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Surprise surprise! Hostile states are hacking coronavirus vaccine research, warn UK and USA intelligence

TheRegister - Tue, 2020-05-05 19:01
Just ask us if you need help, urge NCSC and CISA

Foreign state hackers are trying to brute-force their way into pharmaceutical and medical research agencies hunting for a COVID-19 vaccine, British and American infosec agencies are warning.…

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Scientists Say a Now-Dominant Strain of the Coronavirus Appears To Be More Contagious Than Original

Slashdot - Tue, 2020-05-05 18:45
Scientists have identified a new strain of the coronavirus that has become dominant worldwide and appears to be more contagious than the versions that spread in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new study led by scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory. From a report: The new strain appeared in February in Europe, migrated quickly to the East Coast of the United States and has been the dominant strain across the world since mid-March, the scientists wrote. In addition to spreading faster, it may make people vulnerable to a second infection after a first bout with the disease, the report warned. The 33-page report was posted Thursday on BioRxiv, a website that researchers use to share their work before it is peer reviewed, an effort to speed up collaborations with scientists working on COVID-19 vaccines or treatments. That research has been largely based on the genetic sequence of earlier strains and might not be effective against the new one. The mutation identified in the new report affects the now infamous spikes on the exterior of the coronavirus, which allow it to enter human respiratory cells. The report's authors said they felt an "urgent need for an early warning" so that vaccines and drugs under development around the world will be effective against the mutated strain. Wherever the new strain appeared, it quickly infected far more people than the earlier strains that came out of Wuhan, China, and within weeks it was the only strain that was prevalent in some nations, according to the report. The new strain's dominance over its predecessors demonstrates that it is more infectious, according to the report, though exactly why is not yet known.

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Uber and Lyft Face Worker Misclassification Lawsuit From CA Attorney General and City Attorneys

Slashdot - Tue, 2020-05-05 18:09
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra along with city attorneys from Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco filed a lawsuit asserting Uber and Lyft gain an unfair and unlawful competitive advantage by misclassifying workers as independent contractors. From a report: The suit argues Uber and Lyft are depriving workers of the right to minimum wage, overtime, access to paid sick leave, disability insurance and unemployment insurance. The lawsuit, filed in the Superior Court of San Francisco, seeks $2,500 in penalties for each violation under the California Unfair Competition Law, and another $2,500 for violations against senior citizens or people with disabilities. "The companies, we believe and argue are shirking their obligation to their workforce," Becerra said in a call today. By shirking those obligations, Becerra said, Uber and Lyft are shifting those costs to California taxpayers. "American taxpayers end up having to help carry the load that Uber and Lyft don't want to accept," Becerra said. "These companies will take the workers' labor, but they won't accept the worker protections." This lawsuit comes after Uber and Lyft have spent millions of dollars to try to combat California law AB 5, which makes it harder for tech companies to classify workers as independent contractors.

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Ex-Imagination Technologies boss tells UK Foreign Affairs Committee: Britain needs to stop overseas asset stripping

TheRegister - Tue, 2020-05-05 18:04
Other countries have it. Why can't we?

The UK must introduce a framework to prevent asset stripping of homegrown tech businesses by foreign powers, former Imagination Technologies CEO Sir Hossein Yassaie has told the British Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee.…

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Microsoft to Pitch New Xbox Game Console With Monthly Showcases

Slashdot - Tue, 2020-05-05 17:33
Microsoft, gearing up for its biggest-ever year of launches for Xbox products and services in the middle of a global pandemic and economic recession, will replace its plan for a splashy public game-conference event with a monthly series of online showcases. From a report: The virtual events start on May 7, with a look at third-party games planned for its new console, called Xbox Series X. In June, the company will highlight the Xbox platform and services, and July's session is intended to cover games produced by Microsoft's own 15 game studios, including the next iteration of its biggest franchise, "Halo." The Redmond, Washington-based company had originally planned to unveil many of the details about the new products next month at the E3 conference, which has been canceled. Gaming audiences "love the authenticity of us showing up in our sweatpants here in our home office and talking about what we are doing," Xbox chief Phil Spencer said in an interview. This also seemed like a good time to eschew the typically flashy, celebrity-studded events the video-game industry is known for, he said. "We can all look at the unemployment numbers right now. We can also understand we're in video games, while we have front-line medical workers out there that are keeping people alive."

