This 15-year-old macOS flaw is really rather embarrassing for Apple

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A bug in macOS, which the researcher pointed out on twitter (hat tip WccfTech) has been present for some 15 years in Apple’s operating system, is a local privilege escalation vulnerability found in an extension of the macOS kernel, effectively the heart of the operating system.

 

Hackers with the know-how can execute arbitrary code or install a root shell to effectively allow security measures to be bypassed, root permissions to be gained and essentially allow an illegitimate user to take control of a targeted Mac machine.

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How to spot a fake VPN

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With the FCC chair’s recent push to dismantle net neutrality, on top of last month’s rollback of FCC regulations that would have protected online privacy, interest in virtual private networks (VPNs) is probably at an all-time high. Targeted marketing, based on your online searching, viewing, shopping – everything – habits, is already prevalent. These new changes will most certainly result in companies’ scrutinizing and selling your data even more aggressively.

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KRACK Wi-Fi attack threatens all networks: How to stay safe and what you need to know

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A devastating flaw in Wi-Fi’s WPA security protocol makes it possible for attackers to eavesdrop on your data when you connect to Wi-Fi. Dubbed KRACK, the issue affects the Wi-Fi protocol itself—not specific products or implementations—and “works against all modern protected Wi-Fi networks,” according to Mathy Vanhoef, the researcher that discovered it. That means that if your device uses Wi-Fi, KRACK likely impacts it.

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How to Hacker-Proof Your Email in Four Steps From Lastpass

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Typically we think of our bank and financial accounts as being the most important accounts that we want to protect. But where does your bank or credit card link back to? Your email. Email truly is the gateway to your most valued and private information. When you reset your password for any site – of high value or low — it goes to your email. If a hacker has control of your email, they can reset nearly any account that you have. So don’t skimp when it comes to your email just because you’re worried about losing or not having access. The alternative of having your email hacked is much worse!

Equifax has been hacked, Millions may be exposed.

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September 7, 2017 — Equifax Inc. (NYSE: EFX) today announced a cybersecurity incident potentially impacting approximately 143 million U.S. consumers. Criminals exploited a U.S. website application vulnerability to gain access to certain files. Based on the company’s investigation, the unauthorized access occurred from mid-May through July 2017. The company has found no evidence of unauthorized activity on Equifax’s core consumer or commercial credit reporting databases.

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