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Researchers have discovered a web site pushing a PC cleaner tool for Windows that in reality is just a front for the Azorult password and information-stealing Trojan. AZORult is a trojan that when installed attempts to steal a user's browser passwords, FTP client passwords, cryptocurrency wallets, desktop files, and much more. Instead of renting distribution methods such as spam, exploit kits, or being dropped by other trojans, the attackers decided to create a fake Windows utility and an accompanying web site to distribute the Trojan instead. According to the site, G-Cleaner or Garbage Cleaner is a Windows junk cleaner that removes temporary files, broken shortcuts, and unnecessary Registry entries. Overall, it's promoted like all the other system optimization tools that we see regularly being offered. Even when you download and run the program, it looks like countless other homemade PC cleaners and states it will scan your computer for junk files and remove them. When the G-Cleaner program is installed, it will download the main components of the fake PC cleaner and save them to the C:\ProgramData\Garbage Cleaner or C:\ProgramData\G-Cleaner folders depending on the version. It will then extract a randomly named file to the %Temp% folder and execute it. This file is the malware component that will attempt to steal your computer's passwords, data, wallets, and other information. Even though this site and the malware that is being pushed is over one month old, the site is still up and running. Just yesterday, another researcher named JamesWT discovered it again and even a month later, few antivirus vendors were detecting it as malicious. Further details can be found on OUR FORUM.

If you using a Roaming User Profile and customize your Windows 10 Start Menu, any changes will be reset after upgrading to a newer version of Windows 10. Windows creates a profile for every user, which contains the changes made by the logged in user to the Windows configuration or application settings. These user profiles are normally stored on the local computer, but domain admins can configure users so that their profiles are instead stored on a network share as a Roaming User Profile. This allows users to configure the appearance of Windows or make changes to a program's configuration and have those same settings available on any other computer they log into on the same domain. In a support article, Microsoft has stated that users using a Roaming User Profile and who customize the appearance of the Start Menu will have those changes reset after upgrading to a new version of Windows 10. According to Microsoft, you can fix this issue by installing the latest cumulative update for Windows and performing the following a few easy steps. Microsoft notes that this fix will only work if the Start Menu customizations that are stored locally and have not been deleted due to a group policy configured by an administrator. "This will only work if a user’s profile with start menu customization is available locally.  If the profile was deleted due to a group policy, creating a new roaming profile will not help.​" We have the workaround posted on OUR FORUM.

There is a growing disparity in the US between the demand for STEM-related employment and the education and training students receive in preparation for those jobs.  According to the iDTech’s report of 2018 STEM statistics, only 36% of high school graduates are ready for college-level science and “US universities are expected to produce only 29% of the required number of grads” to fill the 1.4 million computer specialist job openings reported by the Department of Labor. Based on most statistics, the issue in a lack of a prominent STEM-educated workforce is the shortcoming of nurturing early interest to which young girls and women becoming rounding errors when all is said and done. Despite 74% of middle school girls expressing some level of interest in math, science, and engineering only 0.3% decided to make a go at in college and of the ones who do seek STEM-related fields in college, they make up 18% of the total computer science undergrad population. The matters are further compounded when breaking down racial segmentation, where the National Science Foundation reported that while math and science scores for 8th graders were increasing ‘modestly’ overtime across the board, “by 2013, the average score of blacks was just above the basic level, whereas whites and Asians/Pacific Islanders had scores near and above the proficient level, respectively.” In an attempt to address the issue of generating and nurturing interest in one of the most underserved communities in young African American women, Microsoft and Black Girls CODE have teamed up to open up a Seattle Chapter of the Oakland based community project dedicated to educating girls of color between the ages of 7 and 17 about computer programming and technology. Learn more by visiting OUR FORUM.

Google has released Chrome 74 to the Stable desktop channel, which makes it available now for everyone to download. This version fixes numerous security vulnerabilities and adds new features such as support for reduced motion preferences and feature policy updates. Windows, Mac, and Linux desktop users can update to Chrome 74.0.3729.108  by going to Settings -> Help -> About Google Chrome and the browser will automatically check for the new update and install it if and when available. With Chrome 74 now being promoted to the Stable channel, Chrome 75 is now the Beta version and Chrome 76 is the Canary version. A full list of all changes in this release is available in the Chrome 74 changelog and further details regarding development features can be found on the Google Chrome Developers platform. As spotted by Techdows.com, this feature is being rolled out gradually to all Chrome 74 users. According to Craig, a Chrome community manager, only a small number of users have this feature currently enabled. Feature policies allow web sites to specify what APIs should be available on a web site. For example, a site can specify that it does not want the "geolocation" API to be used on a site or its iframes by specifying a Feature-Policy: header or through attributes on an iframe. Learn more by visiting OUR FORUM.

Bodybuilding.com fitness and bodybuilding fan website notified its customers of a security breach detected during February 2019 which was the direct result of a phishing email received back in July 2018. As detailed in the data incident notification published on the company's help center, the security breach might "have affected certain customer information in our possession" and, as concluded after investigating the incident with the help of "external forensic consultants that specialize in cyber-attacks," Bodybuilding.com says that it "could not rule out that personal information may have been accessed." The company also stated that there were no full debit or credit card numbers impacted in the security breach because it only stores only the last four digits and only for customers who opted to have their cards stored with their account information. While there is no conclusive evidence that customers' personal information has been accessed by the attackers in the security breach, in the eventuality that it did happen a potential data breach would include customers' "name, email address, billing/shipping addresses, phone number, order history, any communications with Bodybuilding.com, birthdate, and any information included in your BodySpace profile." Follow this on OUR FORUM.

Intel has released a new version of its DCH graphics driver for Windows 10, bringing the version number up to 26.20.100.6709. The biggest highlight of the new release is initial support for the Windows 10 May 2019 Update, which is scheduled to be released to the general public next month. This means the driver is now compliant with the Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) 2.6, and it supports the DirectX 12 Shader Model 6.4 compiler on seventh-generation Intel Core processors or newer, or those with Intel HD Graphics 610 or higher. The driver also comes with the new Intel Graphics Command Center, the completely redesigned management app that Intel introduced a few weeks ago. This is still in early access, but it has seemingly replaced the old Graphics Control Panel nonetheless. The new app follows some of the design guidelines of Windows 10, and it aims to generally simplify the experience for those trying to change visual settings on their computer. Aside from that, there's not a ton that's new in this update, though it should bring some power savings improvements to integrated displays. In addition to the WDDM compliance and improved DirectX 12 support, developers can look forward to PSO cache for Compute Shaders support and improved performance for Direct3D 12 MetaCommands in DirectML. We have more plus the download link posted on OUR FORUM.

 

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