Oct 10, 2018

New cyber vulnerability found in Microsoft Windows OS

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Kaspersky Lab uncovered a new zero-day, or cyber vulnerability, in August in the Microsoft Windows operating system which Microsoft patched this Tuesday after Kaspersky notified the company.

Why it matters: The cyber espionage group "FruityArmor," which is likely responsible for this zero-day, has slowly been ramping up activity over the past two years, Kaspersky assesses.

The details: Kaspersky links FruityArmor with this vulnerability since the group has previously used the same backdoor that ran the exploit in Microsoft's operating system most recently. The attack was “highly targeted” against victims located in the Middle East, per Kaspersky Lab, and was delivered by a PowerShell backdoor.

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Supreme Court to hear Philadelphia case over same-sex foster parents

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The Supreme Court agreed Monday to hear a high-profile case that could reshape the bounds of First Amendment protections for religion.

Why it matters: The direct question in this case is whether Philadelphia had the right to cancel a contract with an adoption agency that refused to place foster children with same-sex couples. It also poses bigger questions that could lead the court to overturn a key precedent and carve out new protections for religious organizations.

Why Apple may move to open iOS

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Apple may finally allow iPhone owners to set email or browsing apps other than Apple's own as their preferred defaults, according to a Bloomberg report from last week.

The big picture: Customers have long clamored for the ability to choose their preferred apps, and now Apple, like other big tech companies, finds itself under increased scrutiny over anything perceived as anticompetitive.