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Outlook.com hacked

Yes, that includes Hotmail and MSN users as well.

IT has been reported from today and confirmed by Microsoft that hackers have been able to have full access to their users email accounts to send emails to their contacts and do as they please for months.

The hackers breached a support agent’s credentials and used those to access an unspecified number of email accounts. Microsoft has not stated how many accounts have been affected but has said that no user credentials have been stolen and sent emails to affected users to change their passwords only as a precaution.

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Update – FaceTime Flaw fixed

Apple have confirmed that they have fixed the FaceTime flaw that was discovered by a 14 year boy.

You must update to the latest version on your supported device (12.1.4) before you switch FaceTime back on again.

The issue was discovered to be in the group chat feature, even if you didn’t use it yourself. Anyone who called you, using Facetime could simply press the button to add another user to the call and then enter their own number and they would have access to your microphone and forward facing camera allowing them to see and hear you, even if you had not accepted the call.

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URGENT FaceTime Flaw

News has reached us that Apple has announce a major security flaw in it’s FaceTime app on all devices. The problem in fact is believed to be on the servers and Apple has started steps to turn off the affected part of the service which is believed to be the group chat function.

Group chat was only introduced in October and has had a number of issues.

The current recommended action is to turn off FaceTime from settings until it is sorted out.

Apple says it is working on a fix and hopes to have a clientside update in teh next week or so.

Check back here soon.

WhatsApp Security Flaw

WhatsApp the easy to use chat program from Facebook has been found to have a major security flaw. WhatsApp uses the user’s phone number for both account name and delivery of the messages. This is a great and secure way to do this as it means that the messages will only be delivered to the user they are intended for. Until that is the user, for whatever reason, gets a new number. If the number has been used previously by a WhatsApp user then it is possible, and has happened, for the new owner of the number to get some access to the old users WhatsApp messages and groups. This is because of the way that WhatsApp uses the phone number for authentication to the account. So your number that you don’t have anymore may still have access to your old messages.

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Increase in rogue Crypto mining software

Rogue websites and hacked websites are installing crypto-miners on visitor’s computers. Add to this the increase in viruses and Trojans that are dropping crypto miners on to people’s computers and you can see that they are making lot of money from these miners. There are now a lot of crypto currencies that can be mined. Mining is the way you find crypto currencies. The newer the currency the more chance there is to find some.

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Your eMail account has been hacked

Many of you may have seen the eMails that come though that says your account has been hacked because I am sending this email from your account. Well actually most of our users don’t get to see this message as it picked up by spam filters. That is because it is spam and an idle threat. If you read it; which you shouldn’t because it’s bad and will cause you problems if you download the virus that can be downloaded just by opening it on some devices and computers.

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Microsoft moves its browser to Chromium

Yes, that’s right. This is the news that Microsoft is moving their browser to the Chromium project; that is to say that their next browser will be based on the Chromium project code, like so many browsers today are. Most known is Google Chrome but there are many others that are based on the same infrastructure. Firefox and Edge have been the only real competitors to Google Chrome and now with Microsoft moving over to Chromium there will only be Mozilla Firefox left as the biggest competition to Google Chrome.

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