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Bug in WordPress plugin can let hackers wipe up to 200,000 sites

WordPress site owners who use commercial themes provided by ThemeGrill are advised to update one of the plugins that come installed with these themes in order to patch a critical bug that can let attackers wipe their sites. The vulnerability resides in ThemeGrill Demo Importer, a plugin that ships with themes sold by ThemeGrill, a web development company that sells… Read more →

Israeli soldiers tricked into installing malware by Hamas agents posing as women

Image: IDF Members of the Hamas Palestinian militant group have posed as young teenage girls to lure Israeli soldiers into installing malware-infected apps on their phones, a spokesperson for the Israeli Defence Force (IDF) said today. Some soldiers fell for the scam, but IDF said they detected the infections, tracked down the malware, and then took down Hamas’ hacking infrastructure…. Read more →

Tech-augmented democracy is about to get harder in this half-baked world

Image: Supplied/AEC For the wondrous benefits the internet has brought, it is not without its drawbacks. This has manifested itself in two ways when it comes to democracy: A headlong rush into internet voting and a shattering of the polity. As a scientific critique on the act of voting, associate professor Vanessa Teague discussed electronic voting in her recent keynote… Read more →

Iranian hackers have been hacking VPN servers to plant backdoors in companies around the world

Image: ClearSky 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 2019 will be remembered as the year when major security bugs were disclosed in a large number of enterprise… Read more →

Microsoft could add new ‘Spaces’ organizational tool to Outlook

Credit: The Walking Cat (@h0x0d) Microsoft is working on a new organizational feature that could debut first as part of Outlook. That feature, currently known as “Outlook Spaces,” allows users to pull together their calendar appointments, to-do lists, emails, Sticky Notes, files and documents and other information into a single unified project area. A video showing off Outlook Spaces was… Read more →

Microsoft could add new ‘Spaces’ organizational tool to Outlook

Credit: The Walking Cat (@h0x0d) Microsoft is working on a new organizational feature that could debut first as part of Outlook. That feature, currently known as “Outlook Spaces,” allows users to pull together their calendar appointments, to-do lists, emails, Sticky Notes, files and documents and other information into a single unified project area. A video showing off Outlook Spaces was… Read more →

Apple is now the people’s company, Samsung is for elitists

Sarah Tew/CNET Can snobs ever understand those beneath them? Can someone who’s spent their whole life expressing their divine, artistic superiority find a way to commune with those they used to ignore? Yes, of course we’re talking about Apple. Here we are, you see, at an especially moving crossroads in the socio-technological sphere. Apple in the Enterprise: A Strategic Guide… Read more →

IOTA cryptocurrency shuts down entire network after wallet hack

Image: Tinkersynth, ZDNet, IOTA Foundation IOTA Foundation, the nonprofit organization behind the IOTA cryptocurrency, has shut down its entire network this week after hackers exploited a vulnerability in the official IOTA wallet app to steal user funds. The attack happened this week, Wednesday, on February 12, 2020, according to a message the foundation posted on its official Twitter account. According… Read more →

Second Windows 10 update is now causing problems by hiding user profiles

Image: Microsoft; Composition: ZDNet TechRepublic 10 things you should never do in Excel Read More Windows 10 users are reporting that a second Windows update included in this month’s Patch Tuesday is causing problems. According to reports, a bug in the KB4532693 update is hiding user profiles and their respective data on some Windows 10 systems. Issues with KB4532693 have… Read more →

Brazilian e-commerce expected to grow 18% in 2020

E-commerce sales in Brazil should reach 106 billion reais ($24.6 billion) in 2020, the equivalent of 18% growth in relation to last year. According to the Brazilian Electronic Commerce Association (ABComm) the average ticket for online sales will be 310 reais ($72), with 342 million orders placed by approximately 68 million consumers. Read this E-commerce will make the shopping mall… Read more →

7 business areas ripe for an artificial intelligence boost

Artificial intelligence has captured everyone’s imagination, but what can we expect from the technology? A recent survey of more than 550 executives from IBM finds plenty of support from the top — everyone wants to plunge full-force into AI to increase the speed and capabilities of their businesses. At the same time, AI is still very much in the early stages…. Read more →

Microsoft pulls security update after reports of issues affecting some PCs

Microsoft has removed a standalone security update from its Windows Update servers and enterprise update channels after acknowledging reports of “an issue affecting a sub-set of devices.” The company says it’s “working on an improved version of this update in coordination with our partners and will release it in a future update.” The security update, KB4524244, was released on February… Read more →