Cisco has warned customers using its Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) software to patch a dangerous VPN bug that a researcher will be revealing how to exploit this weekend.

Cisco’s ASA operating system for its network security devices has a severe double-free vulnerability in the Secure Sockets Layer VPN feature that it warns “could allow an unauthenticated, remote attacker to cause a reload of the affected system or to remotely execute code”.

A successful attack using multiple, specially crafted XML packets would allow an attacker to take “full control of the system”, according to Cisco’s advisory…

https://search.app.goo.gl/4fUY

The Secret Service has been warning US financial institutions that domestic ATMs are being targeted in jackpotting attacks, according to a new report from well-known security journalist Brian Krebs.

Jackpotting, in which thieves use a variety of tools to hack into ATMs and cause them to dispense large amounts of cash on demand, has been a legitimate threat for several years now. The late computer hacker Barnaby Jack famously showed off an ATM exploit at the Black Hat conference back in 2010. But until now, jackpotting was mostly a threat in Europe, Asia, and Mexico…

https://www.theverge.com/2018/1/29/16947832/jackpotting-atm-machine-hack-cash-malware

Strava is a popular fitness app for Android and iOS, and one of its main features is the ability to see other users’ tracks and runs on a map (or share your own). In November of last year, Strava released a global heatmap, with the tracks of every run and bike ride visible as bands of light. There’s only one problem – it revealed the location of several secret military facilities...

https://search.app.goo.gl/1Gvq

Microsoft has been forced to issue a second out-of-band security update this month, to deal with the issues around Intel’s Spectre firmware updates. Intel warned last weekthat its own security updates have been buggy, causing some systems to spontaneously reboot. Intel then buried a warning in its latest financial results that its buggy firmware updates could lead to “data loss or corruption.”

https://search.app.goo.gl/M1Lm

The rise of AI, its huge potential and fears over its potentially negative consequences is one of the big issues discussed at the WEF.

Artificial intelligence and robots will kill many jobs.” It’s a depressingly blunt statement for anyone to make, but even more so as it is the prediction of Jack Ma, CEO of the Chinese online sales giant Alibaba…

http://www.deccanchronicle.com/technology/in-other-news/260118/artificial-intelligence-robots-technology-kill-jobs.html

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency has officially gained agency-wide access to a nationwide license plate recognition database, according to a contract finalized earlier this month. The system gives the agency access to billions of license plate records and new powers of real-time location tracking, raising significant concerns from civil libertarians...

https://www.theverge.com/2018/1/26/16932350/ice-immigration-customs-license-plate-recognition-contract-vigilant-solutions

Google is releasing a new version of Chrome to users this week, and it includes a number of new interesting features. The best addition is the ability to mute entire sites that autoplay videos. There are a number of sites on the web that have decided to annoy users by playing videos that follow you while you scroll a page with the sound on. Instead of frantically closing the tab (or muting it) and swearing at your monitor, you can now just simply right-click the offending tab and mute the entire site for good. This replaces the previous “mute tab” feature that was only temporary..

https://search.app.goo.gl/Hswd