‘Foreshadow’: Yet Another Security Flaw Found In Intel Chips 

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A new security flaw in Intel processors has been discovered by researchers that could allow hackers to steal data from the company’s ‘secure’ virtual vaults in Intel chips.

‘Foreshadow’ is the third similar flaw of significance found to have affected Intel designed chips in 2018.

“If used for malicious purposes, this class of vulnerability has the potential to improperly infer data values from multiple types of computing devices,” Intel said on its website. “We are not aware of reports that any of these methods have been used in real-world exploits…But this further underscores the need for everyone to adhere to security best practices.”

‘Meltdown’, ‘Spectre’ and now ‘Foreshadow’, are security flaws that affect millions of Intel, AMD, and ARM processors. If you haven’t done so already, you should update your PC or laptop as soon as you can.

Foreshadow is similar in effect to the Meltdown and Spectre flaws Filehippo.com reported on back in January this year.  

Foreshadow, or L1 Terminal Fault (L1TF) to give the flaw its official name targets Intel’s Security Guard Extensions (SGX) within its Core chips.

“While the bug is in itself an extremely technically complex issue, the issue resides within Intel’s chip Kernel design. Essentially, the kernel on every chip Intel has manufactured in the last decade or so, leaks memory. This leaves users systems open to potentially extremely sensitive data being exposed such as passwords and financial information.” 

For its part, Intel have said software updates are already available and those users who have already updated their systems against Spectre and Meltdown are less vulnerable. According to Intel (at the time of writing) no-one has taken advantage of the “Foreshadow” vulnerability. Collectively however, the flaws have affected billions of computers around the world.

The problem only affects processors released since 2015 to the present day. 

Meltdown, Spectre, and Foreshadow all exploit various flaws in a computing technique known as speculative execution.

Foreshadow was discovered by collaborative work by researchers from KU Leuven university in Belgium and others from the universities of Adelaide and Michigan. After Intel was made aware of the attack, the chip firm then discovered two more related weaknesses.

You should be safe, though, if you’ve already patched your PC as part of the earlier Spectre and Meltdown mitigations that rolled out over the course of the year, according to a blog post from Intel, which disclosed the flaw.

A full list of affected hardware has been posted on Intel’s website.

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Government Leaders Call Italian Bridge Collapse Manslaughter

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Rescuers continue their search for possible survivors and bodies of victims of Tuesday’s highway bridge collapse in Italy. The death toll is at 38, but authorities say some people are still unaccounted for and no one is prepared to call off the search and rescue operation. Hundreds of people have been evacuated from their homes near parts of the bridge that remained standing.


The city of Genoa’s chief prosecutor has said there may still be 10 to 20 people missing and not all the recovered bodies have been identified. Sniffer dogs and large earth-movers are being used to search around large chunks of concrete in the debris of the collapsed bridge. Family members of those unaccounted for still hope a miracle may have kept their loved ones alive.


Meanwhile, hundreds of people have been evacuated from homes near parts of the bridge left standing and were told they may never be able to go back to their homes. Authorities said the homes might have to be torn down, along with the remaining bridge, which will then be rebuilt.





A firefighter pulls a suitcase and carries bags as he accompanies residents to get their belongings from their homes, in Genoa, Italy, Aug. 16, 2018.

A firefighter pulls a suitcase and carries bags as he accompanies residents to get their belongings from their homes, in Genoa, Italy, Aug. 16, 2018.

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte met with Deputy Prime Ministers Matteo Salvini and Luigi di Maio, and the infrastructure minister, Danilo Toninelli, to take immediate measures following the disaster.


Conte declared a state of emergency for the northern port city of Genoa for 12-months and earmarked $5.6 million from national emergency funds for removal of the remaining parts of the bridge and re-developing the road system. He also said Italians would observe a national day of mourning Saturday when state funerals will be held for the victims.





Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, center, arrives at the site where the Morandi highway bridge collapsed, in Genoa, northern Italy, Aug. 15, 2018.

Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, center, arrives at the site where the Morandi highway bridge collapsed, in Genoa, northern Italy, Aug. 15, 2018.

The prime minister also announced the government has begun the process of revoking the contract of the company managing Italy’s highway system. The firm, Autostrade per l’Italia, said it carried out regular maintenance and safety checks on the bridge that gave reassuring results.


A criminal investigation has been launched to ascertain the cause of the collapse. Prosecutors are investigating negligence in maintenance and the bridge’s design.


Genoa chief prosecutor Francesco Cozzi said it is a disaster caused by human failure and those responsible will be liable for manslaughter.


Experts like Antonio Brencich, a professor of construction at Genoa University, had warned two years ago the bridge was in need of being replaced, but his message was not heeded. Since its completion in 1967, the number of vehicles and weight load on the bridge each day significantly increased.


Local residents had also long complained the bridge was unsafe.


Speaking on national television, this Genoa resident said it was an expected tragedy because every day she traveled on it she could feel it move. She added that there was always some repair going on. Even in recent days, workmen were busy on the bridge.


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Apple Releases New iOS 12 Beta After Pulling Bug-Plagued Beta 7

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Apple on Wednesday seeded iOS 12 beta 8 to registered Apple developers, just a few days after pulling the previous beta version due to bugginess.

The new iOS 12 beta can be downloaded through the Apple Developer Center or as an over-the-air update if a device has the proper certificate installed. Apple also released iOS 12 public beta 6 for registered software testers. Aside from the number, it’s identical to developer beta 8.

What Went Wrong?

iOS 12 beta 7 was released on Monday, but the Cupertino tech firm was forced to pull the version due to an apparent bug that caused fairly severe performance issues, alongside other system problems.

Reportedly, users who had downloaded beta 7 experienced problems when attempting to open apps. According to anecdotal reports, there was a significant delay between when an app icon was tapped on, to when the app was actually opened.

While some users reported that the issue resolved itself after about 10 minutes of usage, others seemed to have the problem persist.

Other early adopters of beta 7 also reported general bugginess, app crashes, and systemwide freezing. Those issues did not seem as widespread as the app opening bug, however.

Those issues caused some in the larger iOS ecosystem to recommend skipping the software update.

In any case, Apple apparently deemed the issues severe enough to pull the beta entirely. The company took down the over-the-air update before proceeding to pull the download from the Developer Center.

Because of the issues, there was no public beta analog released for beta 7 — so there’s now a two-number discrepancy between the iOS 12 developer and public betas. Not that that really changes anything.

iOS 12 beta 7 was notable because it killed the Group FaceTime feature which had been present in all beta versions of iOS 12. Apple has apparently decided to delay the feature and release it in a future software update later this fall.

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A Letter By Atal Bihari Vajpayee To US President During Kargil Made Him The Strongest Leader Of India

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A Letter By Atal Bihari Vajpayee To US President During Kargil Made Him The Strongest Leader Of India

Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the three time elected Prime Minister of our country.  The 93-year-old leader had been facing severe health issues for almost a decade now. He was know for his grip over politics, his decisions, and his generosity.

He was the man of peace and friendship even with neighboring country Pakistan. But, there was a moment when he had lost his calm and said, “we will get Pakistanis out, one way or the other’ in a secret letter to US President.”

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It was the time of Kargil  when Pakistani soldiers had infiltrated into the Kashmir Valley and for Vajpayee, it could prove the supreme test of leadership. Vajpayee’s modified act that gave the military a free hand on the battleground of Kargil against Pakistan. But, he also believed the strategy is better left to the generals.

In action, Indian military rushed into the Kashmir valley in the answer and that was the time of June 1999 when operation Vijay had begun which in which 500 Indian soldiers lost their lives in the three-month-long Kargil. But, India successfully captured almost 70% of the territory.

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Then, Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee decided to send a ‘secret letter’ to Bill Clinton( President of US at that time). In the letter, he wrote, If Pak infiltrators did not switch from the Indian territory, “we will get them out, one way or the other.”

