Spectre, Meltdown researchers unveil 7 more speculative execution attacks

Enlarge (credit: Aurich Lawson / Getty Images) Back at the start of the year, a set of attacks that leveraged the speculative execution capabilities of modern high-performance processors was revealed. The attacks were named Meltdown and Spectre. Since then, numerous variants of these attacks have been devised. In tandem, a range of mitigation techniques has […]

Pakistanis rally to demand death for Christian woman facing execution for blasphemy (PHOTOS)

Several thousand protesters hit the streets of Pakistan calling for the Christian woman accused of insulting Islam be put to death. Asia Bibi would become the first person executed for blasphemy if her appeal fails. The Pakistani city of Lahore was the center of Friday’s protests, which were organized by the anti-blasphemy party Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan […]

Billionaire investor Steve Case says the failure of the 2000 AOL Time Warner mega merger taught him a crucial lesson about execution

Hollis Johnson/Business Insider Steve Case is the billionaire founding CEO of AOL and the head of Washington, DC-based venture-capital firm Revolution. In 2000, AOL bought Time Warner for $ 165 billion, making it the largest merger in history at the time. Case left in 2005, correctly predicting it was an unsustainable partnership. He said that […]

Would You Do “Execution Service”?

Frank Thompson carefully strapped the prisoner’s wrists and ankles to the gurney, ensuring they would hold tight. But the death row inmate said the straps were hurting him. As Thompson loosened the buckles, the man looked him in the eyes and said, “Yes. Thanks, boss,” minutes before his execution. As superintendent of the Oregon State […]

Intel’s SGX blown wide open by, you guessed it, a speculative execution attack

Foreshadow explained in a video. Another day, another speculative execution-based attack. Data protected by Intel’s SGX—data that’s meant to be protected even from a malicious or hacked kernel—can be read by an attacker thanks to leaks enabled by speculative execution. Since publication of the Spectre and Meltdown attacks in January this year, security researchers have […]

New Spectre-like attack uses speculative execution to overflow buffers

Enlarge (credit: Aurich Lawson / Getty Images) When the Spectre and Meltdown attacks were disclosed earlier this year, the expectation was that these attacks would be the first of many, as researchers took a closer look at the way that the speculative execution in modern processors could be used to leak sensitive information and undermine […]

Nevada greenlights 1st execution in 12 years, furthering death row inmate’s quest

Nevada has officially scheduled the execution of Scott Raymond Dozier, 47, for July 11. While Dozier has repeatedly stated the wish to die, the sentence was delayed due to ethical concerns over an unusual mix of drugs to be used. Dozier will become the first death row inmate in Nevada jails to be executed in […]

Fake news: Russia dog execution image actually shot in Pakistan (PHOTO)

A picture circulating online of an alleged dog cull in Russia actually depicts Pakistan, during an attempt to reduce the number of stray animals on the streets of Karachi in 2016. Ahead of the World Cup there were fears that Russia would try to exterminate stray dogs in time for the arrival of fans. However, […]

Jaw-dropping street execution fails as gun jams at last second (VIDEO)

Toronto police are hunting a two-man execution team believed to be behind separate assassination attempts. Both bids failed, one of which was thanks to an astounding gun malfunction at the final moment. Investigators are trying to trace the hooded duo who were filmed by CCTV attempting to gun down two different men in the Regent […]