threatpost.comThe trojan purports to be a battery optimization app - and then steals up to 1,000 euro from victims' PayPal accounts....

threatpost.comConsumers are much more likely to fall for spam during the season of giving....

threatpost.comOperation Sharpshooter uses a new implant to target mainly English-speaking nuclear, defense, energy and financial companies....

threatpost.comThe news comes amid reports that a Chinese intelligence-gathering effort was behind the massive Marriott hotel data breach....

threatpost.comExperts sound off on how companies can work with their third-party suppliers and partners to secure the end-to-end supply chain....

threatpost.comItaly's regulator found the social giant guilty of misleading consumers as to what it does with their data....

computerworld.comApple explained a little about its approach to enterprise IT in a recent chat with the Mac Admin podcast.Apple’s enterprise IT in focus Apple’s Jeremy Butcher (Enterprise Product Marketing) and Doug Brooks (Mac Hardware Product Marketing) articulated Apple’s position. They discussed the T2 chip and Apple Business Manager during the podcast.What they had to say was focused on the needs of IT administrators more than anything else. Their focus was very much on the three pillars of integration, system management and security, with particular regard to the Secure Boot process.To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comThis manufacturing company decides it's finally time to start sharing information between different operations, according to a pilot fish on the scene."Specifically, we wanted to give inventory data from the warehouse to the manufacturing facility," fish says. "It would be used two ways, and as is typical of a large company, two independent groups were tasked to perform the two functions."The first group's job: take an existing shop-floor, just-in-time application and add warehouse inventory data to the things the app considers when deciding which of the in-house orders to make next.The second group's task: take an existing sales-projection program and bring in inventory data to allow orders to be placed for various products.To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comAndroid security is always a hot topic on these here Nets of Inter — and almost always for the wrong reason.As we've discussed ad nauseam over the years, most of the missives you read about this-or-that super-scary malware/virus/brain-eating-boogie-monster are overly sensationalized accounts tied to theoretical threats with practically zero chance of actually affecting you in the real world. If you look closely, in fact, you'll start to notice that the vast majority of those stories stem from companies that — gasp! — make their money selling malware protection programs for Android phones. (Pure coincidence, right?)To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comYesterday, Microsoft’s “B Week” Patch Tuesday, we saw a fairly small set of patches — “small” being a relative designation. There are 194 December updates in the Microsoft Catalog, with 39 separately identified security holes (CVEs), and with every supported version of Windows, Office and .Net getting a dose. We also got a new Security Advisory, which lists two new Servicing Stack Updates. As usual, Martin Brinkman at ghacks.net has a full breakdown.To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comFlashback to the days when the mainframe is king, punch cards are the standard medium for programs, and timesharing terminals are a huge boon for programmer productivity, according to a pilot fish who was there."Timesharing was available only during scheduled hours, and not available during peak production times at night or weekends," fish says."But in order to complete testing for a special project, I needed timesharing to be made available during non-scheduled hours, along with access to the CPU and tape drives for three consecutive weekends."The project is very important to fish's boss, so there's no problem getting the resources allocated. But then another programmer, who's working over the weekend, finds out that timesharing is available.To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comThere have been some complaints recently about how the Apple App Store handles privacy. Although Apple is trying to position itself as the consumer-privacy-friendly company — in stark contrast to Google, primarily — some have complained that it is doing it in far too heavy-handed a way.But what struck me as most interesting about the situation is how many companies have been hurt when, for example, an app that a company needs suddenly goes missing from the App Store, with no indication of when it will return or, well, just about any information at all.Do these companies abandon the app and standardize on some other app? That can take quite some time and be disruptive and costly. It's also infuriating if the original app suddenly returns the day before the new, more expensive app is supposed to roll out. Apple's corporate attitude of "We'll tell you nothing until we feel like it" is a real problem if Apple expects companies to rely on its business apps.To read this article...

