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  1. crazyeyesreaper

    Microsoft Windows Sandbox Securely Runs Suspicious Apps in Isolation

    In an always-online world having the ability to test unknown programs or .exe files on PC has required the use of extra software which has always come with issues of its own or the more in-depth use of a virtual machine. In order to eliminate the fear of running unknown programs along with the...
  2. VSG

    Razer Wants to Mine Crypto on Your PC in Return for Loyalty Rewards

    In a move that made us go "WTF" internally, Razer has decided to test their fanbase's loyalty more so than ever before. Today, the company introduced Razer Softminer, a mining software program that is intended to be installed on computers and run to mine cryptocurrency. But instead of the users...
  3. Raevenlord

    Valeroa, Denuvo Competitor, Overcome Two Days After City Patrol: Police is Released

    We recently covered Valeroa, a tentative new entry into the anti-tamper-tech industry. Valeroa tries to skirt the line of being called a full DRM solution with some non-intrusive choices in its design(which still remains much of a mystery). According to the company, "only a handful of functions...
  4. D

    Valeroa Anti-Tamper Tech Tries To Protect Initial Sales, "Cannot Be Cracked Within Reasonable Time"

    The launch period of a game is the most important from the sales perspective, and piracy can seriously damage those initial earnings. Several anti-tamper systems have been launched to avoid this, but none seems to be really effective. Denuvo is well know on this front, but its protection has...
  5. btarunr

    SSD the Next Frontier for Cybersecurity: Vulnerabilities Found with Native Encryption

    Compared to hard disk drives, the logic that makes solid-state drives (SSDs) tick is far more complex, involving a far more powerful SoC, complete with native storage, and sophisticated firmware that tells the controller where each bit of user data is physically stored across an array of NAND...
  6. qubit

    Intel gets nailed with more side channel attacks

    Here we go again. https://wccftech.com/side-channel-portsmash-hits-intel-cpus
  7. D

    New Exemptions To The DMCA Allow Users To Hack And Repair Their Phones (And Their Tractors, too)

    You know that iPhone you bought? Or that home appliance? Or that tractor? They're not yours. Not completely, I mean, because if something breaks, you'll have to repair them through the official repair services of the hardware maker. You can try to repair them by yourself, but you'll probably...
  8. R

    Anybody here have an Asrock Z390 Taichi, who wants to disable Intel ME?

    I am considering buying one of these boards, but only if Intel ME can be disabled with a simple bios flash. Anybody have a board that they would like to see modded to disable this security hazard? R-T-B has successfully modded the Asrock Z370 bios, and is offering to mod other bioses as well...
  9. btarunr

    Windows 10 1H-2019 Update to Reduce Performance Impact of Spectre V2 Mitigations

    Microsoft is working to reduce the performance impact of "Spectre" V2 security vulnerability software mitigation with its next major update to Windows 10. The major update that's scheduled for the first half of 2019, will feature the "Retpoline" mitigation enabled on the operating system's...
  10. D

    MIT Researches Find a New Way to Fix Spectre and Meltdown, Isolation Is Key

    The Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities have been a real nightmare throughout this year. Those affected were quick (maybe too much) to mitigate the problems with different solutions, but months later even the most recent Intel chips aren't completely safe. Hardware fixes only work for certain...
  11. S

    Windows 10 Remove Windows Defender

    Is it possible to completely remove Windows Defender in Windows 10? I don't need it because i have Avast.
  12. D

    Intel Fixes Spectre & Meltdown on New Desktop Processors, Core-X Will Have to Wait

    The new 9th generation Intel Core processors arrived yesterday with a series of improvements made to entice gamers and content creators. These improvements, however, join others that go beyond pure performance. Intel has introduced several architectural changes to fix the infamous Spectre &...
  13. btarunr

    Supermicro Refutes Claims in Bloomberg Article

    Super Micro Computer, Inc. (SMCI), a global leader in enterprise computing, storage, networking solutions and green computing technology, strongly refutes reports that servers it sold to customers contained malicious microchips in the motherboards of those systems. In an article today, it is...
  14. btarunr

