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From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on June 22, 2019, 12:47 p.m.

Argentina’s blackout and the storm-battered future of the grid

Blackout a reminder that the US grid itself isn't ready for extreme weather either.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on June 21, 2019, 10:40 p.m.

A tale of two cities: Why ransomware will just get worse

Deal or no deal, either way cities pay through the nose because of failed IT practices.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on June 21, 2019, 5 p.m.

Manufacturing memory means scribing silicon in a sea of sensors

"Industry 4.0" is already here for some companies—especially silicon foundries.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on June 20, 2019, 11 p.m.

Potent Firefox 0-day used to install undetected backdoors on Macs

So far, attacks are known only to target Mac users involved in cryptocurrency.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on June 20, 2019, 2:30 p.m.

The trick to saving human factory jobs might be teaming up with the machines

“It’s all about making humans better rather than replacing them."

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on June 20, 2019, 11 a.m.

Researchers think nation-sponsored hackers attacked rival espionage group

Like an episode of Spy vs. Spy, Russian-speaking Turla appears to hijack OilRig's network.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on June 19, 2019, 8:23 p.m.

Starry aims to bring its $50, 200Mbps broadband to 25 more US states

Starry buys 24GHz spectrum to serve apartment buildings, some single-family homes.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on June 19, 2019, 7:26 p.m.

Oracle issues emergency update to patch actively exploited WebLogic flaw

Oracle's WebLogic Java appserver hit with the third in a series of exploited RCEs.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on June 19, 2019, 2:30 p.m.

For the industrial Internet of Things, defense in depth is a requirement

The shift in how we make things brings with it a shift in how we secure things.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on June 18, 2019, 9:16 p.m.

Samsung asks users to please virus-scan their TVs

Samsung Support USA deleted its own virus-scanning recommendation.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on June 18, 2019, 8:53 p.m.

New vulnerabilities may let hackers remotely SACK Linux and FreeBSD systems

Nexflix researchers discovered 4 flaws that could wreak havoc in data centers.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on June 18, 2019, 2 p.m.

The revolution will be roboticized: How AI is driving “Industry 4.0”

IoT has arrived on the factory floor with the force of Kool-Aid Man exploding through walls.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on June 18, 2019, 2 p.m.

Cloudflare aims to make HTTPS certificates safe from BGP hijacking attacks

Free service prevents BGP hijackers from fraudulently obtaining browser-trusted certs.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on June 17, 2019, 10:56 p.m.

Federal bill would allow clean energy companies to structure like oil companies

In the meantime, IEA says value of subsidies for fossil fuels has increased.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on June 17, 2019, 9:44 p.m.

AT&T cuts another 1,800 jobs as it finishes fiber-Internet buildout

1,800 new job cuts in addition to 23,000 AT&T jobs cut since December 2017.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on June 17, 2019, 9:28 p.m.

Russia warns of “cyberwar” following report the US attacked its power grid

NYT reported on US efforts to insert malware into Russia's energy infrastructure.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on June 17, 2019, 7:10 p.m.

“We are very sorry”—Boeing division CEO apologizes for 737 Max deaths

Planes remain grounded as Boeing continues work on a software fix.

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

Hackers behind dangerous oil and gas intrusions are probing US power grids

Group responsible for safety tampering Triconex malware has expanded, researchers say.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on June 14, 2019, 9:10 p.m.

Cable companies can save money now that DOCSIS 3.1 upgrade is mostly done

Broadband investment happens in cycles—despite what the FCC tells you.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on June 14, 2019, 4:25 p.m.

Target’s same-day deliveries might break my Amazon Prime addiction

I tried Target's new same-day delivery service—it was fantastic.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on June 13, 2019, 9:45 p.m.

Ajit Pai says NOAA and NASA are wrong about 5G harming weather forecasts

Pai tells Congress that NOAA warnings are based on bad data.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on June 13, 2019, 1:39 a.m.

If you haven’t patched Vim or NeoVim text editors, you really, really should

Sandbox escape in the ancient text editors lets attackers get a reverse shell.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on June 12, 2019, 11:01 p.m.

Group to fund and operate first hydrogen fuel ferry fleet in the US

Investment group is also exploring refueling infrastructure.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on June 12, 2019, 7:17 p.m.

Huawei cancels MateBook laptop launch because of US export ban

MateBook launch cancelled for this week—and may not happen at all.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on June 12, 2019, 6:58 p.m.

I’ll be passing on Google’s new 2fa for logins on iPhones and iPads. Here’s why

If using Android to log in to Google from an iPad sounds complicated... you're right.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on June 12, 2019, 4:58 p.m.

