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Advertising can sometimes be annoying — and sometimes it can be malicious. Businesses that make their money selling advertisements sometimes go too far trying to make sure you see their ads. Recently researchers found that one such business — a big digital-marketing agency — went as far as installing adware on 250 million computers running Windows and macOS all over the world.

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Despite the benefits experienced from unplugging, most individuals still prefer to stay connected when on vacation. But when individuals put convenience over security, by using unsecured Wi-Fi access points that are easily hackable for example, they leave themselves open to the possibility of having their personal information compromised.

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Research is expected to be unveiled today that challenges the industry’s current reliance on dynamic malware analysis as the best means of early detection of infections. Instead, researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology posit that a better approach would be an analysis of network traffic to suspicious domains that would potentially cut detection times down by weeks or even months.

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The developers of the Samba interoperability software suite announced on Wednesday the availability of security updates that patch a serious remote code execution vulnerability. Researchers have warned that there are many vulnerable systems accessible directly from the Internet. The flaw, tracked as CVE-2017-7494, affects all versions of Samba since 3.5.0, released in March 2010.

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