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Apologetic Audacity rewrites privacy policy after 'significant lapse in communication'

TheRegister - Fri, 2021-07-23 17:30
Of course kids are allowed. Whatever gave you the impression they weren't?

Open-source audio editor Audacity this week posted an apology on GitHub in response to the entirely predictable furore over the platform's privacy policy.…

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Kaseya Obtains REvil Decryptor, Starts Customer Data Recovery Operations

Slashdot - Fri, 2021-07-23 17:28
Remote management software vendor Kaseya said this week it had obtained a universal decryptor for the REvil ransomware and is now in the process of helping customers recover their encrypted data following a major ransomware attack that targeted its on-premises VSA servers on July 2 this year. From a report: In a phone call today, a Kaseya spokesperson told The Record it obtained the decrypter from a "trusted third-party," but declined to elaborate further, for the moment. The company said it obtained the decryptor yesterday, verified that the decryption tool worked properly, and has begun shipping it to affected customers earlier today. In an update on July 6, the Kaseya CEO said that around 60 of its direct customers, users of VSA servers, were impacted in the July 2 attack. Hackers used a zero-day to gain access to Kaseya VSA on-premise servers and then pivoted to workstations managed through the VSA software, deploying a version of the REvil ransomware on those systems and encrypting their files.

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eBay cyberstalking victims sue internet tat bazaar over former staff members' campaign of harassment

TheRegister - Fri, 2021-07-23 16:45
We endured enormous cruelty and abuse and feared for our lives, say couple

A couple from the US who run a small ecommerce publication have launched legal action against eBay accusing the company of a "coordinated effort to intimidate, threaten to kill, torture, terrorize, stalk and silence" them to muzzle their coverage.…

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A Defunct Video Hosting Site Flooded Normal Websites With Hardcore Porn

Slashdot - Fri, 2021-07-23 16:40
Hardcore porn was embedded all over several regular websites late Thursday because a porn company has purchased the domain of a popular, defunct video hosting site. From a report: As pointed out by Twitter user @dox_gay, hardcore porn is now embedded on the pages of the Huffington Post, New York magazine, The Washington Post, and a host of other websites. This is because a porn site called 5 Star Porn HD bought the domain for Vidme, a brief YouTube competitor founded in 2014 and shuttered in 2017. Its Twitter account is still up, but the domain lapsed.

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Anyone fancy a Snowmobile full of Bags O'Crap? It'll be on the list somewhere

TheRegister - Fri, 2021-07-23 16:02
Reg reader reveals colossal 821-item collection of Amazon trademarks tucked away on its site

Recently, a Reg reader contacted us at Vulture (virtual) Towers with something odd they'd found online – a page tucked away in the little-visited “Legal Policies” section of Amazon's website containing a "non-exhaustive" list of all the trademarks held by the company.…

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Most Unvaccinated Americans Don't Want Shots: AP-NORC Poll

Slashdot - Fri, 2021-07-23 16:00
Most Americans who haven't been vaccinated against COVID-19 say they are unlikely to get the shots and doubt they would work against the aggressive delta variant despite evidence they do, according to a new poll that underscores the challenges facing public health officials amid soaring infections in some states. AP: Among American adults who have not yet received a vaccine, 35% say they probably will not, and 45% say they definitely will not, according to a poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Just 3% say they definitely will get the shots, though another 16% say they probably will. What's more, 64% of unvaccinated Americans have little to no confidence the shots are effective against variants -- including the delta variant that officials say is responsible for 83% of new cases in the U.S. -- despite evidence that they offer strong protection. In contrast, 86% of those who have already been vaccinated have at least some confidence that the vaccines will work. That means "that there will be more preventable cases, more preventable hospitalizations and more preventable deaths," said Dr. Amesh Adalja, an infectious disease specialist at Johns Hopkins University. "We always knew some proportion of the population would be difficult to persuade no matter what the data showed, (and) a lot of people are beyond persuasion," said Adalja. He echoed Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky in calling the current surge "a pandemic of the unvaccinated" because nearly all hospital admissions and deaths have been among those who weren't immunized.

