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'Ridiculous' antivirus flaw made Windows PCs vulnerable to attack

A popular antivirus software for Windows computers made them vulnerable to being hacked.<p>A security hole in Trend Micro meant that any PCs running its …

Teen Who Hacked CIA Email Is Back to Prank US Spy Chief

The teen hacker has now hit the Director Of National Intelligence James Clapper.<p>One of the "teenage hackers" who broke into the CIA director's AOL email account last year hasn't given up targeting government intelligence officials. His latest victim is the Director of National Intelligence James …

The five big lies of the encryption debate

This is the opening shot to the whole terrible conversation. The FBI loves to talk about criminals and terrorists "going dark" — a scary way of saying "talking in a manner not accessible by court order." If only Apple and Google would stop them from going so dark! The phrasing is important: "going …

Privacy

Microsoft ends support for IE8, IE9, IE10, and Windows 8

Microsoft today ended support for old versions of Internet Explorer, including IE8, IE9, and IE10, as well as Windows 8. For the browsers, the company has also released a final patch (KB3123303) that includes the latest cumulative security updates and an “End of Life” upgrade notification.<p>End of …

Windows 10

Microsoft is continuing to aggressively push Windows 10 onto those who haven't upgraded

A pop-up, pushed to Windows 7 users, gave users the option to either "Upgrade now" or "Upgrade tonight" with only a small "x" in the top right corner to navigate away. Windows has also been found to download bulky files— sometimes up to 6GB — in preparation for Windows 10, even if the user has not …

Iraq attacks shatter relative calm after IS losses

BAGHDAD (AP) — Deadly attacks in Baghdad and a nearby town have shattered the relative calm far from the front lines of the war against the Islamic …

Islam

Mobile clinics, medical teams needed in Madaya: WHO official tells Reuters

GENEVA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization has asked the Syrian government for permission to send mobile clinics and medical teams to the besieged town of Madaya to assess the extent of malnutrition and evacuate the worst cases, its representative said on Tuesday.<p>Residents who say they have …

Middle East

This new DARPA chip could give U.S. a leg up in electronic warfare

In eastern Ukraine, government forces have to face an array of conventional threats. Snipers, artillery and machine gun fire to name a few. On top of that, Ukrainian troops also have to contend with electronic warfare. The separatists, well-supplied and trained by Russia, have the ability to jam …

Military

​What lurks beneath the Internet of Things hype? Nagging security fears

If you go by what everyone was saying at the massive CES tech showcase, we're speeding toward a future in which everything is connected and talking to every other thing, all to make your life a little better.<p>The annual gadget extravaganza was full of electronic marvels, from Samsung's super-fridge …

Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10 die today, but Microsoft missed a trick

In December, Microsoft said it was going to end support for Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10 – but if it really wanted to get users to upgrade to its newest software, it’s missed an opportunity.<p>The ‘End of Life’ decision means that users of anything older than Internet Explorer 11 won’t receive …

Software