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From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on Jan. 23, 2019, 5:57 a.m.

GoDaddy weakness let bomb threat scammers hijack thousands of big-name domains

Revealed: how domains owned by Expedia, Mozilla and Yelp sent bomb hoaxes

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on Jan. 23, 2019, 12:45 a.m.

US appeals court says California can set its own Low Carbon Fuel Standard

State is "rightly concerned with the health and welfare" of Californians, panel writes.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on Jan. 22, 2019, 6:38 p.m.

Pay for Trump’s border wall with $20 online porn fee, Ariz. lawmaker says

Arizona bill would make online porn viewers pay for border wall with Mexico.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on Jan. 22, 2019, 3:17 p.m.

Researchers discover state actor’s mobile malware efforts because of YOLO OPSEC

Ran malware on own phones as test, uploading all their WhatsApp messages, other data.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on Jan. 18, 2019, 8:34 p.m.

Verizon offers free robocall blocking, two years after AT&T and T-Mobile

Verizon's call blocking previously required $3-per-month Call Filter service.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on Jan. 18, 2019, 2 a.m.

Google Play malware used phones’ motion sensors to conceal itself

To elude emulators, banking trojan would trigger only when infected devices moved.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on Jan. 17, 2019, 8:57 p.m.

Oil from humble saltwater plant blended with jet fuel on Etihad Airways flight

Flying is incredibly carbon intensive, and jet fuel is hard to replace.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on Jan. 17, 2019, 6:12 p.m.

Verizon blames school text provider in dispute over “spam” fee

Verizon won't charge spam fee for K-12 users, but it won't kill fee completely.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on Jan. 17, 2019, 12:55 p.m.

Hacked and dumped online: 773 million records with plaintext passwords

Widely circulated "Collection #1" was used in automated credential stuffing attacks.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on Jan. 16, 2019, 10:55 p.m.

Report: DOJ pursuing criminal charges against Huawei for theft of tech

Huawei stole robotic tech from T-Mobile, according to a civil jury.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on Jan. 16, 2019, 2 p.m.

Eight months after discovery, unkillable LoJax rootkit campaign remains active

Control servers for Fancy Bear's UEFI-burrowing malware still responding to pings.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on Jan. 15, 2019, 9:30 p.m.

Nine defendants charged in SEC hacking scheme that netted $4.1 million

Two men accused of hacking SEC and sharing nonpublic files with traders.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on Jan. 15, 2019, 1:30 p.m.

The digital hermitage: How “remote work” has changed over 20 years

Even before Ars' first post, IT Editor Sean Gallagher was pioneering working from home.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on Jan. 15, 2019, 12:50 a.m.

Pwn2Own contest will pay $900,000 for hacks that exploit this Tesla

For the first time, foremost hacking competition adds cars to its lineup.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on Jan. 14, 2019, 5:22 p.m.

Previously secret CIA report documents spear attack against surveillance plane

1960s recounting of attack on low-flying spy plane unearthed by MuckRock.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on Jan. 14, 2019, 1:41 p.m.

After a boom year for new natural gas plants, renewables set to retake the lead

As US carbon emissions increase, cutting natural gas will be the next job.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on Jan. 12, 2019, 5:15 p.m.

New ransomware rakes in $4 million by adopting a “big game hunting” strategy

Ryuk lies in wait for as long as a year, then pounces on only the biggest prey.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on Jan. 11, 2019, 5:20 p.m.

After broken promise, AT&T says it’ll stop selling phone location data

Data ended up on black market—now carriers say they'll halt sales in March.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on Jan. 11, 2019, 1:15 a.m.

A DNS hijacking wave is targeting companies at an almost unprecedented scale

Clever trick allows attackers to obtain valid TLS certificate for hijacked domains.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on Jan. 10, 2019, 9:08 p.m.

Facebook-executive swatting sends significant police response to his home

Armed police respond to hoax he shot wife, tied up kids, and planted bombs.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on Jan. 10, 2019, 5:55 p.m.

AT&T defends misleading “5G” network icons on 4G phones

"I love the fact that we broke our industry's narrative," AT&T executive says.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on Jan. 9, 2019, 9:48 p.m.

Kaspersky blew whistle on NSA hacking tool hoarder

Kaspersky passed suspicious Twitter messages from Martin to US government.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on Jan. 9, 2019, 8:25 p.m.

Hot new trading site leaked oodles of user data, including login tokens

Data leaked by DX.Exchange would be "super easy" to criminalize.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on Jan. 9, 2019, 7:32 p.m.

Report: AT&T plans layoffs despite claiming tax cut would create 7,000 jobs

AT&T memo says company needs to be "faster, leaner, and more agile."

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on Jan. 8, 2019, 7:57 p.m.