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Facebook's Kustomer Deal Set To Face EU Antitrust Investigation

Slashdot - Fri, 2021-07-23 15:20
Facebook's acquisition of U.S. customer service startup Kustomer is set to trigger a full-scale EU antitrust investigation next month, Reuters reported Friday, citing three people familiar with the matter. From the report: The world's largest social network, which announced the deal in November, is looking to the deal to scale up its instant messaging app WhatsApp, whose usage has soared during the COVID-19 pandemic. The European Commission will conclude its preliminary review of the deal on Aug. 2 after which it will begin an in-depth 90-day investigation, the people said. Facebook has until July 26 to offer concessions to stave off the investigation but is unlikely to do so because of the difficulty of finding the right remedies to address competition concerns, the people said on condition of anonymity.

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Subcontractors working on CityFibre's £45m Derby rollout threaten to 'rip up tarmac' in dispute over payments

TheRegister - Fri, 2021-07-23 15:15
Main contractor J McCann insists it takes its obligations 'very seriously'

Contractors helping to lay fibre cables under streets in Derby have threatened to scrap their work and "rip up tarmac" they've laid – unless they get paid.…

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Reserve Bank of India official suggests country may soon have a digital currency pilot

TheRegister - Fri, 2021-07-23 15:15
CBDC would be released in phases to prevent volatility

India may be launching a digital currency, an official from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said today.…

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Malware Increasingly Targets Discord for Abuse

Slashdot - Fri, 2021-07-23 14:47
Threat actors who spread and manage malware have long abused legitimate online services. As we found during our investigation into the use of TLS by malware, more than half of network traffic generated by malware uses TLS encryption, and 20 percent of that involved the malware communicating with legitimate online services. During the timeframe of that research, we found that four percent of the overall TLS-protected malware downloads came from one service in particular: Discord. From a report: The growing popularity of the game-centric text and voice chat platform has not failed to draw the attention of malware operators. Discord operates its own content delivery network, or CDN, where users can upload files to share with others. The service also publishes an API, enabling developers to create new ways to interact with Discord other than through its client application. We observed significant volumes of malware hosted in Discord's own CDN, as well as malware interacting with Discord APIs to send and receive data. Several password-hijacking malware families specifically target Discord accounts. SophosLabs also found malware that leveraged Discord chat bot APIs for command and control, or to exfiltrate stolen information into private Discord servers or channels. As the origins of the service were tied to online gaming, Discord's audience includes large numbers of gamers -- including players of youth-oriented titles such as Fortnite, Minecraft, or Roblox. Among the malicious files we discovered in Discord's network, we found game cheating tools that target games that integrate with Discord, in-game. The tools allegedly make it possible, exploiting weaknesses in Discord's protocols, for one player to crash the game of another player. We also found applications that serve as nothing more than harmless, though disruptive, pranks.

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Intel: 'Another one to two years before the industry is able to completely catch up with demand'

TheRegister - Fri, 2021-07-23 14:30
CEO reassures punters that $40bn foundry spending will pay off

Intel boss Pat Gelsinger reckons global semiconductor shortages that continue to disrupt tech industry supply chains could last until 2023, around the time Chipzilla will at last release its first 7nm process CPU, Meteor Lake.…

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China Considers Turning Tutoring Companies Into Non-Profits

Slashdot - Fri, 2021-07-23 14:06
China is considering asking companies that offer tutoring on the school curriculum to go non-profit, Bloomberg News reported Friday, citing people familiar with the matter, as part of a sweeping set of constraints that could decimate the country's $100 billion education tech industry. Shares sank. From a report: In rules currently being mulled, the platforms will likely no longer be allowed to raise capital or go public, the people said, asking to not be identified because the information is not public. Listed firms will also probably no longer be allowed to invest in or acquire education firms teaching school subjects while foreign capital will also be barred from the sector, one of the people said. Local regulators will stop approving new after-school education firms seeking to offer tutoring on China's compulsory syllabus and require extra scrutiny of existing online platforms, the people said. Vacation and weekend tutoring on school subjects will also be banned, they said. Changes may still occur as the rules haven't been published.

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In the Navy, we want to share data with some ease. In the Navy, can someone help us with this please?

