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iTunes for Windows exploit bypassed antivirus to deliver ransomware

A zero-day vulnerability in Apple’s iTunes (and iCloud) software for Windows PCs was leveraged by malicious parties to install ransomware on those machines, while bypassing any antivirus apps.This security hole – and subsequent particularly nasty attack – has now been patched following its disclosure to Apple by security company Morphisec.The exploit in question relied on…


A zero-day vulnerability in Apple’s iTunes (and iCloud) software for Windows PCs was leveraged by malicious parties to install ransomware on those machines, while bypassing any antivirus apps.

This security hole – and subsequent particularly nasty attack – has now been patched following its disclosure to Apple by security company Morphisec.

The exploit in question relied on an “unquoted path vulnerability” which isn’t often seen, Morphisec observes, although it has been found in high-profile software before now, including the Intel Management Engine and ExpressVPN (the latter as recently as July).

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Get six copies of Microsoft Office 365 for free with every McAfee Total Protection antivirus subscription

We’ve never seen anything like this; buy Microsoft Office 365 Home Premium and McAfee Total Protection security suite together and pay only £39.99 (that’s about $41 without sales tax) at Argos for a one-year subscription.At less than 2p (about 1.5c) a day per device, that’s cheaper than buying the security package on its own, and…


We’ve never seen anything like this; buyMicrosoft Office 365Home Premium andMcAfee Total Protectionsecurity suite together and pay only £39.99 (that’s about $41 without sales tax) at Argos for a one-year subscription.

At less than 2p (about 1.5c) a day per device, that’s cheaper than buying the security package on its own, and while it is only available in the UK, there’s another alternative for international shoppers; read on to find more.

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But it gets better; you can stack up to five of these to benefit from Office 365 for the next five years at this cut price rate. Microsoft charges twice that price when purchased directly from their website, which has left us scratching our heads as to the rationale behind the McAfee partnership.

Microsoft Office 365 Home + McAfee Total Protection, only £39.99 at Argos

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Get a Norton AntiVirus Plus annual membership for only $19.99 your first year

Future Publishing earns commissions from Norton LifeLock from buying links on this page. Get online protection and save money with this offer from Norton LifeLock. Norton is offering up to $50 in savings on its annual membership for the first year. Plans start at just $19.99 a year with four different options so you can choose…


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Get online protectionandsave money with this offer from Norton LifeLock. Norton is offering up to $50 in savings on its annual membership for the first year. Plans start at just $19.99 a year with four different options so you can choose the level of protection that’s right for you.

Norton LifeLock is a world leader in digital security, offering identity theft and online privacy protection. The Norton AntiVirus Plus membership provides real-time protection against ransomware, viruses, spyware, malware, and other online threats for one PC or Mac device. The Norton AntiVirus Plus membership also includes 2GB of backup storage so you can store and protect important files and documents. All memberships come with the Norton Virus Protection Promise, which means experts will be available to help keep your devices virus-free or your money back.

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Chrome and Firefox hit by encyption-busting malware – what you need to know

Chrome and Firefox users are being hit by a new strain of malware that’s able to intercept encrypted web traffic.The malware, known as Reductor, was discovered by security researchers at Kaspersky in April this year. The team performed a full investigation, and have now released their findings in a report.Check out our full guide to…


Chrome and Firefox users are being hit by a new strain of malware that’s able to intercept encrypted web traffic.

The malware, known as Reductor, was discovered by security researchers at Kaspersky in April this year. The team performed a full investigation, and have now released their findings in a report.

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Windows 10 problems are ruining Microsoft’s reputation – and the damage can’t be underestimated

Microsoft dreams of a future where its cloud empire dominates – in the computing and business world, as well as game-streaming – and subscription revenue pours in at such a gushing rate that the accountants can barely keep track of the ever-spiralling-upward numbers.But, the software giant’s current slumbers are more likely to be dogged by…


Microsoft dreams of a future where its cloud empire dominates – in the computing and business world, as well as game-streaming – and subscription revenue pours in at such a gushing rate that the accountants can barely keep track of the ever-spiralling-upward numbers.

But, the software giant’s current slumbers are more likely to be dogged by nightmares rather than any sweet dreams of a heavenly cloud-based future. Microsoft’s sleep is probably haunted by visions of poisonous little bugs skittering in the shadows, clustering around the occasional hulking queen of a showstopper that threatens to shred user files in her chitinous mandibles.

Yes, we’re talking about Windows 10, which in recent times has been plagued by an alarming amount of bugs. This started with the infamous October 2018 Update and a doozy of a file deletion faux pas along with a raft of other ‘small but serious’ gremlins that caused the upgrade to actually be put on ice for over a month (an unprecedented move with Windows 10 updates).

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So Microsoft was careful to thoroughly test the following May 2019 Update, holding the upgrade in the final phases of bug squashing for a considerable time, and rolling it out very slowly and cautiously indeed. Quite rightly so, and with apparent success as users subsequently flocked to the upgrade (albeit with many being pushed by an impending support deadline, mind you).

Still, the rollout itself went well enough – certainly in comparison to the previous one – only afflicted by some minor hiccups which are always likely to be present. However, it’s in solving those little issues where Microsoft has come badly unstuck in September.

Cortana in Windows 10

A recent Microsoft fix introduced a fresh bug to Cortana – and things went downhill from there

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Fixing the fixes

At the start of September, some long-standing minor bugs (including compatibility issues with certain Intel storage drivers) were fixed by a patch Microsoft issued for Windows 10 May 2019 Update. The problem was that this cumulative update didn’t just fix bugs, but introduced a new one whereby Cortana suddenly caused high levels of CPU usage.

Then the patch to fix this Cortana bug broke something else – the Start menu and Taskbar. Oh, and it also caused audio issues in certain games, and broke internet connectivity for some folks.

If Windows 10 was a china shop, Microsoft was flailing around between the shelves, and in its efforts to fix a broken spout back onto a teapot, cracked a jug by knocking it over with a stray elbow, before managing to send a set of plates crashing to the floor below in an unholy cacophony of shattering porcelain.

In short, the whole situation felt farcical, and was hardly helped when a subsequent bug ‘fix’ for Microsoft’s built-in Windows 10 antivirus actually broke most of Windows Defender’s scanning functionality.

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