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Twenty-six years ago, I was shown a vision of the future, and it was amazing. At the tender age of 9, I looked at a world that was all neon and new and instantly found it wild, alien and exciting, and yet at the same time approachable, familiar and livable.
Of course, I’m talking about the seminal film Back to the Future Part II.
There are concepts, inventions, and actual products that exist in 2015 only because they were conceived for use in this movie. No, I don’t mean Jaws 19 (although holograms, giant public video screens and incessant sequels are certainly things of today)—I mean things like this, or even this. Heck, even the Cubs are vying for the World Series as we speak, just as predicted. In that way, the movie stands alone as a work of life imitating art imitating the future imitating now. This is heavy.
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Google Joins Yahoo, AOL in Adopting Stricter Email Authentication
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Hey there everyone welcome back to our Boston studio for another edition of IT Rewind! The infamous Windows support scams are now targeting Macs and the nonprofit that calls itself “Let’s Encrypt” reached a big milestone in its goal for universal HTTPS. Learn more on this week’s episode of IT Rewind!
By now, you’ve probably all heard about the Microsoft tech support scam. If you haven’t you can read more about it by checking out the below link, but in short, a hacker will call claiming to be a Microsoft tech support agent and uses social engineering to obtain control of the computer and install malware. Anyways, researchers at Malwarebytes have recently uncovered a similar campaign targeted at Apple devices. A pop-up disguised as an official OS notification alerts users that there is an issue with their device and provides a number for them to call. There is also a website that prompts users to share their screen with a technician. The site disguises itself as the official apple support page.
Let’s Encrypt, a nonprofit that aims for universal HTTPS for the web, recently reached a big milestone. All major browsers now trust HTTPS certificates. Let’s Encrypt is backed by the EFF and offers free HTTPS certificates to anyone who owns a domain name. HTTPS secures websites in two ways; it encrypts communications between visitors and web servers and it proves that a server belongs to the person or organization that controls it. This service is scheduled to open to the public on November 16th.
Although HTTPS is more secure than HTTP, it’s not bulletproof. Recently discovered attacks on the Network Time Protocol have been able to defeat HTTPS to cause outages, gain access to encrypted communications or even tamper with Bitcoin transactions. The attacks can bypass HTTPS encryption by getting the computer to accept an expired TLS certificate.
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