Cyber Security Today: Ottawa cyber innovation centre, Windows crashing and Harmony Hub update

A new cyber security innovation centre to open, why Windows may be crashing and update your Harmony Hub.

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Spring just started, but some people are looking forward to the fall. That’s when a new lab in Ottawa called the Canadian Cyber Security Innovation Institute will open. The facility is a partnership between the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance and Carleton University. Katherine Thompson, chair of the association’s cyber council, told me the goal is to build a Canadian showcase for innovation. The centre will offer Canadian firms the ability to test applications for security strength as well as help for startups selling solutions to government and critical infrastructure firms. It will have its own data centre and seven-person staff to help application developers. In addition, it will offer online and on-site cyber security awareness training for executives and employees. The institute will be funded through the sale of memberships to the public and private sector.

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Are you having trouble with the April Windows 10 update? You’re not alone. Bleeping Computer reports that some Google Chrome browser users are running into freezes and timeouts after installing that update. The screen goes black and Windows becomes completely unresponsive until the user reboots the computer or restarts their graphic driver.

Apparently there’s two problems: One is a video driver is crashing. That can be fixed by pressing the Windows logo key + Ctrl + Shift + B on your keyboard. That causes the video driver to restart. Or you may have to upgrade to new drivers.

The other problem occurs when a user tries to access a Web site using SSL, or secure sockets layer certificates. The browser reports an error and says the site cannot be reached. It isn’t clear what the solution to that problem is.

Finally, users of Logitech’s Harmony Hub system for remote control of Internet-connected devices in their homes are being told to update their device to fix a serious bug. The bug, discovered by FireEye, could allow a malicious hacker to gain access to a Hub-user’s network and control connected locks, lights, thermostats, TVs and the like. FireEye told the manufacturer about the problem in January, and Logitech released an update on April 10th. They agreed to release news of the exploit a few days ago. But if you haven’t installed the update yet, do so.

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Howard Solomon
Howard Solomon
Currently a freelance writer, I'm the former editor of and Computing Canada. An IT journalist since 1997, I've written for several of ITWC's sister publications including and Computer Dealer News. Before that I was a staff reporter at the Calgary Herald and the Brampton (Ont.) Daily Times. I can be reached at hsolomon [@]

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