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  3. Supposing you've followed the PC's steady downward spiral over the last few years, the following news might surprise you: Between April and June worldwide PC shipments marked a 1.4 percent increase compared to the same timeframe last year. Market analysis firms Gartner and IDC agree that it's largely due to business customers upgrading to Windows 10 laptops, desktops and workstations. But the latter asserts that shipments totaled 62.3 million units (representing a 2.7 increase) while the former reports shipments jumped by 62.1 million units (a 1.4 percent increase). The biggest areas of growth? Premium models and entry-level machines. It's important to note that this is an increase in computer shipments, not sales -- even though one impacts the other, they're different numbers entirely. More than that, this is just three months, with both firms noting that the same period last year was relatively soft. Still, any news is good news for PC makers. HP led the pack, notching nearly 8 percent increased shipments, with Lenovo, Dell, Apple and Acer rounding out the rest of the top five, according to IDC. Gartner says that this won't last long, though, predicting that business demand will drop in two years once organizations have finished upgrading for Windows 10. Consumer sales weren't anything to write home about, with Gartner saying that folks like you and me continue "to impact market growth" because more and more people are doing typical computer tasks on their smartphones and tablets instead. However, IDC says that hardware shipments for folks who demand more from their computers -- gamers -- grew. If you pause a moment, it's not too difficult to piece together what happened here. Last summer, cryptocurrency mining was all the rage and drove GPU prices through the roof, leaving people who wanted to play the Prey reboot at the highest resolution possible in a lurch. Now that crypto has fallen out of the zeitgeist, it means more people are able to afford gaming PCs. Read full article @ https://www.engadget.com/2018/07/13/pc-shipment-increase-yes-really-it-actually-happened/
  4. Apple today released iOS 11.4.1, and while most of us are already looking ahead to all the new stuff coming in iOS 12, this small update contains an important new security feature: USB Restricted Mode. Apple has added protections against the USB devices being used by law enforcement and private companies that connect over Lightning to crack an iPhone’s passcode and evade Apple’s usual encryption safeguards. If you go to Settings and check under Face ID (or Touch ID) & Passcode, you’ll see a new toggle for USB Accessories. By default, the switch is off. This means that once your iPhone or iPad has been locked for over an hour straight, iOS will no longer allow USB accessories to connect to the device — shutting out cracking tools like GrayKey as a result. If you’ve got accessories that you want to continue working after your iPhone has been sitting locked for awhile, you can toggle the option on to remove the hour limit. Apple’s wording is a bit confusing. You should leave the toggle disabled if you want your iPhone to be most secure. Apple’s decision to implement USB Restricted Mode is a boost to user privacy, but might again put the company at odds with law enforcement and authorities who want to access information stored on recovered or confiscated iPhones. “We’re constantly strengthening the security protections in every Apple product to help customers defend against hackers, identity thieves, and intrusions into their personal data,” Apple said in a statement on the feature. “We have the greatest respect for law enforcement, and we don’t design our security improvements to frustrate their efforts to do their jobs.” Read full article @ https://www.theverge.com/2018/7/9/17549538/apple-ios-11-4-1-blocks-police-passcode-cracking-tools
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  6. Microsoft today released a new preview for PCs with improvements to Edge, Skype, Diagnostic Data Viewer, video, typing insights, font, security, Task Manager, accessibility, container, and mixed reality. This build is from the RS5 branch, which represents the Windows 10 update the company plans to release later this year. Windows 10 is being developed as a service, meaning it receives new features on a regular basis. Microsoft has released five major updates so far: November Update, Anniversary Update, Creators Update, Fall Creators Update, and April 2018 Update. Edge has received richer learning tools in Reading View, including additional themes, the ability to change the color for parts of speech, and a line focus option to improve focus while reading an article by highlighting sets of one, three, or five lines. There’s also a new consent box for saving Autofill data (password and payment icons, improved messaging, and highlighting of options) and PDF toolbar improvements (just hover your cursor at the top to see the tools). Microsoft’s Fluent Design has received a depth aspect in the form of shadows “to help improve user focus.” Many of the default modern popup type controls will now have shadows. Display Settings now has a new Windows HD Color page for devices that can show high dynamic range (HDR) content, including photos, videos, games, and apps. The page reports your system’s HD Color capabilities and allows HD Color features to be configured on capable systems. The Registry Editor now shows a dropdown as you type to help complete the next part of the path. You can also now hit Ctrl + Backspace to delete the last “word” (Ctrl + Delete will delete the next word). Read full article @ https://venturebeat.com/2018/07/06/microsoft-releases-new-windows-10-preview-with-edge-fluent-display-and-registry-editor-improvements/
