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Author Archives: Mark Hachman

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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Microsoft, NSA confirm killer Windows 10 bug, but a patch is available

As expected, Microsoft did reveal a fundamental flaw in Windows that affected Windows 10’s cryptographic library. January’s Patch Tuesday updates issued today, however, fix the issue, which is specific to Windows 10 and Windows Server. The flaw, CVE-2020-0601, was found in the usermode […]

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