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Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: Yet another critical flaw threatens Exim servers

Amins of Linux and Unix boxes running Exim would be well-advised to update the software following the disclosure of another critical security flaw. The Exim 4.92.3 patch, released on September 28th, includes a fix to close up the CVE-2019-16928 flaw. Discovered by bug-hunters with the QAX A-Team, the vulnerability is caused by a buffer overflow error that occurs when Exim processes an extremely long string in an Extended HELO…

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Ever own a Galaxy S4? Congrats, you’re $10 richer as Samsung agrees payout over dodgy speed tests

Samsung has agreed to pay purchasers of its Galaxy S4 roughly $10 each for over alleged cheating on benchmark tests. And in case you’re wondering: yes, that’s the S4 that came out in 2013. The mobile giant has settled a long-standing class action lawsuit for $13.4m (two-and-a-half hours of profit), with $2.8m put into a settlement fund and $10.6m in injunctive relief. The lawyers will get $1.5m (roughly…

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Holy smokes! Ex-IT admin gets two years prison for trashing Army chaplains’ servers

A former system admin for a US Army contractor has been sentenced to two years behind bars for trashing his employer’s network on his way out the door. Barrence Anthony, 40, of Waldorf, Maryland, was given the sentence by US District Judge Leonie Brinkema in the Eastern District of Virginia court after pleading guilty to one count of accessing a protected computer without authorization. In December of 2016, Anthony…

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Planes, boats and autocrats: US Treasury Dept. slaps more sanctions on accused Russian troll funder

US wants to take St. Vitamin, the yacht of Yevgeniy Prigozhin Credit: Anna Zvereva/Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0) On Monday, the US Department of the Treasury (DoT) expanded its sanctions against entities associated with the Internet Research Agency (IRA), the Russian organization accused of meddling with US elections in 2016 and 2018. The DoT said it had taken action against Russian entities and individuals that allegedly tried to interfere with…

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Edge, Internet Explorer users Czech their settings after MSN ‘forgot’ their language

Something funny happened to the dwindling population of Edge users this morning as their browser began bleating at them in a variety of languages. In a surprising turn of events, the support forums for Microsoft’s Edge were swiftly filled with customers complaining that the language of the browser had mysteriously changed. Surprising because, frankly, we didn’t think there were that many Edge users out there. Heck, at time of…

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An unbearable itch to migrate your OS to the cloud? You might have a case of Windows VD

Microsoft has released Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) while reminding users that Windows 7 is inching ever closer to the end of support. Unless, that is, they sign up to run their Windows 7 desktops in Microsoft’s cloudy data centres for Extended Security Updates (ESU) until January 2023. WVD hit preview in March this year, later than planned. However, according to Scott Manchester, Principal Engineering Lead for Windows Virtual Desktop,…

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600 armed German cops storm Cyberbunker hosting biz on illegal darknet market claims

Cops have seized the physical premises and servers of the Dutch-German ISP that once hosted The Pirate Bay – after storming the hosting biz’s ex-NATO bunker hideout with 600 gunmen. Cyberbunker, aka CB3ROB, was shut down by German police in what appears to be a military-grade operation targeting the hosting firm’s Traben-Trarbach premises: a Cold War-era bunker complete with its original anti-intrusion defences. “Police officers succeeded in penetrating the…

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Thanks-thanks to TalkTalk teen hacker: UK cops’ first auction of ill-gotten Bitcoin nets £240k

British cops have raised £240,000 in their first ever UK-based auction of cryptocurrencies understood to have been seized from former TalkTalk hacker Elliot Gunton , who’d “earned” it selling hacking services and flogging people’s stolen personal details online. The sell-off of Bitcoin, Ripple and Ether to the highest bidder ran for 24 hours from noon on 25 September as part of the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit’s (ERSOU) asset…

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How to lose a UK contractor in 10 days: Make them commit after upcoming IR35 tax upheaval, apparently

A survey of UK freelancers has found that changes to IR35 tax rules mean some are considering moving to another client if their current client tries to push them into a permanent position. The changes come into force in April 2020 and put the onus on medium and large employers to decide workers’ contractor status and whether they need to switch to full-time staff status, pay national insurance and…

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Gears of law say Gears of War character Cole Train is not based on ex-American football player

Microsoft’s motion for summary judgement granted Augustus ‘Cole Train’ Cole Gears of War‘s Augustus “Cole Train” Cole is not Lenwood “Hard Rock” Hamilton, according to a Pennsylvania federal court. Hamilton, the former (American) football player and professional wrestler had lobbed a sueball at the makers of Gears of War alleging his likeness had cropped up in the third-person shooter. The crux of the case was an alleged resemblance between…

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