When the United States and China refused to threaten India to stop its military operations, Nawaz Sharif ordered his militants to stop the war. And, that move of Vajpayee made him the strong leader of India.

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Published by Kajal Thakur on 16 Aug 2018
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Lawyer: US Youth Activists Will Appeal Setback to Climate Lawsuit

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The dismissal of a lawsuit filed by young people claiming government climate policy falls short will be appealed and marks a minor setback in pursuing legal action on behalf of youth and their rights, experts said.


The legal complaint arguing that the state of Washington must do more to cut carbon emissions was dismissed Tuesday by a judge who said it was a matter for politicians, not courts.





FILE - A train hauling coal runs between office buildings, condos and the downtown waterfront in Seattle, Wash. Scientific consensus holds that the emission of greenhouse gases from the burning of fossil fuels is the main cause of global warming.

FILE – A train hauling coal runs between office buildings, condos and the downtown waterfront in Seattle, Wash. Scientific consensus holds that the emission of greenhouse gases from the burning of fossil fuels is the main cause of global warming.

The judge’s ruling marked the first time a court has dismissed a case filed by youth demanding authorities ramp up efforts to curb climate change by arguing their constitutional rights to due process are being violated, experts said.


A half-dozen similar cases have been filed in states including Florida and Alaska, said Our Children’s Trust, a youth advocacy group that provides legal assistance.


Tougher plan sought


The Washington complaint, filed in February, asked that a statewide target to emit 50 percent fewer greenhouse gases by 2050 be invalidated in favor of more ambitious goals, court documents said.


The dismissal will be appealed, lawyer Andrea Rodgers of Our Children’s Trust told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.


Scientific consensus holds that the emission of greenhouse gases from the burning of fossil fuels is the main cause of global warming.


Washington Superior Court Judge Michael Scott wrote in his dismissal that he hoped the activists “will not be discouraged,” but Rodgers said they were “devastated” and wanted to “present their constitutional claims in a court of law.”


Several of the cases by young people base their arguments on their rights to fair treatment and due process under the U.S. Constitution.


The remaining cases could still be effective in forcing authorities to strengthen climate change regulations, said Katherine Trisolini, a professor of environmental law at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.


“I wouldn’t give up on the courts yet,” she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.


Climate activists are particularly optimistic about a federal case, Juliana v. United States, brought by 21 young activists who say officials violated their rights by failing to address carbon pollution adequately.


Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a bid by President Donald Trump’s administration to halt the lawsuit, filed in 2015.


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Explainer: How Do Security Clearances Work?

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U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday revoked the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan. We take a look at what that means.


What is a security clearance?


A security clearance allows a person access to classified national security information or restricted areas after completion of a background check. The clearance by itself does not guarantee unlimited access. The agency seeking the clearance must determine what specific area of information the person needs to access.


What are the different levels of security clearance?


There are three levels: Confidential, secret and top secret. Security clearances don’t expire. But, top secret clearances are reinvestigated every five years, secret clearances every 10 years and confidential clearances every 15 years.


Who has security clearances?


According to a Government Accountability Office report released last year, about 4.2 million people had a security clearance as of 2015, they included military personnel, civil servants, and government contractors.


Why does one need a security clearance in retirement?


Retired senior intelligence officials and military officers need their security clearances in case they are called to consult on sensitive issues.


Can the president revoke a security clearance?


Apparently. But there is no precedent for a president revoking someone’s security clearance. A security clearance is usually revoked by the agency that sought it for an employee or contractor. All federal agencies follow a list of 13 potential justifications for revoking or denying a clearance, which can include criminal acts, lack of allegiance to the United States, behavior or situation that could compromise an individual and security violations.


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That fancy Cortana thermostat now supports Alexa and Google Assistant

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Apart from voice control, the star of the show is undoubtedly the thermostat’s translucent OLED touchscreen. You can tweak the temperature, check air quality (inside and out) and gauge your energy savings without having to push buttons or twist knobs. You’re paying a lot even compared to high-end rivals like Nest, but it’s not often that you can get a touch-only thermostat that doubles as a conversation piece.

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