Heathrow flights disrupted by yet another drone

Just weeks after Christmas droning at Gatwick, Heathrow gets shut down for an hour.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on Jan. 8, 2019, 4:52 p.m.

Verizon’s 5G promise: It won’t falsely claim 4G phones are really 5G

Verizon asks competitors for accuracy after AT&T "updates" 4G phones to 5G icon.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on Jan. 8, 2019, 4:36 p.m.

Canadian plans to transport oil as solid briquettes move forward

Canadian National Railway is seeking support from government and industry.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on Jan. 8, 2019, 4:24 p.m.

Microsoft, Kroger team up to fight Amazon with high-tech grocery stores

Digitally served prices, promotions, and ads follow customers as they shop.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on Jan. 8, 2019, 2:50 a.m.

Almost $500,000 in Ethereum Classic coin stolen by forking its blockchain

Rollback attack let attackers spent 88,500 previously spent coins.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on Jan. 7, 2019, 11:06 p.m.

Zeroday exploit prices are higher than ever, especially for iOS and messaging apps

As security improves, demand for hacks grows, creating a super-heated market.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on Jan. 7, 2019, 10:30 p.m.

Envious of 5G hype, cable cos. unveil potentially confusing “10G” trademark

But we're still waiting for 1Gbps upload speeds.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on Jan. 7, 2019, 5:50 p.m.

Frontier letting its phone network fall apart, state investigation finds

State: Frontier has refused to issue refunds despite frequent, lengthy outages.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on Jan. 7, 2019, 3:57 p.m.

Please don’t repeat these things WikiLeaks says you can’t say about Assange

Confidential memo promptly leaked.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on Jan. 5, 2019, 2 p.m.

They’re dead to us: The Ars Technica 2018 Deathwatch

Companies, tech, and trends least likely to succeed in 2018, as chosen by Ars editors.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on Jan. 4, 2019, 7:34 p.m.

“Security researcher” dumps files of German chancellor, legislators, bloggers

German government acknowledges breach of hundreds of documents dating back to 2017.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on Jan. 2, 2019, 5 p.m.

Original Star Control creators deploy nuclear option against Stardock

Steam and GOG remove Star Control: Origins from sale following DMCA takedown filing.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on Dec. 31, 2018, 11:15 p.m.

June postscript: 5 unusual things you can make in an Internet-connected oven

The June helps you push toaster oven boundaries... with more and less success.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on Dec. 30, 2018, 10:30 p.m.

Offshore, Act Two: New owner repowers 20-year-old wind farm off Swedish coast

The upgrade doubled the installation's yearly output, prolonged its life by 15 years.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on Dec. 30, 2018, 2 p.m.

Mining company says first autonomous freight train network is fully operational

The system reduces the number of times a train has to stop for engineer shift changes.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on Dec. 28, 2018, 2:15 p.m.

Pilot project demos credit cards with shifting CVV codes to stop fraud

Trial will last 90 days to test effectiveness and timing of CVV change.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on Dec. 27, 2018, 6:15 p.m.

AI invents New Year fireworks names that sound more like the end of humanity

Blast off with Green Event Shorts, Far Exploring Palm, None Star Thunder, and more.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on Dec. 24, 2018, 5:30 p.m.

Using molten salt to “store” electricity isn’t just for solar thermal plants

Startup follows on a number of innovative ideas to make renewable energy more flexible.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on Dec. 22, 2018, 2:51 p.m.

Try your hand at being an operator at the Roseville Telephone Museum

Near Sacramento, Calif., there's a totally amazing free museum—make time for it.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on Dec. 21, 2018, 8:55 p.m.

Four months after its debut, sneaky Mac malware went undetected by AV providers

Does Apple give malware definitions to AV providers? New analysis suggests no.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on Dec. 21, 2018, 5:30 p.m.

How 3ve’s BGP hijackers eluded the Internet—and made $29M

3ve used addresses of unsuspecting owners—like the US Air Force.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on Dec. 21, 2018, 4:45 p.m.

Start your (machine learning) engines: Amazon’s DeepRacer is almost here

Autonomous vehicle fun for the whole family, coming in March for coders.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on Dec. 20, 2018, 9:36 p.m.

I’ll be drone for Christmas: London airport closed for day by drone harassment

Gatwick CEO says drone flights designed to "bring maximum disruption" for Christmas.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on Dec. 20, 2018, 4:34 p.m.

US and allies: New hacks mean China broke 2015 economic espionage pact

China hacked more than 245 companies and agencies, including US Navy and NASA.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on Dec. 20, 2018, 2 a.m.

Microsoft issues emergency update to fix critical IE flaw under active exploit

Memory corruption vulnerability allows drive-by attacks.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on Dec. 19, 2018, 9 p.m.