Researchers discover “Fishwrap” influence campaign recycling old terror news

Over 215 social media accounts tied to effort to get followers through disinformation.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on June 12, 2019, 3:31 p.m.

Google Stadia in 4K might push you past your home-Internet data cap

At Google Stadia's recommended speed for 4K, you'd use 1TB in 65 hours.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on June 11, 2019, 6 p.m.

Researchers use Rowhammer bit flips to steal 2048-bit crypto key

RAMBleed side-channel attack works even when DRAM is protected by error-correcting code.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on June 10, 2019, 11:31 p.m.

As summer heats up, Calif. utility starts cutting power to prevent wildfires

New "public safety power shutoffs" will be more common due to climate change.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on June 8, 2019, 6:05 p.m.

The Catch-22 that broke the Internet

Google's big outage also blocked access to the tools Google needed to fix it.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on June 8, 2019, 5:05 p.m.

BGP mishap sends European mobile traffic through China Telecom for 2 hours

Improper leak to Chinese-government-owned telecom lasts up to two hours.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on June 7, 2019, 2:41 a.m.

Millions of machines affected by command execution flaw in Exim mail server

In some cases, it's trivial for remote attackers to execute commands with root privileges.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on June 6, 2019, 9:47 p.m.

Google confirms that advanced backdoor came preinstalled on Android devices

After Google successfully beat back Triada in 2017, its developers found a new way in.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on June 6, 2019, 8:16 p.m.

The clever cryptography behind Apple’s “Find My” feature

You can track down your stolen MacBook, but no one else can—not even Apple.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on June 6, 2019, 6:08 p.m.

YouTube’s anti-extremism crackdown targets journalist who documents extremism

News videos of a Holocaust denier and white supremacist removed by YouTube.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on June 5, 2019, 10:25 p.m.

YouTube bans neo-Nazi and Holocaust-denial videos in push against hate speech

White supremacists and others who promote discrimination will be banned.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on June 5, 2019, 8:54 p.m.

Warnings of world-wide worm attacks are the real deal, new exploit shows

Latest Metasploit module is being kept private, but time is running out.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on June 5, 2019, 8:26 p.m.

For 5G, AT&T and T-Mobile buy $1.8 billion worth of 24GHz spectrum across US

Verizon, US Cellular, and Starry also bought plenty in FCC's 5G auctions.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on June 5, 2019, 5:25 p.m.

Baltimore’s bill for ransomware: Over $18 million, so far

Mayor says Baltimore is "open for business," but city has lost millions from slowed payments.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on June 4, 2019, 8:45 p.m.

Verizon avoided a decade’s worth of taxes—a new law could make it pay up

Proposed law targets Verizon, which didn't pay tax levied by New Jersey towns.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on June 4, 2019, 8:20 p.m.

238 Google Play apps with >440 million installs made phones nearly unusable

Carefully concealed plugin bombarded users with ads during inopportune times.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on June 4, 2019, 6:13 p.m.

Baltimore ransomware perp pinky-swears he didn’t use NSA exploit

Twitter account shut down after final, expletive-laced warning to mayor.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on June 4, 2019, 2 p.m.

Ajit Pai works to cap funding for rural and poor people, gets GOP backing

FCC vote paves way for budget cap on all universal-service broadband programs.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on June 3, 2019, 10:08 p.m.

Microsoft says mandatory password changing is “ancient and obsolete”

Bucking a major trend, company no longer advises organizations enforce periodic changes.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on June 1, 2019, 11:50 a.m.

Cryptocurrency firms renew push to break free from SEC rules

Kik has started a crowdfunding campaign to support its legal battle.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on May 31, 2019, 9:15 p.m.

Power systems company to build world’s first 1 GW energy storage project in Utah

The project would combine renewable hydrogen and compressed air caverns.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on May 31, 2019, 6:48 p.m.

Microsoft practically begs Windows users to fix wormable BlueKeep flaw

With 1M computers still unpatched, company tries to prevent worldwide wormpocalypse.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on May 31, 2019, 12:58 a.m.

China’s saber-rattling on rare-earths trade has US officials looking for options

Coal runoff could be a solution; Pentagon wants funding for rare-earths independence.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on May 30, 2019, 9:45 p.m.

Advanced Linux backdoor found in the wild escaped AV detection

Fully developed HiddenWasp gives attackers full control of infected machines.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on May 30, 2019, 12:05 a.m.

Hackers actively exploit WordPress plugin flaw to send visitors to bad sites

If you're seeing more malicious redirects than usual, now you know why.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on May 28, 2019, 10:11 p.m.