  7. Copyright experts were left scratching their heads after a U.S. judge ruled an image lifted from the Flickr page of a professional photographer and used by a film festival online was fair use. The ruling, passed in June, could “seriously erode” industry protections, one expert warned. The case, referred to as Brammer v. Violent Hues Productions LLC, kicked into gear after Russell Brammer found one of his pictures—a long exposure shot of Adams Morgan, Washington D.C.—had been used on a website promoting the Northern Virginia Film Festival. He asked for the firm to take the image down and sued for copyright infringement, as reported by PetaPixel. So far so normal in the world of photography misuse. But last month, in a ruling that shocked multiple legal experts, Judge Claude Hilton of the Eastern District of Virginia ruled against the lensman, who first uploaded his picture to the web on November 19, 2011 alongside the warning “all rights reserved.” Flickr has a creative commons option, but the image in question had strict use terms advertised. Judge Hilton disagreed, however, saying Violent Hues’ use of the photograph was “informational” and effectively used to the “provide festival attendees with information regarding the local area.” He said it was not used to generate revenue in this instance (although the website does take donations). Read full article @ http://www.newsweek.com/us-judge-says-using-photos-found-internet-actually-fair-use-1005715
  8. In a decision with potentially enormous consequences, the US Supreme Court ruled Thursday that states have the right to charge sales tax on online transactions by out-of-state companies with no physical presence in their territory. For those who buy do all their online buying on Amazon -- which, after its acquisition of Whole Foods, has a "physical presence" in pretty much every state, and which already collects sales tax in all 45 states that have such a tax -- this may have a limited impact. But for everyone else, this means paying more out of pocket. And if you are one of the millions of Americans who sell goods via platforms like eBay and Etsy, it means having to collect and remit sales taxes in a mind-bending array of seller-buyer combinations. As the ruling points out, there are well over 10,000 state, city and local sales-tax jurisdictions in the country, and the responsibility for figuring out how much tax to collect and where to send it ultimately will rest on sellers. That could put a significant chill on the peer-to-peer e-commerce economy, although the plaintiff in the case, South Dakota, exempts sellers who earn less than $100,000 or conduct fewer than 200 transactions a year. But each state will likely have its own unique set of exemptions, and it's hard to imagine even dedicated crafters and mom and pop e-tailers grinding their way through that menacing regulatory jungle to stay on the right side of the law. The states argue that they're losing big bucks due to the unique tax break provided to online vendors -- as much as $33 billion a year, according to their estimates. And bricks-and-mortar stores, who are subject to taxes every time they ring up a charge on the register, have also lobbied for a level tax playing field. But the original argument for exempting out of state online vendors from taxation, as decided by the Supreme Court 26 years ago in the case of Quill Corp v. North Dakota, was something known as the "Dormant Commerce Clause" -- which holds that without a federal law holding otherwise, state laws that encourage in-state transactions over cross-state ones should be struck down, because they inhibit free and open interstate commerce. That's even truer today, as the number of tax jurisdictions and unique local regulations have continued to multiply. And while the plaintiffs in this case have argued that sophisticated software can manage the tracking and remittance of taxes on behalf of small vendors, that software is likely to be easily accessible only to the major online platforms -- that is to say, the likes of Amazon (which has already begun gearing up to provide "taxation as a service" to its Marketplace sellers) and eBay, companies valued at $150 billion and $67 billion. But individual vendors who'd prefer to not be dependent on the whims and tyrannies of bigger enterprises are out of luck. The court's concurring and dissenting lineups reflect the weird tensions and conflicting priorities inherent in the case: The majority included Justices Anthony Kennedy and Ruth Bader Ginsburg — consistently the most progressive member of the court — alongside hard-conservative Justices Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsuch. Meanwhile, Chief Justice John Roberts dissented, in tandem with liberal jurists Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan. According to the always essential SCOTUSblog, this is a lineup that hasn't yet been seen in the history of this court. Read full article @ https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/22/opinions/how-the-supreme-court-just-rocked-the-internet-yang/index.html
  9. An EU committee has approved two new copyright rules that campaigners warn could destroy the internet as we know it. The two controversial new rules – known as Article 11 and Article 13 – introduce wide-ranging new changes to the way the web works. Article 13 has been criticised by campaigners who claim that it could force internet companies to "ban memes". It requires that all websites check posts against a database of copyrighted work, and remove those that are flagged. That could mean memes – which often use images taken from films or TV shows – could be removed by websites. The system is also likely to go wrong, campaigners say, pointing to previous examples where automated systems at YouTube have taken down a variety of entirely innocent posts. Smaller sites might not even be able to maintain such a complicated infrastructure for scanning through posts, and therefore might not be able to continue to function, activists claim. Some companies and sites have already had to shut down as a result of the EU's new GDPR data rules. It has been opposed by a whole host of internet experts, many of them involved with the creation of the central technologies and services of the internet. An open letter published last week was signed by more than 70 experts, including web creator Tim Berners-Lee, Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales and internet pioneer Vint Cerf. "By requiring Internet platforms to perform automatic filtering all of the content that their users upload, Article 13 takes an unprecedented step towards the transformation of the Internet, from an open platform for sharing and innovation, into a tool for the automated surveillance and control of its users," that letter read. The authors note that copyright is an important part of law, which exists to encourage creators to ensure their work is put out into the world. But the automatic systems being considered by the EU are not the right ways of controlling that, they argue. Read full article @ https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/eu-article-11-13-latest-gdpr-link-tax-internet-juri-censorship-a8407566.html
  10. err0r