Facebook “partner” arrangements: Are they as bad as they look?

New York Times report may have misinterpreted what “access” means.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on Dec. 18, 2018, 5:18 p.m.

SpaceX raising $500 million to help build satellite broadband network

SpaceX raising cash after getting approval to launch up to 11,943 satellites.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on Dec. 17, 2018, 9:02 p.m.

Senate committee report details how Russians boosted Trump across all social media

Data shows messages tuned to support Trump, discourage opposition.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on Dec. 17, 2018, 8:38 p.m.

FCC forces California to drop plan for government fees on text messages

FCC said texts aren't telecommunications, causing California to ditch fee plan.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on Dec. 17, 2018, 4:32 p.m.

CenturyLink blocked its customers’ Internet access in order to show an ad

Utah customers were booted offline until they acknowledged security software ad.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on Dec. 14, 2018, 1:45 a.m.

Mass email hoax causes closures across the US and Canada

Emails threaten explosions unless people pay $20,000 in Bitcoin.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on Dec. 13, 2018, 10:20 p.m.

Iranian phishers bypass 2fa protections offered by Yahoo Mail and Gmail

Group breaches SMS-protected accounts. It's still testing attacks against 2fa apps.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on Dec. 13, 2018, 9:24 p.m.

Verizon cuts 10,000 jobs and admits its Yahoo/AOL division is a failure

Verizon's Oath division failing in ad market, and it could get even worse.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on Dec. 13, 2018, 9:03 p.m.

Ohio Congressman: We can fund border wall with “WallCoin”

Author of proposal for regulating ICOs thinks one could help secure border.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on Dec. 13, 2018, 4:45 p.m.

T-Mobile lied to the FCC about its 4G coverage, small carriers say

FCC filing: T-Mobile claimed to cover areas where it hadn't installed 4G cells.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on Dec. 12, 2018, 5:20 p.m.

Amazon Web Services aims to colonize your network with Outpost

Amazon aims to sink itself deeper into enterprises with new tools.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on Dec. 11, 2018, 6:58 p.m.

Supermicro refutes report of malicious implants with audit

In letter to customers, company declares no evidence supporting Bloomberg report.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on Dec. 11, 2018, 4:41 p.m.

Comcast rejected by small town—residents vote for municipal fiber instead

Comcast offered to wire up Charlemont, Mass. for $462,000—town said, "no."

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on Dec. 11, 2018, 2 p.m.

WireGuard gets a new, user-friendly service provider

Veteran VPN provider IVPN launches in-app WireGuard support.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on Dec. 10, 2018, 8:30 p.m.

Google+ bug exposes non-public profile data for 52 million users

Goof let developers see names, email addresses, and more, even when set to be nonpublic.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on Dec. 9, 2018, 11:45 p.m.

50 years on, we’re living the reality first shown at the “Mother of All Demos”

Douglas Engelbart changed computer history forever on December 9, 1968.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on Dec. 7, 2018, 8 p.m.

Why driving is hard—even for AIs

Despite promises of "soon," the infrastructure to support the driverless future isn't there yet.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on Dec. 7, 2018, 1 p.m.

All hail the AI overlord: Smart cities and the AI Internet of Things

AI and machine learning can turn "Smart" cities' mountain of data into lifesaving insights.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on Dec. 6, 2018, 10:08 p.m.

Google Play ejects 22 backdoored apps with 2 million+ downloads

Device-draining downloader used for ad fraud could have recovered other malicious files.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on Dec. 6, 2018, 8:26 p.m.

Amazon “automated machine” punctures bear spray can, 24 employees hospitalized

One employee is in critical condition.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on Dec. 6, 2018, 8 p.m.

NASA’s next Mars rover will use AI to be a better science partner

Experience gleaned from EO-1 satellite will help JPL build science smarts into next rover.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on Dec. 6, 2018, 6:26 p.m.

AT&T/Verizon lobby misunderstands arrow of time, makes impossible claim

USTelecom claims the 2018 net neutrality repeal boosted investment in 2017.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on Dec. 6, 2018, 3 p.m.

Artificial Intelligence and the coming of the self-designing machine

AI and Generative Design are set to change everything we know about manufacturing.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on Dec. 5, 2018, 11:25 p.m.

As US coal use drops to 1979 levels, EPA may ease rules on new coal plants

New plants not expected to be built, but move sends a signal.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on Dec. 5, 2018, 10:05 p.m.

Iranians indicted in Atlanta city government ransomware attack

Samsam ransomware attack that took down Atlanta is connected to another attack in New Jersey.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on Dec. 5, 2018, 8:20 p.m.

Ajit Pai buries 2-year-old speed test data in appendix of 762-page report

Long-delayed report shows DSL ISPs are still bad at providing advertised speeds.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on Dec. 5, 2018, 8 p.m.

