Security Alerts & News
by Tymoteusz A. Góral

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#503 Microsoft launches Bot Framework to let developers build their own chatbots
Microsoft today is introducing the Bot Framework, a new tool in preview to help developers build their own chatbots for their applications. There is also a new bot directory full of sample bots — like the BuildBot — that Microsoft is showing off today at the company’s Build developer conference in San Francisco.
#502 Ubuntu’s bash and Linux command line coming to Windows 10
Windows 10 Anniversary Update will include the ability to run the popular bash shell from Unix, along with the rest of a typical Unix command-line environment.
#501 Apple’s Safari Technology Preview is a stable test platform for users and devs
The Technology Preview offers several new features that are included in the nightly builds of WebKit but not in the stable version of Safari. It offers "one of the most complete implementations of ECMAScript 6," the latest version of the standard behind JavaScript; the B3 JIT JavaScript compiler, a new compiler described specifically for JavaScript; a "revamped IndexedDB implementation that is more stable and more standards compliant;" and support for Shadow DOM.
#500 1,400+ vulnerabilities found in CareFusion’s Pyxis SupplyStation, automated medical supply system
Security researchers have discovered 1,418 vulnerabilities in CareFusion’s Pyxis SupplyStation system – automated cabinets used to dispense medical supplies – that are still being used in the healthcare and public health sectors in the US and around the world.
#499 Repeated DDoS attacks force Coinkite bitcoin wallet to close down web service
Coinkite, one of the earliest Web-based Bitcoin wallet services, has announced today plans to discontinue its service and focus on a hardware-based Bitcoin products, all because of a barrage of relentless DDoS attacks.
#498 Seven surprising ways technology is changing your shopping experience
From payments mechanisms to customer services, retailers must find new and interesting ways to keep shoppers happy. Industry experts at the recent RBTE 2016 conference in London revealed seven surprising ways IT-led transformation continues to impact the sector.
#497 To SQL or NoSQL? That’s the database question
It's increasingly apparent that for many, it's no longer an issue of SQL vs. NoSQL. Instead, it's SQL and NoSQL, with both having their own clear places—and increasingly being integrated into each other. Microsoft, Oracle, and Teradata, for example, are now all selling some form of Hadoop integration to connect SQL-based analysis to the world of unstructured big data.
#496 How one hacker exposed thousands of insecure desktops that anyone can remotely view
Badly configured software used on thousands of machines can let hackers into X-ray scanners, industrial control systems, doctors' servers storing medical records, and more.
#495 More than 14,000 college printers in the US are open to hackers
Last week, the notorious hacker and troll Andrew Auernheimer showed just how easy it is to use insecure internet-connected printers to spread hateful racist propaganda. The hacker, also known as Weev, said he used two lines of code to make 20,000 printers, many in colleges and universities, spit out an anti-semitic flyer all over the United States.
#494 Apple's response to the FBI's San Bernardino iPhone hack
"From the beginning, we objected to the FBI's demand that Apple build a backdoor into the iPhone because we believed it was wrong and would set a dangerous precedent. As a result of the government's dismissal, neither of these occurred. This case should never have been brought."
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