Patch Tuesday, December 2017 Edition

December 12, 2017

The final Patch Tuesday of the year is upon us, with Adobe and Microsoft each issuing security updates for their software once again. Redmond fixed problems with various flavors of Windows, Microsoft Edge, Office, Exchange and its Malware Protection Engine. And of course Adobe’s got another security update available for its Flash Player software. The December patch batch addresses more than 30 vulnerabilities in Windows and related software. As per usual, a…

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As net neutrality protests take center stage on Reddit, Kickstarter, and others, tech giants including Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Netflix keep a low profile (New York Times)

December 12, 2017

New York Times: As net neutrality protests take center stage on Reddit, Kickstarter, and others, tech giants including Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Netflix keep a low profile  —  Protests to preserve net neutrality, or rules that ensure equal access to the internet, migrated online on Tuesday … Source: http://www.techmeme.com

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Ajit Pai Offers No Data For Latest Claim That Net Neutrality Hurt Small ISPs

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: With days to go before his repeal of net neutrality rules, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai issued a press release about five small ISPs that he says were harmed by the rules. Pai “held a series of telephone calls with small Internet service providers across the country — from Oklahoma to Ohio, from Montana to Minnesota,” his press release said. On these…

December 12, 2017
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Microsoft Releases December 2017 Security Updates

Original release date: December 12, 2017 Microsoft has released updates to address vulnerabilities in Microsoft software. A remote attacker could exploit some of these vulnerabilities to take control of an affected system. US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review Microsoft’s December 2017 Security Update Summary and Deployment Information and apply the necessary updates. This product is provided subject to this Notification and this Privacy & Use policy. Source: https://www.us-cert.gov

December 12, 2017
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BrandPost: Data Security Needs to be Re-Imagined for the Cloud

Data is growing in size, with IDC predicting 163 Zettabytes of data by 2025, and also in complexity. The rise of open-source software, DevOps, and NoSQL databases has created a new generation of developers empowered to choose the right tool for the job across an ever more heterogeneous technology stack. Companies are not just migrating to the cloud, but are embracing multiple public and private clouds — choosing carefully where these applications…

December 12, 2017
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Indiegogo starts listing a select number of initial coin offerings, linking to First Democracy VC, an SEC-registered crowdfunding portal (Anna Hensel/VentureBeat)

December 12, 2017

Anna Hensel / VentureBeat: Indiegogo starts listing a select number of initial coin offerings, linking to First Democracy VC, an SEC-registered crowdfunding portal  —  Crowdfunding platform Indiegogo announced today on its website that it will begin listing a select number of initial coin offerings … Source: http://www.techmeme.com

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BankBot Targets Polish Banks via Google Play

Two new applications that managed to slip into Google Play despite being infected with the BankBot Trojan have been observed targeting the legitimate apps of Polish banks, ESET warns. The malware hid inside the seemingly legitimate Crypto Monitor, an app for tracking cryptocurrency prices, and StorySaver, a utility that helps users download stories from Instagram. Both applications provide their users with the promised functionality, but also serve a nefarious purpose….

December 12, 2017
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