Microsoft Issues Update To Fix User Printing Problems

Microsoft hasn't had great luck with its Windows 10 updates in recent months. Often, in their quest to improve the OS in one area, they inadvertently break something else.

The company's June 9th update is a classic case in point. On installing the update, a small number of Windows 10 users began experiencing issues with printing.

This lead to the company taking the somewhat unusual step of issuing an out-of-band patch to address the matter.

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Western Digital gets sued for sneaking SMR disks into its NAS channel

All three of the surviving conventional hard drive vendors—Toshiba, Western Digital, and Seagate—have gotten caught sneaking disks featuring Shingled Magnetic Recording technology into unexpected places recently. But Western Digital has been the most brazen of the three, and it's been singled out for a class action lawsuit in response.

Although all three major manufacturers quietly added SMR disks to their desktop hard drive line-up, Western Digital is the only one so far to slip them into its NAS (Network Attached Storage) stack. NAS drives are expected to perform well in RAID and other multiple disk arrays, whether ZFS pools or consumer devices like Synology or Netgear NAS appliances.


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Watch Out for Fake YouTube Channels Asking For Bitcoin

A group of highly organized scammers have commandeered a pair of Youtube channels and renamed them to "SpaceX Live" and "SpaceX" in order to capitalize on the popularity of Elon Musk and his SpaceX company. SpaceX made headlines recently with their manned launch out of Florida. Over the course of just two days, the scammers were able to collect nearly $150,000 in bitcoins.

Here's how the scam works:

It's fairly common knowledge that Elon Musk is a fan of cryptocurrency, and the group, impersonating Musk, uses the pirated channels to promise managed investments. You send them a small amount of bitcoin, and they promise spectacular investment returns.


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BlueLeaks' Data Dump Exposes 269GB of Files From Hundreds of Police Departments

Distributed Denial of Secrets (DDoSecrets), a hacktivist group described as an alternative to WikiLeaks, has posted BlueLeaks, "ten years of data from over 200 police departments, fusion centers and other law enforcement training and support resources. Among the hundreds of thousands of documents are police and FBI reports, bulletins, guides and more."

The files are available, KrebsOnSecurity reports, in a searchable database. The National Fusion Center Association (NFCA) has confirmed the data's validity, saying the leaked files were compiled between August 1996 and June 19, 2020, which covers more than the decade DDoSecrets claimed in their tweeted communiqué. The breach appears to originate with a third party: NCFA believes the data were probably taken from Netsential (a contractor widely used by state fusion centers) by someone who gained entrance to the system using compromised user credentials.

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Internet Based Devices May Have Issues Following SSL Certificate Expiration

Recently, a number of Roku streaming channels mysteriously stopped working, leaving customers scratching their heads trying to figure out what went wrong.

After some research, Roku's support staff discovered that the issue stemmed from a global certificate expiration.

They advised impacted customers to update their certificates manually by visiting the company's website and following the instructions posted there.


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