AMD systems gain Spectre protection with latest Windows fixes
Apr12

AMD systems gain Spectre protection with latest Windows fixes

Enlarge / An AMD Ryzen. (credit: Fritzchens Fritz) The latest Windows 10 fixes, released as part of yesterday’s Patch Tuesday, enable protection against the Spectre variant 2 attacks on systems with AMD processors. Earlier this year, attacks that exploit the processor’s speculative execution were published with the names Meltdown and Spectre, prompting a reaction from hardware and software companies. AMD chips are immune...

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The Questions Zuckerberg Should Have Answered About Russia

Russian agents used Facebook to influence the 2017 election. Congress missed the chance to delve into what the company knows about it—and how they’ll stop it in 2018.

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The 'Despacito' YouTube Hack Was Probably Pretty Simple to Pull Off

The removal of YouTube’s most popular video this week was likely the result of a low-cost phishing scam rather than sophisticated hacking.

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Research Paper Declares Bitcoin Compliant With Shariah Law
Apr12

Research Paper Declares Bitcoin Compliant With Shariah Law

Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies are intriguing because they are very different from the traditional financial systems we use today. One particular subject people have pondered is whether or not bitcoin complies with the religious law that forms a part of Islamic tradition — otherwise known as Shariah Law. This week a microfinance firm based in Indonesia, Blossom Finance, published a 22-page working paper that concludes...

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Philippines Regulator Issues Warning to Cloud Mining Participants
Apr12

Philippines Regulator Issues Warning to Cloud Mining Participants

This week the Philippines Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) revealed to the public that it plans to enforce securities regulations against cloud mining operations. According to the SEC’s statement, the regulatory agency believes these types of contracts should be defined as “securities.” Also read: ‘Cryptomatoes’ Using Excess Mining Heat to Grow Produce Philippines Securities and Exchange...

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