Tech Wrap-Up 5-17-2022

Tech Wrap-Up 5-17-2022

Tech Wrap-Up 5-17-2022, which is World Hypertension Day. Hypertension, also called high blood pressure, has no obvious symptoms. It is sometimes called the “silent killer.” It also tops the risk factor list for heart disease, stroke, renal complications, and premature death. World Hypertension Day highlights how important it is to monitor your blood pressure. As you take your blood pressure, Tech Help Knowledgebase wraps up the day with a summary of today’s most engaging stories from our social media feeds. We order the story summaries below by user engagement (posts with the most likes, shares, clicks, hashtag clicks, and detail expands) and by the number of impressions received. Our human-curated social media feeds include links to technology news, how-to and help articles, and video tutorials for common issues.

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Today’s Tech Wrap-Up

1. Researchers claim malware can be loaded onto iPhones that have been powered down (TechSpot)

That sounds bad. No evidence shows any exploits of this vulnerability in the wild, at least not yet. According to this piece by TechSpot, the Find My feature in iOS still works for a few hours after a user turns off their iPhone. Certain features run in low-power mode after an iPhone shuts down. Some low power mode firmware is not signed or encrypted. As such, an attacker could modify the firmware to run malware.

2. Apple emergency update fixes zero-day used to hack Macs, Watches (Bleeping Computer)

Contrary to the potential vulnerability discussed above, this security flaw may have been actively exploited in the wild. Fortunately, Apple has since patched the bug, an out-of-bounds write issue impacting macOS Big Sur 11.6, watchOS 8.6, and tvOS 15.5. This is the fifth zero-day flaw patched by Apple so far this year, according to Bleeping Computer.

3. Microsoft warns: This botnet has new tricks to target Linux and Windows systems (ZDNet)

A new botnet variant is targeting a critical flaw to install cryptocurrency mining malware on Linux and Windows systems. Sysrv-K, a new variant of the Sysrv botnet, targets a flaw in the Spring Framework. Even worse, Sysrv-K can also gain control of web servers. Organizations should secure internet-facing systems, apply security updates, and protect credentials, according to Microsoft.

4. IT pros feel the pressure to maintain organizations’ security (Beta News)

New research discovered that cybersecurity professionals spend in excess of four hours each day working on security issues that should not have happened at all. The good news is that IT professionals feel they have a positive impact on their organizations. Many believe they have saved their organizations more than $1 million already in 2022 by blocking attack vectors.

5. Run Chrome Safety Check to detect if you have compromised saved passwords or malicious extensions (Tech Help Knowledgebase)

The world’s most popular web browser can help improve your online safety. Google Chrome web browser includes a feature called Safety Check. Run Safety Check’s safe browsing tools to detect if you have any compromised saved passwords or malicious extensions installed. The free tool also checks to see if you have turned off Google’s Safe Browsing feature and if you have the latest version of Chrome installed.

6. Apple adds live captions to iPhone and Mac, plus more accessibility upgrades to come (Tech Crunch)

New accessibility features are coming from Apple for iPhone, Apple Watch, and Mac, including a live captioning tool and better visual and auditory detection. Look for the new accessibility features later this year.

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