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HP,, Microsoft Office, Skype, etc.

By Brian Warkoczeski
September 23, 2015 8:07 am

Some news from the world of IT...

HP adds protection against firmware attacks to enterprise printers

Computerworld - New security features in HP's printers can detect rogue BIOS and firmware modifications.

FireEye: served malicious ads to visitors

CSO - Researchers say ads were pushing visitors to Neutrino and Angler exploits.

The new Microsoft Office is here

CNN Money - Microsoft launched Office 2016 on Tuesday.

Skype Service Problems for Some Users Worldwide

New York Times - Microsoft's Internet calling unit did not specify how many of its roughly 300 million global users were affected.

Dig once: The no-brainer Internet policy the White House just endorsed

Washington Post - The simple idea that could boost Internet speeds and competition in your area.

Apple tells devs to validate Xcode after App Store malware breach

ZDNET - After the App Store found itself harbouring malware stemming from counterfeit copies of Xcode, Apple has reminded developers to make sure they're using the company's own software for creating iOS and OS X apps.

Federal CISOs Propose New Efforts to Shore Up Cybersecurity

Threat Post - With many government departments still reeling when it comes to security, several federal CISOs brought up a handful of new ideas at last week's Billington Cybersecurity Summit in Washington, D.C to combat future hacks.

Large Number of iOS Apps Infected by XcodeGhost

Security Week - Researchers continue to analyze XcodeGhost, a recently discovered threat that has been used by malicious actors to infect legitimate iOS applications.

Oyster, the Netflix of e-books, is shutting down

PC World - Oyster is shutting down its subscription e-book service and its team is reportedly moving to Google.

Congress set to make the H-1B visa less costly for India

InfoWorld - Congress is set to drop a $2,000 H-1B visa fee mostly paid by India-based IT services providers. It's a move being met with incredulity by H-1B critics, but relief by the Indian offshore industry.

Healthcare Biggest Offender In 10 Years Of Data Breaches

Dark Reading - Missing devices and untrustworthy insiders made the healthcare industry responsible for more (reported) data breaches than any other sector all decade.

New York issues first bitcoin license, brings consumer protection

Network World - Regulators hope the licenses will help build consumer trust in virtual currencies.

White House Report Says Broadband Has Become a 'Core Utility'

NBC News - A new report from the White House's Broadband Opportunity Council says that broadband "has steadily shifted from an optional amenity to a core utility for households, businesses and community institutions," and recommends further federal support for those who lack access.

Three-fifths of the world is still without Internet

CBS News - New U.N. report calls for world governments to make broadband more available and affordable for billions who don't have access.

Chinese leader denies hacks, opens door for cybersecurity accord

CNET - Before visiting the US, President Xi Jinping said China is a hacking victim, too, and suggests both countries will benefit from computer security cooperation.


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