computerworld.comThink fast: How many times a day do you pick up your phone to look at something? Unless you live in the tundra or have far more self-control than most, the answer probably falls somewhere between "quite a few" and "more than any sane person could count." Assuming you keep your device properly secured, that means you're doing an awful lot of unlocking — be it with your face, your fingerprint, or the code you tap or swipe onto your screen.And that's to say nothing of the number of times you type your password into your laptop or enter your credentials into an app or website during the day. Security's important, but goodness gracious, it can be a real hassle.To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comGoogle is shutting down its Fusion Tables cloud service, a Google Drive option that offered an easy way to create online visualizations, especially maps. Google announced today that the service will end on Dec. 3, 2019, and "maps using the Fusion Tables Layer in the Maps JavaScript API v3.37 will start to see errors in August 2019." The news highlights the risks of relying on "free" cloud services from for-profit private companies."Mapserver, Geoserver, PostGIS, GEOS, and all the other open source software you were using 9 years ago when Google Fusion Tables was the new hotness are still available [and] will not be shut down next year," taunted open-source advocate Paul Ramsey on Twitter.To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comMozilla released Firefox 64 for Windows, macOS and Linux with an embedded recommendation system that spotlights features and suggests specific add-ons based on how users work the browser and where they steer it on the web.Engineers also patched 11 vulnerabilities in Firefox. Two were marked "Critical," Mozilla's highest threat ranking. "Some of these bugs showed evidence of memory corruption and we presume that with enough effort that some of these could be exploited to run arbitrary code," Mozilla said in the advisory posted to the web.To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comTwo years after its launch, Microsoft Teams is outpacing team chat rival Slack – largely thanks to Teams’ free availability as part of Office 365 subscriptions. That’s according to a survey of 900 IT decision makers in North America and Europe conducted by Spiceworks. The results indicate that Teams is now the second most popular business chat app and is used by 21% of respondents, up from 3% in a similar Spiceworks survey in 2016. That ranks it ahead of third-place Slack, the popular standalone team chat tool in use by 15% of businesses polled. (That represents a slight increase from 13% in 2016.)[ Related: Microsoft Teams: Its features, how it compares to Slack and other rivals] The most popular tool is another Microsoft app, Skype for Business. It’s used by 44% of surveyed businesses, up from 36% two years ago. Another rival, Google Hangouts (now Google Hangouts Chat), meanwhile, saw use drop to 11%, from 16% two years ago. Facebook’s Workplace...

computerworld.comHave you heard? Some vaguely defined but super-snazzy-sounding thing called 5G is, like, totally coming to knock your socks off any second now. It's gonna speed up your phone, revolutionize your productivity, and probably even lower your cholesterol.Okay, so maybe some of that is pure poppycock. But you know what? So is the very idea that 5G is anything an average person should get excited about — or consider adopting — in the coming year.You'd be forgiven for thinking otherwise. After all, the mobile tech marketing machine has been revving up considerably over these past few weeks, pushing out all sorts of spectacular-sounding narratives about how 5G is going to change the way we work, live, and lather. (Again, at least one of those items is my own nonsensical creation, but I'd argue that all of them are equally absurd.)To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comiPhone maker Apple makes lots of other products, including Macs, and the next 12 months could see some of the strongest Mac sales for some time as millions of aging Windows machines still used in enterprise IT are upgraded to a more advanced computing platform.Time for the Mac halo to return First there was the Mac halo, then the iPod came along, which created its own halo and built interest in iPhones. Then Apple broke into the enterprise with iPad. History repeats itself. In 2019, the halo returns to the Mac.To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comWhile there may be more than a dozen multi-device wireless chargers technically available now, most do not charge both smart watches and smartphones – and most of the companies who make them could not actually provide units for review since they're bring offered through crowdfunding projects.As a result, we're limiting this review to multi-device chargers from three stalwart companies and a start-up that promptly shipped over a review unit.[ Further reading: Wireless charging explained: What is it and how does it work? ] Samsung's Wireless Charger Duo Samsung The Samsung Wireless Charging Duo.To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comIt's more than a few years back, and this oilfield services company is implementing a new email filter, says a pilot fish working there."It was part of an email security product," fish says. "The filter could identify emails containing language that was not considered business appropriate."We'd had HR incidents involving inappropriate language in the past, especially from field hands emailing to office staff -- it gave a new meaning to 'crude oil workers' -- so it was decided we should enable the feature with its default settings and give it a run."Only a few hours later we received an alert that a message had been identified with inappropriate language.To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comWe’re always told never to click on a link we receive in an email in case doing so takes us to some dodgy phishing site where our account details are violated. But what if our email app warned us before we clicked malicious links?Can this app protect against phishing attempts? MetaCert isn’t fully available yet, but it does seem to be a promising solution that provides email users in enterprise and consumer markets an additional line of defense against clicking on malicious links received in email messages.The solution emerged from the developer’s earlier work building an API to help app developers add a layer of security to WebView.To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comI’ve seen a couple of verified reports that Microsoft is now pushing the newly revised Win10 September-October-November-December 2018 Update, version 1809, on “seekers.” Be aware that Microsoft, once again, interprets a click on “Check for updates,” as giving carte blanche to install whatever is in the kettle.Double, double toil and troubleFire burn and caldron bubbleCould we first test a stubble?If you’d rather not offer your machine for the ol’ eye of newt and toe of frog treatment, there are some quick and easy steps you should take right now to make sure your machine will withstand Patch Tuesday’s onslaught.To read this article in full, please click here...

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