TheRegister - Fri, 2021-07-23 13:45
Palantir potentially in line for £50m contract with Brit maritime force

The Royal Navy is on the hunt, not for enemy submarines in this instance, but for a technology supplier to provide a data integration platform in return for a bounty of £50m.…

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We've seen things you people wouldn't believe. An exoplanet building its own moons

TheRegister - Fri, 2021-07-23 13:03
400 light-years away, satellites are forming

Pic Astronomers have for the first time spotted what appears to be a moon-forming ring of matter around a young exoplanet, and described their findings in a paper published on Thursday.…

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39-Year-Old Becomes First US Patient To Receive 'Aeson' Artificial Heart Implant

Slashdot - Fri, 2021-07-23 13:00
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ScienceAlert: [A] team of surgeons has successfully completed the first human implantation in the US of an artificial heart device called the 'Aeson', developed by French company CARMAT. The artificial heart has two ventricular chambers and four biological valves, just like the real organ, and is powered by an external device. Made from "biocompatible materials" including bovine tissue, the artificial heart uses a combination of sensors and algorithms to maintain its pace and keep blood circulating through the body. "We are encouraged that our patient is doing so well after the procedure," says cardiologist Carmelo Milano from the Duke University School of Medicine. "As we evaluate this device, we are both excited and hopeful that patients who otherwise have few to no options could have a lifeline." The patient in question is 39-year-old Matthew Moore, from Shallotte in North Carolina. Moore was initially due to have heart bypass surgery, but as his condition deteriorated the medical staff started to run out of options; he became so ill that even a regular heart transplant was too risky. Fortunately, he was in the right place: the Aeson device is being tested at Duke University, pending approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It's already been given the green light for use by regulators in Europe, after several years of tests in European patients, not all of which have been successful. The artificial heart has been developed specifically to help those whose hearts can no longer pump enough blood through both chambers. It replaces the entire natural heart, although it's not intended to be permanent -- it's designed to be a bridge towards a full heart transplant within six months or so.

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SAP's home crowd fails to RISE to the bait with lift-and-shift-to-the-cloud offer

TheRegister - Fri, 2021-07-23 12:15
German-speaking user group takes dismal view of scheme's value

The German-speaking SAP user group (DSAG) has published a decidedly downbeat survey revealing attitudes to RISE with SAP, the application company's big sell to get its entrenched customer base to the cloud.…

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Hole blasted in Guntrader: UK firearms sales website's CRM database breached, 111,000 users' info spilled online

TheRegister - Fri, 2021-07-23 11:29
One of the worst things that could happen to privacy-focused community

Criminals have hacked into a Gumtree-style website used for buying and selling firearms, making off with a 111,000-entry database containing partial information from a CRM product used by gun shops across the UK.…

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UKRI denies pulling funding from Newport Wafer Fab over Chinese ownership concerns

TheRegister - Fri, 2021-07-23 10:01
'Funding continues,' despite media reports to the contrary

UK Research and Investment (UKRI) has rejected reports it had, on instruction of UK government, cut financial support for Newport Wafer Fab over concerns about its acquisition by Nexperia, offering a simple statement: "funding continues."…

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Snapchat Is Growing Faster Than It Has In Years

Slashdot - Fri, 2021-07-23 10:00
Snapchat is growing faster than it has since 2017, the year it went public. The Verge reports: On Thursday, the camera-based messaging app said it added 13 million daily users during the second quarter, a 23 percent increase from the year-ago period. That means 293 million people use Snapchat every day around the world, up from 173 million this time four years ago. (Twitter reported 206 million daily users in the second quarter, by comparison.) Snap's revenue also soared 116 percent to $982 million, making it a faster growing business than Twitter or Facebook. The new numbers solidify one of the most impressive turnaround stories in tech. They also reflect how tech companies have benefited throughout the pandemic as people increasingly spend more time online. Snap CEO Evan Spiegel has said he expects the app's user base to actually grow faster as pandemic lockdowns end, since Snapchat is designed to be used out and about with friends.

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UK celebrates 25 years of wasteful, 'underperforming' government IT projects

TheRegister - Fri, 2021-07-23 09:15
National Audit Office's scathing report blames fails on lack of experience

Government IT projects are poorly thought out, often fail to achieve what they're designed to do, and are a waste of taxpayers' money.…

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