Once, Skype was the go-to video chat app, but those days are long over. With the rise of WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Viber, Duo, and others, many users don't see a reason to have yet another app on their phone when it has the same functionality. However, some people still depend on Skype, be it for business or habitual reasons. This number might shrink further on Android: We're receiving reports that the Microsoft app automatically answers calls for some users, potentially letting callers catch them in unfortunate circumstances. Making matters worse is that Skype is often used as a business tool nowadays, with many remote workers using it to check in with their office. You don't want your boss or clients to see you in underwear — it's yours to decide which of those you think is worse. Normally, you can activate or deactivate a setting that is appropriately named "Answer incoming calls automatically." But for affected users, switching on or off this toggle doesn't change their … [Read more...] about Skype bug automatically answers calls on Android, Microsoft already working on a fix
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Avast security researchers have discovered a new malware strain named Rietspoof that's currently being spread to victims via instant messaging clients such as Facebook Messenger and Skype.In a report published over the weekend, researchers described this new threat as a "multi-stage malware," that was first spotted in August 2018, but which was largely ignored until a noticeable uptick in distribution efforts last month.Rietspoof's main role is to infect victims, gain persistence on infected hosts, and then download other malware strains --depending on the orders it receives from a central command & control (C&C) server.Persistence is gained by the malware by placing an LNK (shortcut) file in the Windows /Startup folder. This is a noisy operation because most antivirus products know to keep an eye on this folder, but Avast says Rietspoof is also signed with legitimate certificates, allowing the malware to bypass security checks.The infection routine is made up of four different … [Read more...] about Rietspoof malware spreads via Facebook Messenger and Skype spam
The other day I came across an author on Twitter looking for a software package that had the writing and editing features of Microsoft Word with the collaborative editing of Google Docs so they could work on chapters of a book with their colleagues without emailing a Word document around and repeatedly merging changes. With the ghostly sobbing of every Office product and marketing person for the last five years ringing in my ears, I suggested that what they were actually looking for was Microsoft Word, with the document saved into OneDrive.Then there was the announcement about the latest frontline worker features in Teams; when it arrived, I spent a moment wondering if I should make a new section in OneNote for Teams information or if I should keep putting it into my Office section. As usual, I clipped it into the Office section, because new apps like Teams are what make Office what it is now: an evolving mix of applications that are continually adding new features and the cloud … [Read more...] about Microsoft Office has changed, how you use it should too
The US government killed off its net neutrality rules in June of this year, but that doesn't mean no one is monitoring whether carriers are blocking or throttling online services. Northeastern University researchers led by computer science professor David Choffnes recently determined that Sprint was throttling Skype. Their finding was based on an analysis of user-initiated tests conducted with Wehe, an app for Android and iPhone that the researchers developed to detect throttling. About one-third of the tests detected Sprint's throttling of Skype, Choffnes said. If the findings are correct, Sprint would be violating a Federal Communications Commission rule requiring Internet providers to disclose throttling. Even though the FCC no longer bans throttling itself, the agency requires ISPs to publicly disclose any blocking, throttling, or paid prioritization.Further ReadingWireless throttling: Senators ask four major carriers about video slowdowns But was Sprint really … [Read more...] about Did Sprint throttle Skype? Researcher explains evidence behind allegation
Produced by Jaime Stolz and Gayane Gayane Keshishyan Mendez "Not again." Yes again. "Not again." This week in Thousand Oaks, California, a madman's bullets left at least a dozen dead. In America this has become a devastating ritual. Two weeks ago it was Pittsburgh. Before that Parkland, Charleston and Las Vegas. Some victims, linked by faith or the color of their skin. Others, simply in the wrong place at the worst possible time. "48 Hours" correspondent Tracy Smith has the story about one young man targeted by hate. Meet Blaze Bernstein. He was 19 years old. Word spread across Orange County. Blaze Bernstein, brilliant, kind-hearted, Jewish and gay, had come home from college for the holidays and vanished. Jeanne Pepper Bernstein: He wanted to spend time with us. He's not gonna just disappear like that. Tracy Smith: But your thought was? Gideon Bernstein: Well it was just so highly unusual. Jeanne Pepper Bernstein: Where had he been? Who had he gone with? We didn't know. Where is … [Read more...] about Blaze Bernstein murder: Was an Ivy League student slain in the name of hate?