• Cryptic Rumblings Ahead of First 2020 Patch Tuesday

    Cryptic Rumblings Ahead of First 2020 Patch Tuesday
    Brian Krebs: Sources tell KrebsOnSecurity that Microsoft is slated to release a software update on Tuesday to fix an extraordinarily serious security vulnerability in a core cryptographic component present in all versions of Windows. Those sources say Microsoft has quietly shipped a patch for the bug to branches of the U.S. military and to other high-value customers/targets that manage key Internet infrastructure, and that those organizations have been asked to sign agreements preventing them fr
  • Boeing Officially Stops Making 737 Max Airplanes

    Boeing Officially Stops Making 737 Max Airplanes
    Boeing confirmed that it has stopped building 737 Max airplanes in Renton, Washington, as it waits to get permission for the plane to fly again following two deadly crashes that killed 346 people. CNN reports: Boeing will not furlough or lay off workers because of the shutdown, but pain will ripple through its supply chain and could hurt America's economic growth. Boeing would not release a headcount for people who had been working on the plane. The company said the employees will be reassigned
  • AMD Launches Navi-Based Radeon RX 5600XT To Battle GeForce RTX 2060 Under $300

    AMD Launches Navi-Based Radeon RX 5600XT To Battle GeForce RTX 2060 Under $300
    MojoKid writes: Today AMD launched its latest midrange graphics card based on the company's all new Navi architecture. The AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT slots in under $300 ($279 MSRP) and is based on the same Navi 10 GPU as AMD's current high-end Radeon RX 5700 series cards. AMD's Radeon RX 5600 XT is outfitted with 36 compute units, with a total of 2,304 stream processors and is essentially a Radeon 5700 spec GPU with 2GB less GDDR 6 memory (6GB total) and a narrower 192-bit interface, versus Radeon R
  • Wine 5.0 Released

    Wine 5.0 Released
    An anonymous reader quotes a report from BleepingComputer: Wine 5.0 has been released today and contains over 7,400 bug fixes and numerous audio and graphics improvements that will increase performance in gaming on Linux. With the release of Wine 5.0, WineHQ hopes to resolve many of these issues, with the main improvements being:-Builtin modules in PE format: To make games think Wine is a real Windows environment, most Wine 5.0 modules have been converted into the PE format rather than ELF binar
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  • Amazon Boss Jeff Bezos' Phone 'Hacked By Saudi Crown Prince'

    Amazon Boss Jeff Bezos' Phone 'Hacked By Saudi Crown Prince'
    According to the Guardian, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos had his phone "hacked" in 2018 after receiving a WhatsApp message from the personal account of the crown prince of Saudi Arabia. From the report: The encrypted message from the number used by Mohammed bin Salman is believed to have included a malicious file that infiltrated the phone of the world's richest man, according to the results of a digital forensic analysis. This analysis found it "highly probable" that the intrusion into the phone was tr
  • First Case of New Coronavirus Detected In US

    First Case of New Coronavirus Detected In US
    The first case of an infection with a new coronavirus has been discovered in the United States. NPR reports: A man from Washington state returned home after a trip to Wuhan, China, on Jan. 15, sought medical attention on Jan. 19 and now is in isolation at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett, Wash. State health officials say his condition is quite good and even referred to him as "healthy." But testing from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the 20th confirm that he is in
  • Notorious Crime Gang Targets Internet Routers Using Tomato Firmware

    Notorious Crime Gang Targets Internet Routers Using Tomato Firmware
    An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Internet routers running the Tomato alternative firmware are under active attack by a self-propagating exploit that searches for devices using default credentials. When credentials are found, the exploit then makes the routers part of a botnet that's used in a host of online attacks, researchers said on Tuesday. The Muhstik botnet came to light about two years ago when it started unleashed a string of exploits that attacked Linux servers and
  • AR is the 'Next Big Thing', Says Apple CEO Tim Cook

