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  1. Hundreds of millions of passwords were an open book on Facebook's internal servers. An internal investigation at Facebook in January found that all those passwords were stored in plain text, meaning it was possible for the social network's employees to easily come across and potentially abuse the login credentials. The company found "no evidence to date" that any staffers improperly accessed those passwords, Pedro Canahuati, Facebook's vice president of engineering, security and privacy, said in a blog post Thursday. The internal investigation was first reported by Krebs on Security. Facebook said it will be notifying hundreds of millions of Facebook Lite users, tens of millions of other Facebook users and tens of thousands of Instagram users. The company said it first discovered the problem as part of a routine security review in January. Facebook has more than 2.3 billion monthly users, and Instagram has more than 1 billion. When reached for comment, a Facebook spokesperson referred to the blog post. "This caught our attention because our login systems are designed to mask passwords using techniques that make them unreadable," Canahuati said in the blog post. "We have fixed these issues and as a precaution we will be notifying everyone whose passwords we have found were stored in this way." Security standards recommend that companies encrypt passwords when they store them, so that employees and potential attackers don't have access to a treasure trove of login credentials. Facebook said it hashes and encrypts passwords, but it's unclear how hundreds of millions of accounts had their passwords in plain text on internal company servers. It is still investigating the cause. Read full article @ https://www.cnet.com/news/facebook-found-millions-of-passwords-stored-in-plain-text-in-internal-investigation/
  2. Microsoft has issued a patch to remind Windows 7 users that they’ll soon have no patches. The update tells users that they won’t be able to get support for Windows 7 after 14 January 2020, and it’s effectively a nudge to upgrade to a later operating system (Microsoft has been pressuring people for a long time to upgrade to Windows 10). What does end of support really mean? Each version of Windows goes through different support stages. In mainstream support, it gets all the updates and patches you’d expect, but this phrase eventually ends, at which point the operating system version switches to extended support. This still provides security updates, but non-security updates are no longer available for desktop consumer-products. Enterprises can only get them with extended hotfix support. Mainstream support for Windows 7 without Microsoft’s Service Pack one (SP1) addition ended on 9 April 2013. Those users that had installed SP1 still found mainstream support ending on 13 January 2015. Since that time, Windows 7 SP1 users have been on extended support. The end of support that Microsoft is talking about on 14 January 2020 is the end of that extended support, which is a little like running off a cliff, security-wise. Microsoft says that after extended support ends, the security updates stop coming, which means that the company won’t issue patches designed to seal off security bugs for Windows 7 SP1 as part of its patch Tuesday releases anymore: Read full article @ https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2019/03/22/microsoft-windows-7-patch-warns-of-coming-patchocalypse/
  3. Version 51 of the mobile browser launches today on Google Play and includes the free VPN beta users have been enjoying for the past month. Last month, Opera announced that a future version of its mobile web browser for Android would include a completely free built-in virtual private network (VPN). Today, that VPN becomes available to all with the launch of Opera for Android 51 on the Google Play store. The built-in VPN was rolled out to beta testers early last month who were tasked with helping to work out the kinks. Clearly there weren't many as Opera is now happy to let the Android-owning masses use it in anger. It's a free and unlimited service that Opera believes "marks a new standard for privacy and security in mobile browsing." Peter Wallman, SVP Opera Browser for Android, commented, "There are already more than 650 million people using VPN services globally. With Opera they can now enjoy a free and no-log service that enhances online privacy and improves security ... By enabling Opera's browser VPN service, users make it very difficult for third parties to steal pieces of their information and can avoid being tracked. Users no longer need to question if or how they can protect their personal information in these situations." As with any VPN, enabling it on a device helps to protect your privacy and offers additional security when using a public Wi-Fi hotspot. Read full article @ https://www.pcmag.com/news/367276/opera-for-android-with-built-in-vpn-now-available
  4. err0r

    Help with Status Bar.