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Apple's Virtual WWDC Event To Kick Off on June 22

Slashdot - Tue, 2020-05-05 16:45
Apple's virtual WWDC event will start on June 22, Apple said today. It will be hosted in the Apple Developer app and the Apple Developer website and it will be free for all developers. Apple does plan to hold a keynote event, presumably on June 22 when WWDC begins.

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GoDaddy breach: SSH file compromise saw 28,000 users' logins go AWOL with malicious bods

TheRegister - Tue, 2020-05-05 16:15
Now might be a good time to change your passwords, folks

Hosting biz GoDaddy has admitted a compromised SSH file on its servers led to the theft of 28,000 users' SSH credentials.…

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Firefox 76 Arrives With Password Management and Zoom Improvements

Slashdot - Tue, 2020-05-05 16:05
Mozilla today launched Firefox 76 for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Firefox 76 includes new Firefox Lockwise password functionality, Zoom improvements, and a handful of developer features. From a report: Lockwise, the password management service formerly known as Firefox Lockbox, is getting smarter. The Firefox feature already lets you generate, manage, and protect all those passwords for streaming services, grocery deliveries, and anything else that helps during the pandemic. If you share your device with family or roommates, Lockwise in Firefox 76 can now protect your saved passwords. When you try to view or copy a password from your "Logins and Passwords" page, you will be prompted for your device's account password. [...] Firefox 76 adds support for Audio Worklets, which run custom JavaScript audio processing code for applications like VR and gaming on the web. Unlike their predecessor, ScriptProcessorNode, worklets run off the main thread in a similar way to web workers. Mozilla also notes Audio Worklets are "being adopted by some of your favorite software programs." The company specifically called out Zoom, which has become a phenomenon of its own during the pandemic. In short, you now join Zoom calls in Firefox without having to download or install the Zoom client.

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VMware's Tanzu Application Service for Kubernetes hits beta, will take some time to get production-ready

TheRegister - Tue, 2020-05-05 15:31
'Only for evaluation environments' say release notes, and they mean it

VMware has opened its Tanzu Application Service for Kubernetes to public beta.…

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How Microsoft Fought the 'ILOVEYOU' Virus 20 Years Ago

Slashdot - Tue, 2020-05-05 15:28
The inside story of 'ILOVEYOU' and two other viruses from two decades ago. Steven Sinofsky, who worked at Microsoft from 1989-2012 and oversaw the Office (1998-2006) and Windows (2006-2012) teams, writes (shared by reader harrymcc): One morning during the first week of May of the new millennium, I received a call at my apartment while I was getting ready for work. I heard a female reporter tell me her name, and then basically listened to her hyperventilating and proclaiming her love for me repeatedly: "I love you. I love you." That's what I heard, anyway. The call. A reporter. Early morning. It was all weird. In reality, LOVE broke out all over the internet. Over the span of a weekend, inboxes around the world of Outlook and Exchange email users were inundated with dozens of copies of email messages with the subject line, "ILOVEYOU." I learned from the reporter that the LOVE email incident was deemed so serious that the PR lead gave her my home number and simultaneously sent me a briefing via email. In the era of dial-up, I could not read the email and talk on the phone because I only had one analog phone line at home. I had no idea what was going on, so I agreed to return the call after I dialed up and downloaded my email. That's when I realized the magnitude of the issue.

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Adam Neumann, WeWork's Former Chief, Sues SoftBank

Slashdot - Tue, 2020-05-05 14:50
Adam Neumann, a co-founder of WeWork, sued SoftBank on Monday, accusing it of breaching a contract by withdrawing an offer to buy up to $3 billion in WeWork stock from Mr. Neumann and other shareholders. From a report: SoftBank, a Japanese conglomerate that has invested in many fast-growing but unprofitable start-ups, included the stock offer in a bailout that saved WeWork from financial collapse last year. Mr. Neumann's lawsuit, filed in the Delaware Court of Chancery, contends that SoftBank and one of its investment funds "reneged on their promise to pay for the benefits they had already received" when they withdrew the offer last month. SoftBank, which gained effective control of WeWork in the rescue, previously said it walked away from the stock-purchase offer because certain provisions of the deal had not been met. But Mr. Neumann's lawsuit asserts that SoftBank "was secretly taking actions to undermine" the deal. Robert Townsend, SoftBank's chief legal officer, said in a statement that the company "will vigorously defend itself against these meritless claims." SoftBank invested billions of dollars in WeWork when Mr. Neumann, a charismatic entrepreneur who won the backing of prominent investors and banks, was its chief executive. Mr. Neumann, facing criticism of his leadership, stepped down as chief executive last year as WeWork unsuccessfully tried to sell stock in an initial public offering. Under the takeover agreement, Mr. Neumann stood to receive cash payments totaling $185 million and would have sold nearly $1 billion of his WeWork shares to SoftBank. SoftBank also gave him a $425 million loan to repay credit lines with banks that had been secured by WeWork stock.

