Cyber Security

EU Accepts Resolution Abolishing Planned Obsolescence, Making Devices Easier to Repair

Long-time Slashdot reader AmiMoJo writes: The European Parliament accepted a resolution to lengthen consumer goods and software's longevity, a counter to the alleged planned obsolescence process built into a lot of products. The European Parliament now wants the European Commission to create a clear definition of the term "planned obsolescence" and to develop a system to track that aging process. It also wants longer warranty periods and criteria to measure a product's strength. Each and every device should also have a mention of its minimal life expectancy.

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Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 10:34

Apache Releases Security Updates for Tomcat Native

Original release date: August 17, 2018

The Apache Foundation has released security updates to address vulnerabilities in Apache Tomcat Native. A remote attacker could exploit these vulnerabilities to take control of an affected server.

NCCIC encourages users and administrators to review the Apache Advisory and Tomcat Native Downloads page and apply the necessary updates.

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Friday, August 17, 2018 - 22:05

After Employee Revolt, Google Says It's 'Not Close' To Launching Search In China

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Reports from earlier this month claimed Google was working on products for the Chinese market, detailing plans for a search engine and news app that complied with the Chinese government's censorship and surveillance demands. The news was a surprise to many Googlers, and yesterday an article from The New York Times detailed a Maven-style internal revolt at the company.

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Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 09:00

Browsers have cookie and anti-tracking enforcement issues

A team of Belgian researchers from KU Leuven analyzed third-party cookie policies of seven major web browsers, 31 ad-blockers and 14 anti-tracking extensions and discovered major and minor issues in all of them.

Major issues include Microsoft Edge's unwillingness to honor its own "block only third-party cookies" setting, bypasses for Firefox's Tracking Protection feature, and use of the integrated PDF viewer in Chrome and other Chromium-based browsers for invisible tracking.

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Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 06:30

Facebook Flat-Out 'Lies' About How Many People Can See Its Ads, Lawsuit Alleges

A new lawsuit claims that Facebook exaggerates how many people can see its ads, thereby defrauding advertisers. "In other words, it is alleged not quite as many eyeballs are seeing Facebook's ads as its salespeople charge for," writes Thomas Claburn via The Register. From the report: In a complaint filed on Wednesday in a US district court in Oakland, California, plaintiffs Danielle Singer and her company Project Therapy, LLC claim the Potential Reach and Estimated Daily Reach figures that Facebook provides to advertisers are wildly inflated.

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Friday, August 17, 2018 - 21:10

US Government Seeks Facebook Help To Wiretap Messenger, Report Says

The U.S. government is trying to force Facebook to break the encryption in its popular Messenger app so law enforcement may listen to a suspect's voice conversations in a criminal probe, Reuters reported Friday, citing three people briefed on the case said, resurrecting the issue of whether companies can be compelled to alter their products to enable surveillance. From the report: The previously unreported case in a federal court in California is proceeding under seal, so no filings are publicly available, but the three people told Reuters that Facebook is contesting the U.S.

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Friday, August 17, 2018 - 19:50

Demo at Black Hat 2018 of what corrupt data does to a Libelium Meshlium

Daniel Crowley, research baron for X-Force Red at IBM, and Jennifer Savage, security researcher at Threatcare, show an exploited demo based on vulnerabilities that were found in the Libelium Meshlium at Black Hat.

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Friday, August 17, 2018 - 10:31

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