    IRCWX Basic Auto Join Connection

    you're welcome.
  11. JOhnson

    IRCWX Basic Auto Join Connection

    Hi err0r found it :D thanks for the reply I am checking in with the opticians for some new glasses :P
  12. The repeal of net neutrality rules officially took effect on Monday, opening up the possibility that internet service providers could now throttle, block or otherwise tamper with consumers’ access to the internet. With the U.S. Congress failing to block the repeal, states have now been taking up the mantle to uphold net neutrality rules. Twenty-three state attorneys general filed a lawsuit in February attempting to block the repeal, while state lawmakers are taking action through both legislation and executive orders. “We know that when D.C. fails to act, Washington state has to do so,” Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said when the state passed legislation upholding net neutrality, according to the Associated Press. “We know how important this is.” “The states have a full right to protect their citizens,” Inslee added. The legislative push Twenty-nine states have introduced legislation to address net neutrality thus far, according to the National Regulatory Research Institute. An additional nine states have introduced resolutions that support net neutrality principles. While many states’ legislation is still pending, there have already been some successes. Washington became the first state to pass its own net neutrality requirements in March, with legislation that prohibits ISPs from blocking content, impairing traffic or engaging in paid prioritization. The second state to adopt legislation was Oregon, which passed a net neutrality law in April. Unlike the Washington legislation, however, the Oregon bill does not impose requirements on ISPs; rather, it blocks the state from doing business with providers who offer preferential treatment to certain web content and applications. The legislation will take effect in 2019. Read full article @ https://mic.com/articles/189800/how-states-are-now-passing-their-own-net-neutrality-laws-to-protect-the-internet-from-corporations#.V6dUm5cwx
  13. err0r