Trump, steamed over delays, pulls plug on electric carrier catapults

During USS Wasp visit, Trump declares EMALS catapult kaput, orders steam instead.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on May 28, 2019, 6:31 p.m.

Eternally Blue: Baltimore City leaders blame NSA for ransomware attack

Mayor and council president ask for federal disaster dollars to clean up IT toxic waste.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on May 27, 2019, 1 p.m.

Deepfakes are getting better—but they’re still easy to spot

“This means bigger problems for ordinary people.”

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on May 26, 2019, 3 p.m.

Australian rare-earth ore processor wants to build a plant in the US

Rare-earth minerals are mostly processed in China, but a new project could change that.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on May 26, 2019, 2:32 p.m.

Before Netscape: The forgotten Web browsers of the early 1990s

From the archives: Does anybody remember Erwise? Viola? Cello? Let's reminisce.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on May 25, 2019, 1:45 p.m.

Website for storing digital currencies hosted code with a sneaky backdoor

WalletGenerator.net and the mystery of the backdoored random number generator.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on May 24, 2019, 4:11 p.m.

Google bots shut down Baltimore officials’ ransomware-workaround Gmail accounts

Google automatically suspended accounts after detecting they were from same network.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on May 24, 2019, 1:20 a.m.

Fake cryptocurrency apps on Google Play try to profit on bitcoin price surge

Researchers uncover two purported wallets uploaded after bitcoin prices rise.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on May 23, 2019, 8:40 p.m.

Comcast does so much lobbying that it says disclosing it all is too hard

Shareholders say Comcast should stop being secretive about lobbying activity.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on May 23, 2019, 12:25 p.m.

Why a Windows flaw patched nine days ago is still spooking the Internet

Researchers warn dangerous BlueKeep vulnerability is almost sure to be exploited.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on May 23, 2019, 1:41 a.m.

Serial publisher of Windows 0-days drops exploits for 3 more unfixed flaws

SandboxEscaper has published 7 such exploits to date, 3 in the past 24 hours.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on May 22, 2019, 10:22 p.m.

Amazon made video games for its workers to reduce tedium of warehouse jobs

The games are voluntary and have been deployed at five Amazon warehouses.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on May 22, 2019, 4:19 p.m.

Democratic Party’s network security still lags behind GOP, researchers find

Personal data leaks, poor protection of logins, and other gaps still leave major parties vulnerable.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on May 21, 2019, 10:48 p.m.

WannaCry? Hundreds of US schools still haven’t patched servers

A dive into vulnerability data shows even big districts' servers still offering up SMB v. 1.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on May 21, 2019, 10:33 p.m.

Cable TV customer satisfaction falls even further behind streaming video

Pay-TV again ranks last in customer satisfaction among all US industries.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on May 21, 2019, 10:14 p.m.

A year after Hawaii’s Kīlauea eruptions, a nearby geothermal plant eyes restart

Operator hopes to send power back to the grid before the year is out.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on May 21, 2019, 4:27 p.m.

AT&T outclassed Verizon in hurricane response, and it wasn’t close, union says

Union: Verizon used un-credentialed contractors to restore service in Florida.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on May 20, 2019, 5:47 p.m.

Baltimore ransomware nightmare could last weeks more, with big consequences

Houses can't be sold, bills can't be paid while city networks are shuttered.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on May 20, 2019, 4:45 p.m.

Ajit Pai oks T-Mobile/Sprint merger, “requires” 5G rollout that’ll happen anyway

Consumer advocates protest loss of competition; DOJ could still block merger.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on May 19, 2019, 1:30 p.m.

Opera Reborn 3: No modern browser is perfect, but this may be as close as it gets

While not as innovative as its mobile brethren, new release closes the gap with Vivaldi.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on May 19, 2019, 1:15 p.m.

How tech companies are shaping the rules governing AI

Industry group urges EU policymakers not to draw "red lines" around specific uses of AI.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on May 18, 2019, 12:45 p.m.

33 Linksys router models leak full historic record of every device ever connected

Hard-to-fix flaw cause >25,000 routers to leak >756,000 unique MAC addresses.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on May 17, 2019, 11:13 p.m.

Hack on Stack Overflow exposes private data for ~250 users

Intruders who accessed production system remained undetected for at least five days.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on May 17, 2019, 7:40 p.m.

Slack patches vulnerability in Windows client that could be used to hijack files

Vulnerability could have been used to steal documents, add malware to them.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on May 16, 2019, 9:35 p.m.

These firms promise high-tech ransomware solutions—but typically just pay hackers

Two US data recovery firms offer help. ProPublica finds they paid ransoms and charged extra.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on May 16, 2019, 8:45 p.m.

