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MS Office now accounts for 70 percent of the attacks



According to new research by Kaspersky Labs, finding and exploiting vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office is the new edge. According to a presentation of the results, 70 percent of all attacks in the fourth quarter of 2018 were directed against Office.

That's four percent more by nearly four times than two years ago (end of 201

6). The most intriguing thing about Kaspersky's findings, however, is that none of the most heavily exploited vulnerabilities directly addressed Office, but exploits found in certain components of the software.

Why Office? Because Office is rich. In addition, research often focuses on finding specific vulnerabilities (from the good guys, mind you). Once a specific vulnerability becomes known, an exploit on the dark web will be available "within days," ZDNet said. Seriously, you can not win.

In other news, iOS 13 may appear in a system-wide Dark mode, and Apple Pencil has some weird problems. Google is taking steps to make sure new developer apps are safe, Microsoft's own AirPods, and more. Here are the top stories from April 16, 2019.

  • iOS 13 can get a system-wide Dark mode, detachable windows for multitasking, undo gestures, and more. [9to5Mac]
  • If you charge your Apple Pencil with your iPad Pro, you may have trouble unlocking your vehicle with a keychain. Wait what? [Apple Support via 9to5Mac]
  • Google has recently highlighted a few changes to the relationship with Android app developers. The key here, however, is that "it will take more time to review apps from developers who have no track record." This means more human interaction to prevent the spread of malware in Google Play. Well. [Android Developers Blog]
  • It looks like the heavily leaked Pixel 3a and 3a XL will be available from May 7th. Not only that, but Verizon's exclusivity for pixel phones may come to an end, as T-Mobile will carry the 3, 3XL, 3a and 3a XL. That's a smart move. [Android Police, The Verge]
  • Microsoft wants to support this sweet, really wireless earphone action and therefore develops its own. They are currently codenamed "Morrisson", but let's be real: they call them surface buds. [Thurrott]
  • AT & T consolidates its stake in Hulu back to Hulu, meaning that Disney now owns 66 percent of the service. As The Verge points out, this could mean major changes to service as we know it. Pooh. [The Verge]
  • Sony has recently released some details of its upcoming console – probably referred to as "PlayStation 5," but never explicitly stated – and it sounds like an absolute animal . My excitement is overwhelming. [Wired]
  • In the scientific news of the Superclubs, scientists were recently able to print a functional heart with the patient's cells in 3D. What an absolutely incredible breakthrough for transplant patients. [Engadget]
  • In less gratifying science news, SpaceX lost the core thrust of Falcon Heavy in rough seas. The core was successfully landed on a drone ship (for the first time no less), but the sea had other ideas. What a downer. [The Verge]

Although it has nothing to do with science or technology, yesterday brought the devastating news of the fire of the Cathedral Notre Dame. It was really heartbreaking to see a building that has been in flames for almost 700 years, but the resilience of the observed French is inspiring. When the cathedral burned, they gathered to sing hymns in a powerful depiction of humanity.


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