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RIP Windows phones: New Windows 10 Mobile hardware and features ‘aren’t the focus’ | PCWorld

This is the end of era of Microsoft Windows smartphones that never really started!  https://www.pcworld.com/article/3231965/windows-phone-os/windows-10-mobile-phones-are-dead.html Windows phones are really, truly dead. This weekend, Microsoft’s VP of operating systems confirmed the writing on the wall. “Of course we’ll continue to support the platform [with] bug fixes, security updates, etc.,” Joe Belfiore wrote on Twitter.  Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore says

Hooking Windows events without knowing anything about C/C++

https://blog.huntingmalware.com/notes/WMI Whenever someone thinks about hooking Microsoft Windows events, one thinks about rootkits, low level C++ code, and Windows API calls. There’s another approach to achieve similar things using just pre-installed Windows tools and without knowing anything about Windows internals. WMI is its name. From the Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN): WMI (Windows Management Instrumentation) is the

The quest for a great text editor: A brief intro to Notepad++

https://opensource.com/article/16/12/notepad-text-editor?sc_cid=7016000000127ECAAY Question “Vim or GNU Emacs?”  From those my answer is Emacs. But more and more I use other editors. One of my favourites on Windows is Notepad++. Notepad++ is easy to install, licensed under the GNU Public License (GPL), and the source is available on GitHub.  If you’re comfortable with Windows Notepad or WordPad, the Notepad++ interface will be

Microsoft signals end of Paint program – BBC News

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-40705466?ocid=socialflow_facebook&ns_mchannel=social&ns_campaign=bbcnews&ns_source=facebook Is this end of era? Paint has been part of the Windows operating system since its release in 1985 and is known for its simplicity and basic artistic results. It will be either removed or no longer developed according to  Features that are removed or deprecated in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

Wikileaks Unveils CIA Implants that Steal SSH Credentials from Windows & Linux PCs

http://thehackernews.com/2017/07/ssh-credential-hacking.html?m=1 WikiLeaks has today published the 15th batch of its ongoing Vault 7 leak, this time detailing two alleged CIA implants that allowed the agency to intercept and exfiltrate SSH (Secure Shell) credentials from targeted Windows and Linux operating systems. BothanSpy implant is for Microsoft Windows Xshell client. Gyrfalcon targets the OpenSSH client on various distributions of Linux OS: CentOS,

A new Petya-like malware hit

We have recently been facing a huge outbreak of a new Petya-like malware armed with an infector similar to WannaCry. With echoes of WannaCry, infections spread fast. The research is still in progress -Some security researchers describe malware as variant of Petya; others say it’s a brand new sample. The low-level attack works in the

Microsoft to Remove SMBv1 Protocol in Next Windows 10 Version (RedStone 3)

http://thehackernews.com/2017/06/windows-10-redstone3-smb.html?m=1 The Server Message Block version 1 (SMBv1) — a 30-year-old file sharing protocol which came to light last month after the devastating WannaCry outbreak — will be removed from the upcoming Windows 10 (1709) Redstone 3 Update. The WannaCry ransomware wreaked havoc last month. You can find more information on WannaCry at http://www.epanorama.net/newepa/2017/05/12/an-nsa-derived-ransomware-worm-is-shutting-down-computers-worldwide/

​How to use Linux’s built-in USB attack protection | ZDNet

http://www.zdnet.com/article/how-to-use-linuxs-built-in-usb-attack-protection/ USB is insecure. There are USB sticks that will destroy your computer, USB sticks loaded with spyware, and even official enterprise USB sticks infected with malware. Windows and Macs are easy to crack with USB-borne tools. There are devices like the USG USB stick firewall, which can protect you. Linux users can stop attackers armed with USB sticks with USBGuard software.

Now You Can Run Linux On Windows 10 Without Enabling Developer Mode

https://fossbytes.com/linux-on-windows-10-without-developer-mode/ With the release of Windows 10 Insider Build 16215, Microsoft has announced that now users don’t need to activate Developer Mode to run Linux on Windows 10. Now, Microsoft thinks that WSL is stable enough to remove this restriction. However, this change still keeps Linux an optional component and the users manually need to