Four Google Chrome extensions found to be malicious

Researchers from security firm ICEBRG found malicious extensions in the Google Chrome Web Store with more than 500,000 overall downloads. Firstly they discovered that “HTTP Request Header” extension were using for a click-fraud scam when they noticed unusual spike in outgoing network traffic. The extension visited advertising-related links in the Web from the infected machines to generate revenue from per-click rewards. Later they investigated another three Chrome extensions that did the same: Nyoogle, Stickies, and Lite Bookmarks.

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AppNexus Provides Free Wi-Fi in the Flatiron

AppNexus, one of our very own clients is giving back to the neighborhood by sponsoring free Wi-Fi access in the Public Plazas of the Flatiron District hailing from 23rd Street and Sixth Avenue to Park Avenue South, with coverage reaching as far as 21st Street and Broadway.  Visitors, workers and neighborhood residents alike can jump for joy!  This is one zone where folks can quickly plugin to get directions, find the nearest lunch spot, shopping, or just a place to chill and take in the sites (and the  sights!).
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Meltdown and Spectre Security Vulnerabilities

Earlier this week, research published by the Project Zero security team at Google brought to public attention a group of security vulnerabilities affecting many modern processors. The vulnerabilities have been given the names Meltdown and Spectre, and could allow an attacker to read arbitrary locations in virtual memory (e.g. read data stored in memory belonging to other user or kernel processes).

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Login Managers and Web Trackers

The site Freedom to Tinker, which is hosted by Princeton’s Center for Information Technology Policy, has started publishing an ongoing series called “No Boundries” around the topic of how third-party scripts on sites can exploit browsers to collect/extract user data in growing ways. 

Their second installment focuses on how the well-known vulnerabilities of browser login managers can provide trackers with user information – not for the purposes of stealing passwords which has been looked at many times, but for the purposes of web tracking which can then be monetized to other companies. Continue reading

Tech Predictions for 2018

2017 has been a busy year for Technology. Dominating the news cycle since January have been ongoing stories and discussions about hacking (from elections to ad networks), cryptocurrencies, smart speakers, self-driving cars, and of course net neutrality. Here are some predictions of what the top Technology stories in 2018 might turn out to be… Continue reading

A big year for HeartyHosting

Building on an excellent 2016, Boyle Software’s cloud services platform HeartyHosting added a slew of terrific new features in 2017. As an AWS partner, we continued to grow our expertise and extend our usage of Amazon’s best-of-breed services, continuously innovating and bringing our clients new levels of efficiency and value. The list of HeartyHosting’s new capabilities, upgrades, and offerings for this past year is impressive:

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Holiday Party 2017

The Empire State Building shows the colors of the holidays...New York City is even more magical during the holidays – the steadfast Empire State Building reflecting the colors of December’s festivities from every angle. Boyle Software colleagues, clients, family, and friends gathered at The Storehouse on bustling 23rd Street last night to make merry and unwind in good company. 

Between the beers, hot toddies, sliders, and mozzarella sticks, it was great to spend a couple of hours appreciating the people with whom we share so many waking hours.

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Long Live Net Neutrality!

Net Neutrality design from http://www.savetheinternet.comEarlier today the FCC voted 3-2 to roll back the rules preventing ISPs from controlling the free flow of bits and bytes on the Internet – a vote that clearly favors Big Business over consumers. But do NOT give up now – this is not a done deal! The New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is assembling a law suit against the ruling and we need to line up behind him – and other state attorneys general – to prevent  this rollback from going into effect. Spare two minutes to watch this video:

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