Security experts are laying Mastodon’s flaws bare

The rising popularity of Mastodon, partly as a side-effect of Elon Musk buying Twitter, has triggered a wave of vulnerability discoveries in the app. Cybersecurity researchers using the platform recently discovered three separate vulnerabilities that could allow threat actors to tamper with the data, and even download it.  For example, a researcher at PortSwigger, Gareth Heyes, discovered an HTML injection vulnerability. A security software engineer from MinIO, Lenin Alevski, discovered a system misconfiguration that allowed him to download, modify, and even delete, everything sitting in a Mastodon instance’s S3 cloud…

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Cyber-mercenary group Bahamut strikes again via fake Android VPN apps

An infamous cyber-mercenary group is injecting Android devices with a spyware to steal users’ conversations, a new ESET research confirms.  These malware attacks are launched via fake Android VPN apps. Evidence suggests that hackers employed malicious versions of SecureVPN, SoftVPN and OpenVPN software.  Known as Bahamut ATP, the group is thought to be a service for hire that typically launches attacks through spear phishing messages and fake applications. According to previous reports, its hackers have been targeting both organizations and individuals across the Middle East and South Asia since 2016.  Estimated…

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AMD RDNA 3 custom graphics cards may follow in Nvidia’s pricey footsteps

Custom RX 7000 graphics cards from third-party card makers are set to launch later than the reference boards, and may be pretty costly to boot, if the latest from the GPU grapevine is to be believed. VideoCardz reports that the Board Channels forum (in China) claims that the only RX 7900 XT and 7900 XTX graphics cards to emerge initially on AMD’s launch day (December 13) will be the reference boards. Those are the ones built to AMD’s own reference spec, but there will also be models with beefier configurations…

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HP cuts thousands of jobs as PC demand slumps

HP has announced it intends to cut 10% of its workforce as the company adjusts to falling demand for business computers and mobile workstations as enterprises everywhere continue recovering from the Covid-19 pandemic. The computing giant has revealed its 2022 fiscal year results, showing fourth quarter revenues down 14.8% compared to the same period last year. The cuts, which will impact anywhere from 4,000 to 6,000 employees, may lay struggles bare not just for HP, but for PC manufacturers at large, as companies may be buying less equipment to accommodate…

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Energy firms hacked via flaws in discontinued server

Software vulnerabilities found in platforms that have been discontinued for almost two decades were used to compromise a number of public and private entities in India, a new report from Microsoft says. The company found electrical grid operators in India, a national emergency response system, and the subsidiary of a multinational logistics company were all targeted, using flaws found in the Boa web server.  The victims were previously identified in an April report, published by cybersecurity company Recorded Future. Included in SDKs Boa is an open-source small-footprint web server, suitable…

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AMD RDNA 3 custom graphics cards may follow in Nvidia’s pricey footsteps

Custom RX 7000 graphics cards from third-party card makers are set to launch later than the reference boards, and may be pretty costly to boot, if the latest from the GPU grapevine is to be believed. VideoCardz reports that the Board Channels forum (in China) claims that the only RX 7900 XT and 7900 XTX graphics cards to emerge initially on AMD’s launch day (December 13) will be the reference boards. Those are the ones built to AMD’s own reference spec, but there will also be models with beefier configurations…

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Apple TV Plus turns more like Netflix – and that makes it much better value

Apple TV Plus has quietly rolled out an expansion of its library of films in the US, with the streaming service adding a number of licensed movies not owned by the company, for the first time. In what appears to be an experimental move, the service is currently offering a number of older movies to watch for free to subscribers, including big hits such as Anchorman along with entire Hunger Games series. The films in question appear as suggested bonus content when browsing Spirited, Mythic Quest, and Causeway – Apple TV Plus’s three…

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Graphics card sales fall off a cliff – but there are good reasons why

Graphics card sales are in a major slump, at least going by the latest figures from an analyst firm which keeps regular track of the GPU world. The headline stats for Q3 2022 from Jon Peddie Research (JPR) make for pretty miserable viewing, with sales of both integrated (on processors) and discrete (standalone) GPUs falling to 75.5 million units. That’s down a towering 25.1% compared to the same quarter in the previous year (and it’s a slump of 10.5% when stacked up against the previous quarter of this year, Q2…

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Malicious apps masquerade as Android file managers to spread malware

A new batch of malicious Android apps have managed to slither their way into the Google Play Store and enjoy more than ten thousand downloads before being removed, experts have warned. Cybersecurity researchers from Bitdefender recently discovered four such apps: “X-File Manager”, “FileVoyager”, “PhoneAID, Cleaner, Booster 2.6”, and “LiteCleaner M”. Between them, they amassed at least 16,000 downloads, and they were distributing Sharkbot – a known banking trojan malware. The apps are disguised as utility solutions – three are file management apps, while the fourth one is a memory and…

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Amazon’s best-selling standing desk is even cheaper for Black Friday

Right now, you can save $130 off the FEZIBO electric adjustable height standing desk at Amazon. That brings its price down to just $199.99, making it one of the cheapest standing desk deals we’ve seen for Black Friday. Note that you need to be an Amazon Prime member to access this price. Many of us have shifted to working from home during the last couple of years, and if your home office furniture is starting to show the strain, Black Friday 2022 is a great opportunity to upgrade and this…

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