Final Firefox version with Windows XP, plugin support released today

Firefox 52 is out today, and it’s a landmark release for a couple of reasons.

The release is the final major version to support two legacy operating systems: Windows XP and Windows Vista. Future major versions of the browser will require at a minimum Windows 7. Firefox 52 is an Extended Support Release; it will receive security fixes (and only security fixes) for approximately one year. New features, however, will be restricted to the mainline version of Firefox. Microsoft no longer supports Windows XP at all, and Windows Vista drops out of extended support on April 11, 2017. Google dropped Windows XP and Windows Vista support in Chrome in April 2016.

As such, users of those operating systems will still have an actively patched browser for a little while longer, but their days are numbered.

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Ten Things That Are Worse For Your Career Than Getting Fired

Cam is on probation now because Cam’s manager Vince cannot handle Cam’s growing flame. If Vince fires Cam before Cam gets a new job, how will Cam explain having been terminated? Is getting fired bad for your career?

Tinder Select is a secret, members-only version of the app

 Tinder has been operating a members-only version of the platform called Tinder Select, which is meant to serve only the elite users on the app, including CEOs, super models, and other hyper-attractive/upwardly affluent types. One source who was using the app said it’s “for celebrities and people who do really well on Tinder.” It appears that Tinder has invited people to… Read More

After NSA hacking exposé, CIA staffers asked where Equation Group went wrong

Two days after researchers exposed a National Security Agency-tied hacking group that operated in secret for more than a decade, CIA hackers convened an online discussion aimed at preventing the same kind of unwelcome attention. The thread, according to a document WikiLeaks published Tuesday, was titled “What did Equation do wrong, and how can we avoid doing the same?”

Equation Group is the name Kaspersky Lab researchers gave to the hacking unit that was responsible for a string of hacks so sophisticated and audacious they were unlike almost any the world had seen before. For 14 years, and possibly longer, the hackers monitored computers in at least 42 countries, sometimes by exploiting the same Microsoft Windows vulnerabilities that would later be exploited by the Stuxnet worm that targeted Iran’s nuclear program. The backdoors hid inside hard drive firmware and in virtual file systems, among other dark places, and had their own self-destruct mechanism, making it impossible for outsiders to grasp the true scope of the group’s hacks.

Equation Group eventually came to light because of a handful of errors its members made over the years. One was the widespread use of a distinctive encryption function that used the RC5 cipher with negative programing constants rather than with the positive constants favored by most developers. The nonstandard practice made it easier to identify Equation Group tools. Another mistake: failing to scrub variable names, developer account names, and similar fingerprints left in various pieces of Equation Group malware. A third error was the failure to renew some of the domain name registrations Equation Group-infected computers reported to. When Kaspersky Lab obtained the addresses, the researchers were shocked to find some machines infected by a malware platform abandoned more than 10 years earlier were still connecting to it.

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