    alias sbar { xstatusbar -A 0 xstatusbar -A 1 notheme xstatusbar -f + ansi 10 Calibri xstatusbar -k 2894892 xstatusbar -l 1% 20% 20% 30% -1 xstatusbar -w + 0 halodialogs\dcxbar\icons\server.ico xstatusbar -w + 0 halodialogs\dcxbar\icons\nick.ico xstatusbar -w + 0 halodialogs\dcxbar\icons\computer.ico xstatusbar -w + 0 halodialogs\dcxbar\icons\record.ico xstatusbar -t 1 +fn 0 $chr(9) xstatusbar -t 2 +fn 1 00Server: $iif($status == disconnected,$status,$server) xstatusbar -t 3 +fn 2 00Nick: $me xstatusbar -t 4 +fn 3 00Uptime: $uptime(system,1) xstatusbar -t 5 +fn 4 00Record Uptime: $iif(%systemup.format.record,%systemup.format.record,n/a) } on *:start: { sbar } on *:active:*: { if ($xstatusbar().visible == $true) { xstatusbar -v 2 +fn 00Server: $iif($status == disconnected,$status,$server) xstatusbar -v 3 +fn 00Nick: $me xstatusbar -v 4 +fn 00Uptime: $uptime(system,1) xstatusbar -v 5 +fn 00Record Uptime: $iif(%systemup.format.record,%systemup.format.record,n/a) } } NOTE: the 00 infront of the the section names like Server: is the mirc color code.. Insert the CTRL + K in front of them. you can also use bold and italic etc more info on xstatusbar @ https://www.tg007.net/dcx/xstatusbar.htm
  5. err0r

    Help with Status Bar.

    if you plan on this being your main status bar for mirc you should use /xstatusbar instead of xdid
  6. err0r

    Help with Status Bar.

    alias sbar { if ($dialog(sbar)) { dialog -x sbar sbar | Dialog -m sbar sbar } else { dialog -m sbar sbar } } on *:start: { sbar } dialog sbar { title "status bar" option dbu size -1 -1 1600 1 } on *:dialog:sbar:*:*: { if ($devent == init) { dcx Mark $dname sbar_cb xdialog -g sbar +b $color(1) xdialog -c $dname 1 statusbar 0 1 1600 8 xdid -l sbar 1 185 200 150 -1 xdid -l sbar 1 200 200 200 -1 xdid -l sbar 1 250 200 250 -1 xdid -l sbar 1 300 200 300 -1 xdid -w sbar 1 +a 0 halodialogs\dcxbar\icons\server.ico xdid -w sbar 1 +a 0 halodialogs\dcxbar\icons\nick.ico xdid -w sbar 1 +a 0 halodialogs\dcxbar\icons\computer.ico xdid -w sbar 1 +a 0 halodialogs\dcxbar\icons\record.ico xdid -t sbar 1 1 +n 1 Server: $server xdid -t sbar 1 2 +n 2 NickName: $nick xdid -t sbar 1 3 +n 3 Uptime: $uptime(system,1) xdid -t sbar 1 4 +n 4 Record Uptime: %systemup.format.record xdock -m $dialog(sbar).hwnd +b } } alias sbar_cb { } On *:Active:*:{ if ($dialog(sbar)) { xdid -v sbar 1 1 Server: $server xdid -v sbar 1 2 NickName: $nick xdid -v sbar 1 3 Uptime: $uptime(system,1) xdid -v sbar 1 4 Record Uptime: %systemup.format.record } } The on active was causing part of the issue. Needed to make sure the dialog existed before trying to xdid.
  7. Mozilla today released version 66 of its Firefox browser. It features all of the usual tech updates and bug fixes, but there’s also a clear theme here: reducing online annoyances. With this update, Firefox can now automatically block autoplaying audio and video — the scourge of the modern web. The way Mozilla has implemented this is smart enough to recognize when a video is playing with the audio muted and it’ll still let the page quietly play that video. If it’s a news site that insists on bombarding you with the unmuted video of an anchor talking about a semi-related news story, though, it’ll mute it and leave you in peace. To play the video on a site where Firefox has blocked the video, you simply click the play button. You can also always whitelist sites with autoplaying and unmuted videos, too. Another major annoyance these days is ads that load after the text or other content on a site is already visible. Often, the ad then moves that text around (and occasionally, slow-loading images are to blame here, too). With this update, Firefox is introducing scroll anchoring, which ensures that you’re not going to bounce around on the page as these slow-loading ads load. Other updates in this release include the ability to search within multiple tabs, better search in private browsing mode, improved and clearer security warnings and web authentication support for Windows Hello. Firefox 66 also promises an improved extension experience that should make pages load faster by storing extension settings in a single file instead of a series of individual files for every extension. You can find the full release notes here. Read full article @ https://techcrunch.com/2019/03/19/firefox-now-automatically-blocks-autoplaying-audio-and-video/
  8. Much of the Western world went into panic Wednesday and into Thursday when Facebook, the social networking platform used by billions worldwide, went down. The crash affected WhatsApp and Instagram as well. Users around the globe found logging-in impossible. In Israel, users could access Facebook normally by late Wednesday night, although many features – such as posting for some users – were unavailable. BBC news called it “the most severe outage in its history” noting the last time Facebook service was disrupted on such a scale was in 2008. Facebook Inc. struggled to restore its services fully on Thursday after the 17-hour partial outage made the social network inaccessible to users across the globe, driving a wave of online complaints. The number of reports on the crowd-sourced DownDetector website – one of the Internet’s most used sources of numbers on outages – peaked at just over 12,000, gradually falling to a couple of hundreds by early Thursday. But with thousands of users complaining on Twitter under the hashtag #facebookdown, a number of media reports put the number affected in the millions. Facebook representatives took to Twitter to update users on the problems. A Facebook spokesman, asked by Reuters for more details, would only repeat the company’s initial statement on the outage on Wednesday, saying that it was working to resolve the issue as soon as possible. Instagram, Whatsapp and Facebook apps were down for much of Wednesday, although the photo-sharing social network said it was back up early on Thursday. Facebook was yet to provide an update on its other services. Read full article @ https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Facebook-resuming-service-after-going-down-globally-583365
