Articles for August 2016

Microsoft Secure Boot key debacle causes security panic | ZDNet

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Microsoft has accidentally leaked the keys to the kingdom, permitting attackers to unlock devices protected by Secure Boot — and it may not be possible to fully resolve the leak.

The design flaw in the Windows operating system can be used to unlock Windows devices, including smartphones and tablets, which are otherwise protected by Secure Boot in order to run operating systems other than Windows on locked down systems.

This, in turn, allows someone with admin rights or an attacker with physical access to a machine not only to bypass Secure Boot and run any operating system they wish, such as Linux or Android, but also permits the installation and execution of bootkit and rootkits at the deepest level of the device, security researchers MY123 and Slipstream revealed in a blog post on Tuesday.

Source: Microsoft Secure Boot key debacle causes security panic | ZDNet

Transform Google Chrome into the ultimate browsing tool | ZDNet

This article talks about 50 extensions to “supercharge” Google Chrome.  I wouldn’t install 50… but there are a few that I recommend.  They are:

  • AdBlock Plus v.1.12.1
  • Disconnect v.5.18.23
  • EverSync v.10.2.2
  • GetThemAll Video Downloader v.17.1.0
  • Ghostery v.5.4.11
  • Hotspot Shield Free VPN Proxy v.1.7.0
  • HTTPS Everywhere v.2016.7.19
  • LastPass v.4.1.25
  • Privacy Badger v.2016.5.24
  • ScriptBlock v.1.3
  • Secure Shell v.0.8.34
  • Speed Dial v.18.2.1
  • The Great Suspender v.6.21

Anyway, here is the article…


Simple hacks to make the Google Chrome browser better, faster, and more RAM efficient, as well as helping to make you more productive.

Source: Transform Google Chrome into the ultimate browsing tool | ZDNet

This tiny $6 gadget lets you break into hotel rooms | ZDNet

A security researcher has devised a tool capable of compromising hotel room keys, giving attackers entry — and can also tamper with point-of-sale (PoS) systems to boot.

As reported by Forbes, the device can read and duplicate hotel keys, but if a cyberattacker is really keen on disrupting a hotel chain, the $6 tool can also be used to “brute force” attack every guest room in the building — by guessing the keys to each room

Source: This tiny $6 gadget lets you break into hotel rooms | ZDNet