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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/

‘Criminals get into your living room through your laptop’ – Cumbria crime chief issues digital security warning

Police chiefs in Cumbria have been forced to double their force’s cyber crime budget in a decade – as it is revealed councils in Cumbria have suffered a series of digital attacks.

The force is now spending more than half a million pounds a year in the fight against digital criminality – up from just £250,000 in 2010.

The startling information came to light this week as Cumbria’s police and crime commissioner Peter McCall warned international online criminals are ‘entering peoples’ homes via their laptop’ or computer.

Mr McCall claimed every resident can take action to help stop the perpetrators of online crime in their tracks.

“We can all do more, every one of us,” he added.

Police and Crime Commissioner for Cumbria Peter McCall.

“These criminals get into your living room or bedroom through your laptop and we have to be alive to that.

“We need to make sure people’s

Read more at: http://www.timesandstar.co.uk/news/Criminals-get-into-your-living-room-through-your-laptop-Cumbria-crime-chief-issues-digital-security-warning-54a8ffed-4ae9-457a-a05e-1f8180aa7e58-ds

‘Criminals get into your living room through your laptop’ – Cumbria …

Police chiefs in Cumbria have been forced to double their force’s cyber crime budget in a decade – as it is revealed councils in Cumbria have suffered a series of digital attacks.

The force is now spending more than half a million pounds a year in the fight against digital criminality – up from just £250,000 in 2010.

The startling information came to light this week as Cumbria’s police and crime commissioner Peter McCall warned international online criminals are ‘entering peoples’ homes via their laptop’ or computer.

Mr McCall claimed every resident can take action to help stop the perpetrators of online crime in their tracks.

“We can all do more, every one of us,” he added.

Police and Crime Commissioner for Cumbria Peter McCall.

“These criminals get into your living room or bedroom through your laptop and we have to be alive to that.

“We need to make sure people’s

Read more at: http://www.timesandstar.co.uk/news/Criminals-get-into-your-living-room-through-your-laptop-Cumbria-crime-chief-issues-digital-security-warning-54a8ffed-4ae9-457a-a05e-1f8180aa7e58-ds