    IRCWX Basic Auto Join Connection

    SPCN Moschino should auto join rooms if you set it to auto join Using Moschino[FlashSparkpea]2.37e located @ https://www.tg007.net/file-1729 Once you join a room you can set it to autojoin the room
  14. I have been looking for a IRCWX basic connection for SPCN as I am using Moschino Connection. What I am looking for is an Auto Join Connection for SPCN so when I clicks on my script/bot it will join the room I want it to automatically and I don't have to click on the room and wait till the script/bot joins. I hopes you can make sense to what I am saying and I look forward to a reply to which I will say thank you now
  15. Microsoft has patched a vulnerability in the Cortana smart assistant that could have allowed an attacker with access to a locked computer to use the smart assistant and access data on the device, execute malicious code, or even change the PC's password to access the device in its entirety. The issue was discovered by Cedric Cochin, Cyber Security Architect and Senior Principle Engineer at McAfee. Cochin privately reported the problems he discovered to Microsoft in April. The vulnerability is CVE-2018-8140, which Microsoft classified as an elevation of privilege, and patched yesterday during the company's monthly Patch Tuesday security updates. Cochin says the issue was present because of different quirks in how Cortana allows users to interact with the underlying Windows 10 OS, while in a locked state. The researchers discovered several features that could be combined into one larger attack: Users can start typing after they say "Hey Cortana" and issue a voice command. This brings up a special search popup with various features and capabilities. Users can type text in this popup, which searches the laptop's application index and its filesystem. By typing certain words, like "pas" (as in password), this search can bring up files containing this string in their file paths or inside the file itself. Hovering the mouse over one of these search results can reveal the file's location on disk, or the content of the file itself (big issue if the disclosed detail is a password).
  16. Google today announced that Chrome will no longer support inline installation of extensions. New extensions lose inline installation starting today, existing extensions will lose the ability in three months, and in early December the inline install API will be removed from the browser with the release of Chrome 71. Disabling inline installation, which lets users install extensions directly from websites, will affect Windows, Mac, Linux, and Chrome OS users. Unlike Firefox, Chrome still does support extensions on mobile platforms. Google regularly cracks down on apps and extensions that cause a poor experience for Chrome users. In April, for example, the company outlined its ban for cryptocurrency mining extensions. But this change, which ensures the Chrome Web Store is the only way users of the browser can install extensions, is really an evolution of a shift that started three years ago. In May 2015, Google began blocking extensions not listed in the Chrome Web Store, and in September 2015, the company disabled inline installation of some Chrome extensions. Both moves were made in the interest of control and security: Google wanted to block extensions that didn’t adhere to its rules or that were tricking users into installing unwanted tools. Critics have pointed out such moves make the Chrome Web Store a walled garden, while Google insists pushing users to the store ultimately protects them. That thinking has only cemented itself further over the years. Here is Google’s stance now, as articulated by Extensions Platform product manager James Wagner: "We continue to receive large volumes of complaints from users about unwanted extensions causing their Chrome experience to change unexpectedly — and the majority of these complaints are attributed to confusing or deceptive uses of inline installation on websites. As we’ve attempted to address this problem over the past few years, we’ve learned that the information displayed alongside extensions in the Chrome Web Store plays a critical role in ensuring that users can make informed decisions about whether to install an extension. When installed through the Chrome Web Store, extensions are significantly less likely to be uninstalled or cause user complaints, compared to extensions installed through inline installation." Read full article @ https://venturebeat.com/2018/06/12/google-disables-inline-installation-for-chrome-extensions/
  17. The controversial repeal of Obama-era net neutrality protections is officially set to take effect on Monday, despite ongoing efforts from members of Congress, state officials, tech companies and advocacy groups to save the rules. The Republican-led Federal Communications Commission voted along party lines in December to repeal the rules, which were intended to prevent internet providers from blocking, speeding up, or slowing down access to specific online services. The order required the approval of the Office of Management and Budget, which the FCC announced receiving last month. In a statement at the time, FCC chairman Ajit Pai framed the upcoming repeal as removing burdensome regulations. "Now, on June 11, these unnecessary and harmful internet regulations will be repealed and the bipartisan, light-touch approach that served the online world well for nearly 20 years will be restored," Pai said in a statement last month. An FCC spokesperson confirmed to CNN this week that the timetable is proceeding as previously announced. "June 11 is significant because it will be the first time in the over 15 year battle over net neutrality that the FCC will have essentially no role in preserving an open Internet and overseeing the broadband market," Gigi Sohn, a counselor to former FCC chairman Tom Wheeler and a staunch supporter of net neutrality, told CNNMoney. The concern among net neutrality advocates is that the repeal could give internet providers too much control over how online content is delivered. It may also make it harder for the next generation of online services to compete if they have to pay up to be placed in a so-called internet fast lane. "Those 'fast lanes' will put those who won't or cannot pay in the slow lane, making the internet look a lot like cable TV," Sohn says. But even those who oppose the repeal say very little is likely to change right away given pending litigation and possible legislation to settle the issue. "Nothing will change the next day," says Kevin Werbach, an associate professor of legal studies at Wharton and former FCC adviser. "Companies are not going to take any major action to change their policies until it's resolved."
  18. Microsoft, fully embracing a model it once saw as a threat, said on Monday that it was buying GitHub, an open software platform used by 28 million programmers, for $7.5 billion. The deal is a bid by Microsoft to gain ground in the internet era of software development, where applications increasingly run on remote data centers — on so-called cloud computing. Amazon is the leader in the cloud market so far, but Microsoft has transformed itself in recent years to become a strong No. 2 as a supplier of cloud computing services. Its vital Office productivity applications and database software are available in cloud versions. Microsoft also competes with Google, IBM, Salesforce and others in the cloud marketplace. All of them are trying to lure software engineers to use their cloud tools and services. The more programmers on a company’s platform, the more software applications are created, attracting customers and still more developers — a flywheel of growth and profit. “The strategic battle in the tech world is for developers,” said Frank Gens, chief analyst for IDC, a research firm. “For Microsoft, the GitHub deal is about strengthening and widening its relationships with developers.” Satya Nadella, Microsoft’s chief executive, said the deal would advance Microsoft’s ambitions in cloud computing and bring smarter software to every industry, on any digital device. Read full article @ https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/04/technology/microsoft-github-cloud-computing.html
  19. err0r

