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Mozilla Blocks Flash By Default Due to Serious Security Threats

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mozilla-blocks-flash-security-bugsMozilla has begun blocking Flash in a recent update, due to serious security vulnerabilities recently revealed to exist in Flash.

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The user still has the option to unblock Flash for individual sites, but overall Flash will not just run whenever it is called in the browser. As far as Mozilla is concerned, this is a necessary move for the security of their users.

Several bugs were unearthed in the dump of Hacking Team’s archives recently, and these were unpatched bugs that an attacker could take advantage of to compromise a Flash user in Firefox or any other browser. While Adobe says, it takes the bugs “very seriously,” no one wants to trust Flash at the moment. After all, Flash’s primary purpose has always been video on the Internet, and in HTML5, a video is possible without the use of Flash.

Anyone using Flash will have noticed the block by now. Although the user is afforded the ability to unblock Flash on any given website, at least they are aware that Flash will not execute without their permission. This should afford them some amount of security as compared with simply letting Flash run after these exploits have been made so public, there will likely be people trying to take advantage of them. The swath of the web population who still use Internet Explorer or some other browsers, like Chrome, will want to be wary of any site running Flash as well. There’s no telling how deep it goes. The bugs that were discovered were serious security vulnerabilities.

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Hackers Find Trove of Tools

Hackers looking to build a bot net now have a serious upgrade in the range of their tools thanks to the Hacking Team dump. According to recent reports, the company’s code is now also out in the wild, meaning that clever hackers will be able to put together some rather powerful hacking tools, which have been sold to governments and large corporations in order to achieve certain goals on the Internet.

Also read: Hacking Team Says it Was Probably Hacked by a Foreign Government

In addition to the tools and exploits published in the Hacking Team dump, their financial records were dumped, which detailed how they’d had dealings with private companies as well as nefarious and repressive governments. This illustrated Hacking Team as a heartless, indiscriminate group of mercenaries, rather than their previous narrative, where they had been some government helpers.

Companies like Mozilla have exposure when it comes to software such as Flash, and they have to limit it when exploits such as these are published. It seems that until Adobe is sure that Flash is fixed, and Mozilla is sure that Flash is fixed, that Firefox will block Flash by default.

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  1. Real Anti-Racist Action

    July 14, 2015 at 3:54 pm

    The FED’s love flash. The FED’s totalitarian state would be impossible without these major and complete backdoor’s into everyone’s lives.
    Funny thing is, the civilians are suppose to be the highest law in the land, and the FED’s are suppose to be working for us. They have switched this do to the Federal Reserve Act, and the so called “Patriot Act”.

  2. Dennis Nilsson

    July 19, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    Today’s Mozilla Foundation isn’t really concerned, about the security of their users. They are concerned about why most Mozilla users don’t use the video-function in HTML5. The “security concern’s” is only a pretext to get rid of Flash.

    Mozilla Foundation has forgotten their roots and are now acting like Microsoft. They want to decide what is good, and what is not good, for us users.

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Uber Is Paying Hackers to Keep Quiet

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Uber Technologies Inc. has reportedly paid hackers to delete scores of private data stolen from the company in a security breach that was concealed for over a year. The revelation provides further confirmation that, when it comes to cyber security, crime does pay.

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Massive Data Breach

According to Bloomberg Technology, hackers retrieved the personal data of 57 million Uber customers and drivers at some point last year. Nobody heard about it because the rideshare company paid the hackers $100,000 to keep quiet. A purge at the front office of Uber also ensured that the massive cyber breach was kept under wraps.

The compromised data was from October 2016 and included the names, phone numbers and addressed of 50 million Uber riders globally. About seven million drivers had their personal information accessed as well.

At the time of the cyber attack, Uber was inundated with a slew of legal issues stemming from alleged privacy violations. Rather than shine even more negative spotlight on the company, Uber executives decided to pay hackers to stay quiet.

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“None of this should have happened, and I will not make excuses for it,” Dara Khosrowshahi, who took over as CEO in September, said in a statement that was published by Bloomberg. “We are changing the way we do business.”

Hackers have done a masterful job infiltrating companies and governments in recent years. As a reminder, recent cyber attacks levied against Yahoo!, Target Corp and Equifax Inc. dwarf Uber’s 57 million compromised accounts.

Various reports indicate that cyber attacks are bleeding the global economy dry. One report, issued by the World Economic Forum, suggests that cyber crime cost the world economy $445 billion in 2016. If cyber crime were its own market cap, it would exceed Microsoft Inc., Facebook Inc. and ExxonMobil Corp

The Fall of Uber?

Uber revolutionized the ride-hailing business over the span of seven years by giving more power to the consumer. Several missteps later, the company finds itself in legal hot water, with its future appearing less certain than it did just one year ago.