Utility equipment sparked massive California wildfire, investigators say

PG&E makes its way through bankruptcy, now utility is responsible for 85 deaths.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on May 16, 2019, 5:38 p.m.

Trump tries to shut Huawei out of US market with executive order

Trump moves could stop Huawei from buying US tech or from selling to US firms.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on May 16, 2019, 5:23 p.m.

Hackers abuse ASUS cloud service to install backdoor on users’ PCs

Computer-maker's WebStorage software tied to malware attack from the BlackTech Group.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on May 15, 2019, 7:29 p.m.

Google warns Bluetooth Titan security keys can be hijacked by nearby hackers

Attackers can connect their own device to Bluetooth-enabled keys used for 2fa.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on May 15, 2019, 5:28 p.m.

Ajit Pai’s robocall plan lets carriers charge for new call-blocking tools

Pai urges carriers to block robocalls by default, but FCC isn't requiring it.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on May 15, 2019, 11 a.m.

The radio-navigation planes use to land safely is insecure and can be hacked

Radios that sell for $600 can spoof signals planes use to find runways.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on May 14, 2019, 9:48 p.m.

Microsoft warns wormable Windows bug could lead to another WannaCry

Company takes the unusual step of patching RDP bug in Windows 2003 and XP.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on May 14, 2019, 9:06 p.m.

5G networks will likely interfere with US weather satellites, Navy warns

FCC auctions 24GHz spectrum despite likely interference with weather satellites.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on May 14, 2019, 6:15 p.m.

Third-largest coal producer in the US files for bankruptcy

The company staved off bankruptcy for years but continued to face lean markets.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on May 14, 2019, 3:27 p.m.

Disney takes full control of Hulu as Comcast steps aside

But Disney's minimum $27.5 billion payment to Comcast will happen later.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on May 14, 2019, 3 a.m.

WhatsApp vulnerability exploited to infect phones with Israeli spyware

Attacks used messenger's call function. Targets didn't have to answer to be infected.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on May 13, 2019, 7:31 p.m.

Bluetooth harvester signals hacking group’s growing interest in mobile

ScarCruft's new interest in mobile devices suggests the group's continuing evolution.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on May 13, 2019, 4:04 p.m.

Amazon to employees: Quit your job, we’ll help you start a delivery business

Another effort to reduce shipping times, especially for Prime subscribers.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on May 12, 2019, 2 p.m.

Ubuntu 19.04: The Disco Dingo arrives and will really make your IT dept. happy

Even for non-enterprise users, 19.04 offers a faster, more polished desktop.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on May 10, 2019, 6:02 p.m.

FCC says carriers failed Florida after hurricane—but lets them off the hook

FCC finds "voluntary" commitment didn't work, proposes new... voluntary commitment.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on May 10, 2019, 12:50 a.m.

Feds charge Chinese national in 2015 breach of health insurer Anthem

Breach using spear phishing and backdoors exposed data for 78.8 million people.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on May 9, 2019, 9:39 p.m.

Open source bug poses threat to sites running multiple CMSes

Drupal, Joomla, and Typo3 all bitten by bug in PharStreamWrapper.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on May 9, 2019, 6:39 p.m.

SpaceX broadband testing to ramp up with launch of dozens of satellites

Demo satellites launch next week; "satellites for actual service" later in 2019.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on May 9, 2019, 5:47 p.m.

Drones used missiles with knife warhead to take out single terrorist targets

Hellfire missile has spring-loaded blades created to minimize collateral damage.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on May 9, 2019, 3:36 p.m.

Hackers breached 3 US antivirus companies, researchers reveal

Source code, network access being sold online by "Fxmsp" collective.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on May 8, 2019, 9:14 p.m.

Unless you want your payment card data skimmed, avoid these commerce sites

A skimming campaign continues to infect sites with malicious JavaScript.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on May 8, 2019, 4:31 p.m.

“RobbinHood” ransomware takes down Baltimore city government networks

A year after 911 system hit, most of city's networks are down.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on May 7, 2019, 6:08 p.m.

Charter squeezes more money out of Internet users with new cancellation policy

No more prorated final bills: Charter/Spectrum makes it more expensive to cancel.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on May 7, 2019, 5:43 p.m.

After a few misfires, Army’s newest pistol program is slow on the draw

Video: Army says program is on track but cuts 2020 budget for pistols from Sig Sauer.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on May 7, 2019, 7:14 a.m.

Stolen NSA hacking tools were used in the wild 14 months before Shadow Brokers leak

Already criticized for not protecting its exploit arsenal, the NSA has a new lapse.