The updates for Microsoft's December 2013 Patch Tuesday are out.
Paul Ducklin takes a brief look at what's in, and what's not.
Agency spies snooped on online gaming worlds, including World of Warcraft, Second Life and Xbox Live
The games were so overrun with spies as of 2008, the intelligence outfits mulled a "deconfliction" group so they wouldn't collide into each other.
Everyone we do business with, share data with, outsource operations to, sell things to or buy things from forms a part of our own security chain. A breach at any point in the chain can have an impact on the privacy and integrity of our data.
Without going into detail, US President Barack Obama has said that he'll propose "some self-restraint" to the National Security Agency (NSA) in order to rein in rampant snooping.
Microsoft says it's fast-tracking the encryption of consumer data and moving toward greater source-code transparency. It sounds good on paper, though there are those who question why Skype, for one, was left off the list and how in the world we can trust a for-profit software maker.
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This month really is an omnibus update: all platforms are affected, from XP to 8.1 and from Server 2003 to 2012, including stripped-down Server Core installs.
It looks as though the NDPROXY.SYS kernel bug in XP might be fixed, but, then again, it might not...
A torch that needs to know where you are? What on earth for? So it can adapt the intensity of the light to your latitude?
Of course not! The data was mined and sold to advertisers...
A UK policeman arrested in connection with internet troll abuse against Nicola Brookes that's dragged on over two years has been disciplined with the most severe punishment possible from a "Misconduct Meeting" he attended on Tuesday: namely, a warning. Meanwhile, documents point to PC Rimell having "reconditioned" his PC—read "wiped his hard drive"—a few weeks before investigators showed up looking for evidence.
The US' National Security Agency (NSA) is collecting and storing the locations of at least hundreds of millions of devices, even when they're switched off, according to Edward Snowden.
US President Barack Obama is stuck using a BlackBerry. He actually fought for the right to keep using it when he first got to office in 2009. Let's hope he still likes the gadget, because the powers that be obviously don't think Apple's security profile is president-worthy.
Microsoft, in conjunction with Europol and the FBI, has successfully taken down the click fraud servers used by ZeroAccess, disrupting one of the world's largest and most resilient botnets.
JP Morgan Chase is the latest financial institution to own up to a data breach.
The details are still scanty, but it looks as though it happened back in July, wasn't noticed until September and was only owned up to in December...
New Jersey has slapped a million-dollar fine on an on-line gaming company that sneakily used its own anti-cheating software to mine Bitcoins on its customers' computers.
The company is paying under protest, claiming a "deep misunderstanding of the nature of our business."
A US senator has asked leading car manufacturers to explain how they secure their vehicles against cyber attacks. Democrat Edward Markey asked 20 leading car makers to respond to a set of questions about vehicle security including how they test modern electrical systems and onboard wireless networks.