tech giant plans to release at least eight new voice-controlled devices… Read more →

US lawmakers introduce bill to fight cybersecurity workforce shortage

scyther5, Getty Images/iStockphoto US lawmakers have introduced a bipartisan bill in the House of Representatives meant to address the cybersecurity workforce shortage crisis. The bill, named the Cyber Ready Workforce Act (H.R.6791), would establish a grant program within the Department of Labor. According to the bill’s proposed text, the Secretary of Labor will be able to award grants to workforce… Read more →

Facebook bolsters security protections for candidates, elected officials

Facebook is rolling out a pilot program that offers upgraded cybersecurity protections to accounts associated with candidates and elected officials. The program is part of Facebook’s continued efforts to rebuild user trust damaged by the Cambridge Analytica scandal and fears that Facebook had become a tool for spreading Russian propaganda during the 2016 US presidential election. Also: Why Facebook is… Read more →

New XBash malware combines ransomware, coinminer, botnet, and worm features in deadly combo

new malware strain has been discovered in the wild that combines features from four types of malware categories –ransomware, coinminers, botnets, and worms– to create a dangerous cocktail that has been wreaking havoc among Linux and Windows servers. Named XBash, this new malware strain is the work of a well-known criminal group previously identified under the codenames of Iron [1,… Read more →

Oracle delivers mixed Q1 results

Enterprise software giant Oracle reported mixed financial results on Monday and saw its shares drop nearly five percent after hours. The company’s non-GAAP net income for Q1 2018 was $2.27 billion, with non-GAAP earnings per share coming to 71 cents. Total revenues rang up to $9.19 billion. Wall Street was looking for non-GAAP earnings of 69 cents a share on… Read more →

Apple iOS 12 security update tackles Safari spoofing, data leaks, kernel memory flaws

Apple’s anticipated OS update for mobile devices, iOS 12, is now out and available for download and is accompanied by security patches that resolve a range of vulnerabilities. The Cupertino, Calif.-based firm issued a security advisory on Monday describing the security changes. Apple does not “disclose, discuss, or confirm security issues” until investigations have concluded into alleged security problems and… Read more →