MonthDecember 2017

Why Windows 7 updates are getting bigger

Windows 7's security rollups, the most comprehensive of the fixes it pushes out each Patch Tuesday, have almost doubled in size since Microsoft revamped the veteran operating system's update regimen last year.

According to Microsoft's own data, what it calls the "Security Quality Monthly Rollup" (rollup from here on) grew by more than 70% within the first dozen issued updates. From its October 2016 inception, the x86 version of the update increased from 72MB to 124.4MB, a 73% jump. Meanwhile, the always-larger 64-bit version went from an initial 119.4MB to 203.2MB 12 updates later, representing a 70% increase.

The swelling security updates were not, in themselves, a surprise. Last year, when Microsoft announced huge changes to how it serviced Windows 7, it admitted that rollups would put on pounds as the months pass. "The Rollups will start out small, but we expect that these will grow over time,' Nathan Mercer, a Microsoft product marketing manager, said at the time. Mercer's explanation: "A Monthly Rollup in October will include all updates for October, while November will include October and November updates, and so on."

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Malware Decompiler Tool Goes Open Source

Avast's RetDec machine-code decompiler now available for free on Github.

Google Sheds Light on Data Encryption Practices

Google explains the details of how it secures information in the cloud and encrypts data in transit.

Google Sheds Light on Data Encryption Practices

Google explains the details of how it secures information in the cloud and encrypts data in transit.

Former Rutgers Student, Two Others Plead Guilty to Operating Mirai Botnet

Trio faces up to five years in federal prison and fines of up to $250,000

80% of Americans Admit to Risky Cybersecurity Behaviors

Nearly half of survey respondents use unsecured WiFi networks and a third open unsolicited email attachment, a report finds.

Healthcare Faces Poor Cybersecurity Prognosis

Experts say the healthcare industry is underestimating security threats as attackers continue to seek data and monetary gain.

Mingis on Tech: Blockchain explained

It's the most disruptive technology since the arrival of the Internet.

Or maybe it's the next Linux, an open-source technology that offers great promise, but somehow never seems to make it to the mainstream world.

"It," in this case, is blockchain – the buzz-worthy distributed ledger technology that first came into widespread use with Bitcoin represents a new paradigm for the way information is shared. FinTech firms are embracing it and a variety of companies are already rushing to figure out how they can use it to save time and admin costs, according to Computerworld Senior Reporter Lucas Mearian.

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Google Play Offered Fewer Blacklisted Mobile Apps in Q3

Third-party AndroidAPKDescargar store carried the most blacklisted mobile apps.

8 Steps for Building an IT Security Career Path Program

A cybersecurity career-path program can help with talent retention and recruitment.