Malware Is Being Distributed Via Fake Windows 11 Installers

Malware is being distributed using a fake Windows 11 installer, according to Kaspersky.

The security firm says one example malware contained in a file called “86307_windows 11 build 21996.1 x64 + activator.exe” increased its file size to 1.75GB using “one DLL file that contains a lot of useless information” to create the illusion that it was a legitimate Windows 11 installation tool. That illusion extended beyond the size of the executable file, too.


Amazon Is Preparing to Accept Cryptocurrency

Amazon doesn’t allow you to pay for orders using cryptocurrency. There are ways around that, but they won’t be necessary for much longer as the company has confirmed it is gearing up to start accepting cryptocurrency as a valid form of payment.

As Tom’s Hardware reports, the first sign this shift is happening was spotted via a new job listing. Amazon is looking to hire a Digital Currency and Blockchain Product Lead who will be tasked with using their “domain expertise in Blockchain, Distributed Ledger, Central Bank Digital Currencies and Cryptocurrency to develop the case for the capabilities which should be developed, drive overall vision and product strategy, and gain leadership buy-in and investment for new capabilities.”


Here’s Why Porn Is Appearing on News Websites Across the Web

The internet is a wonderful place for finding out information, connecting with friends, and being entertained. But it can surprise you when, for example, visiting The Washington Post or Huffington Post results in hardcore porn flashing up on your screen.

As Vice reports, that’s exactly what’s happening at the moment due to a popular video hosting site shutting down and a porn company acquiring its domain name. That, combined with nobody bothering to check if old video embeds still work correctly, is causing quite a bit of embarrassment for both the websites involved and the people visiting them.


FTC Votes to Crack Down on Illegal Right-to-Repair Restrictions

The FTC has voted to ramp up enforcement of illegal repair restrictions that’ve prevented consumers from fixing their electronics without the vendor’s help.

“While unlawful repair restrictions have generally not been an enforcement priority for the Commission for a number of years, the Commission has determined that it will devote more enforcement resources to combat these practices,” the FTC declared in a new policy statement.


Show Support for Your Favorite YouTubers With ‘Super Thanks’

Sometimes a digital thumbs up just isn’t enough to express your gratitude, so YouTube is offering a new and premium way to say thank you to creators called Super Thanks.

Formerly known as the viewer applause experiment, Super Thanks is available with four price options—$2, $5, $10, and $50 (or your local currency equivalent). Each time you give financial thanks, you’ll be greeted with a celebratory GIF and earn a distinct color-coded comment to which creators can directly respond.


ACCC clears 5G as a substitute for fixed-line broadband

NBN Co hit a hurdle in its bid to rein in competition from 5G operators late yesterday, with Australia’s competition watchdog more clearly defining when it will consider 5G “substitutable” for fixed-line services.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) late yesterday confirmed a December draft decision to extend a set of regulations imposed on fixed-line rivals to NBN Co by a further five years.


Hackers Trick Windows Hello With a Single Infrared Image

CyberArk researchers tricked Windows Hello, the passwordless authentication system built into Windows 10 and Windows 11, using a single infrared image accompanied by an all-black frame.

Windows Hello encompasses three authentication methods: a user-generated PIN, a fingerprint scanner, and a facial-recognition tool. CyberArk researchers specifically targeted its facial-recognition capabilities, but issues have also been discovered in other aspects of the system.


Disable the Windows print spooler to prevent hacks, Microsoft tells customers

Microsoft hit yet another snag in its efforts to lock down the Windows print spooler, as the software maker warned customers on Thursday to disable the service to contain a new vulnerability that helps attackers execute malicious code on fully patched machines.

The vulnerability is the third printer-related flaw in Windows to come to light in the past five weeks. A patch Microsoft released in June for a remote code-execution flaw failed to fix a similar but distinct flaw dubbed PrintNightmare, which also made it possible for attackers to run malicious code on fully patched machines. Microsoft released an unscheduled patch for PrintNightmare, but the fix failed to prevent exploits on machines using certain configurations.


Valve’s Handheld Gaming PC ‘Steam Deck’ Lands in Dec.

The rumors were true: Valve’s handheld gaming PC is real.

On Thursday, the company debuted Steam Deck, which is launching this December for $399. The product promises to run all your favorite games from Steam, including AAA titles, but from a portable device.

To pull this off, the hardware uses an AMD APU chip, which includes both a CPU and dedicated graphics built into the silicon. The chip itself features a four-core/eight-thread CPU built with AMD’s older Zen 2 architecture that can achieve a 3.5GHz max clock speed.


Microsoft threatens to bring back Clippy

Microsoft’s “Office Assistant,” commonly known as Clippy, was a talking paperclip with googly eyes that nobody liked. We recently cited its debut appearance in Office 97 as one of the most famous times that Windows sucked, saying that it was often wrong and always irritating. Clippy was so unpopular that even Microsoft itself joined in with the hate, in the form of a series of Office XP ads in 2003 celebrating Clippy’s demise. (You can see them on YouTube if you don’t want to horse around with archives and Flash animations.) In 2007, Clippy was excised from Microsoft Office completely.

The funny thing about the passage of time is that it can make things that objectively sucked seem not so bad in hindsight. For instance, I somehow have fond memories of waking up at 5 am so I could dress in a sticky rain suit and pick tobacco from sodden fields as a teenager; and in a similar vein, Clippy appears to be enjoying a nostalgia-powered uptick in popularity. Microsoft recently released some blast-from-the-past backgrounds for Microsoft Teams that included a loving portrait of the mascot, and now it’s threatening to bring its jaunty anthropomorphised stationary back for real.