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A Hacker Has Wiped, Defaced More Than 15,000 Elasticsearch Servers

Slashdot - Fri, 2020-04-03 16:03
For the past two weeks, a hacker has been breaking into Elasticsearch servers that have been left open on the internet without a password and attempting to wipe their content, while also leaving the name of a cyber-security firm behind, trying to divert blame. From a report: According to security researcher John Wethington, one of the people who saw this campaign unfolding and who aided ZDNet in this report, the first intrusions began around March 24. The attacks appear to be carried with the help of an automated script that scans the internet for ElasticSearch systems left unprotected, connects to the databases, attempts to wipe their content, and then creates a new empty index called nightlionsecurity.com. The attacking script doesn't appear to work in all instances, though, as the nightlionsecurity.com index is also present in databases where the content has been left intact.

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Facebook Wanted NSO Spyware To Monitor Users, NSO CEO Claims

Slashdot - Fri, 2020-04-03 15:24
Facebook representatives approached controversial surveillance vendor NSO Group to try and buy a tool that could help Facebook better monitor a subset of its users, according to an extraordinary court filing from NSO in an ongoing lawsuit. From a report: Facebook is currently suing NSO for how the hacking firm leveraged a vulnerability in WhatsApp to help governments hack users. NSO sells a product called Pegasus, which allows operators to remotely infect cell phones and lift data from them. According to a declaration from NSO CEO Shalev Hulio, two Facebook representatives approached NSO in October 2017 and asked to purchase the right to use certain capabilities of Pegasus. At the time, Facebook was in the early stages of deploying a VPN product called Onavo Protect, which, unbeknownst to some users, analyzed the web traffic of users who downloaded it to see what other apps they were using. According to the court documents, it seems the Facebook representatives were not interested in buying parts of Pegasus as a hacking tool to remotely break into phones, but more as a way to more effectively monitor phones of users who had already installed Onavo.

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Motorola casually trots out third UK release in as many months: This time it's a 'Lite' take on the Moto G8 Power

TheRegister - Fri, 2020-04-03 15:05
No MWC, no problem

Hello again, Moto. In the past month, the Lenovo-owned mobile maker has announced three new smartphones for the UK market. The latest is the Moto G8 Power Lite, which retails at £149.99, and offers a surprising amount of battery life for your buck.…

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Google Is Publishing Location Data From 131 Countries To Show How Coronavirus Lockdowns Are Working

Slashdot - Fri, 2020-04-03 14:41
Google is using the location data it collects from billions of smartphones to show how people's movements have changed as governments around the world lock down cities and issue shelter in place orders to slow down the spread of the coronavirus. From a report: Reports generated using this data, which is normally used to show how busy a certain location is on Google Maps, and which Google says does not identify individual people, are freely available on a brand new website called COVID-19 Community Mobility Reports. "We have heard from public health officials that this same type of aggregated, anonymized data could be helpful as they make critical decisions to combat COVID-19," wrote Google senior vice president Jen Fitzpatrick and Karen DeSalvo, chief health officer for Google Health, in a blog post published Friday. The data is currently available for 131 countries, and in many locations including the US, you can also access data for individual counties.

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Biz software pusher IFS goes a bit Minority Report with augmented-reality repair suite

TheRegister - Fri, 2020-04-03 14:15
But it's still playing catch-up with big boys SAP and Oracle

ERP flinger IFS is inflicting more augmented reality on the unsuspecting world of repair and maintenance as it strives to catch up with Oracle and SAP.…

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Disney+ Launches in India For $20 a Year, Includes Shows From HBO, Showtime, and Live TV Channels

Slashdot - Fri, 2020-04-03 14:00
Disney+ has arrived in India through Hotstar, a popular on-demand video streamer the giant conglomerate picked up as part of the Fox deal. From a report: To court users in India, the largest open entertainment market in Asia, Disney is charging users 1,499 Indian rupees (about $19.5) for a year, the most affordable plan in any of the more than a dozen markets where Disney+ is currently available. Subscribers of the revamped streaming service, now called Disney+ Hotstar, will get access to Disney Originals in English as well as several local languages, live sporting events, dozens of TV channels, and thousands of movies and shows, including some sourced from HBO, Showtime, ABC and Fox that maintain syndication partnerships with the Indian streaming service. It also maintains partnership with Hooq -- at least for now. Unlike Disney+'s offering in the U.S. and other markets, in India, the service does not support 4K and streams content at nearly a tenth of their bitrate.