    AR is the 'Next Big Thing', Says Apple CEO Tim Cook
    Apple chief executive Tim Cook believes augmented reality, or technology that overlays virtual objects onto the real world, is "the next big thing" that is poised to "pervade our entire lives." From a report: Shanahan asked Cook about major developments in tech he expects in the next five to 10 years. "I'm excited about AR," said the Big Tech CEO, citing augmented reality as an emerging tech space to watch. "My view is it's the next big thing, and it will pervade our entire lives." [...] Cook al
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  • 14% of Android App Privacy Policies Contain Contradictions About Data Collection

    14% of Android App Privacy Policies Contain Contradictions About Data Collection
    A large number of Android mobile apps listed on the official Google Play Store contain self-contradictory language in their privacy policies in regards to data collection practices. From a report: In an academic study published last year, researchers created a tool named PolicyLint that analyzed the language used in the privacy policies of 11,430 Play Store apps. They found that 14.2% (1,618 apps) contained a privacy policy with logical contradicting statements about data collection. Examples in
  • Federal Workers Kept Clicking on Tech Jobs Months After Shutdown

    Federal Workers Kept Clicking on Tech Jobs Months After Shutdown
    The U.S. government's longest shutdown to date ended a year ago, but the memory may have kept lingering in the minds of federal workers looking for greener pastures in the technology world. From a report: A report released Tuesday by recruiting website Indeed compared clicks by federal employees on private tech jobs against clicks by users not on the federal payroll. That comparison found federal employees' clicks on such jobs were up on average almost 11% in the first 11 months of 2019compared
  • Reminder: Safeguard Websites from Cyberattacks

    Original release date: January 21, 2020
    Protect personal and organizational public-facing websites from defacement, data breaches, and other types of cyberattacks by following cybersecurity best practices. The Cybersecurity and Information Security Agency (CISA) encourages users and administrators to review CISA’s updated Tip on Website Security and take the necessary steps to protect against website attacks.   For more information, review:CISA Insight: Enhance Email and Web Secu
  • Using 'Legacy' Sonos Devices With Modern Ones Will Prevent Any Future Software Updates

    Using 'Legacy' Sonos Devices With Modern Ones Will Prevent Any Future Software Updates
    Sonos has announced that come May 2020, a number of its older products will no longer receive software updates. From a report: That's fair enough, especially considering some of the devices were introduced as far back as 2005. What's likely to raise the heckles of affected Sonos customers, though, is that should they choose to continue using their legacy products, they won't be able to get updates for their contemporary ones. The reason this is the case is that a multi-speaker Sonos system requi
  • Glenn Greenwald Charged With Cybercrimes in Brazil

    Glenn Greenwald Charged With Cybercrimes in Brazil
    Federal prosecutors in Brazil on Tuesday charged the American journalist Glenn Greenwald with cybercrimes for his role in the spreading of cellphone messages that have embarrassed prosecutors and tarnished the image of an anti-corruption task force. The New York Times: In a criminal complaint made public on Tuesday, prosecutors in the capital, Brasilia, accused Mr. Greenwald of being part of a "criminal organization" that hacked into the cellphones of several prosecutors and other public officia
  • Microsoft is Testing Ads in WordPad in Windows 10

    Microsoft is Testing Ads in WordPad in Windows 10
    BetaNews: Over the years Microsoft has taken numerous controversial decisions with Windows 10, including installing sponsored apps, using the Start menu to advertise apps it thinks you might be interested in, and -- of course -- the various forms of data-collecting telemetry. Now it has been discovered that more ads could be on their way. A Windows researcher has uncovered ads in WordPad encouraging people to try out Word, Excel and PowerPoint online. News of the ads was shared on Twitter by Raf
  • Macron and Trump Declare Truce in Digital Tax Dispute

    Macron and Trump Declare Truce in Digital Tax Dispute
    French President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday he had a "great discussion" with U.S. President Donald Trump over a digital tax planned by Paris and said the two countries would work together to avoid a rise in tariffs. From a report: The two leaders agreed to the truce after Paris offered to suspend down payments for this year's digital tax and Washington promised to keep negotiating toward a solution rather than acting on a tariff threat, French sources said. Specifically, Macron and Trump agr
  • Uber Tests a Feature That Lets Some California Drivers Set Fares

