Bad docs and blue screens make Microsoft suspend Spectre patch for AMD machines
Jan10

Bad docs and blue screens make Microsoft suspend Spectre patch for AMD machines

An Athlon 64 purchased in 2007. (credit: Fred) Microsoft has suspended delivering the latest Windows update to certain systems with AMD processors after reports that the update was causing the machines to crash with a blue screen of death when booting. The update contains countermeasures against both the Meltdown and Spectre attacks; although AMD systems are not affected by Meltdown, they’re vulnerable to Spectre. Withdrawing or...

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How the Government Hides Secret Surveillance Programs

A new report from Human Rights Watch sheds light on a troubling law enforcement practice called “parallel construction.”

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Venezuela’s Oil-Backed Cryptocurrency Declared Illegal
Jan10

Venezuela’s Oil-Backed Cryptocurrency Declared Illegal

The Venezuelan parliament has declared the oil-backed cryptocurrency created by President Nicolas Maduro illegal and in violation of the country’s Constitution. Maduro’s decree to create the national cryptocurrency, the petro, has been declared null and void. Also read: South Korea Urges 23 Countries, EU, and IMF to Collaborate on Curbing Crypto Trading Venezuelan Parliament Declared Petro Illegal The National Assembly of...

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Kodak Getting Into Bitcoin Mining
Jan10

Kodak Getting Into Bitcoin Mining

Kodak, a legacy photography company synonymous with the last century, is to launch its own cryptocurrency, Kodakcoin. Not content with holding an ICO, the company has also decided to get into cryptocurrency mining in what’s been interpreted as a desperate bid to stay relevant. The news, unveiled at CES 2018 on Wednesday, goes down as one of the strangest stories yet in a month that’s been filled with crypto oddities. Also...

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New Monero Mining Malware Sends Proceeds to Kim Il Sung University, North Korea
Jan10

New Monero Mining Malware Sends Proceeds to Kim Il Sung University, North Korea

The code for a new Monero mining bot has been found to direct its ill-gotten gains to a computer server located at the first academic institute ever built in North Korea, Kim Il-sung University. Also Read: US Blames Bitcoin Ransomware Attack Wannacry on North Korea Malware University, North Korea Cyber security solutions developer Alienvault revealed on Monday that its labs recently analyzed an application compiled on Christmas Eve...

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