A joint operation by Europol, the Dutch National High Tech Crime Unit, Intel, and Kaspersky has seized the command and control servers for the Shade ransomware strain and published code that allows anyone hit by the malware to decrypt their files.
Shade has been in circulation since 2014, and has predominantly targeted European computer users. Once downloaded via an email attachment or unpatched browser, the malware encrypts the computer's files using a 256-bit AES (advanced encryption standard) key, and a second to encrypt the file names themselves.
Researchers have crafted a stealthy new way of bypassing Windows User Account Controls (UAC) that opens the door to attacks on targeted systems. According researchers, the bypass technique can fly under the radar of security solutions that monitor for this type of circumvention.
The US National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) has released the latest draft version of the Digital Authentication Guideline that contains language hinting at a future ban of SMS-based Two-Factor Authentication (2FA).
The Digital Authentication Guideline (DAG) is a set of rules used by software makers to build secure services, and by government and private agencies to assess the security of their services and software.
NIST experts are constantly updating the guideline, in an effort to keep pace with the rapid change in the IT sector.
To overcome its fear of the future as a big dumb pipe, Verizon continues to look to the past. Last year, it spent $4.4 billion for AOL and its surprisingly advanced ad tech. Today, it’s spending another $4.8 billion on Yahoo, a surprisingly popular content company. That’s a lot of money for companies that have devolved into punchlines over the last several years. But it’s also Verizon’s best shot at staying relevant.
Google today announced that it has open-sourced Omnitone, a piece of software that developers can use to incorporate spatial audio into websites. The software is available now on GitHub under an Apache license.
To give people a sense of what’s possible Google has also posted two videos featuring spatial audio to demonstrate what’s possible with Omnitone.