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WordPress botnet deploys anti-adblocker script to make sure its spammy ads are profitable

The threat actor behind the internet’s largest WordPress botnet is using an anti-adblocker script to make sure the ads they inject on hacked sites are showing up in users’ browsers and generating a profit. The botnet is named WP-VCD and has been active since early 2017. ZDNet covered the botnet’s modus operandi in a previous and more expansive article in… Read more →

Parallels Desktop 15 deal bundles 1Password with $1,000 worth of Mac apps for free

Parallels is offering a new bundle that includes a bunch of premium Mac apps for free.  For a limited time, if you buy or upgrade to Parallels Desktop 15 for Mac, the latest version of Parallels’ virtual desktop software, you’ll receive 10 Mac apps valued at $1,025 for free. Desktop 15 starts at $79.99 for a one-year license, or $49.99… Read more →

Microsoft’s new unified Office mobile app is here and more new features are coming

Credit: Microsoft Last November, Microsoft took the official wraps off a preview of its new, lightweight unified Office mobile app for iOS and Android. Today, February 19, Microsoft is making this app generally available worldwide to users on those mobile platforms. (Note: Microsoft actually made the Android version of the app available yesterday in the Play Store.) Microsoft officials said… Read more →

Google Cloud updates Dialogflow for better Contact Center AI agents

Google Cloud on Wednesday announced a series of updates to Dialogflow, the development platform for building chatbots and interactive voice responses (IVR). Dialogflow is the core technology behind Contact Center AI, software that enables businesses to deploy virtual agents for basic customer interactions.   Among other updates, Google is expanding the number of intents available to virtual agents from 2,000… Read more →

Microsoft to add two new Dynamics 365 apps to its portfolio

Credit: Microsoft Microsoft will be adding two new Dynamics 365 applications to its line-up later this year. The company disclosed its plans on February 19 as an addendum to its Dynamics 365 Wave 1 2020 roadmap, which it initially made public in late January 2020. Microsoft plans to make generally available Dynamics 365 Project Operations on October 1. This new… Read more →

Nokia, Daimler talks over connected vehicle patent licensing dispute end, no resolution in sight

Nokia and Sendai test drone use cases for tsunamis The testers attempted to use a drone to lead people out of safety in a simulated tsunami situation. Nokia and Daimler’s attempts to thrash out a licensing agreement during recent talks to reach an acceptable licensing agreement for connected vehicle patents appear to have failed.  The companies, alongside various suppliers, have… Read more →

Hackers exploit zero-day in WordPress plugin to create rogue admin accounts

Image: ZDNet, WordPress Hackers are exploiting a zero-day vulnerability in a WordPress plugin made by ThemeREX, a company that sells commercial WordPress themes. The attacks, detected by Wordfence, a company that provides a web application firewall (WAF) for WordPress sites, have begun yesterday, February 18. They target ThemeREX Addons, a WordPress plugin that ships pre-installed with all ThemeREX commercial themes…. Read more →

Google launches first cloud region in South Korea

Google has launched a new cloud region in Seoul, marking its first for the South Korean market and eighth in the Asia-Pacific. The latest addition comprises three zones and will look to tap into South Korea’s focus on robotics, artificial intelligence (AI), and online games. The new site pushes Google’s cloud network to 21 regions and 64 zones across 16… Read more →

Chinese hackers have breached online betting and gambling sites

Image via Amanda Jones Special feature Cyberwar and the Future of Cybersecurity Today’s security threats have expanded in scope and seriousness. There can now be millions — or even billions — of dollars at risk when information security isn’t handled properly. Read More Since the summer of 2019, a group of professional Chinese hackers has been targeting and hacking into… Read more →

Microsoft has a subdomain hijacking problem

Image: ZDNet A security researcher has pointed out today that Microsoft has a problem in managing its thousands of subdomains, many of which can be hijacked and used for attacks against users, its employees, or for showing spammy content. The issue has been brought up today by Michel Gaschet, a security researcher and a developer for In an interview… Read more →