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ICYMI Weekly Tech News Highlights April 21, 2017

By boundless team in · Technology · April 21, 2017

ICYMI Weekly Tech News Highlights is a weekly roundup of relevant technology posts from around the web.

Computer and internet pioneer Robert Taylor dies at 85  

While many people played a role in building the internet, few made as many contributions as Taylor. As a researcher for the Pentagon's Advanced Research Projects Agency in 1966, Taylor was frustrated that he had to use three separate terminals to communicate with researchers through incompatible computer systems.

Our thoughts: At the end of the day, great inventions always solve problems that people are having. That's how you know you're on to something.

Microsoft has already patched the NSA's leaked Windows hacks

Microsoft says it has already patched the Windows exploits released by the Shadow Brokers group. The hacking tools, likely originating from the NSA, were released online yesterday, and Microsoft was able to test and confirm patches are already available for all currently supported versions of Windows. That does mean that older Windows XP or Windows Vista systems could still be vulnerable to three of the exploits released, but it’s unlikely that Microsoft will supply patches for these older versions of Windows as they’re already unsupported.

Our thoughts: Zero day exploits are the worst case scenario for IT as their is no way to defend yourself.

Vigilante botnet infects IoT devices before blackhats can hijack them

Hajime uses a decentralized peer-to-peer network to issue commands and updates to infected devices. This design makes it more resistant to takedowns by ISPs and Internet backbone providers. Hajime uses the same list of user name and password combinations Mirai uses, with the addition of two more. It also takes steps to conceal its running processes and files, a feature that makes detecting infected systems more difficult.
Our Thoughts: It sounds like a hacker who is hacking to do good rather than evil.


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