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Facebook Introduces New Features for End-to-End Encrypted Messenger App
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Facebook Introduces New Features for End-to-End Encrypted Messenger App

Default end-to-end encryption (E2EE) for Messenger chats has begun to expand globally, according to a Monday announcement from Meta Platforms. More users will notice that parts of their chats are progressively being upgraded with an additional layer of security provided by end-to-end encryption over the next months, according to Melissa Miranda of Meta. The social media giant stressed that the process of picking and updating the chats to support E2EE is random but stated that it wants to alert users in a few specific chat threads as the security feature is enabled. Miranda continued, "It's supposed to be random so there isn't a detrimental impact on our infrastructure and people's chat experience read the complete article Facebook Introduces New Features for End-to-End Encrypted ...
Wikipedia Desktop Site Gets New Look, Its First in Over 10 Years
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Wikipedia Desktop Site Gets New Look, Its First in Over 10 Years

For the first time in more than ten years, Wikipedia is updating its desktop interface. The new design is currently being implemented on the majority of Wikipedia pages. The website first made the redesign announcement in 2020, with intentions to implement it by the end of 2021. Although the Wikimedia Foundation has simply stated that the redesign was a "long and complex process," it is unclear why the upgrade was further postponed. However, the objective has been to enhance the browsing experience overall by making little, user-feedback-driven adjustments here and there. Selena Deckelmann, chief product officer at Wikimedia Foundation, the nonprofit organization that runs Wikipedia, stated read the complete story Wikipedia Desktop Site Gets New Look, Its First in Over 10 Years....
CISA Warns for Flaws Affecting Industrial Control Systems from Major Manufacturers
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CISA Warns for Flaws Affecting Industrial Control Systems from Major Manufacturers

Sewio, InHand Networks, Sauter Controls, and Siemens products are all affected by serious security issues, according to a number of Industrial Control Systems (ICS) advisories published by the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). The most serious vulnerability affects Sewio's RTLS Studio, which CISA states may be used by an attacker to "get unauthorized access to the server, modify information, create a denial-of-service issue, gain escalation privileges, and execute arbitrary code." This includes CVE-2022-45444 (CVSS score: 10.0), a vulnerability where the application's database has hard-coded passwords for a subset of users that could provide remote adversaries unrestricted access read the complete article CISA Warns for Flaws Affecting Industrial Control ...
GitHub Adds Features to Automate Vulnerability Code Scanning
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GitHub Adds Features to Automate Vulnerability Code Scanning

A new feature to automatically set up code scanning on repositories has been added by hosting service GitHub. The innovative feature, known as "default setup," makes it simple to begin code scanning on repositories using Python, JavaScript, and Ruby. The business stated in a blog post on Monday that "you can now enable code scanning in just a few clicks and without utilizing a.yaml file, enabling open source developers and companies speed code scanning setup so they can secure more of their software." The 'Code security and analysis' section under the 'Security' header in the 'Settings' tab of repositories already has the new feature. According to GitHub product marketer Walker Chabbott read the complete article GitHub Adds Features to Automate Vulnerability Code Scanning. Are...
Hack the Box gamified cybersecurity training platform raises $55M with 1.7M users
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Hack the Box gamified cybersecurity training platform raises $55M with 1.7M users

In the realm of computer hacking, there has long been a division between those who use harmful methods to break a system and others who use the same methods to identify the system's weaknesses, assist in fixing them, and combat the malevolent actors at the same time. In order to grow its business after attracting 1.7 million users, Hack the Box, one of the startups that has developed a platform to help cultivate more of the latter group with a gamified approach, today announced $55 million in fundraising. In addition to Paladin Capital Group, Osage University Partners, Marathon Venture Capital, Brighteye Ventures, and Endeavor Catalyst Fund, the funding is being spearheaded by Carlyle read the complete article Hack the Box gamified cybersecurity training platform raises $55M with 1...
Microsoft Issues January 2023 Patch Tuesday Updates, Warns of Zero-Day Exploit
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Microsoft Issues January 2023 Patch Tuesday Updates, Warns of Zero-Day Exploit

A total of 98 security issues were fixed in Microsoft's first Patch Tuesday updates for 2023, including one that the company said is currently being actively exploited in the wild. One of the vulnerabilities is described as being publicly known at the time of release, and 11 of the 98 flaws are classified as Critical and 87 as Important in terms of severity. Updates for the Windows manufacturer's Chromium-based Edge browser are anticipated to be released separately. The vulnerability that is being attacked is CVE-2023-21674 (CVSS score: 8.8), a Windows Advanced Local Procedure Call (ALPC) privilege escalation bug that might be used by an attacker to obtain SYSTEM permissions read the complete article Microsoft Issues January 2023 Patch Tuesday Updates, Warns of Zero-Day Exploit. ...
Waterfall Security Announces Cybersecurity Collaboration with Yokogawa
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Waterfall Security Announces Cybersecurity Collaboration with Yokogawa

Yokogawa Electric Corporation, a top supplier of industrial automation and test and measurement solutions, has signed a collaboration agreement with Waterfall Security Solutions, the industry leader in OT cybersecurity. Through this new partnership, Yokogawa's customers around the world will have access to Waterfall's market-leading Unidirectional Gateway cybersecurity solutions and technology. Making unidirectional safeguards more publicly accessible will significantly enhance industrial security plans and preparation in a world where cyber threats to industrial operations continue to grow in strength and pervasiveness. "At Yokogawa, operational and technical reliability are top priorities. As a result of our partnership with Waterfall, Yokogawa customers' security posture will be...
President Joe Biden Signs Quantum Computing Cybersecurity Act
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President Joe Biden Signs Quantum Computing Cybersecurity Act

The Quantum Computing Cybersecurity Preparedness Act, which U.S. President Joe Biden signed into law last month, addresses the transition of federal agency systems to post-quantum cryptography (PQC), which is more resistant to attacks from quantum computers. The law mandated that the post-quantum cryptography migration be given top priority by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) no later than a year following the publication of post-quantum cryptography standards by the National Institutes of Standards and Technology (NIST), which is anticipated to happen by 2024. It also urged OMB to report on ongoing coordination efforts with international standards development groups for PQC standards and to submit a plan to mitigate the security risk posed by agency information technology...
Social media changes that shook the world in 2022
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Social media changes that shook the world in 2022

In 2022, social media has literally taken over the globe. The Datareportal July 2022 worldwide overview states that 59% of the world's population now uses social media, with an average daily online time of 2 hours and 29 minutes. In addition, more people are becoming selective about their preferred method of staying in touch with friends and up to date on current events, including WeChat, Instagram, and Twitter. "In 2022, social media played a major role. According to Carlos Barros, Director of Marketing at Epos Now, "It was both an extraordinarily powerful tool and a double-edged sword, capable of stirring up both positive and negative emotions, as well as allowing people to instantly distribute crucial news or generate discourse about critical themes read the complete article Soci...
Meta prepares for return of Donald Trump on Facebook Instagram
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Meta prepares for return of Donald Trump on Facebook Instagram

The Financial Times reported on Sunday that Facebook owner Meta Inc is getting ready to say whether it will permit former US President Donald Trump to rejoin Facebook and Instagram. Earlier, the market leader in social media declared that it would decide by January 7 whether to permit the former president to return. According to the news, who cited a source familiar with the situation, that decision is now anticipated to be made public later this month. People familiar with Meta's operations told the publication that the company has formed a working group to focus on the issue and that members of the group come from the content policy team read the complete article Meta prepares for the return of Donald Trump on Facebook, and Instagram.