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Russ Roberts (https://www.hawaiicybersecurityjournal.net).

Apple adds PQ3 quantum-resistant encryption to iMessage

  • Apple is adding to the iMessage instant messaging service a new post-quantum cryptographic protocol named PQ3, designed to defend encryption from quantum attacks.

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FTC sues H&R Block over deceptive 'free' online filing ads

  • The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) sued tax preparation giant H&R Block over the company's deceptive "free" online filing advertising and for pressuring people into overpaying for its services.

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Insomniac Games alerts employees hit by ransomware data breach

  • Sony subsidiary Insomniac Games is sending data breach notification letters to employees whose personal information was stolen and leaked online following a Rhysida ransomware attack in November.

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Google Pay app shutting down in US, users have till June to move funds

  • Google is retiring the standalone Pay app in the United States. Users have until June 4 to transfer the balance to bank accounts.

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LockBit ransomware gang has over $110 million in unspent bitcoin

  • The LockBit ransomware gang received more than $125 million in ransom payments over the past 18 months, according to the analysis of hundreds of cryptocurrency wallets associated with the operation.

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U-Haul says hacker accessed customer records using stolen creds

  • U-Haul has started informing customers that a hacker used stolen account credentials to access an internal system for dealers and team members to track customer reservations.

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Windows Photos gets AI magic eraser on Windows 10 and later

  • Microsoft's Windows Photos app now has its own generative erase tool that enables users to replace unwanted objects with AI-generated content.

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UnitedHealth confirms Optum hack behind US healthcare billing outage

  • Healthcare giant UnitedHealth Group confirmed that its subsidiary Optum was forced to shut down IT systems and various services after a cyberattack by "nation-state" hackers on the Change Healthcare platform.

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Microsoft has started testing Wi-Fi 7 support in Windows 11

  • Microsoft is testing support for Wi-Fi 7 in Windows 11, which offers multi-gigabit speeds and improved throughput, latency, and reliability compared to previous Wi-Fi generations.

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Microsoft now force installing Windows 11 23H2 on eligible PCs

  • Microsoft has started force installing Windows 11 23H2 on eligible devices that have reached or are close to their end-of-servicing date.

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Bitwarden’s new auto-fill option adds phishing resistance

  • The Bitwarden open-source password management service has introduced a new inline auto-fill menu that addresses the risk of user credentials being stolen through malicious form fields.

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New ScreenConnect RCE flaw exploited in ransomware attacks

  • Attackers are exploiting a maximum severity authentication bypass vulnerability to breach unpatched ScreenConnect servers and deploy LockBit ransomware payloads on compromised networks.

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FTC to ban Avast from selling browsing data for advertising purposes

  • The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) will order Avast to pay $16.5 million and ban the company from selling the users' web browsing data or licensing it for advertising purposes.

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Massive AT&T outage impacts US mobile subscribers

  • Tens of thousands of U.S. customers from Verizon, T-Mobile, and AT&T have been complaining about lack of wireless service or interruptions on Thursday morning.

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LockBit ransomware secretly building next-gen encryptor before takedown

  • LockBit ransomware developers were secretly building a new version of their file encrypting malware, dubbed LockBit-NG-Dev - likely a future LockBit 4.0, when law enforcement took down the cybercriminal's infrastructure earlier this week.

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Joomla fixes XSS flaws that could expose sites to RCE attacks

  • Five vulnerabilities have been discovered in the Joomla content management system that could be leveraged to execute arbitrary code on vulnerable websites.

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