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Scientific research piracy site hit with $15 million fine

Sci-Hub site has been playing a game of domain Whac-a-Mole.

5 weeks after Wcry outbreak, NSA-derived worm shuts down a Honda...

Automaker briefly stops making cars to contain worm that first struck in May.

Understand the .Net CLR thread pool

In the .Net Framework, the CLR is responsible for meting out resources to running applications.
In particular, the CLR thread pool determines when threads are to be added or taken away. Understanding how this works will help you determine how to configure your ASP.Net application for optimal performance.The CLR thread pool contains two kinds of threadsmdash;the worker threads and the I/O completion port or IOCP threads.

That means your ASP.Net worker process actually contains two thread pools: the worker thread pool and the IOCP thread pool. Naturally, these pools have different purposes.When you use methods like Task.Run, TaskFactory.StartNew, and ThreadPool.QueueUserWorkItem, the runtime takes advantage of worker threads for processing. When you make asynchronous I/O calls in your application, or your application accesses the file system, databases, web services, etc., then the runtime uses IOCP threads. Note too that each application domain has its own thread pool.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Login-stealing phishing sites conceal their evil with lots of hyphens in...

Compromised domains target Android users with fake login pages for cloud services.

Nigerian phishing: Industrial companies under attack

In late 2016, the Kaspersky Lab Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team reported on phishing attacks that were primarily targeting industrial companies from the metallurgy, electric power, construction, engineering and other sectors.

As further research demonstrated, this was just part of a bigger story that began much earlier and is unlikely to end any time soon.

Scala goes skinny: Ammonite tunes the heavyweight for simple tasks

Ammonite, an open source tool to use the Scala language for scripting, should debut in its Version 1.0 production version in next two months.The two-year-old project lets Scala be used for small scripts.
It offers an interactive REPL (read-eval-print loop) and system shell capabilities.

The project also can be used as a library in existing Scala projects, via the Ammonite-Ops file system library.[ Use JavaScript in your dev shop? InfoWorld looks at 6 best JavaScript IDEs and 22 JavaScript frameworks ready for adoption. | Keep up with hot topics in programming with InfoWorld's App Dev Report newsletter. ]"Scala has traditionally been a heavy, powerful language with heavy, powerful tools.

Ammonite aims to let you use it for small, simple tasks as well,” said Ammonite developer Li Haoyi, a former engineer at Fluent Systems.

The project enables Scala to vie for tasks that previously have been the domain of Python or the Bash shell for small housekeeping or automation scripts.
It also can be used for file system and system administration.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Two Tickets as Bait

Over the previous weekend, social networks were hit with a wave of posts that falsely claimed that major airlines were giving away tickets for free. Users from all over the world became involved in this: they published posts that mentioned Emirates, Air France, Aeroflot, S7 Airline, Eva Air, Turkish Airlines, Air Asia, Air India, and other companies.

SambaCry is coming

Not long ago, news appeared online of a younger sibling for the sensational vulnerability EternalBlue.

The story was about a new vulnerability for *nix-based systems – EternalRed (aka SambaCry). On May 30th our honeypots captured the first attack to make use of this particular vulnerability, but the payload in this exploit had nothing in common with the Trojan-Crypt that was EternalBlue and WannaCry.

RIG Exploit Kit Takedown Sheds Light on Domain Shadowing

Threat actors hid tens of thousands of shadow domains behind legitimate domains to carry out malicious activity.

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In this research we'll be revisiting the USB port – this time in attempts to intercept user authentication data on the system that a microcomputer is connected to.

As we discovered, this type of attack successfully allows an intruder to retrieve user authentication data – even when the targeted system is locked.

DNS Is Still the Achilles’ Heel of the Internet

Domain Name Services is too important to do without, so we better make sure it's reliable and incorruptible

Defense contractor stored intelligence data in Amazon cloud unprotected

Booz Allen Hamilton engineer posted geospatial intelligence to Amazon S3 bucket.