The rideshare company faces at least five U.S. probes ranging from bribes to illicit software and right up to unethical pricing schemes. According to another Bloomberg report, Uber is under investigation for violating price transparency regulations, not to mention the alleged theft of documents for Google’s autonomous cars.

Some governments are sensing weakness in the ride-hailing service, and are moving toward banning the Uber app entirely. London is the most prominent example of a city that has taken definitive steps to outlaw the service over a “lack of corporate responsibility.”

Even with its legal troubles, Uber is a revolutionary technology that has influenced a bevy of other innovations aimed at improving the human experience.

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Ethereum Notches Two-Month High as Bitcoin Offspring Triggers Volatility

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Digital currency Ethereum climbed to a two-month high on Monday, taking some of the heat off Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash, which have slumped since the weekend.

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Ethereum Forges Higher Path

Concerns over Bitcoin created a favourable tailwind for Ethereum (ETH/USD), which is the world’s No. 2 digital currency by total assets. Ether’s price topped $340.00 on Monday and later settled at $323.54. That was the highest since June 20.

At its peak, ether was up 10% on the day and 70% for the month of August.

The ETH/USD was last down 2.2% at $315.02, according to Bitfinex. Prices are due for a brisk recovery, based on the daily momentum indicators.

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Fractured Bitcoin Community

Bitcoin and its offshoot, Bitcoin Cash, retreated on Monday following a volatile weekend. The BTC/USD slumped at the start of the week and was down more than 3% on Tuesday, with prices falling below $3,900.00. Just last week, Bitcoin was trading at new records near $4,500.00.

Bitcoin Cash, which emerged after the Aug. 1 hard fork, climbed to new records on Saturday, but has been in free-fall ever since. The BTH was down another 20% on Tuesday to $594.49, according to CoinMarketCap. Its total market value has dropped by several billion over the past two days.

Analysts say that a “fractured” Bitcoin community has made Ethereum a more attractive bet this week. The ether token has shown remarkable poise over the past seven days, despite trading well shy of a new record.

Other drivers behind Ethereum’s advance are steady demand from South Korean investors and growing confidence in a smooth upgrade for the the ETH network. The upgrade, which has been dubbed “Metropolis,” is expected in the next several weeks. Its key benefits include tighter transaction privacy and greater efficiency.

Ethereum Prices Unaffected by ICO Heist

Fin-tech developer Enigma was on the receiving end of a cyber-heist on Monday after hackers took over the company’s website, mailing list and instant messaging platforms. The hack occurred three weeks before Enigma’s planned Initial Coin Offering (ICO) for September 11.

In addition to defacing the company’s website, the hackers pushed a special “pre-sale” ahead of the ICO. While many users realized it was a scam, 1,492 ether tokens – valued at $495,000 – were directed into the hackers’ cryptocurrency wallet by unsuspecting backers.

The irony in all this is that Engima is a cryptography company that prides itself on top-notch security protocols. The company issued a statement that its servers had not been compromised.

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Ethereum Prices on Track for 35% Monthly Drop

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It has been a difficult month for ethereum. The world’s No. 2 digital currency has lost a third of its value over the past 30 days following a series of cyber breaches targeting vulnerable wallets and ICOs.

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Ethereum Struggles to Regain Momentum

Ethereum (ETH/USD) was trading near $197.00 Sunday at 6:30 BST, according to Bitfinex. That represents a decline of around 5%. At current values, ethereum’s market cap was $18.4 billion.

The ETH/USD exchange rate has struggled throughout July, with prices briefly falling below $160.00. The decline, which amounted to a 60-day low, lured bargain-hunters back into the market. After surging back toward $250.00, the ETH/USD has consolidated below the $220-mark, which continues to offer strong resistance. On the opposite side of the spectrum, major support is located at $180.00.

A price recovery may prove elusive in the short-term, with the Relative Strength Index (RSI) and Stochastic indicator signalling weak underlying momentum.

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Despite its recent decline, ethereum’s value has surged more than 2,200% this year.

Cyber Attacks, SEC Weigh on Market

The ethereum network suffered a large-scale cyber breach earlier this month resulting in the loss of tens of millions of dollars. A community of ethical hackers quickly banded together to “rescue” hundreds of millions of dollars worth of tokens.

Blockchain-based trading platform Coindash was also hijacked during an initial coin offering (ICO). The breach exposed Coindash’s ether wallet address, resulting in the loss of $7 million worth of ether.

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has also taken an interest in the ethereum-based ICO market. Last week, the regulator concluded that a certain multi-million dollar token sale last year violated securities law. Although ICOs have been compared to crowd-sourcing, the SEC maintained that some tokens were in fact securities.

Analysts say the SEC ruling could impact the future of ICOs, although it remains unclear how the regulator is pursuing this market. The SEC’s July 25 press release cautions investors about ICOs in general.

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