Computers

House panel seeks charges for company in Clinton email case – Fox News

Posted: Thursday, April 27, 2017

A congressional committee on Thursday asked the Justice Department to consider criminally prosecuting a technology services company that was involved in maintaining a private email server for Hillary Clinton. The House Science, Space, and Technology Committee accused Colorado-based Platte River Networks and its chief executive, Treve Suazo, of withholding documents demanded under subpoena and obstructing the committee’s investigation “at every turn.” The allegations were made in a referral…

Microsoft Word flaw took so long to fix that hackers used it to send fraud software to millions of computers – Telegraph.co.uk

Posted: Thursday, April 27, 2017

A flaw in Microsoft Word took the tech giant so long to fix that hackers were able to use it to send fraud software to millions of computers, it has been revealed. The security flaw, officially known as CVE-2017-0199, could allow a hacker to seize control of a personal computer with little trace, and was fixed on April 11 in Microsoft’s regular monthly security update – nine months after it was…

Hackers exploited Word flaw for months while Microsoft investigated – Telegraph.co.uk

Posted: Thursday, April 27, 2017

FireEye probed further, found the earlier Russian-language attacks, and warned Microsoft. The company, which confirmed it was first warned of active attacks in March, got on track for an April 11 patch. Then, what counts as disaster in the world of bug-fixers struck. Another security firm, McAfee, saw some attacks using the Microsoft Word flaw on April 6. After what it described as “quick but in-depth research,” it established that…

Can hackers get into your computer? – ABC15 Arizona

Posted: Thursday, April 27, 2017

What computer operating system are you using? Does it have the latest updates? No clue? That could be a serious problem. Recently, hacking tools used by the National Security Agency (NSA) were leaked. Hackers got that information and at least one security expert says they’ve hacked into at least 100,000 computers around the world. Apparently, hackers can use the “tool” to install something on vulnerable computers and take them over….

Internet providers are thrilled with the FCC’s plan for weaker regulations – The Verge

Posted: Wednesday, April 26, 2017

FCC chairman Ajit Pai announced today that he’s proposing to do away with the regulatory classification his predecessor used to enact tough net neutrality rules. Instead of classifying internet providers as “common carriers” under Title II of the Telecommunications Act, they’ll instead be classified as “information services” under Title I. That’ll subject them to much more lenient oversight — and naturally, internet providers are happy to hear it. Comcast, Verizon,…