A popular plug-in has more than 200 million PC users at risk. Find out how attackers are gaining access to their personal information. Meanwhile, a new exploit is leaving Mac users vulnerable as well! We cover these stories and more on IT Rewind!
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Continuum's Must-Read Blog Post This Week
It's been quite the 10 years for data breaches, hasn't it? Maybe you've been repressing those awful memories from cybercriminal attacks past. Then again, you might be able to recall the results of 2014's Target and 2008's Heartland data breaches, down to the last stolen record and compromised credential. I want to see how much you know about the decade's worst data security fails. Do you think you can hack it? Play to win in this quiz about data loss!
Then, share this post with your colleagues and on your own websites to show the world of managed IT services just how important data protection is for business longevity...oh and that you're really smart for getting all 10 questions correct, of course! Read More»
What Else Is New in the IT Channel?
Now that you've seen our top picks for this week, here are some more stories that made the headlines. Have a suggestion for a story that we should cover next week? Let us know by commenting below or tweeting @FollowContinuum or @BenDBarker!
FCC Proposes Internet Subsidy for Low-Income Users
The Wall Street Journal, @, Gautham Nagesh, @
Gartner: AWS Pulls Further Ahead of Others in IaaS Cloud Market
The Whir, @, Jason Verge
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A FLAW IN THE UNITY WEB PLAYER, WHICH IS INSTALLED ON OVER 200 MILLION PC’S, CONTAINS A FLAW THAT LETS ATTACKERS STEAL USER DATA. THE VULNERABLE DATA COMES FROM WEBSITES THAT THE USER HAS LOGGED INTO SUCH AS EMAIL AND SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS. DEVELOPERS USE UNITY TECHNOLOGY TO CREATE ONLINE GAMES AND 3D CONTENT. ACCORDING TO RESEARCHERS, THERE IS NO PATCH IN PLACE FOR THE VULNERABILITY AT THIS TIME.
MAC USERS BEWARE. ACCORDING TO A RECENT REPORT, MAC SYSTEMS FROM A YEAR AGO AND OLDER ARE VULNERABLE TO EXPLOITS THAT OVERWRITE THE FIRMWARE THAT ALLOW THE MACHINE TO BOOT UP. ONCE EXPLOITED, THE ATTACKER CAN CONTROL THE COMPROMISED DEVICE. THIS ATTACK IS BEING CALLED MORE SERIOUS THAN THE THUNDERSTRIKE PROOF-OF-CONCEPT EXPLOIT OF LAST YEAR. LAST YEAR’S EXPLOIT REQUIRED PHYSICAL ACCESS WHILE THIS MORE RECENT ATTACK DOES NOT.
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