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Java, Spartan browser, Gas stations, Thunderstrike Patch, etc.

By Brian Warkoczeski
January 27, 2015 8:09 am

A look at IT news...

Java is the biggest vulnerability for US computers

CSO - Oracle's Java poses the single biggest security risk to US desktops, says a new report.

Microsoft Unveils New 'Spartan' Browser for Windows 10

NBC News - Spartan has a nice, clean look and some very useful tools built in: a reading mode that cleans up layouts for easy consumption (or saving), an annotation mode for sketching notes on Web pages, and integration with Microsoft's digital assistant Cortana, who can provide additional information on anything you're looking at.

To avoid Sony's fate, companies play war games

CNN Money - The suits at the PricewaterhouseCoopers consulting firm have figured out how to convince their corporate clients to take cybersecurity seriously: They built a hacking simulator.

Internet Problems Take Out Facebook, Instagram, Others; Lizard Squad Takes Credit

CIO - Unexplained outages took down a number of popular Internet services Monday night, including Facebook, Instagram, HipChat, and possibly others. Notorious hacker group The Lizard Squad took credit.

Gas Stations Urged To Secure Internet-Exposed Fuel Tank Devices

Dark Reading - Researchers find more than 5,000 US gas stations' automated tank gauges unprotected on the public Internet and open to hackers.

Thunderstrike Patch Slated for New OS X Build

Threat Post - In addition to patching the three Project Zero vulnerabilities disclosed last week, Apple is apparently readying a fix for the Thunderstrike boot attack as well, something that will purportedly rid all Macs running Yosemite of the issue.

How the cable industry is trying to reshape the economics of the Internet

Washington Post - Industry lobbyists are launching preemptive arguments against FCC rules as Cablevision introduces a new, WiFi-only service.

Malfunction Interrupts Facebook Access Briefly

New York Times - Facebook said the cause was an internal malfunction rather than a cyberattack.

Maldrone: Malware which hijacks your personal drone

ZDNET - A backdoor has been discovered in popular consumer drones which can hijack your favorite new flying toy.

Dropbox buys Pixelapse to add version control for visual designers

InfoWorld - GitHub-like version control startup Pixelapse adds another arrow to Dropbox's competitive quiver.

Apple readies another crack at ending Yosemite's Wi-Fi ills

Computerworld - Quickening tempo of 10.10.2 beta releases hints at impending release.

Ex-Opera CEO composes Vivaldi, a new Web browser

CNET - It's unlikely to dethrone major names like Chrome and IE, but CEO Jon von Tetzchner hopes Vivaldi will attract power users who want a full-featured PC browser.

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