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Phil your boots: HPE's former no 2 in command Davis to run AWS in Asia Pacific, Japan

TheRegister - Tue, 2020-05-05 14:45
Hybrid IT and sales bigwig enfolded by cloudy arm of Amazon

Phil Davis, the former global sales chief and president of Hybrid IT at HPE who exited the business suddenly last week, has landed at AWS, where he will head up operations in Asia Pacific and Japan.…

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Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments Remotely

Slashdot - Tue, 2020-05-05 14:05
The Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments remotely for the next two weeks, and for the first time in history, the audio will be available, live, to the public. From a report: The arguments include high-profile cases about birth control access, religious freedom, the Electoral College and President Trump's financial records. They are scheduled to take place Monday through Wednesday on the weeks of May 4 and May 11, beginning at 10 a.m. ET each day. You can listen live to all of the cases here (Monday's arguments have concluded). For each case, both sides will have the same amount of time. Each side will have two minutes of uninterrupted argument at the beginning. After that, each justice has been allotted two minutes for questioning, with more questions permitted if there is time left at the end of the first round. Each side has a total of 30 minutes.

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Ex-Microsoft Office chief reflects on early malware and the 'global attack on the new Windows PC infrastructure'

TheRegister - Tue, 2020-05-05 14:00
And how the privacy risk that Redmond said would not be used for tracking was used for tracking

Steven Sinofsky, Microsoft's former Office and Windows chief, has recalled the impact of early viruses like WM/Concept.A, Melissa and ILOVEYOU, as well as early privacy debates centered on hidden GUIDs (globally unique identifiers) in Word documents.…

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Baby Diesel? Little d'Artagnan? There is another child of Musk in the world

TheRegister - Tue, 2020-05-05 13:15
Play The Register's naming game for the kid who will definitely be getting an electric go-kart

Smoke was seen beneath Elon Musk's mighty Starship prototype overnight as he and his partner, musician Claire Boucher, celebrated the birth of their first child together. Naturally, El Reg is pondering a name for the offspring.…

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We beg, implore and beseech thee. Stop reusing the same damn password everywhere

TheRegister - Tue, 2020-05-05 12:40
Survey finds 66% of lazy gits don't change between sites

Two-thirds of people recycle the same password or use variations on the same basic one, according to LogMeIn.…

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Tom Cruise Plots Movie To Shoot In Space With Elon Musk's SpaceX

Slashdot - Tue, 2020-05-05 12:37
Mike Fleming Jr., reporting for Deadline: I'm hearing that Tom Cruise and Elon Musk's Space X are working on a project with NASA that would be the first narrative feature film -- an action adventure -- to be shot in outer space. It's not a Mission: Impossible film and no studio is in the mix at this stage but look for more news as I get it. But this is real, albeit in the early stages of liftoff.

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US small biz loan system bans software robots. The lesson? Make sure IT knows about any automation projects

TheRegister - Tue, 2020-05-05 12:05
Small Business Administration website sinks after being battered by RPA tech

There are times when more automation is not necessarily a good thing. Just ask the US Treasury or the country's Small Business Administration (SBA), which banned a few software bots last week.…

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SAP discards Ace of Sybase: Digital Interconnect unit sold for $250 million

TheRegister - Tue, 2020-05-05 11:25
The division, which arrived via Sybase, was valued at $400m in 2006

Swedish cloud comms firm Sinch has snapped up SAP Digital Interconnect for around €225 million ($250m).…

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It has been 20 years since cybercrims woke up to social engineering with an intriguing little email titled 'ILOVEYOU'

TheRegister - Tue, 2020-05-05 10:53
Hahaha, we were pretty gullible

Twenty years have passed since cybercrooks demonstrated the role exploiting human psychology could play in spreading malware. Remember "ILOVEYOU"?…

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