  9. Microsoft has developed and started testing Windows Defender Application Guard extensions for both Chrome and Firefox to better protect enterprise PCs. The feature, which used to be an Edge exclusive, keeps PCs safe by opening web pages not included in administrators' trusted sites in a virtual container. That way, it can prevent attackers from gaining entry into the company's system if the website turns out to be malicious. While the extensions can be downloaded from the browsers' respective stores, Windows Defender for Chrome and Firefox won't work without help from Edge. If it determines that the URL is not in the trusted list, it will open the website in an isolated Edge session. However, any link clicked in the isolated session will still launch in the original browser if it's a trusted website. To use the feature, both the Windows Defender companion application from the Microsoft Store and the browser-specific extension must be installed. Since it's still in preview mode, only Insiders can access it at the moment, though it will eventually have a wide release once it's been tested more thoroughly. Read full article @ https://www.engadget.com/2019/03/16/windows-defender-extensions-chrome-firefox/
  10. Last month, a 19-year-old bug was discovered in WinRAR, a software used to extract .zip and other file archives on your Windows PC. The company was quick to patch the bug, but users who haven't updated to version 5.70 are still vulnerable. Now, opportunistic hackers are taking advantage of that. McAfee, a global software security company, revealed in a blog post that it has identified more than 100 unique exploits, with most of the targets in the US. By renaming an ACE file with a RAR extension, hackers can manipulate WinRAR and extract a malicious program to a computer's startup folder, explained Check Point, the company that discovered the bug. Without the user knowing, the program then runs automatically when the computer is restarted. According to McAfee, one exploit uses a bootleg copy of Ariana Grande's latest album Thank U, Next, with a RAR extension. We don't know how many people have been impacted by the bug. Fortunately, the days of WinRAR being essential software have passed, but since 2002, it has had more than 500 million users, so this attack could still gain some traction. Read full article @ https://www.engadget.com/2019/03/15/winrar-bug-malware/
  11. Microsoft rolled out a new version of Skype to its Insider Preview program this week that expands the maximum number of people on a call from 25 to 50, as well as making audible notifications optional, for all platforms. According to the update note, "When you start a call in these large groups, it will send a notification instead of ringing all the members, to not interrupt those who can't join. With this update you will also see that the audio and video buttons are now enabled in these larger groups." If you think 50 people sounds like horribly large number of video-call participants, you probably don't work for a big corporation. Competitor Zoom, which has rapidly gained on Microsoft for videoconferencing software and services, can already conference 100 people -- 500 with an extra-cost add-on. Read full article @ https://www.cnet.com/news/microsoft-testing-50-person-skype-calls/
  12. Dropbox is one of the most popular cloud storage platforms. In fact, many on the AP team prefer Dropbox to Google Drive. If you're trying to make do with a free Dropbox account, there's a new restriction that'll be sure to cramp your style. As of this month, Dropbox limits you to just three connected devices on free accounts. Previously, you could connect as many computers, phones, and tablets as you wanted to your Dropbox account. The only restriction on free accounts was how much storage you'd get—just 2GB without referral credits. Now, you can only access that storage on a maximum of three devices at a time. If you want to connect a new device, you have to log into the Dropbox website and remove another device. Odds are most free accounts already have more than three devices connected. Dropbox won't start deauthorizing those devices, but you'll have to unlink things until you're below the cutoff before you can connect anything new. That might mean a lot of clicking—my account shows more than 100 connected devices, stretching all the way back to the Nexus One. Read full article @ https://www.androidpolice.com/2019/03/14/dropbox-institutes-ridiculous-three-device-limit-on-free-accounts/
