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From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on July 15, 2019, 5:58 p.m. (unread)

Office 365 declared illegal in German schools due to privacy risks

Microsoft's future in Germany is in question again.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on July 12, 2019, 10:40 p.m.

Gartner, IDC agree that PC sales are up—but they don’t agree what a PC is

The PC market is doing well so far, largely due to Windows 7's impending demise.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on July 12, 2019, 4:32 p.m.

Charter gets final approval to stay in NY despite breaking merger promise

Charter gets extra year to meet Time Warner Cable merger requirement.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on July 12, 2019, 12:40 a.m.

Website driveby attacks on routers are alive and well. Here’s what to do

Researchers detect 4.6 million attempts over 2 months in Brazil alone.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on July 11, 2019, 8:31 p.m.

Google workers listen to your “OK Google” queries—one of them leaked recordings

News service identified Google users by listening to 1,000 leaked recordings.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on July 11, 2019, 7:28 p.m.

Eavesdropping flaw prompts Apple to suspend Walkie-Talkie app

Apple Watch app can let attackers listen to iPhone mic without permission.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on July 11, 2019, 5:25 p.m.

US puts rush order on long-range air-to-air missile

Video: AIM-260 needed to counter Chinese, Russian missiles with ranges over 300km.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on July 11, 2019, 12:50 a.m.

Silent Mac update nukes dangerous webserver installed by Zoom

Fix also requires users to confirm they want to join a Zoom conference.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on July 10, 2019, 11:20 p.m.

Whitehats use DoS attack to score key victory against ransomware crooks

Victory is anything but decisive, as crooks live to fight another day.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on July 10, 2019, 11:06 p.m.

AT&T’s robocall-blocking expansion won’t block spam calls unless you pay extra

With free version, you get "personal block list" instead of automatic blocking.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on July 10, 2019, 8:10 p.m.

“This is crazy”: FCC kills part of San Francisco’s broadband-competition law

But it's not clear whether the FCC preemption will actually change anything.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on July 9, 2019, 11:33 p.m.

Zoom for Mac makes it too easy for hackers to access webcams. Here’s what to do

Read this before clicking on that Web link in your bathrobe.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on July 9, 2019, 9:24 p.m.

AT&T takes some Time Warner shows off Netflix, makes them exclusive to HBO Max

HBO Max coming in spring 2020, combining HBO and other Time Warner content.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on July 9, 2019, 7:02 p.m.

T-Mobile demands forced arbitration to avoid lawsuit over selling users’ data

T-Mobile fights suit that says it broke law by selling users' phone-location data.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on July 9, 2019, 6:40 p.m.

Report: Russian intel started the Seth Rich rumor to cover for DNC hack

Yahoo News' Michael Isikoff claims SVR was the source of story in "ConspiracyLand" podcast.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on July 8, 2019, 10:54 p.m.

Russian spy sub crew prevented nuclear accident at cost of their lives

Submarine was on "combat training mission" with civilian expert aboard for equipment test.

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

Amazon plans nationwide broadband—with both home and mobile service

Amazon seeks FCC approval to launch 3,236 low-Earth broadband satellites.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on July 5, 2019, 3:30 p.m.

Penetration testing takes on new meaning when cyber meets Harlequin

What happens when a romance writer takes on the cybers? Unintentional hilarity.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on July 4, 2019, 12:49 a.m.

The Internet broke today: Facebook, Verizon, and more see major outages

Verizon, Cloudflare, Microsoft, Facebook, and Twitter are all having problems.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on July 3, 2019, 8:02 p.m.

T-Mobile enemy Dish could help save the T-Mobile/Sprint merger

Dish could resell T-Mobile/Sprint network access in deal to save merger.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on July 3, 2019, 1:50 a.m.

D-Link agrees to new security monitoring to settle FTC charges

Agreement settles charges D-Link left users open to critical and widespread threats.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on July 2, 2019, 9:05 p.m.

Georgia court systems recovering from apparent Ryuk ransomware

But a Florida city pays $600k in ransom and still faces $1m in security fixes.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on July 2, 2019, 8:28 p.m.

Frontier customer bought his own router—but has to pay $10 rental fee anyway

Customer-owned FiOS router works just fine, but Frontier refuses to waive fee.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on July 2, 2019, 1:40 a.m.

Researchers crack open Facebook campaign that pushed malware for years

Facebook removes pages following discovery of a campaign that hid in plain sight.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on July 1, 2019, 9:52 p.m.

Ryuk, Ryuk, Ryuk: Georgia’s courts hit by ransomware

It looks like another Ryuk ransomware campaign is responsible.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on July 1, 2019, 7 p.m.

Google Stadia exec isn’t worried about data caps—but he probably should be

Google puts its faith in the generosity of ISPs as it launches game streaming.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on June 29, 2019, 12:45 p.m.

In-the-wild Mac malware kept busy in June—here’s a rundown

Newly disclosed OSX/CrescentCore is 1 of 6 Mac threats to come to light this month.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on June 28, 2019, 10 p.m.

Is there something in the water? Third Florida city hit by ransomware

"Triple threat" commodity malware attack seizes computers of yet another Florida town.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on June 28, 2019, 7:05 p.m.

“We need to up our game”—DHS cybersecurity director on Iran and ransomware

Talking with Ars, Christopher Krebs shares the to-do list: Iran, ransomware—and elections.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on June 28, 2019, 6:05 p.m.

Apple moves Mac Pro production from Texas to China

Apple makes new Mac Pro in China despite Trump's tariff threat.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on June 28, 2019, 4 p.m.

Renewable electricity beat out coal for the first time in April

Seasonal shifts helped, but long-term changes underly the record.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on June 27, 2019, 10:03 p.m.

New ransomware infections are the worst drive-by attacks in recent memory

Beware of websites booby-trapped by newly energized ShadowGate group, researchers warn.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on June 27, 2019, 5:37 p.m.

House votes to block Ajit Pai’s plan to kill San Francisco broadband law

Democratic-led House votes to save rule that lets ISPs reuse broadband wires.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on June 27, 2019, 5:17 p.m.

WireGuard on Windows early preview

WireGuard for Windows is still in pre-alpha, but it's looking very good.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on June 26, 2019, 10:57 p.m.

Iranian state hackers reload their domains, release off-the-shelf RAT malware

As CISA warns of sharp rise in Iran hack attempts on US, researchers see same elsewhere.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on June 26, 2019, 8:30 p.m.

A 10-year-old natural gas plant in California gets the coal plant treatment

Two GE turbines can't start quickly enough, so they can't play well with renewables.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on June 26, 2019, 11 a.m.

Security firms demonstrate subdomain hijack exploit vs. EA/Origin

Two security firms graphically demonstrate the danger of subdomain hijacking.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on June 26, 2019, 12:24 a.m.

Why a former Nazi sub base in Marseille is becoming a data center

To boost cloud connections around world, an old sub pen gets an overhaul.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on June 25, 2019, 5:54 p.m.

Steam and Ubuntu clash over 32-bit libs

Confusion, dissent over 32-bit code caused a rift between Valve and Canonical.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on June 24, 2019, 6:58 p.m.

DHS cyber director warns of surge in Iranian “wiper” hack attacks

"Wiper" attacks targeting US companies' data are on rise, CISA Director Krebs says.

From Biz & IT – Ars Technica on June 24, 2019, 5:12 p.m.

The Raspberry Pi 4 launch site runs on a Pi 4 cluster

High-profile WordPress hosting on 18 Raspberry Pi single-board devices.

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.