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  • Is Wi-Fi security irretrievably broken?

    Posted on October 15th, 2017 at 19:45 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    There’s a lot of buzz this weekend about a flaw that’s purported to break security on most Wi-Fi connections, allowing an eavesdropper to snoop or use the connection without permission.

    Said to involve CVE-2017-13077, 13078, 13079, 13080, 13081, 13082, 13084, 13086, 13087, 13088, when they’re posted.

    See this thread from @campuscodi and be watching Bleepingcomputer tomorrow for details.

  • “Something bad happened” error in the Microsoft Store

    Posted on October 15th, 2017 at 12:38 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Those of you futzing around with the RTM version of Win10 Fall Creators Update may have encountered this message when opening the Microsoft (Windows) Store. Looks like it’s caused by using an Office 365 Microsoft account to log in to Win10 FCU, and installing a (forced) Photos update called Photos Add-On. Ed Bott has a good rundown on ZDNet.

    More than 70 percent of the early reviews have given the mystery add-on a 1 star rating, with reviewers adding comments like these:

    • Installed without permission
      I didn’t ask for this, I didn’t approve this, I didn’t even know you were planning on installing this. When will you get it that people don’t want YOU to decide what gets installed on MY computer. Stop it already.

    • Forced install
      Not cool, MS.

    • Don’t install without asking
      I have no idea what this even does. Why do I have it and why didn’t I have a choice?

    The bogus “Something bad happened” note was reported by Ed on Oct 12, with details in this Twitter thread between Ed, Richard Hay and Tero Alhonen. Our own @PKCano reported the same error message earlier today.

    Can anybody pin down the exact sequence of events that causes “Something bad happened”? It’s a world-class error message.

  • Petition: Facebook should tell users how they were exposed to Russian propaganda

    Posted on October 15th, 2017 at 07:45 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I just signed it. Suggest you do, too.

    Facebook enabled Russian interference in the United States election in 2016, but refuses to provide a full account to the public. In fact, it has recently removed data that allowed independent researchers to understand the nature and scale of the problem.

    American citizens that use Facebook deserve to know how they were exposed to Russian disinformation and propaganda. Facebook should provide this data to users in an application that makes it easy to understand.

    Users should be able to see how content and advertising messages from identified Russian sources appeared in their timeline, whether they interacted with such media, and basic metrics that quantify their exposure.

  • Ready, set, block 1709!

    Posted on October 15th, 2017 at 07:26 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Unless you want to be part of the unpaid beta testing crew, now’s the time to block Win10 Fall Creators Update. There are plenty of guides to block it on the web – but this one has full details.

    Computerworld feature.