Google Releases Security Updates for Chrome and Chrome OS

Original release date: October 16, 2014

Google has released security updates to address multiple vulnerabilities in Chrome and Chrome OS, one of which could potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system.

Updates available include:

  • Chrome 38.0.2125.104 for Windows, Mac and Linux
  • Chrome OS 38.0.2125.108 for all Chrome OS devices except Chromeboxes

Users and administrators are encouraged to review the Google Chrome blog entries 1, and 2, and apply the necessary updates.

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FBI Director to citizens: Let us spy on you

The expanding options for communicating over the Internet and the increasing adoption of encryption technologies could leave law enforcement agents “in the dark” and unable to collect evidence against criminals, the Director of the FBI said in a speech on Thursday.

In a post-Snowden plea for a policy more permissive of spying, FBI Director James B. Comey raised the specters of child predators, violent criminals, and crafty terrorists to argue that companies should build surveillance capabilities into the design of their products and allow lawful interception of communications. In his speech given at the Brookings Institute in Washington DC, Comey listed four cases where having access to a mobile phone or laptop proved crucial to an investigation and another case where such access was critical to exonerating wrongly accused teens.

All of that will go away, or at least become much harder, if the current trend continues, he argued.

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Ebola Phishing Scams and Malware Campaigns

Original release date: October 16, 2014

US-CERT reminds users to protect against email scams and cyber campaigns using the Ebola virus disease (EVD) as a theme. Phishing emails may contain links that direct users to websites which collect personal information such as login credentials, or contain malicious attachments that can infect a system.

Users are encouraged to use caution when encountering these types of email messages and take the following preventative measures to protect themselves:

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