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Cabinet Office dangles £15m for help ditching its Single Operating Platform for cloud-based ERP system

TheRegister - Fri, 2020-04-03 13:07
Project 'SOP2SaaS'... it just rolls off the tongue

The Cabinet Office is offering a £15m contract for a consultancy to help it shift central government enterprise applications to an as software-as-a-service delivery model, part of an ambitious refresh programme.…

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Scientists Develop AI That Can Turn Brain Activity Into Text

Slashdot - Fri, 2020-04-03 13:00
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Writing in the journal Nature Neuroscience, [researchers from the University of California, San Francisco] reveal how they developed their system by recruiting four participants who had electrode arrays implanted in their brain to monitor epileptic seizures. These participants were asked to read aloud from 50 set sentences multiple times, including "Tina Turner is a pop singer," and "Those thieves stole 30 jewels." The team tracked their neural activity while they were speaking. This data was then fed into a machine-learning algorithm, a type of artificial intelligence system that converted the brain activity data for each spoken sentence into a string of numbers. To make sure the numbers related only to aspects of speech, the system compared sounds predicted from small chunks of the brain activity data with actual recorded audio. The string of numbers was then fed into a second part of the system which converted it into a sequence of words. At first the system spat out nonsense sentences. But as the system compared each sequence of words with the sentences that were actually read aloud it improved, learning how the string of numbers related to words, and which words tend to follow each other. The team then tested the system, generating written text just from brain activity during speech. The system was not perfect, but for one participant just 3% of each sentence on average needed correcting -- "higher than the word error rate of 5% for professional human transcribers," the report says. "But, the team stress, unlike the latter, the algorithm only handles a small number of sentences." "The team also found that training the algorithm on one participant's data meant less training data was needed from the final user -- something that could make training less onerous for patients."

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UK judge gives Google a choice: Either let SEO expert read your ranking algos or withdraw High Court evidence

TheRegister - Fri, 2020-04-03 11:56
Tough choice for adtech monolith in Foundem case

Google must either show its "crown jewels" to a man it described to the High Court as a search engine optimisation expert or give up parts of its defence in a long-running competition lawsuit, the UK High Court has ruled.…

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On the lookout for IT jobs? Hunting for new staffers? <i>Reg</i> readers list vacancies across the globe here

TheRegister - Fri, 2020-04-03 11:01
Keep on working

Job Alert Welcome to this week's jobs list, a run down of the vacancies that El Reg is advertising for free to help keep tech people in work.…

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Nikon Is Streaming Online Photography Courses For Free This Month

Slashdot - Fri, 2020-04-03 10:00
Nikon USA is offering 10 classes from the its online school for free during the month of April. Engadget reports: The courses range in length from 15 minutes to well over an hour, and all are taught by pro photographers and often Nikon ambassadors. Each class runs between $15 and $50, so Nikon is offering $250 worth of photography training for free. The courses run a wide gamut from landscape photography, macro photography, fundamentals by Reed Hoffman and even "The Art of Making Music Videos" with Chris Hershman. Several others are camera-specific, like a Z50 video course from Kitty Peters and a hands-on course with Nikon's SB-5000 speedlight. You do have to give Nikon your name and address, but the value of the courses is easily worth that -- to check them out, go here.

