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Microsoft patches 27 flaws in Windows, Office, IE, and Edge

Microsoft released another batch of security patches Tuesday, fixing 27 vulnerabilities in Windows, Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer, and its new Edge browser.

The patches are organized in nine security bulletins, five of which are rated critical and the rest important, making this Microsoft patch bundle one of the lightest this year in terms of the number of patches.

All of the issues resolved this month are in desktop deployments, but Windows servers might also be affected depending on their configuration.

“For example, Windows servers running Terminal Services tend to act as both desktop and server environments,” said Tod Beardsley, security research manager at Rapid7, via email. However, the majority of Windows server admins out there can roll out patches at a fairly leisurely pace, he said.

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PC monitor hack manipulates pixels for malicious effect

Don’t believe everything you see. It turns out even your computer monitor can be hacked.

On Friday, researchers at DEF CON presented a way to manipulate the tiny pixels found on a computer display.

Ang Cui and Jatin Kataria of Red Balloon Security were curious how Dell monitors worked and ended up reverse-engineering one.

They picked apart a Dell U2410 monitor and found that the display controller inside can be used to change and log the pixels across the screen.

During their DEF CON presentation, they showed how the hacked monitor could seemingly alter the details on a web page. In one example, they changed a PayPal’s account balance from $ 0 to $ 1 million, when in reality the pixels on the monitor had simply been reconfigured.

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Windows 7 PCs with free OS upgrade are still available, for now

Many computer users have upgraded from Windows 7 or 8 to Windows 10 as part of Microsoft’s free upgrade offer, which ends on Friday.

After Friday, holdovers who want to upgrade from Windows 7 will have to shell out US$ 119.99 to $ 199.99 for a Windows 10 license.

But for those who’d rather buy a new PC, Windows 7 laptops and desktops will still be available with the flexibility to upgrade to Windows 10 for free.

PC makers HP, Lenovo, and Dell have stopped selling PCs with home editions of Windows 7. However, they are still selling PCs, loaded with Windows 7 Professional, that can be upgraded to Windows 10 Pro for free.

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FBI probes DNC hack for Russian involvement

The FBI has launched an investigation into the hacking of the Democratic National Committee’s computers, even as more evidence surfaced of possible Russian involvement in the attack.

The data breach was first disclosed last month, when hackers published confidential DNC files, including opposition research on Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Then on Friday, Wikileaks published over 19,000 emails that were stolen from the DNC, some of which now threaten to damage the campaign of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

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