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In short, the bill would supercharge a "copyright troll" industry dedicated to filing as many "small claims" on as many Internet users as possible in order to make money through the bill’s statutory damages provisions. Every single person who uses the Internet and regularly interacts with copyrighted works (that's everyone) should contact their Senators to oppose this bill.
Making it so easy to sue Internet users for allegedly infringing a copyrighted work that an infringement claim comes to resemble a traffic ticket is a terrible idea. This bill creates a situation where Internet users could easily be on the hook for multiple $5,000 copyright infringement judgments without many of the traditional legal safeguards or rights of appeal our justice system provides.
The Cisco Talos Intelligence Group has released "New VPNFilter Malware Targets at Least 500K Networking Devices Worldwide."
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Working with our partners, we estimate the number of infected devices to be at least 500,000 in at least 54 countries. The known devices affected by VPNFilter are Linksys, MikroTik, NETGEAR and TP-Link networking equipment in the small and home office (SOHO) space, as well at QNAP network-attached storage (NAS) devices. No other vendors, including Cisco, have been observed as infected by VPNFilter, but our research continues. The behavior of this malware on networking equipment is particularly concerning, as components of the VPNFilter malware allows for theft of website credentials and monitoring of Modbus SCADA protocols. Lastly, the malware has a destructive capability that can render an infected device unusable, which can be triggered on individual victim machines or en masse, and has the potential of cutting off internet access for hundreds of thousands of victims worldwide.
The threat to computing devices by Meltdown and Spectre is widespread.
- 'Meltdown' and 'Spectre': Every Modern Processor Has Unfixable Security Flaws
- Meltdown and Spectre: Bugs in Modern Computers Leak Passwords and Sensitive Data
- Spectre and Meltdown: Details You Need on Those Big Chip Flaws
- Meltdown and Spectre FAQ: Fix for Intel CPU Flaws Could Slow Down PCs and Macs
- Researchers Discover Two Major Flaws in the World's Computers
All Linux, Mac, and Windows computers with Intel chips may soon be patched to deal with a serious security flaw resulting in performance degradation of up to 30%.
- A Huge Intel Security Hole Could Slow Down Your PC Soon
- Severe Intel Security Issue May Impact All Macs and Windows PCs
- 'Kernel Memory Leaking' Intel Processor Design Flaw Forces Linux, Windows Redesign
- Major Security Flaw Found in Intel Processors