  13. Microsoft seems to have quietly implemented a new update mechanism in Windows 10 that will help the company avoid major problems when rolling out new updates. ZDNet reports that Windows 10 is now able to automatically remove problematic updates in your system to avoid any issues. The company officially noted the new mechanism on a support page, though most of the details as to how the feature actually works is unclear. According to Microsoft, Windows 10 will automatically uninstall recently installed updates in the OS when there is a startup failure. The update removal process will automatically take place when all the other automatic recovery processes have failed. Once the updates are removed, Microsoft will wait 30 days before installing them again, giving itself and its partners to investigate the possible problems. It is not clear if Microsoft is able to remotely pull and uninstall certain updates from users’ devices, which would be much more useful than the automatic detection and removal mechanism. If the company detects some major problems in a new feature update, for example, it would be useful to be able to remotely pull the update so that it even gets uninstalled from devices. And then there’s the question of whether the feature actually works. Microsoft likely stress-tested the feature before rolling it out, but that doesn’t mean the feature actually works reliably. Removing installed updates and taking your PC back to normal is quite a tricky process from a technical point of view, so it will be interesting to see if the changes are actually effective. Read full article @ https://www.thurrott.com/windows/windows-10/202863/windows-10-can-now-rollback-problematic-updates
  14. Security researchers have found a new kind of mobile adware hidden in hundreds of Android apps, and downloaded more than 150 million times from Google Play. The malware masquerading as an ad-serving platform, dubbed SimBad by researchers at security firm Check Point, infected more than 200 apps which, likely unbeknownst to the app developer, would open a backdoor to install additional malware as a way to outsmart Google’s app store scanning. Once installed, the downloaded malware also removes the app icon and persists in the background, loading each time the device boots up. Once the malware retrieves its instructions from the command and control server, the malware runs through lists of web addresses in the background, serving ads to generate fraudulent revenue. Check Point provided a list of the apps, which Google pulled from Google Play following a disclosure by the security researchers. The list can be found here. Google’s removal from the app store does not delete the app from users’ devices. The top ten downloaded games amount to 55 million downloads alone:     Snow Heavy Excavator Simulator (10,000,000 downloads)     Hoverboard Racing (5,000,000 downloads)     Real Tractor Farming Simulator (5,000,000 downloads)     Ambulance Rescue Driving (5,000,000 downloads)     Heavy Mountain Bus Simulator 2018 (5,000,000 downloads)     Fire Truck Emergency Driver (5,000,000 downloads)     Farming Tractor Real Harvest Simulator (5,000,000 downloads)     Car Parking Challenge (5,000,000 downloads)     Speed Boat Jet Ski Racing (5,000,000 downloads)     Water Surfing Car Stunt (5,000,000 downloads) Some of the games, mostly simulation games — hence the malware’s name — date back on Google Play to March 2017, said Aviran Hazum, mobile threat intelligence team leader at Check Point, in an email to TechCrunch. Hazum said the malware might be an adware for now, but has the potential to evolve into a larger threat. A Google spokesperson, when reached, did not respond provide comment. The search giant typically doesn’t discuss app removals, largely because it’s an issue that keeps occurring. It’s far from the first time Google was forced to remove apps from its supposedly vetted app store. But time and again, the company had to react to dozens of bad apps that slip through its scanning efforts. Google’s official figures put the number of apps it removed las year at about 700,000. Read full article @ https://techcrunch.com/2019/03/13/new-android-adware-google-play/
  15. Adobe isn't just putting Flash on ice. In the wake of customer emails, the software giant has signaled that it will discontinue Shockwave for Windows on April 9th, 2019. The company had already phased out its Director authoring tool and the Mac player in 2017, but this represents the web plugin's final bow for most people. The only people receiving support beyond that will be enterprise customers, whose contracts run out in 2022. It won't surprise you to hear why Adobe is ramping things down: the internet has moved on. Shockwave use has "declined" as technologies like HTML5 and WebGL have taken over, the company said. It's betting that developers would rather move on to newer, truly universal formats if they're still committed to supporting their web apps. You might not miss it too much on most websites, but it could still cause problems. Many older web games and media experiences were built around Shockwave, which enabled visually exciting web apps at a time when HTML wasn't up to snuff and powerful, consumer-friendly smartphones were just pipe dreams. When many of the developers ended support long ago, the death of Shockwave is likely to make those apps unusuable. Read full article @ https://www.engadget.com/2019/03/11/adobe-discontinues-shockwave-april-9th/
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