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NEWS - December 02, 2015

by Carol~ Forum moderator / December 2, 2015 11:41 AM PST
Google Ends Chrome Support on 32-bit Linux, Releases Chrome 47

Google announced this week it will end Chrome support for older, 32-bit Linux distributions early next year and will maintain the browser on more popular distributions of the software.

Specifically Google plans to stop pushing updates and security fixes to those running Chrome on 32-bit Linux, Ubuntu Precise 12.04, and Debian 7. Most computers manufactured in the last 10 years come complete with 64-bit processors, so it’s likely the move has been in the works for some time.

Continued: https://threatpost.com/google-ends-chrome-support-on-32-bit-linux-releases-chrome-47/115526/

Related:
Google to end updates, security bug fixes for Chrome on 32-bit Linux
Google will retire Chrome support for 32-bit Linux, Ubuntu Precise, and Debian 7 in March 2016
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The privacy risks of school technology tools
by Carol~ Forum moderator / December 2, 2015 12:01 PM PST

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) against Google for collecting and data mining school children’s personal information, including their Internet searches—a practice EFF uncovered while researching its “Spying on Students” campaign.

The campaign was created to raise awareness about the privacy risks of school-supplied electronic devices and software. EFF examined Google’s Chromebook and Google Apps for Education (GAFE), a suite of educational cloud-based software programs used in many schools across the country by students as young as seven years old.

Continued : http://www.net-security.org/secworld.php?id=19177

Related :
Google snoops on kids via Chromebooks, claims EFF in FTC filing
Google criticized for deceptively tracking student web activity without permission

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Adobe Animate CC replaces Adobe Flash, what about security?
by Carol~ Forum moderator / December 2, 2015 12:02 PM PST

Adobe announced that it is dismissing Adobe Flash Professional CC to introduce a new product, the Adobe Animate CC. It will be launched in January 2016.

Adobe Flash was developed to improve users’ experience providing a simple environment for the development of applications and games, but the advent of HTML5 has undermined its existence.

We are finding often Adobe Flash in the headlines due to the numerous security issues emerged in the last years, its vulnerabilities are among the most exploited by hackers for cyber attacks.

Continued: http://securityaffairs.co/wordpress/42441/hacking/adobe-animate-cc.html

Related: Adobe to Kill 'FLASH', but by Just Renaming it as 'Adobe Animate CC

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People unwittingly agree to give up a kidney for a free iPad
by Carol~ Forum moderator / December 2, 2015 12:02 PM PST

We all check out the terms and conditions before we agree to something, right?

The following video by YouTube prankster Jena Kingsley makes a serious point in a humorous fashion - proving how willingly people will agree to just about *anything* if it means they might get a free iPad. [VIDEO]

Internet companies take advantage of the knowledge that consumers don't bother to read legalese to exploit your misplaced trust - perhaps installing unwanted toolbars onto your computer, snaffling up your data and spamming your address book, or popping up unwanted adverts.

Continued : https://grahamcluley.com/2015/12/people-unwittingly-agree-kidney-free-ipad/

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OPM Breach: Credit Monitoring vs. Freeze
by Carol~ Forum moderator / December 2, 2015 12:03 PM PST
Brian Krebs @ his "Krebs on Security" blog:

Many readers wrote in this past week to say they’d finally been officially notified that their fingerprints, background checks, Social Security numbers, and other sensitive information was jeopardized in the massive data breach discovered this year at the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Almost as many complained that the OPM’s response — the offering of free credit monitoring services for up to three years — won’t work if readers have taken my advice and enacted a “security freeze” on one’s credit file with the major credit bureaus. This post is an attempt to explain what’s going on here.

Continued: http://krebsonsecurity.com/2015/12/opm-breach-credit-monitoring-vs-freeze/
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37,000 websites selling counterfeit goods taken down ..
by Carol~ Forum moderator / December 2, 2015 12:12 PM PST
.. in global effort

Operated at the time of the Black Friday and Cyber Monday online shopping extravaganzas, the effort was led by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE)’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), which partnered with industry and law-enforcement agencies from 27 countries across the world, including Europol and Interpol, to take action against the sites.

A total of 37,479 sites were shut down by the HSI-led National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center), and marks the sixth year of the international effort.

Continued: https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2015/12/02/37000-websites-selling-counterfeit-goods-taken-down-in-global-effort/
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