    Chinese Government Allegedly Used Supermicro Motherboards to Spy on US Enterprises

    In a development that underlines the national security necessity of moving electronics manufacturing out of China, server motherboards made by Supermicro in China, have been found to carry a "spy chip." This startling development is the result of a secret 2015 US Government investigation...
  15. D

    Chrome 69 Adds Forced Login, Threatens Privacy: How to Fix it

    There was a time when Chrome users could be safe and think that what they did in Google Services (Gmail, YouTube, Maps, etc) was separated from their actions in the browser. One thing wasn't necessarily tied to the other, but now things have changed - and without any public disclosure from...
  16. btarunr

    VIA C3 Processors Compromised by a Simple Shell Command

    VIA processors probably make up an infinitesimal amount of the desktop PC market-share, and its makers market the chip only at pre-built machines such as digital-signage kiosks, information kiosks, ticket vending machines, ATMs, etc (which don't need a lot of processing power). At the Black Hat...
  17. Regeneration

    Meltdown and Spectre Patched BIOS for X58 Motherboards

    Linked below is a database of modified BIOSes for X58 motherboards patched with the latest microcode (0x1F for Westmere, 0x1D for Bloomfield) against Meltdown and all variants of Spectre. Make sure the operating system is also updated to be fully protected from speculative execution side-channel...
  18. Raevenlord

    Kaspersky Labs Warns Against Cryptocurrency Social Engineering Schemes

    The cryptocurrency phenomenon and the growth of a keen audience of cryptocurrency owners was never going to go unnoticed by cyber-criminals. To achieve their nefarious goals they typically use classical phishing techniques, however these often go beyond the 'ordinary' scenarios we have become...
  19. Aceman.au

    Is this a backdoor or something else that's sinister?

    So I was cleaning up one of my drives and found a folder that cannot be deleted (Error 0x80070091 is given). One recommended fix was to see if your admin privileges have been revoked. So I open the folder properties to find these 2 admin accounts presiding over the folder. Are these back door...
  20. btarunr

    Intel Releases "Spectre" Hardening Microcode Updates for "Ivy Bridge" thru "Westmere" Architectures

    Intel today released the latest round of CPU micro-code updates for its processors, which expand support for Intel processor microarchitectures ranging all the way back to 1st generation Core "Westmere," and "Lynnfield," and including "Sandy Bridge" and "Ivy Bridge" along the way, at various...
  21. lexluthermiester

    Newegg crypto-mining?

    Was going to look for something on Newegg and was greeted with this crap; What the actual eff? Newegg is a retail site that makes money from sales. Why do they suddenly feel the need to cryptomine in the sly? Shady Newegg, very shady. PS to mods; Couldn't decide were to put this thread, this...
  22. W1zzard

    OpenBSD Turns Off Hyper-Threading to Combat Intel CPU Security Issues

    Lead developer for OpenBSD Mark Kettenis has announced that OpenBSD will no longer enable Hyper-Threading on Intel processors by default. This move is intended to mitigate security exploits from the Spectre ecosystem as well as TLB and cache timing attacks, because important processor resources...
  23. cameronh779

    Bitdefender 2018 Total Security Free

    This website, which ill link with permission. ''sharewareonsale''.. Is giving away bitdefender 2018 total security free for the next 9 days. Im wondering if this is worth installing. Ive always just used free antivirus or nothing at all and just some good judgement and been okay. But im...
  24. btarunr

    AMD EPYC Secure Encrypted Virtualization Not So Secure: Researchers

    Secure Encrypted Virtualization (SEV) was touted as one of the killer features of AMD EPYC and Ryzen Pro series processors. It involves encryption of parts of the memory of the host machine which house virtual machines (or guests), with encryption keys stored on the processor, so the host has no...
  25. qubit

    Manufacturers embed malware in their smartphones

    Say whut?! This has actually shocked me. There's even a downloadable list of the culprits. Shock yourselves here.
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