Who needs ransomware to say bye-bye to data that was not backed up when there’s Windows 10? Microsoft has now slammed on the brakes, pulling the rollout of Windows 10, version 1809, as many users reported the deletion of personal files such as those in Documents and sometimes even Pictures, Music and Videos.
Although Microsoft downplayed the number of users affected, it did confirm the data-loss and paused the rollout on Saturday, Oct. 6: “We have paused the rollout of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update (version 1809)* for all users as we investigate isolated reports of users missing some files after updating.”
Most of the affected users lost their files stored in their Documents folder, and the only sure-fire way to recover those files are from a backup. Most of the other reported recovery attempts have failed with the exception of some success via Recuva software.
To make matters worse, it seems the problem had been reported to Microsoft at least three months ago via the Windows Insider Feedback Hub. The complaints were not upvoted and apparently “got buried in the noise.”
U.S. companies hotly deny Chinese spy chip story
Bloomberg Businessweek blew open a can of worms on Thursday when it reported that Chinese intelligence agents had implanted tiny, disguised spy microchips, the size of a grain of rice, onto Super Micro motherboards that were used by 30 U.S. companies and government agencies. Although the report cited 17 unnamed intelligence and company sources, it was hotly denied by Apple, Amazon, Super Micro and even the Department of Homeland Security.
Justice Department name-shames 7 Fancy Bear hackers
The Department of Justice played the name/shame game on Thursday by announcing that a federal grand jury indicted seven Russian GRU Fancy Bear hackers for a plethora of cyber attacks, including those on anti-doping agencies and officials. The full indictment is here (pdf).The FBI posted photos of the Fancy Bear hackers, adding that a federal arrest warrant was issued for each of the men who should be considered “armed and dangerous.” The indictments may be better than nothing, but it is doubtful the Russian hackers will ever stand trial.
Meanwhile in California — smart device security
California is also blazing a trail in smart device security, as a new law which kicks off in 2020 will require internet-of-things devices to have “reasonable security features” and a way to change crappy default passwords.
Speed display signs spying on you
When you drive by a road sign with a digital readout of your speed, smile for the camera. According to a story on Quartz, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is expanding its “nationwide surveillance network” by concealing license plate readers in the speed signs.
Beware Face ID to lock iPhone
The FBI reportedly forced an iPhone X owner to unlock his phone with his face. It’s the first known time law enforcement has gone this route, although the same thing has been done in the past when a suspect was forced to provide a fingerprint to unlock TouchID. It’s a good reminder to use a passcode instead of biometrics to lock your devices.