LinkedIn Smart Links are being used to send users to phishing sites

Cybercriminals are targeting businesspeople with an elaborate phishing attack aimed at stealing sensitive data, including credit card and other payment information, researchers have found.  The attack also abuses a premium LinkedIn feature called Smart Link, which allows users of the social media site to send more than a dozen documents via a single link. Not only is it more convenient, but it also allows the sender to keep track of how many people opened the link and files inside, how much time they spent with each file, etc. What’s more,…

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The newest Mozilla Firefox is much faster and smoother than ever before

Mozilla has launched its next iteration of Firefox with a handful of new features that are designed to improve workflow and speed things up. One of five new features to come to version 105 of the browser is an improved printing interface which will now allow users to print the current page more easily, which could be handy for businesses printing single emails rather than entire threads. Mozilla has also improved usability for trackpad users, finally catching up with the likes of Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge. On Windows, users…

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This ancient unpatched Python security flaw could leave thousands of projects vulnerable

A rather old unpatched Python security vulnerability has resurfaced, causing researchers to warn that hundreds of thousands of projects might be vulnerable to code execution.  Cybersecurity researchers from Trellix have recently spotted CVE-2007-4559, a flaw in the Python tarfile package, first discovered back in 2007.  However, back then, the flaw never received a patch, but rather just a warning published in a security bulletin. Identifying vulnerable projects The vulnerability is in code that uses un-sanitized tarfile.extract() function, or the built-in defaults of tarfileextractall(). “It’s a path traversal bug that enables…

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One disappointing way the iPad 2022 will be just like the original iPad

The next iPad is rumored to launch at an event in October, and we’ve been hoping for a major redesign. One of the key changes was the expected removal of the home button, bringing the base model iPad in line with the iPad Air, iPad Pro, and just about every fancy iPhone Apple sells besides the bargain-basement iPhone SE.  New rumors suggest the iPad 2022 model, the tenth generation of iPad tablet, will get a new look but will keep the familiar old button. This leak comes from a newsletter…

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LockBit ransomware leaked online by angry developer

Someone has leaked the latest version of LockBit’s encryptor to the internet, and while at first it might seem like a data breach and theft, the ransomware operator’s public representative claims it’s actually the work of a disgruntled developer. A brand new Twitter account named Ali Qushji claimed their team hacked the servers of LockBit and found a builder for the LockBit 3.0 ransomware encryptor. Following the tweet, malware source code library VX-Underground chimed in, saying they were contacted by a user named “protonleaks” on September 10, with the same…

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Windows 11 now has much better protection against brute-force attacks

Microsoft’s SMB server service on Windows 11 has been given an update aimed at making it better at defending against brute-force attacks.  In the operating system’s latest Windows 11 2022 update, the Insider Preview Build 25206, recently pushed to the Dev Channel, SMB authentication rate limiter is enabled by default.  What’s more, a couple of other settings have been tweaked to make these attacks “less effective”.  Unattractive target “With the release of Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 25206 Dev Channel today, the SMB server service now defaults to a 2-second…

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DJI’s latest high-tech selfie stick will take your phone videos to new heights

If you want to take your smartphone cinematography up a gear then you might want to check out the new DJI OM 6. DJI may be best known for producing some of the best drones on the market, like the DJI Mini 3 Pro and DJI Mavic 3, but it also produces other great camera gizmos, like its Osmo Mobile (OM) smartphone gimbals. Just like the DJI OM 4 and DJI OM 5 before it, the DJI OM 6 is effectively a high-end selfie stick if we want to get…

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Xbox Game Pass’ mysterious Ben & Jerry’s listing was actually a game in disguise

A listing for Ben & Jerry’s ice cream briefly appeared on Xbox Game Pass, but what looked like an erroneous app was actually a rudimentary shooting gallery in disguise. Titled XBET_Test_Product_4, the game appeared on Xbox Game Pass with an icon picturing a tub of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. Several Reddit users shared the listing, which was nestled among the usual roster of Game Pass titles. Downloading the app opened a simple shooting mini-game that could be played on touchscreen devices. The game was untitled, although the words “DirectX…

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Surface Pro 9 and Surface Laptop 5 have leaked: here’s what we know

Right off the back of a massive Windows 11 update, Microsoft has set October 12 2022 as a big day with some big announcements. It’s around this time of year that Microsoft drops new devices, and the expectation is we will be seeing new Surface hardware.  WinFuture (often a reliable source for all things Windows) reports that the Surface Laptop 5 and the Surface Pro 9 are set to be showcased rocking the latest 12th Gen Intel processors. Roland Quant, another familiar source, suggests that both the Surface Pro 9…

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Microsoft Teams can now make you a foreign language expert without even trying

Getting to grips with international contacts on a Microsoft Teams call should soon be much easier due to a new update. The video conferencing platform has confirmed that users are now able to activate live translated captions in a range of languages. When starting and setting up a call, Microsoft Teams users will be able to select live captions in the language of their choice, helping them gain better understanding with other participants. Microsoft Teams live captions First announced in August 2022, Microsoft Teams hopes that the update will allow…

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