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  • Security updates for Friday

    Security updates have been issued by SUSE (dia, kernel, and libgcrypt).

  • Reports of patients’ deaths linked to heart devices lurk below radar

    The Food and Drug Administration continues to file thousands of reports of patients' deaths related to medical devices through a reporting system that keeps the safety data out of the public eye.

    The system is similar to a vast program exposed earlier this year by KHN that kept device-injury reports effectively hidden within the agency. The FDA shuttered the program after the article about it was published and released millions of records.

  • Ransomware Attackers May Lurk for Months, FBI Warns

    The FBI flash alert confirms what ransomware experts have been telling me for the past couple of years: That a crypto-locking malware infection is often just the final, very noisy end stage of an attack that may have already persisted for weeks or months.

  • Beware the three-finger-salute, or 'How I Got The Keys To The Kingdom'

    He discovered that none of the services were running on the Linux server because whatever fool had set the thing up had configured the running state to be different to what was the default following a restart. "Changing the run state was therefore a quick fix to get everything to work again," he recalled happily.

    The cause of the failure was a mystery. Hans checked in with The Boss and discovered that a user in a remote location had complained that he was unable to log in to the terminal server. Since Hans was out, The Boss (in a most unboss-like fit of business ownery helpfulness) decided to check out the machine in question. It all looked fine, but right after he checked the "Internet and Email had a problem as well..."

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