This week we discuss “DrupalGeddon2”, Cloudflare’s new DNS offering, a reminder about GRC’s DNS Benchmark, Microsoft’s Meltdown meltdown, the persistent iOS QR Code flaw and its long-awaited v11.3 update, another VPN user IP leak, more bug bounty news, an ill-fated-seeming new eMail initiative, Free electricity, a policy change at Google’s Chrome store, another “please change your passwords” after another website breach, a bit of miscellany, a heart-warming SpinRite report, some closing the loop feedback from our terrific listeners, and a closer look at the Swiss encrypted ProtonMail service.
Travis is wondering how he can update his Windows PC to he is not vulnerable to the Meltdown bug.
Jason Howell and Megan Morrone talk to Ed Bott from the Ed Bott Report on ZDNet about what every Windows Admin needs to know about Spectre and Meltdown and four steps to keeping a level head during this vulnerability and the next. Plus, what might have happened if the update had been able to come out on Microsoft’s Patch Tuesday as planned, instead of being rushed because of the embargo breach.
Curt Franklin, Brian Chee, and Lou Maresca discuss the recent vulnerabilities in Dell’s EMC and VMware units. EMC Avamar, EMC NetWorker, EMC Integrated Data Protection Appliance, and vSphere Data Protection all carry risks that can give attackers root access.
The best explanation for the Meltdown and Spectre computer flaws comes from a comic strip. Apple eats crow over slowing iPhones. Magic Leap might not be vaporware after all – will this lead to the death of smartphones? CES 2018 predictions. Prediction #1: no Ajit Pai. SWATting death: who is to blame? Border agents phone searches are way up just as new rules limiting searches are drafted. Please stop giving this man money: Juicero founder now hawking bacteria-filled “raw water.”
Mark Zuckerberg tours the country – but he isn’t running for president. Amazon puts Alexa everywhere. Silicon Valley’s toxic bro culture. Twitter gets political. YouTube Kids gets algorithmically weird. CIA and NSA zero days revealed. Apple Park opens for business. Google’s bad hardware year. Bitcoin madness. Uber’s many many many many problems. Apple releases iPhone X, iMac Pro. Amazon buys Whole foods. Equifax hack.
The guy who created the like button now says it’s dangerously addictive. Facebook Chief Security Officer Alex Stamos says press doesn’t understand how hard it is to prevent voter manipulation. Yahoo admits that hack perpetrated under Yahoo Chief Security Officer Alex Stamos impacted all 3 billion Yahoo users. Google heats up the home voice assistant war, but can it catch up with Alexa? And does Apple even have a chance as Siri turns 6? Google puts another stake in the headphone jack. Equifax gets a $7.5 million contract with the IRS. Kaspersky antivirus, the NSA, and the Russian government. Slashdot turns 20. AOL Instant Messenger is finally dead.
Megan Morrone talks to Iain Thomson about a possible fix for those infected with the Wannacry ransomware. Researchers have found a fix to unlock affected computers. The tool called wannakiwi allows you to avoid paying the bitcoin ransom, but only if you’re running Windows XP, Windows 7, and Windows 2003 AND if you haven’t rebooted your PC since the attack. The key is not magic, its math that works by finding all the prime numbers that are stored in the ransomware’s code. A different tool called WannaKey was released yesterday but only worked on Windows XP and required a second app.
Denise Howell and Matt Curtis talk with Andrew Rossow, cyberspace and technology lawyer about whose fault is WannaCry and what can be done about it?
The WannaCry ransomware attack is far from over. Amazon introduces the Echo Show – will the touchscreen voice assistant/videophone flop? Microsoft announces their own voice assistant, the Cortana Speaker. The US plans to ban laptops on flights from Europe. Comcast and Charter agree not to compete on wireless. Russian hackers pwned by French presidential campaign
–Christina Warren needs friends in Seattle.
–Father Robert Ballecer just got back from Malta.
–Roberto Baldwin got hung up on by AT&T customer service.
–Alex Wilhelm’s name will not set off your Amazon Voice Assistant.