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Don't be taken by Microsoft Tech Support Scam

Written by Misty Lane. Posted in LCS Blog

The growing number of computers per household all over the world has offered scammers a variety of fraud ideas. One of the latest telephone scams reveals criminals calling house numbers, claiming to be Microsoft technicians offering “free security checks”. Once they get the victims’ trust to get them logging into their computers, the scammers get either remote access to the machines or trick them to give away credit card number information. This is also known as the Scareware Scam.  Quite a few people seem to have already fallen for this scam and taken for hundreds of dollars.

Why the modern world is bad for your brain

Written by Misty Lane. Posted in LCS Blog

In an era of email, text messages, Facebook and Twitter, we’re all required to do several things at once. But this constant multitasking is taking its toll. Here neuroscientist Daniel J Levitin explains how our addiction to technology is making us less efficient

Americans' Cellphones Targeted in Secret U.S. Spy Program

Written by Misty Lane. Posted in LCS Blog

WASHINGTON—The Justice Department is scooping up data from thousands of mobile phones through devices deployed on airplanes that mimic cellphone towers, a high-tech hunt for criminal suspects that is snagging a large number of innocent Americans, according to people familiar with the operations.

Microsoft Fixes Bug in Windows - After 19 Years

Written by Misty Lane. Posted in LCS Blog

 

Microsoft Corp issued patches on Tuesday to fix a bug in its Windows operating system that remained undiscovered for 19 years.

The bug, which is present in every version of Microsoft Windows from Windows 95 onward, allows an attacker to remotely take over and control a computer.

IBM Corp's cybersecurity research team discovered the bug in May, describing it as a "significant vulnerability" in the operating system.

"The buggy code is at least 19 years old and has been remotely exploitable for the past 18 years," IBM X-Force research team said in its blog on Tuesday.