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Intel AMT security flaw lets attackers easily bypass laptop passwords

Intel is having a rough start to the year. Following the Meltdown and Spectre fiasco that is ongoing, F-Secure is piling on more bad news, saying Intel’s Active Management Technology (AMT) gives attackers an easily exploitable backdoor into potentially millions of laptops.

AMT is Intel’s proprietary solution to allow IT admins remote access monitoring and maintenance of corporate-grade systems. It is commonly found on business laptops, particularly those with Intel vPro processors. AMT has had its share of security issues in the past, but this new one is arguably the most concerning issue yet.

“The attack is almost deceptively simple to enact, but it has incredible destructive potential. In practice, it can give a local attacker complete control over an individual’s work laptop, despite even the most extensive security measures,” said Harry Sintonen, senior security consultant at F-Secure.

It doesn’t take long to exploit the vulnerability, which is

Read more at: http://www.pcgamer.com/intel-amt-security-flaw-lets-attackers-easily-bypass-laptop-passwords/

Your smart TV, fridge could be hacked a lot more easily than you may think

Akash came home from work to find his home had been ransacked. There was no sign of a break-in or any other struggle. It looked as if the thieves had just walked in through the front door. On closer investigation, Akash learnt that he wasn’t robbed by run-of-the-mill crooks.

These were intelligent hackers, who got access to his Smart TV and used that to access his home security system and completely disable it.

Even though Akash knew about the risks smart gadgets pose, he never thought he would be a victim, or that his TV could be used for such a crime.

Every day there is a new connected home gadget claiming to make your life easier and better. From our phones being able to play our favorite tunes on demand, to the lights and air-conditioners automatically turning on when we

Read more at: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/internet/your-smart-tv-fridge-could-be-hacked-a-lot-more-easily-than-you-may-think/articleshow/61037784.cms

Victims of cyber bullying ‘easily turn into tormentors’, Singapore …

One in nine adolescents said they have been victims of cyber bullying and close to half of them have, in turn, bullied others online, a large-scale study has found.

The study, which surveyed 3,319 students aged 12 to 17 from 28 schools, was done by the Singapore Children’s Society and the Institute of Mental Health in 2014.

Some 40 per cent of victims said they also cyber-bullied others. Victims are also more likely to have recurring headaches, socio-emotional and behavioural problems, self-harming patterns and suicidal thoughts, compared with those who have not been bullied, according to key findings released to The Straits Times recently.

The study also found that both males and females are as likely to be cyber bullies, and the victim usually has an idea of who the bully is.

The bullies’ top tactics are shaming, calling the victims names and spreading rumours about them via social networking sites and text messaging.

Read more at: http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/victims-of-cyber-bullying-easily-turn-into-tormentors

Victims of cyber bullying ‘easily turn into tormentors’

One in nine adolescents said they have been victims of cyber bullying and close to half of them have, in turn, bullied others online, a large-scale study has found.

The study, which surveyed 3,319 students aged 12 to 17 from 28 schools, was done by the Singapore Children’s Society and the Institute of Mental Health in 2014.

Some 40 per cent of victims said they also cyber-bullied others. Victims are also more likely to have recurring headaches, socio-emotional and behavioural problems, self-harming patterns and suicidal thoughts, compared with those who have not been bullied, according to key findings released to The Straits Times recently.

The study also found that both males and females are as likely to be cyber bullies, and the victim usually has an idea of who the bully is.

The bullies’ top tactics are shaming, calling the victims names and spreading rumours about them via social networking sites and text messaging.

Read more at: http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/victims-of-cyber-bullying-easily-turn-into-tormentors