    Broken Remotes.mrc

    glad you got it to work.. however if you are saving it as SEC®™>f50c1f06247234890016d83d0a5685e3=Owner and using my alias then it wouldn't work that way. f50c1f06247234890016d83d0a5685e3=Owner is how it would work.
  20. SEC

    Broken Remotes.mrc

    I was correct as far as how the gates were written. I had to go a different route besides using gates. remotes are working now.
  21. SEC

    Broken Remotes.mrc

    Sorry, I uploaded the wrong file. I am using your alias gaddy, but named it gate. Gates get added in this fashion... [%#Regulars\bComputing\bChat] SEC®™>f50c1f06247234890016d83d0a5685e3=Owner [%#atomic] SEC®™>f50c1f06247234890016d83d0a5685e3=Owner I'm using a .ini file for ease of editing with a link to open it in the toolbar. Remotes.mrc
  22. err0r

    Broken Remotes.mrc

    i will take a look at it but i wonder why you use an ini file to do this when mirc has built in levels. Looking over the file i see you are using $ial($nick,1) . You should not use this for any reason. IALs will change on ircwx networks. For example here is mine "err0r!1.1cd66d0.6492d38d732122c58b44e3fdc3e9e9f3@BuzzenPassport" The 1.1cd66d0. part will change per connection. The 6492d38d732122c58b44e3fdc3e9e9f3@BuzzenPassport part is what you want to use. I created an alias you can use instead. You can get the alias @ https://www.tg007.net/snippets/id-76 basically anywhere you are using $ial($nick,1) replace that with $gaddy($nick) Just make sure you are adding it to your ini file in the same format. ( though i would use levels instead of ini )
  23. I'm having difficulties figuring out why my remotes.mrc file isn't working. Seems it's either in the way the gates are saved to a .ini file or read. When I type the remote command in the channel, nothing happens. I've been trying to figure this out for weeks and I'm at a loss. If someone could have a look and advise on a fix, I'd greatly appreciate it and a nod in the initial release of Zeus will of course be given. Thanks SEC®™ Remotes.mrc
  24. Google just released Chrome 67 for desktop, as spotted by ZDNet. This version of Chrome will allow password-free sign-ins for most websites, meaning you can avoid hunting through a password manager for specific credentials. Password-free sign-ins come from the Web Authentication standard, which was launched in March by the FIDO Alliance and the W3C. It lets you sign in to any virtually any online service through unique credentials that you don’t have to memorize, such as fingerprint readers, USB keys like YubiKeys, etc. The standard is also meant to make it less likely a bad actor can obtain your most commonly used passwords by making it easier to give each service different login credentials. Mozilla’s Firefox was the first to get the standard, while plans for Chrome and Microsoft Edge to adopt the standard later were hinted at. Chrome 67 is also increasing its use of site isolation, keeping each browser tab separate so that a site can’t easily access data from other open tabs, which is a fix it initially rolled out to address Spectre-style attacks. Chrome will also be more compatible with VR through the Generic Sensor API, which is a standard used among fitness trackers and VR headsets, and it should pave the way for more integrations between desktop and gadgets to come. Read full article @ https://www.theverge.com/2018/5/30/17409480/google-chrome-sign-in-without-password
  25. Americans are becoming increasingly frustrated with their internet service providers, new figures have confirmed. According to the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI), just 62 percent of U.S. residents are satisfied with their ISP. It represents a two percent drop on the previous year’s survey. ACSI questions around 250,000 consumers each year and quizzes them on all things digital, including:     Internet service provider;     Video streaming service; and     Wireless telephone service. Every one of the 12 major ISPs in the U.S. saw a decrease in consumer satisfaction. The most significant was Mediacom, which fell by 9 percent between 2017 and 2018. In order of the most satisfied customers (with the score ranking out of 100), the list of ISP rankings: Fios (Verizon Communications). 70AT&T Internet. 68Optimum (Altice USA). 64All others. 63Suddenlink (Altice USA). 61Spectrum (Charter Communications). 60Xfinity (Comcast). 60Cox Communications. 59CenturyLink. 58Windstream. 56Frontier Communications. 54Mediacom. 53"Internet service providers are down 3.1 percent to 62 percent—an all-time low for the industry that along with subscription TV already had the poorest customer satisfaction among all industries tracked by the ACSI,” the report says. Read full article @ http://www.newsweek.com/revealed-best-and-worst-internet-providers-us-947380
  26. Bacon