    Uber Tests a Feature That Lets Some California Drivers Set Fares
    Uber is testing a new feature that gives some drivers in California the ability to set their fares, the latest in a series of moves to give them more autonomy in response to the state's new gig-economy law. From a report: Starting Tuesday morning, drivers who ferry passengers from airports in Santa Barbara, Palm Springs and Sacramento can charge up to five times the fare Uber sets on a ride, according to a person involved in developing the feature. Uber confirmed in an emailed statement that it
  • Apple Dropped Plan for Encrypting Backups After FBI Complained

    Apple Dropped Plan for Encrypting Backups After FBI Complained
    Apple dropped plans to let iPhone users fully encrypt backups of their devices in the company's iCloud service after the FBI complained that the move would harm investigations, Reuters reported on Tuesday, citing six sources familiar with the matter. From the report: The tech giant's reversal, about two years ago, has not previously been reported. It shows how much Apple has been willing to help U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies, despite taking a harder line in high-profile legal di
  • Uber Sells Food Delivery Business in India To Local Rival Zomato

    Uber Sells Food Delivery Business in India To Local Rival Zomato
    An anonymous reader quotes a report: Uber said on late Tuesday that it has sold its food delivery business, Uber Eats, in India to local rival Zomato as the American ride-hailing giant races to shed lossmaking operations to become profitable by next year. As part of the deal, Uber would own 9.99% of Zomato and its Eats users would become part of the Indian company, the two loss-making firms said. The deal valued Uber Eats' India business between $160 million and $200 million, two people familiar
  • LastPass Is In the Midst of a Major Outage

    LastPass Is In the Midst of a Major Outage
    LastPass has been suffering from a major outage as users are reporting being unable to log into their accounts and autofill passwords. What's odd is the company insists that everything is working properly, even though there's an unusually high number of users reporting issues. ZDNet reports: User reports about login issues have been flooding Twitter, but also the company's forum, Reddit, and DownDetector. Users are reporting receiving the following error when trying to log in: "An error has occu
  • New Research Provides Evidence of Strong Early Magnetic Field Around Earth

    New Research Provides Evidence of Strong Early Magnetic Field Around Earth
    New research from the University of Rochester provides evidence that the magnetic field that first formed around Earth was even stronger than scientists previously believed. The research, published in the journal PNAS, will help scientists draw conclusions about the sustainability of Earth's magnetic shield and whether or not there are other planets in the solar system with the conditions necessary to harbor life. Phys.Org reports: Using new paleomagnetic, electron microscope, geochemical, and p
  • A Newly-Discovered Part of Our Immune System Could Be Harnessed To Treat All Cancers, Say Scientists.

    A Newly-Discovered Part of Our Immune System Could Be Harnessed To Treat All Cancers, Say Scientists.
    An anonymous reader quotes a report from the BBC: The Cardiff University team discovered a method of killing prostate, breast, lung and other cancers in lab tests. The findings, published in Nature Immunology, have not been tested in patients, but the researchers say they have "enormous potential." Our immune system is our body's natural defense against infection, but it also attacks cancerous cells. The scientists were looking for "unconventional" and previously undiscovered ways the immune sys
  • Loot Boxes Push Kids Into Gambling, Says England's NHS Mental Health Director

    Loot Boxes Push Kids Into Gambling, Says England's NHS Mental Health Director
    Claire Murdoch, mental health director of England's National Health Service (NHS), has reignited the loot box controversy with a report claiming they push young people into "under the radar" gambling. PC Gamer reports: "Frankly no company should be setting kids up for addiction by teaching them to gamble on the content of these loot boxes", she said. "No firm should sell to children loot box games with this element of chance, so yes those sales should end." Loot boxes aren't currently regulated
  • Ultrafast Camera Takes 1 Trillion Frames Per Second of Transparent Objects, Phenomena

