Cybercriminals deployed an Adobe Flash Player zero-day exploit embedded in online ads for close to two months in an attack that targeted US users with a ransomware payload, researchers said here today.

The use-after-free vulnerability, CVE 2015-0313, was patched by Adobe on Feb. 2, and the day after, the attack campaign came to a screeching halt, according to researchers at Malwarebytes, which traced the zero-day's lifecycle after their systems detected the attacks in December of last year.

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HBO is not happy with the leaking of the first four episodes of the latest season of its popular TV series, Game of Thrones, with the company sending out thousands of Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) takedown notices to the pirates who downloaded the leaked episodes.

Just hours from the premiere of the new season on April 12, the first four episodes were leaked online via torrent and streaming sites. Although the leak only contained the screeners' standard definition 480p version, the release did spoil HBO worldwide release plans along with lost revenue.

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Microsoft made a lot of noise in the developer community this week with its announcement that you can now port Android and iOS apps to Windows with new tools. While these tools, for ethical developers, will save time and allow them to leverage assets on other platforms, it does also raise security concerns too.

It's no secret that malicious apps have found their way into the Google Play store and Microsoft wants to make sure those apps are not brought over to the Windows ecosystem.

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Apple has announced that its annual Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) will run from June 8 to 12, and will be held at the Moscone West center in San Francisco. The event is typically focused on Apple's software and platforms, rather than on launching new devices, so it's best not to get your hopes up over the possibility of any new hardware making an appearance there.

Apple is promoting WWDC15 under the theme 'The epicenter of change'. Phil Schiller, Senior Vice President of Apple's Worldwide Marketing, said as part of today's announcement:

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Disney’s ESPN has filed a breach-of-contract lawsuit against Verizon Communications, alleging the telco’s new FiOS Custom TV violates the terms of the sports programmer’s existing contracts.

“ESPN is at the forefront of embracing innovative ways to deliver high-quality content and value to consumers on multiple platforms, but that must be done in compliance with our agreements,” the programmer said in a statement. “We simply ask that Verizon abide by the terms of our contracts.”

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As it enters its fifth season, Game of Thrones fans wait excitedly for the premiere tonight, however, due to what appears to be a screener leak, those fans might not have to wait as long to get a marathon fix of the bloody cable show. The first four episodes have apparently leaked to torrent sites early, giving fans willing to explore the less legal corners of the internet a chance to spoil it for everyone else.

The producers of Game of Thrones are not shy about piracy, they are aware that it is the most pirated show in the world right now, and even admit to seeing some benefit from the throngs of illegal viewers, but this is something new entirely.

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Taking a more granular look, we see a number of Microsoft’s businesses showing some steep declines compared to the previous quarter, including the Surface division which went from over a billion dollars in revenue to around $750 million last quarter, the Xbox division which saw faltering sales and margins and the handset division which also followed the same trend. Not only that but Windows continues to be an ailing division and even Office is down, though that’s partially blamed on the currency fluctuations.

And yet Microsoft’s stock has rallied more than 10% since the report was published and the gains seem to be holding, even after the company warned of possible future write-offs.

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A new security vulnerability has been discovered in slightly older builds of Mac OS X and iOS that could allow hackers to carry out remote denial of service attacks.

Kaspersky Labs has published a security advisory regarding a vulnerability affecting Mac OS X 10.10 and iOS 8. The vulnerability, simply called as "Darwin Nuke" as it affects the Darwin kernel of Apple's OSes, could allow attackers to carry out remote denial of service attacks on the devices running the affected versions of the operating systems.

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Google wants to make mobile more useable with the launched of Google Handwriting Input, letting users handwrite text and emoji on their Android device as an alternative to the traditional keyboard.

The new input, which is available in the Google Play store, supports 82 languages in 20 distinct scripts in both printed and cursive writing style with or without a stylus. Even drawing emoji's is supported in a special mode, which can be accessed by holding down the 'enter' button.

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Tax day in the United States is fast approaching: Under most circumstances, everyone must file their tax forms no later than April 15th. It's definitely not a fun process to go through, but nearly 50% of citizens file their tax returns online, a number that's sure to quickly grow as time goes on.

Your tax forms contain a lot of confidential data about your life, so security is an important facet if you're filing online. Unfortunately, the same report indicates that 65% of people who file online are doing so using an open Wi-Fi connection, meaning they're opening themselves up to potential attacks. Looking at TaxAct as an example, the login page does not automatically redirect to an HTTPS page.

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