Big browsers to pull support plug for TLS 1.0 and 1.1 encryption protocols in early '20

Credit to Author: Gregg Keizer| Date: Tue, 16 Oct 2018 04:06:00 -0700

The makers of the four biggest browsers all said Monday that their applications will drop support for the TLS (Transport Layer Security) 1.0 and 1.1 encryption protocols in early 2020.

“In March of 2020, Firefox will disable support for TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1,” wrote Martin Thomson, principal engineer at Mozilla, in a post to a company blog.

Other browser developers, including Apple (Safari), Google (Chrome) and Microsoft (Edge and Internet Explorer) issued similar notices. All pegged early 2020 as the target for disabling support.

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Stats make iOS a hard OS to ignore

Credit to Author: Evan Schuman| Date: Tue, 16 Oct 2018 03:00:00 -0700

The latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system — iOS 12 — was released just a few weeks ago, and yet it’s already installed on 53% of relatively newer iPhones (introduced since September 2014) and 50% of all iPhones. Bottom line: It’s the fastest acceptance of any Apple OS.

This is more than a minimally interesting statistic. It illustrates the key difference between Apple mobile devices and Android mobile devices: Although there are more Android users on the globe, Apple’s users are much more of a community. That means many things from an Apple marketing perspective, but for IT, it means far greater security.

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Economist Nouriel Roubini: Blockchain and bitcoin are the world’s biggest scams

Credit to Author: Lucas Mearian| Date: Mon, 15 Oct 2018 13:52:00 -0700

New York University professor and global economist Nouriel Roubini testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking last week, saying cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin are the mother of all scams and bubbles.

He followed that assertion up by calling blockchain, the technology unpinning bitcoin, “the most over-hyped — and least useful — technology in human history.”

Today, Roubini doubled down on his claims in a column published on CNBC.com in which he said blockchain has promised to cure the world’s ills through decentralization but is “just a ruse to separate retail investors from their hard-earned real money.”

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Mingis on Tech: Data breaches and the rise of 'surveillance capitalism'

Credit to Author: Ken Mingis| Date: Thu, 11 Oct 2018 03:00:00 -0700

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Why Apple must be looking into using blockchain

Credit to Author: Jonny Evans| Date: Wed, 10 Oct 2018 08:23:00 -0700

Everyone who can is looking into using Blockchain and Apple is no exception, though it will be a long time before we see any consumer-facing implementations of this.

Apple looks at lots of technologies

If it’s on the Gartner Hype Cycle you can bet a few bucks Apple is looking at it.

That’s why I think it will eventually introduce a 3D printer that works in conjunction with ARKit (unverified prediction), and also why it must be thinking about how to use blockchain.

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What the heck is it with Windows updates?

Credit to Author: Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols| Date: Wed, 10 Oct 2018 03:00:00 -0700

To help make life better for you, my loyal readers, I suffer by running Windows 7 and 10 on two harmless — never hurt anyone in their lives — PCs. Well, I did. But, in the last week I ran into not one, but two, showstopper update bugs.

First, on Windows 10, I was one of those “lucky” people who had files vaporize when I “updated” to Windows 10 October 2018 Update (version 1809). Because I only use Windows for trivial tasks, I didn’t lose anything valuable when the patch decided to erase everything in the My Documents folder.

Somehow, I think most Windows users use Windows for more important work than I do. I hope you have current backups. At least Computerworld’s Woody Leonhard has some good news: You can get those deleted files back.

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Apple, Amazon server spy story is wake-up call to security pros (u)

Credit to Author: Jonny Evans| Date: Fri, 05 Oct 2018 04:29:00 -0700

Apple and Amazon have strenuously denied Bloomberg’s claims of a sophisticated hardware exploit against servers belonging to them and numerous other entities, including U.S. law enforcement  

Chinese, Apple and chips

Put in very simple terms, the claim is that malicious chips were found inside servers used in data centers belonging to the tech firms.

These chips (it’s claimed) worked to exfiltrate data from those servers, which were themselves sourced from server manufacturer Super Micro. That company’s server products are/were also used by Amazon, the U.S. government, and 30 other organizations. The chips were allegedly put in place by employees bribed by Chinese government agents.

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Spy chips on servers? Lessons learned (and questions to ask)

Credit to Author: Ryan Faas| Date: Sat, 06 Oct 2018 04:17:00 -0700

On Thursday, Bloomberg Businessweek published an in-depth report alleging that Chinese suppliers for server hardware company Supermicro had placed microchips onto motherboards ordered by the San Jose-based company that were later sold to fill orders from as many as 30 customers. 

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Apple, Amazon server spy story is wake-up call to security pros

Credit to Author: Jonny Evans| Date: Fri, 05 Oct 2018 04:29:00 -0700

Apple and Amazon have strenuously deniedBloomberg’s claims of a sophisticated hardware exploit against servers belonging to themselves and numerous other entities, including U.S. law enforcement  

Chinese, Apple and chips

Put in very simple terms, the claim is that malicious chips were found inside servers used in data centers belonging to the tech firms.

These chips (it’s claimed) worked to exfiltrate data from those servers, which were themselves sourced from server manufacturer, Super Micro. That company’s server products are/were also used by Amazon, the U.S. government and 30 other organizations. The chips were (it is alleged) put in place by employees bribed by Chinese government agents.

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