    Ultrafast Camera Takes 1 Trillion Frames Per Second of Transparent Objects, Phenomena
    After developing the world's fastest camera a little over a year ago, Caltech's Lihong Wang decided that wasn't good enough and started working on an even faster device. A new paper published in the journal Science Advances details a new camera from Wang that can take up to 1 trillion pictures per second of transparent objects. Phys.Org reports: The camera technology, which Wang calls phase-sensitive compressed ultrafast photography (pCUP), can take video not just of transparent objects but also
  • Huge PS5 Leak Spills a Bunch of Info On Sony's Reveal Event

    Huge PS5 Leak Spills a Bunch of Info On Sony's Reveal Event
    A PS5 leak posted on 4Chan, which was later reposted on Reddit, spills a bunch of information on the PlayStation 5 reveal event which is expected to take place in February. According to the leak, the PS5 will be unveiled on February 5 at a PlayStation Meeting event for the media. "The console design, controller, UI/home screen, certain features, console specs, talk from third parties/indie publishers, as well as announcements for PS5 exclusives will be shown," says the leaker.The leak says the P
  • Instagram Drops IGTV Button Because Nobody Was Using It

    Instagram Drops IGTV Button Because Nobody Was Using It
    Instagram is removing the annoying orange IGTV button from its homepage because hardly anyone was using it."As we've continued to work on making it easier for people to create and discover IGTV content, we've learned that most people are finding IGTV content through previews in Feed, the IGTV channel in Explore, creators' profiles and the standalone app. Very few are clicking into the IGTV icon in the top right corner of the home screen in the Instagram app," a Facebook company spokesperson tell
  • Feds Seize WeLeakInfo.com For Selling Access To Stolen Data

    Feds Seize WeLeakInfo.com For Selling Access To Stolen Data
    JustAnotherOldGuy shares a report from PC Magazine: The FBI has shut down a website that offered hackers easy access to 12 billion records stolen in thousands of data breaches. On Thursday, the Justice Department announced it had seized the internet domain to WeLeakInfo.com, a site that was cataloging data taken from more than 10,300 data breaches at various companies and websites over the years. Customers could pay as little as $2 to gain access to the massive trove of data, which was carefully
  • Hospitals Give Tech Giants Access To Detailed Medical Records

    Hospitals Give Tech Giants Access To Detailed Medical Records
    An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Wall Street Journal: Hospitals have granted Microsoft, IBM and Amazon the ability to access identifiable patient information under deals to crunch millions of health records, the latest examples of hospitals' growing influence in the data economy. This breadth of access wasn't always spelled out by hospitals and tech giants when the deals were struck. The scope of data sharing in these and other recently reported agreements reveals a powerful new role
  • Frontier, an ISP In 29 States, Plans To File For Bankruptcy

    Frontier, an ISP In 29 States, Plans To File For Bankruptcy
    An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Frontier Communications is planning to file for bankruptcy within two months, Bloomberg reported last week. The telco "is asking creditors to help craft a turnaround deal that includes filing for bankruptcy by the middle of March, according to people with knowledge of the matter," Bloomberg wrote. Frontier CEO Bernie Han and other company executives "met with creditors and advisers Thursday and told them the company wants to negotiate a pre-
  • China Reports More Than 200 Infections With New Coronavirus From Wuhan

    China Reports More Than 200 Infections With New Coronavirus From Wuhan
    The outbreak of a new virus that began in the Chinese city of Wuhan last month appears to be far from over. Today, Chinese health authorities reported that over 130 new pneumonia cases caused by the virus were identified over the weekend, bringing the total in China alone to 201, including three outside Wuhan. From a report: There has also been a third death from the infection, and South Korea now has reported a case as well -- the third country outside China to do so. Meanwhile, the pattern of
  • People Can Be Identified By the Way They Dance

    People Can Be Identified By the Way They Dance
    Might it be possible that someday in the near future, an official might get you to dance around a bit, in order to confirm that you're really you? Perhaps not, but nonetheless, a recent study has determined that people's identities can be matched to their unique style of dancing. From a report: Scientists at Finland's University of Jyvaskyla started out by using motion capture technology to see if test subjects' psychological traits could be ascertained from the way in which they danced -- such

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