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Tech services biz Allvotec furloughing staff, asking remainder – including top brass – to take pay cut

TheRegister - Fri, 2020-04-03 09:10
CEO talks of measures to combat expected sales slide due to pandemic

Allvotec – the rebranded Daisy Partner Services business – is responding to the coronavirus crisis by furloughing a number of staff and asking all that remain to take a pay cut to avoid potential redundancies.…

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Windows spotted flashing its unmentionables in a Chicago clothier

TheRegister - Fri, 2020-04-03 08:15
This season's colours are blue, white and bork

Bork!Bork!Bork! Chicago! A town famed for what some might regard as a jumped-up quiche masquerading as pizza and home of the first skyscraper. Could there be a better venue for today's bork?…

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Zoom vows to spend next 90 days thinking hard about its security and privacy after rough week, meeting ID war-dialing tool emerges

TheRegister - Fri, 2020-04-03 07:42
Passwords-by-default feature may be faulty. But hey, who else just went from 10 to 200 million daily users?

Video-conferencing app maker Zoom has promised to do better at security after a bruising week in which it was found to be unpleasantly leaky in several ways.…

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Absolutely everyone loves video conferencing these days. Some perhaps a bit too much

TheRegister - Fri, 2020-04-03 07:15
Saving Sales from a self-inflicted dirty deed

On Call Phew, March is over. Everything will be OK now, right? Right? Oh well... join us in nervously welcoming April with another tale from that special breed tasked with answering the phone, even when the subject matter is perhaps less than savoury.…

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Modern Meteorology Was Born 60 Years Ago Today

Slashdot - Fri, 2020-04-03 07:00
"Sixty years ago on this date, April 1, a Thor-Able rocket launched a small satellite weighing 122.5kg into an orbit about 650km above the Earth's surface," writes Ars Technica's Eric Berger. "Effectively, this launch from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station marked the beginning of the era of modern weather forecasting." From the report: Designed by the Radio Corporation of America and put into space by NASA, the Television InfraRed Observation Satellite, or TIROS-1, was the nation's first weather satellite. During its 78 days of operation, TIROS-1 successfully monitored Earth's cloud cover and weather patterns from space. This was a potent moment for the field of meteorology. For the first time, scientists were able to combine space-based observations with physical models of the atmosphere that were just beginning to be run on supercomputers. After World War II, mathematician John von Neumann led development of a computer to crunch through a set of equations put together by Jule Charney and other scientists. By the mid-1950s, Charney's group began to produce numerical forecasts on a regular basis. All of a sudden, meteorologists had two incredibly useful tools at their hands. Of course, it would take time for more powerful computers to produce higher-resolution forecasts, and the sensor technology launched on satellites would require decades to improve to the point where spacecraft could collect data for temperature, moisture, and other environmental variables at various levels in the atmosphere. But by around 1980, the tools of satellite observations and numerical models that could process that data started to mature. Scientists had global satellite coverage, 24 hours a day, and forecasts began to improve dramatically. Today, the fifth day of a five-day forecast on the app on your phone is about as accurate as the next day's forecast was in 1980.

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Cricket’s average-busting mathematician Tony Lewis pulls up stumps

TheRegister - Fri, 2020-04-03 06:41
University lecturer and half of Duckworth/Lewis passes, aged 78

Eminent British mathematician Tony Lewis has died, aged 78.…

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Automatic for the People: Pandemic-fueled rush to robo-moderation will be disastrous – there must be oversight

TheRegister - Fri, 2020-04-03 06:03
EFF raises alarm over increasing reliance on shoddy automation

Analysis The Electronic Frontier Foundation on Thursday warned that the consequences of the novel coronavirus pandemic – staff cuts, budget cuts, and lack of access to on-site content review systems, among others – have led tech companies to focus even more resources on barely functional moderation systems.…

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Intel's 10th-gen Core family cracks 5GHz barrier with H-series laptop processors

TheRegister - Fri, 2020-04-03 05:01
New line-up includes first i9 part in this latest generation

Intel has announced its tenth-generation Core i5, i7, and i9 H-series microprocessors for laptops, which max out at 5.3GHz.…

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Salesforce publishes self-themed activity book to keep your kids ‘Appy

TheRegister - Fri, 2020-04-03 03:58
A new use for App Exchange, with that slightly greasy Ronald McDonald vibe

Salesforce has decided to offer some help to parents who are trying to balance working from home with keeping kids entertained.…

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