Asus pushes patch after hackers used updates to send malware

Mar 25, 2019

Kaspersky Lab estimates that the attack could have affected more than a million users. Thousands of Asus computers were infected with malware from the company's own update tool, researchers from Kaspersky Lab said Monday. The researchers discovered the attack in January, after hackers took over the Asus Live Update Utility to quietly install malware on devices. The hack was first reported by Motherboard. On Tuesday, Asus said it's fixed the vulnerability in the latest version of its Live Update tool, meaning you'll have to trust the software to resolve the issue. "Asus customer service has bee...

Webroot SecureAnywhere Review

Mar 24, 2019

Webroot SecureAnywhere is a fast and efficient antivirus solution that boasts some of the most effective security measures Empower MSP has ever seen. Webroot Secure Anywhere is Empower's reccomended antivirus for good reason. Webroot SecureAnywhere is an efficient antivirus that focuses on security and speed. Its unique approach to detection and monitoring allows it to perform scans with little to no performance impact while maintaining one of the most robust databases of malware out there. In this Webroot review, we’ll test the performance ...

AT&T's fake 5G E is slower than Verizon's and T-Mobile's 4G

Mar 21, 2019

According to a firm that tests wireless speeds, the spurious 5G network isn't outpacing its competitors. AT&T's wannabe 5G network, 5G E, might actually be slower than its competitors' 4G LTE networks. Opensignal,  a company that looks into mobile network performance, on Friday  published a study comparing the speeds of AT&T, Sprint, Verizon and  T-Mobile. Though there wasn't a raging gulf, 5G E clocked in slower than  services from Verizon and T-Mobile that use the comparable enhanced 4G  technologies.  "The 5G E speeds which AT&T users experience  are very much typical 4G speeds and not the ...

The slippery slope of censorship just got more slippery

Mar 20, 2019

The aftermath of the horrific mosque shootings in Christchurch,  New Zealand, last week has unfortunately delivered exactly what the  mentally deranged perpetrator wanted – division. It has also served to  further stifle the free flow of online information. As pointed out by digital industry figures Paul Shetler and Matt Barrie, who commented this week about the arbitrary blocking of two well-known websites by  Telstra and Optus, we have now entered dangerous territory. The websites Zero Hedge and LiveLeaks had contravened no known  broadcasting laws in Australia, yet they were arbitrarily blo...

New cyber security service helps protect Australian democracy

Mar 20, 2019

With the Federal election on the horizon and  NSW poll just days away it’s timely to reflect on the importance of  democracy to all Australians and to take stock of how well we are able  to protect our democratic rights and institutions. Last year in the US, we launched Microsoft AccountGuard, a security  service designed to provide additional critical cyber protection to  customers operating in the political sphere. It forms a key plank in our  Defending Democracy initiative. I’m delighted to announce that Microsoft AccountGuard is now available to eligible organisations and individuals in Au...

Only politicians get exemption from encryption law

Mar 20, 2019

The Federal Government's encryption law spreads its net far and wide in society, but exempts one class of person — politicians — from its tentacles, according to an analysis of the law by lawyer and consultant Matthew Shearing. "This Bill (which is now law) has a number of small but powerful provisions tucked away in its 220 pages – but none might raise more eyebrows than the provision regarding members of Parliament," Shearing pointed out in his analysis which came to iTWire's notice after InnovationAus editor James Riley mentioned it. "While the rest of the Australia (and in many cases, ...

Norwegian aluminium firm goes manual after Windows ransomware attack

Mar 20, 2019

Norwegian aluminium maker Norsk Hydro has been under what it describes as "an extensive cyber attack" that has affected several areas of the company's operations. The malware affecting the firm is believed to the LockerGoga ransomware that attacks Windows systems. The attack began late on Monday evening, the firm said. Norway is 10 hours behind AEDT. At 5am this morning UTC somebody from Norway uploaded a signed copy of LockerGoga ransomware. It uses the same certificate me and @malwrhunterteam team identified several weeks ago, which the CA has now revoked. pic.twitter.com/PxYS690oYs— 🦀

Microsoft targeted by 8 of 10 top vulnerabilities in 2018: study

Mar 20, 2019

Microsoft was targeted by eight of the top ten vulnerabilities in 2018, a study by the security intelligence firm Recorded Future has found. This was the second successive year that Microsoft topped this list, the firm's Kathleen Kuczma said in a blog post, pointing out that the Redmond behemoth had been affected by seven out of the top ten vulnerabilities in 2017. In the previous two years, 2015 and 2016, the majority of vulnerabilities targeted Adobe's Flash Player. In 2018, only one Flash vulnerability was in the top 10 and the remaining one in the top 10 was aimed at Android. As with ...

Downtime costs Australian businesses dearly

Mar 12, 2019

Application downtime costs Australian businesses an average of more than $762,000 per incident, according to new research. A survey of 1000 Australian IT professionals found that the average revenue loss during business-critical outages was $144,062.52 per hour for larger organisations. For smaller organisations (those with fewer than 20,000 employees), the figure was more than $2000 per hour. The average time to repair was 5.29 hours for large organisations, and six hours for the smaller companies. The survey was carried out by Wakefield Research for Cisco subsidiary AppDynamics, which has it...

Facebook says digital platforms report at odds with ACCC's mandate

Mar 06, 2019

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's preliminary report from its digital platforms inquiry has taken a "near-exclusive focus on protecting certain publishers from disruption and competition" and is at odds with the competition watchdog's mandate, the Australian arm of social media behemoth Facebook claims. In a submission made in response to the release of the preliminary report, Facebook said the ACCC failed to understand the "broader challenges facing journalism and news production". Due to this preoccupation, many of the recommendations made in the report would not help j...

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