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Microsoft is bringing its Defender antivirus software to the Mac

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Microsoft is bringing its Windows Defender antivirus software to macOS today. The software giant is renaming Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) to Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) as a result. Microsoft has created a dedicated Defender ATP client for Mac, and it offers full virus and threat protection mixed with the usual ability to perform quick or full scans.

A limited preview will be available for businesses to try out the antivirus protection in environments that have a mix of both Windows PCs and Macs. Microsoft is using its AutoUpdate software on macOS to keep the client up to date, and it will be available on devices running macOS Mojave, macOS High Sierra, or macOS Sierra.

As ATP is limited to businesses, it’s not clear if Microsoft is also planning to bring a consumer version of Microsoft Defender over to the Mac. Defender is currently built into Windows 10, offering antivirus protection by default. Either way, Microsoft is offering a limited preview to Microsoft Defender ATP customers, and you can sign up here.

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Nokia Reveals Plans to Ensure 5G Security

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Nokia has announced plans to address the critical security needs of 5G networks, unveiling an enhanced security programme and advanced security testing and verification laboratory.

The new initiatives, which will extend the network provider’s commitment to ensuring the highest standards of security, are set to focus on end-to-end (E2E), mission critical networks that “will define the 5G era”.

Building on the success of its “industry-leading” Design for Security (DFSEC) process, Nokia has launched the upgraded DFSEC 2.0 to carry out additional verification work in areas such as E2E identity management and network slicing.

According to a statement, another key advance which is expected to drive this movement is Software Defined Networking (SDN) – with distributed cloud infrastructure and augmented intelligent control systems – as it will allow networks to scale in the 5G era.

In order to support the collaborative research taking place as part of DFSEC 2.0, Nokia will also open the “Future X Security” (FXSec) Lab.

The facility, to be established as an extension of Nokia’s Future X network lab, will facilitate the joint testing and verification of industrial automation solutions in private local area networks (LANs), as well as trials across public wide area networks (WANs).

Marcus Weldon, Corporate Chief Technology Officer and President of Nokia Bell Labs, said: “End-to-end 5G networks will fundamentally transform societies by providing ultra-high-speed wireless connectivity allowing massive, low latency ultra-reliable streaming data that will drive intelligent automation for a wide array of infrastructure, industries and enterprises.

“But with great opportunity comes significant security risk that must be addressed end-to-end, using an array of novel techniques and technologies.

“As the most trusted end-to-end solution provider in the 5G era, Nokia is taking a leadership position in defining and building advanced security solutions that will meet mission-critical needs, leveraging the deep and extensive security research and disruptive innovations from Nokia Bell Labs.”

Source: https://www.porttechnology.org/news/nokia_reveals_plans_to_ensure_5g_security

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Peak gamer bling achieved with Swarovski-encrusted WASD keys

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I’ve seen a whole bunch of keyboards this week at Computex Taipei, but none quite so opulent as this exclusive offering from HyperX. As part of a collaboration with Swarovski, which it should be noted is far from a newcomer to the whole stickingcrystalsonrandomgadgets thing, the gaming accessory maker has designed a keyboard with bedazzled WASD and number keycaps.

I used the keyboard briefly and I don’t know if I’d say that the crystal glass felt particularly premium, but the jewel-encrusted keycaps did have a nice grip to them, if that’s what you’re into. If you wanted to experience an even greater rush of superiority after headshotting an opponent in Overwatch, I suppose this might do the job.

HyperX also made a matching headset, as well as one for the PS4:

And there’s also a mouse to go with the keyboard, though I’m not convinced the crystals are located in the most comfortable spot.

HyperX told me they made this gear for this year’s Taipei Game Show and don’t currently have plans to put it on regular sale, but they’d consider it if there turns out to be a lot of interest. I’m not sure there will be, but with the money pouring into esports these days, who knows? Maybe this could be someone’s aesthetic.

Source: https://www.theverge.com/2019/5/29/18642129/hyperx-swarovski-crystal-mouse-keyboard-headphones

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Firefox Quantum Offers Anti-Cryptojacking Feature

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Firefox Quantum, the latest version of open-source internet browser Firefox, has a new privacytoggle that protects against cryptojacking, according to a blog post by Mozilla on May 21.

Mozilla previously warned official blog post that websites can deploy scripts that launch a crypto miner on a user’s machine without them being aware — a practice known as cryptojacking.

To combat these exploitative practices, Mozilla partnered with online privacy company Disconnect to create a crypto mining blocker for their browser. Users can now toggle an opt-in feature, that purportedly blocks would-be cryptojackers from taking advantage of spare computing power to mine cryptocurrencies.

Mozilla initially announced that it would block cryptojacking in new browser releases in August 2018. As per a report by Cointelegraph, Firefox featured cryptojacking protection in its Firefox Nightly 68 and Beta 67 versions this April, just prior to the launch of Quantum.

Firefox Quantum also aims to mitigate the practice of so-called “fingerprinting,” which makes a sort of digital fingerprint of a user that is employed to monitor their activities on the internet.

Cryptojacking at the consumer level was called “essentially extinct” by cybersecurity company MalwareBytes on April 23. According to the report:

“Marked by the popular drive-by mining company CoinHive shutting down operations in early March, consumer cryptomining seems to have gone the way of the dodo. Detections of consumer-focused bitcoin miners have dropped significantly over the last year and even from last quarter, while business-focused miners have increased from the previous quarter, especially in the APAC region.”

According to the report, consumer malware detections have gone down by approximately 40%. Businesses, however, are being targeted more heavily by cryptojacking attempts, with

Business detections increasing by about 7% during the first quarter of 2019.

Source: https://cointelegraph.com/news/firefox-quantum-offers-anti-cryptojacking-feature

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