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20 November, 2015
Newsletter issue 18

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and we have a Huge Black Friday Sale coming up! Do stay tuned to our Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter pages to get the promo code as soon as we post it. And when we say huge, it is huge—$70 off your lifetime subscription fee to any of our dedicated server packages. Don’t miss it!

Now on to our usual tech news: Vulnerabilities are grabbing headlines with Adobe Flash clocking in with the most number of flaws used by exploit kits. Meanwhile, an iOS 9 zero-day exploit has made a group of hackers $1 million dollar richer. This month also saw Comcast resetting over 200,000 passwords as a list of its customer data went on sale in the Dark Web.

Interesting tech developments are also unfolding with Microsoft and Red Hat announcing a partnership and Intel going public with a 72-core supercomputing chip called Knights Landing.

Have fun reading and have a great day ahead!

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In this issue

Huge Black Friday Sale!

We will be posting the Black Friday $70 OFF promo code on November 27, 12 midnight EDT in our social media accounts. Follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter to get your hands on the promo code as soon as it is up.

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Adobe Flash has 8 of the Top 10 Vulnerabilities Used by Exploit Kits

Recorded Future collated thousands of sources from the web and found out Adobe Flash Player has the most vulnerabilities used by exploit kits. Spanning the period of January 1, 2015 to September 30, 2015, Adobe Flash Player flaws account for eight of the top ten spots of the most used vulnerabilities by exploit kits.

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Hacker Group Claims $1M for iOS 9 Zero-day Exploit

September 21, 2015, vulnerability broker Zerodium announced a bounty of $1 million to anyone who can create an “exclusive, browser-based, and untethered jailbreak for the latest Apple iOS 9 operating system and devices.” November 2, they announced that one winning team was able to submit a remote, browser-based iOS 9.1/2b jailbreak and would in turn be receiving the million-dollar reward.

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Comcast Resets 200,000 Passwords After Customer Records Went on Sale

November 10, 2015—A post in the Dark Web marketplace offered a list of 590,000 Comcast email addresses and their corresponding passwords. The seller was asking for about USD 300 for 100,000 accounts with USD 1,000 as final price for the whole list.

Comcast’s security team was able to get hold of the list. The cable company then forced a password reset for these 200K accounts.

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Red Hat Partners with Microsoft

November 4, 2015—Microsoft Corp. and Red Hat Inc. announced a partnership that will see the deployment of Red Hat solutions on Microsoft Azure. The most noteworthy component of the partnership is that Microsoft is now offering Red Hat Enterprise Linux as the preferred choice for enterprise Linux workloads on Microsoft Azure.

See key elements of the partnership here.

Intel Released 72-core Supercomputing Chip

November 16, 2015—Intel released a 72-core supercomputing chip to workstations early next year. The Xeon Phi chip is codenamed ‘Knights Landing’ and hardware experts are already predicting that it will be a game changer with it being touted as Intel’s most powerful chip to date.

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