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Author Archives: Mark Hachman

Microsoft tasks its Defender antimalware with securing corporate Android and iOS phones

While malware writers have attacked PCs because of their popularity and large attack surfaces, Android and iOS phones aren’t immune—and Microsoft, recognizing this, plans to offer Microsoft Defender for both platforms.Though Microsoft apparently plans to release more details at the […]

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Update: Avast kills Jumpshot data-collection business after privacy concerns mount

Avast said Thursday that it will wind down its data-collection service, Jumpshot, in response to concerns that it was collecting personal information about users from its free antivirus programs without the full knowledge and consent.Avast and its subsidiary AVG, caught […]

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New ‘CacheOut’ attack targets Intel processors, with a fix arriving soon

Researchers have discovered and published information on what they’re calling CacheOut, a vulnerability in most Intel CPUs that allows an attacker to target more specific data, even stored within Intel’s secured SGX enclave.Intel assigned what’s known as the CVE-2020-0549 vulnerability a […]

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Report: Avast and AVG collect and sell your personal info via their free antivirus programs

Avast and its subsidiary AVG, caught selling customer data to corporate clients last year, are at it again—this time using its free antivirus programs if you opt in to data collection, a new report said Monday. The joint report by Vice’s […]

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