With AI at the wheel, this is how cars will change

Autonomous vehicle technology will change the ground rules, and not just for car design.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on Dec. 5, 2018, 5:05 p.m.

Why, in 2018, is Microsoft adding security questions to Windows 10?

Attackers with admin control can abuse the feature to create a persistent backdoor.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on Dec. 5, 2018, 4 p.m.

AI is my co-pilot: Artificial intelligence’s aviation future

Artificial intelligence steps up on the flight deck and in the back office.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on Dec. 4, 2018, 6:13 p.m.

Verizon/AOL helped advertisers track kids online, must now pay $5M fine

AOL knowingly violated children's privacy law with billions of targeted ads.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on Dec. 4, 2018, 2:46 a.m.

Hackers breach Quora.com and steal password data for 100 million users

Other stolen personal data includes names, email addresses, and direct messages.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on Dec. 3, 2018, 8:28 p.m.

iOS apps used Touch ID feature to trick users into paying hefty fees

Apple gives two scam apps the boot after they come to light.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on Dec. 3, 2018, 4:48 p.m.

AT&T makes it more expensive to cancel DirecTV or Internet service

AT&T: No more prorated final bills when you cancel DirecTV, Internet, or phone.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on Nov. 30, 2018, 9:25 p.m.

Tariffs on Chinese rare-earth minerals create a sticky problem for US competitors

Rare-earth minerals mined in the US need to be sent to China for processing.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on Nov. 30, 2018, 6:32 p.m.

Marriott breach leaves 500 million exposed with passport, card numbers stolen

Motivations of hackers are unclear, but proprietary Wi-Fi may have been a target.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on Nov. 29, 2018, 8:50 p.m.

How a phone app detected Sprint’s alleged throttling of Skype

User tests indicate throttling, but there's some room for doubt.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on Nov. 29, 2018, 5:17 p.m.

Mass router hack exposes millions of devices to potent NSA exploit

Years-old UPnP vulnerability being used to expose ports 139 and 445.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on Nov. 28, 2018, 9:23 p.m.

Black box data shows pilots fought control system in Indonesia crash

Flight data shows bad sensor data kept forcing nose of aircraft down.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on Nov. 28, 2018, 7:22 p.m.

Sennheiser discloses monumental blunder that cripples HTTPS on PCs and Macs

Poorly secured certificate lets hackers impersonate any website on the Internet.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on Nov. 27, 2018, 11 p.m.

South Australia is fueling energy storage investment

An AU$100 million fund for energy storage has brought battery companies to Adelaide.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on Nov. 27, 2018, 10:11 p.m.

I’ve got a bridge to sell you. Why AutoCAD malware keeps chugging on

CAD forever changed the design of modern buildings and industrial espionage alike.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on Nov. 27, 2018, 1:25 a.m.

Owner of failed nuclear plant might use golden parachute fund in settlement

Agreement contingent on Dominion Energy purchasing the South Carolina energy company.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on Nov. 26, 2018, 10:55 p.m.

Widely used open-source software contained Bitcoin-stealing backdoor

Malicious code that crept into event-stream JavaScript library went undetected for weeks.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on Nov. 26, 2018, 5:10 p.m.

Hybrid theory: Lockheed Martin, Boeing pitch upgraded F-22, F-15

An F-22 with F-35 tech and a super-powered F-15 Eagle? Air Force isn't interested yet.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on Nov. 22, 2018, 1:06 a.m.

Potentially disastrous Rowhammer bitflips can bypass ECC protections

ECCploit is the first Rowhammer attack to defeat error-correcting code.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on Nov. 21, 2018, 4:45 p.m.

Amazon customers’ names and email addresses disclosed by website error

Company remains mum on key details, including where breach happened and for how long.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on Nov. 21, 2018, 1 p.m.

The Snowden Legacy, part one: What’s changed, really?

In our two-part series, Ars looks at what Snowden's disclosures have wrought politically and institutionally.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on Nov. 20, 2018, 9:26 p.m.

E-commerce site is infected not by one, but two card skimmers

Rival crime gangs race against each other to steal consumers' personal data.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on Nov. 20, 2018, 9:12 p.m.

Ajit Pai wants to raise rural broadband speeds from 10Mbps to 25Mbps

FCC-funded rural broadband currently requires download speed of just 10Mbps.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on Nov. 20, 2018, 5:14 p.m.

Amazon trying to buy 22 cable TV sports channels, including Yankees network

Disney must sell sports networks after buying Fox, and Amazon is bidding.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on Nov. 20, 2018, 4:50 p.m.

Ukraine detects new Pterodo backdoor malware, warns of Russian cyberattack

Revived Gamaredon threat group just part of wave of new attacks tied to Russia's FSB.