    I'm back...

    Welcome back. Alot has changed on ttg wise and some of those famous names back in the day. It's like a blast from the past those were the good old days.
  27. The EU’s data privacy law went into force on Friday and U.S. companies leapt into action—by turning off their websites. Sites like the Chicago Tribune or A&E Networks, for instance, decided to show the digital version of a “closed” sign to European visitors rather than risk violating the law. Other U.S. sites, however, chose to comply with the famous (or infamous) data directive known as the GDPR. But that doesn’t change the fact the Internet is smaller and different in Europe than it was last Thursday. This isn’t the first time chunks of the Internet vanished for the hundreds of millions of people who live in Europe. In recent years, a growing number of web pages are also dropping out of site due to “right to be forgotten” laws, which let people scrub Google search results about themselves. And it’s not only in Europe this is happening. The Supreme Court of Canada last year blessed a judge’s ruling in an intellectual property case that ordered Google to delete listings worldwide—meaning the content also disappeared for Internet users outside of Canada. Call it the Balkanization of the Internet. Just as the Ottoman Empire and Yugoslavia fractured into a series of smaller states, the same thing is happening to what we once dubbed the “world wide web.” Instead of a common cyber space, the online world is starting to mirror the political and commercial contours of the physical world. In the case of dictatorships, the divisions are especially stark. Think of the “Great Firewall of China” that blots out sites like the New York Times, or the religious tyrants in Iran who are trying to crush popular messaging apps like Telegram and hope to construct a “halal Internet.” These attempts to ring-fence the Internet have been going on for years. The striking thing of late, though, is how this trend is being embraced by democratic nations like France and Canada. This isn’t entirely a bad thing. The Internet we grew up with reflects certain distinctly American values—such as aggressive capitalism and a cavalier attitude to privacy—that many people find objectionable. Just as the people of Poland and Lithuania didn’t want to live under the Soviet empire, it’s no surprise Europeans don’t want to live under the thumb of Facebook and Google. A little Balkanization of the web, in the other words, can be a healthy exercise of democratic power and pluralism. The trouble is deciding where to stop. In the near future, will there be one Internet for Americans who live in blue states and another for those in red states? (Alas, this is already the case in many respects given how sites like Facebook and Twitter create so-called “filter bubbles” that serve up news and opinions we already agree with). More broadly, the latest fracturing of the web under the GDPR is a time to take stock of what we have lost. Read full article @ http://fortune.com/2018/05/26/gdpr-internet/
  28. The FBI has issued a dire warning to everyone who has a router in their home. The Internet Crime Complaint Center sent a rare Public Service Announcement declaring: "Foreign cyber actors have compromised hundreds of thousands of home and office routers and other networked devices worldwide." The hackers are using VPNFilter malware to target small office and home office routers, the FBI said. "VPNFilter is able to render small office and home office routers inoperable," the FBI warns. "The malware can potentially also collect information passing through the router. Detection and analysis of the malware’s network activity is complicated by its use of encryption." The feds recommends "any owner of small office and home office routers reboot the devices to temporarily disrupt the malware and aid the potential identification of infected devices." They also advise to consider disabling remote management settings on devices, use encryption, upgrade firmer and choose new and different passwords, which is pretty much best practice anyway. The IC3, formerly known as the Internet Fraud Complaint Center was renamed in October 2003 to include this kind of attack. Their stated mission "is to provide the public with a reliable and convenient reporting mechanism to submit information to the Federal Bureau of Investigation concerning suspected Internet-facilitated criminal activity and to develop effective alliances with law enforcement and industry partners." Today, that means telling you to reboot your router, so hop to it. Read full article @ https://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/security/a20918611/vpnfilter-malware-reboot-router/
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