Intel SPI Flash Flaw Lets Attackers Alter or Delete BIOS/UEFI Firmware

Catalin Cimpanu, writing for BleepingComputer: Intel has addressed a vulnerability in the configuration of several CPU series that allow an attacker to alter the behavior of the chip’s SPI Flash memory — a mandatory component used during the boot-up process [1, 2, 3]. According to Lenovo, who recently deployed the Intel fixes, “the configuration of the system firmware device (SPI flash) could allow an attacker to block BIOS/UEFI updates, or…

April 15, 2018
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How the Quakers Became Unlikely Economic Innovators by Inventing the Price Tag

Belying its simplicity and ubiquity, the price tag is a surprisingly recent economic development, Aeon magazine writes. For centuries, haggling was the norm, ultimately developing into a system that required clerks and shopkeepers to train as negotiators. In the mid-19th century, however, Quakers in the US began to believe that charging people different amounts for the same item was immoral, so they started using price tags at their stores to…

April 15, 2018
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Google Maps volunteers working to stop fake reviews, ghost listings, impersonators, and other scammers say abuse is getting worse and Google isn’t doing enough (Jillian D’Onfro/CNBC)

April 15, 2018

Jillian D’Onfro / CNBC: Google Maps volunteers working to stop fake reviews, ghost listings, impersonators, and other scammers say abuse is getting worse and Google isn’t doing enough  —  – Fraud on Google Maps is not a new problem but a group of Maps advocates say that the number of fake reviews seems to have increased unfettered. Source: http://www.techmeme.com

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Former FBI Director James Comey Reveals How Apple and Google’s Encryption Efforts Drove Him ‘Crazy’

An anonymous reader shares a report: In his explosive new book, A Higher Loyalty, fired FBI director James Comey denounces President Trump as “untethered to the truth” and likens him to a “mob boss,” but he also touches on other topics during his decades-long career in law enforcement — including his strong objection to the tech industry’s encryption efforts. When Apple and Google announced in 2014 that they would be…

April 15, 2018
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Microsoft Windows 10 Gains Linux/WSL Console Copy and Paste Functionality

BrianFagioli writes: For better or worse, the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) initiative seems to be moving full steam ahead. There are some very respectable distributions available in the Microsoft Store, such as Debian, Ubuntu, and Kali to name a few. Not to mention, Microsoft is trying to encourage even more maintainers to submit their distros with a new tool. Apparently, some Windows 10 users have been clamoring for the…

April 15, 2018
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Microsoft Engineer Charged In Reveton Ransomware Case

An anonymous reader writes: A Microsoft network engineer is facing federal charges in Florida for allegedly helping launder money obtained from victims of the Reventon ransomware. Florida investigators say that between October 2012 and March 2013, Uadiale worked with a UK citizen going online by the moniker K!NG. The latter would distribute and infect victims with the Reveton ransomware, while Uadiale would collect payments and send the money to K!NG,…

April 15, 2018
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Sensor Tower: US iPhone users spent an average of $58 each on in-app purchases in 2017, up 23% YoY; entertainment apps spending up 57%, lifestyle apps up 110% (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)

April 15, 2018

Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Sensor Tower: US iPhone users spent an average of $58 each on in-app purchases in 2017, up 23% YoY; entertainment apps spending up 57%, lifestyle apps up 110%  —  Games, dating apps and streaming services contributed to a rise in consumer spending in iPhone apps last year … Source: http://www.techmeme.com

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