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#HITB2014KUL White Paper: Extreme Privilege Escalation on Windows 8/UEFI Systems

> January 29th, 2015 ---
http://conference.hitb.org/hitbsecconf2014kul/

Authors: Xeno Kovah, Corey Kallenberg, John Butterworth amd Sam Cornwell - The MITRE Corporation

Presentation Overview: http://conference.hitb.org/hitbsecconf2014kul/sessions/watching-the-watcher-extreme-privilege-escalation-on-windows-8uefi-systems/

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#HITB2014KUL White Paper: Using Intel TXT to Attack BIOSes

> January 29th, 2015 ---
http://conference.hitb.org/hitbsecconf2014kul/

Authors: Xeno Kovah, Corey Kallenberg, John Butterworth amd Sam Cornwell - The MITRE Corporation

Presentation Overview: http://conference.hitb.org/hitbsecconf2014kul/sessions/senter-sandman-using-intel-txt-to-attack-bioses/

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A comparatively large number of security problems at the PC BIOS level have been found in the last 2 years relative to the preceding years [7].

GParted Live Now Supports Microsoft’s New Filesystem, ReFS

> January 29th, 2015 ---
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GParted Live is a small bootable GNU/Linux distribution that has a lot of features and that can be used in operations like creating, reorganizing, and deleting disk partitions on a variety of filesystems. A new stable update has been made available and the operating system is now at version 0.21.0.

Intel wants to banish cables, connectors with new Broadwell chips

> January 29th, 2015 ---
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Bring a laptop into the room, and it wirelessly links to your monitors, external hard drive and printer. That's Intel's vision of a wire-free world for PCs with its new Core chips based on the Broadwell microarchitecture.

Intel announced Thursday the availability of the new fifth-generation Core processors for PCs with support for technologies that could rid computers of a myriad of cables and connectors. The chips are targeted at business laptops, desktops and mini-PCs.

EMC plans layoffs in wake of weakened outlook

> January 29th, 2015 ---
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Storage giant EMC will soon start handing out pink slips as part of a new restructuring effort prompted by a weakened financial outlook.

Though it didn't specify how many staffers will be laid off, EMC said on Thursday that most of the job cuts will be made by the end of the first quarter, with the remainder completed by year's end.

The Internet of Dangerous Things

> January 29th, 2015 ---
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Distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks designed to silence end users and sideline Web sites grew with alarming frequency and size last year, according to new data released this week. Those findings dovetail quite closely with the attack patterns seen against this Web site over the past year.

Arbor Networks, a major provider of services to help block DDoS assaults, surveyed nearly 300 companies and found that 38% of respondents saw more than 21 DDoS attacks per month. That’s up from a quarter of all respondents reporting 21 or more DDoS attacks the year prior.

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ZeroAccess Click-Fraud Botnet Back In Action Again

> January 29th, 2015 ---
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After six months of silence, the ZeroAccess botnet -- aka Sirefet -- is back in action. Fortunately, it's operating at a smaller scale than it was a couple years ago.

Researchers at Dell SecureWorks Counter Threat Unit have discovered new activity by the once-disrupted botnet. ZeroAccess is actually two peer-to-peer botnets -- one for 32-bit Windows, one for 64-bit -- that both manipulate all major search engines and web browsers. Historically, it hijacked search results, directing users to malicious sites or fraudulently charging businesses for extra clicks on their ads.

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‘Anonymized’ credit card data not so anonymous, study shows

> January 29th, 2015 ---
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Credit card data isn't quite as anonymous as promised, a new study says.

Scientists showed they can identify you with more than 90 percent accuracy by looking at just four purchases, three if the price is included - and this is after companies "anonymized" the transaction records, saying they wiped away names and other personal details. The study out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, published Thursday in the journal Science, examined three months of credit card records for 1.1 million people.

Amazon Says One Million Customers Actively Use Its Cloud Services

> January 29th, 2015 ---
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Amazon says its pioneering cloud computing services are actively used by over one million customers.

The tech giant revealed the number day, during its fourth quarter earnings announcement. Each of those one million customers have used its cloud services during a recent one month period, the company said, and usage grew close to 90 percent in the fourth quarter compared to the same quarter the year before.

Four things we learned from Samsung’s Q4 earnings call

> January 29th, 2015 ---
http://www.cnet.com/news/four-things-we-learned-from-samsungs-q4-earnings-call/#ftag=CAD590a51e

 Samsung on Wednesday posted its fifth consecutive year-over-year decline in quarterly operating profits. And a big reason for that drop was the poor performance of its mobile business.

The South Korean company's IT and mobile communications division recorded a 64 percent drop in fourth-quarter operating profit from the year-ago period, to 2 trillion won ($1.8 billion). Only 37 percent of Samsung's operating profits came from its IT and mobile communications business in the December quarter compared with two-thirds a year earlier.