“Killware” is here.  Is it as bad as it sounds?

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Accessed on 23 October 2021, 2057 UTC.

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“Killware”: Is it just as bad as it sounds?

The next big cyberthreat is here and it’s called “Killware.” It’s being branded by the media as a type of threat that, as the name suggests, can literally kill you. But is it all it’s hyped up to be?


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The popular streaming service for gamers, Twitch, has been compromised. We look at what happened, what was stolen, and offer advice on what Twitch users need to do next.


Ransom Disclosure Act would mandate ransomware payment reporting


In response to skyrocketing ransomware attacks, the Ransom Disclosure Act would require many companies, local governments, and non-profits to disclose whenever they pay a ransomware demand.


At long last, Microsoft is disabling Excel 4.0 macros by default


After three decades of macro viruses, and three decades of trying to convince every single Excel user individually to disable macros, Microsoft is going disable Excel 4.0 macros for everyone. Read on and learn why this change is such a big deal for cybersecurity.


Lock and Code podcast


ExpressVPN made a choice, and so did I


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