Facebook “changing” ways it performs social research

Now going to have groups containing a variety of professionals review requests to use Facebook data for research.

New OS X botnet, “communicates” via Reddit

Dr. Web has discovered a new botnet composed of 17000 Macs that can find command servers via Reddit.  Apple has updated “Xprotect” to prevent infection.

National Cyber Security Awareness Month

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) and is designed to engage and educate public and private sector partners through events and initiatives with the goal of raising awareness about cybersecurity and increasing the resiliency of the nation in the event of a cyber incident.  Cybersecurity is a shared responsibility, and everyone can take a few simple steps to make the Internet experience more secure.  Come back each week during October to check out a different cybersecurity theme:  Visit the UTC IT Security page, or click Stop-Think-Connect for more information about the first week of the NCSAM campaign.

Apple patches “shellshock” bash vulnerability

OS X 10.7+ gets an update for bash shell.  Users should upgrade soon.

iOS 8.0.2 released

To fix battery problems and other bugs.

Facebook 747 sized drones

“engineering director of Facebook’s Connectivity Lab, said Monday at the Social Good Summit in New York City. Instead he refers to them as “planes,” seeing as they will be “roughly the size” of airplanes “like a 747,” although much, much lighter..They also will have to be powered by the sun to continuously provide Wi-Fi coverage..”

More on the ShellShock bash vulnerability

Linux, Unix, and OS X operating systems may be vulnerable to the bash shell being exploited.  If bash scripts can be run, via ssh login or web cgi url, then a system may be vulnerable.  All users should upgrade ASAP.  Major Linux distros have released updates.

The Pirate Bay exists “in the cloud.”

21 hosted VMs all “around the world.”

iPhone 6 prelim benchmarks

In short, it’s pretty fast

You cannot charge your iPhone 6 in a microwave oven.

Yes, someone fell for that.