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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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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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Google replaces its Bluetooth security keys because they can be accessed by nearby attackers

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  • Google offered free replacements of its Bluetooth Titan Security Keys after it found that nearby attackers could access them.
  • Google said the issue does not impact the tool’s ability to prevent remote phishing attacks.
  • The company advised users to continue using the key until a replacement arrives.
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Google found a security issue that could give an attacker access to a users’ device based on a tool meant to keep it secure, the company disclosedWednesday.

Google is offering free replacements of its Bluetooth Low Energy Titan Security Keys after it found that anyone within about 30 feet could communicate with the key and its paired device while a user tried to activate the key or pair their devices.

The Titan Security Key is meant to provide an additional layer of protection for users hoping to prevent their accounts from being taken over by phishing attacks. While Google said the issue does not interfere with the key’s ability to protect users from a remote phishing attack, it still reveals a significant gap in the device’s security.

The flaw could undermine Google’s recent messaging around privacy and security, which has become a hot issue in Silicon Valley. Google CEO Sundar Pichai penned a New York Times op-ed earlier this month advocating for the democratization of privacy after unveiling a host of new privacy features at Google’s developer conference.

Google recommended continuing to use the affected keys until their replacement arrives. As an extra precaution, users should use the keys when they aren’t near other people who may try to gain access to their devices, then immediately unpair the key after signing on, Google said. However, iOS users who have updated the version 12.3 will not be able to sign into any accounts linked to the key until they receive a replacement, according to Google. The company advised staying logged onto accounts on iOS devices until the new replacement arrives.

Google said that only BLE versions of the keys are affected. Devices with a “T1” or “T2″ on the back are eligible for the free replacement by visiting google.com/replacemykey.

Google’s new security key will protect you from phishing attacks

Source: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/05/15/google-finds-security-issue-with-its-bluetooth-titan-security-keys.html

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