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Technology Giant Olympus Hit by BlackMatter Ransomware

Slashdot - Mon, 2021-09-13 17:33
Olympus said in a brief statement that it is "currently investigating a potential cybersecurity incident" affecting its European, Middle East and Africa computer network. From a report: "Upon detection of suspicious activity, we immediately mobilized a specialized response team including forensics experts, and we are currently working with the highest priority to resolve this issue. As part of the investigation, we have suspended data transfers in the affected systems and have informed the relevant external partners," the statement said. But according to a person with knowledge of the incident, Olympus is recovering from a ransomware attack that began in the early morning of September 8. The person shared details of the incident prior to Olympus acknowledging the incident on Saturday. A ransom note left behind on infected computers claimed to be from the BlackMatter ransomware group. "Your network is encrypted, and not currently operational," it reads. "If you pay, we will provide you the programs for decryption." The ransom note also included a web address to a site accessible only through the Tor Browser that's known to be used by BlackMatter to communicate with its victims. Brett Callow, a ransomware expert and threat analyst at Emsisoft, told TechCrunch that the site in the ransom note is associated with the BlackMatter group.

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Astro Pi 2: New Raspberry Pi hardware with updated camera, sensors to head to the ISS this year

TheRegister - Mon, 2021-09-13 17:03
This time it's... quite a bit faster

Good news for earthbound Pi-tinkerers hoping to get their code into orbit: a follow-up to 2015's Astro Pi is due to head to the International Space Station (ISS) this year.…

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Biden To Tap Privacy Hawk For FTC Post

Slashdot - Mon, 2021-09-13 16:51
President Biden will nominate Georgetown University law professor Alvaro Bedoya to be a Democratic commissioner at the Federal Trade Commission, people familiar with the matter told Axios. From a report: Bedoya, founding director of the Center on Privacy & Technology at Georgetown, will bring a bevy of experience on privacy issues to the FTC's work on tech. If confirmed, Bedoya will solidify the Democratic majority at the FTC with current commissioner Rohit Chopra set to leave the agency as Biden's nominee to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Bedoya previously was chief counsel of the Senate Judiciary privacy subcommittee and worked on issues including mobile location data and facial recognition.

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Epic Files Appeal After Loss To Apple in App Store Case

Slashdot - Mon, 2021-09-13 16:10
Epic Games filed a notice of appeal Sunday following a judge's decision in its antitrust lawsuit against Apple. From a report: U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers mostly sided with Apple, rejecting Epic's claims that the iPhone maker is a monopoly. She also didn't rule that Apple needs to restore Fortnite, Epic's hit game at the center of the lawsuit, to the App Store or Epic's Apple developer account. She also rejected the need for third-party App Stores and didn't force Apple to lower its App Store revenue cut of 15% to 30%. The judge, however, said that Apple has engaged in some anticompetitive conduct and she ordered the Cupertino, California-based technology giant to allow all app and game developers to steer consumers to outside payment methods on the web. All developers for the first time could be able to include a button in their apps to let users pay for transactions online, circumventing Apple's fees. She also ordered Epic to pay at least $4 million in damages to Apple for breach of contract, which included collecting payments outside of Apple's in-app-purchase system.

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BT hails hollow-core fibre trials as 'critical advancement' for secure communications

TheRegister - Mon, 2021-09-13 16:01
Telco claims to have run Quantum Key Distribution over 6km of cable

BT is claiming bragging rights after completing trials of hollow-core fibre (HCF) cable at its labs at Adastral Park in Suffolk, England.…

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Mozilla Has Defeated Microsoft's Default Browser Protections in Windows

Slashdot - Mon, 2021-09-13 15:27
Mozilla has quietly made it easier to switch to Firefox on Windows recently. From a reporrt: While Microsoft offers a method to switch default browsers on Windows 10, it's more cumbersome than the simple one-click process to switch to Edge. This one-click process isn't officially available for anyone other than Microsoft, and Mozilla appears to have grown tired of the situation. In version 91 of Firefox, released on August 10th, Mozilla has reverse engineered the way Microsoft sets Edge as default in Windows 10, and enabled Firefox to quickly make itself the default. Before this change, Firefox users would be sent to the Settings part of Windows 10 to then have to select Firefox as a default browser and ignore Microsoft's plea to keep Edge. Mozilla's reverse engineering means you can now set Firefox as the default from within the browser, and it does all the work in the background with no additional prompts. This circumvents Microsoft's anti-hijacking protections that the company built into Windows 10 to ensure malware couldn't hijack default apps. Microsoft tells us this is not supported in Windows.

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Open redirect on UK council website was being used for Royal Mail-themed parcel payments scam

TheRegister - Mon, 2021-09-13 15:15
Homes4Wiltshire, aka Homes4Spammers

An open redirect on a UK council-backed property website allowed low-level miscreants to evade filters.…

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Walmart Says Report That It Will Be Accepting Litecoin as Payment is False

Slashdot - Mon, 2021-09-13 14:39
Major cryptocurrencies gave back their advances after Walmart denied having an agreement to use Litecoin for purchases. From a report: Litecoin -- which rose as much as 33% at one point -- erased all its gains. Bitcoin, the largest digital asset, was down 2.9% as of 10:24 a.m. in New York after earlier having advance roughly 4% on the news. Other digital assets also retreated, with Bitcoin Cash, Ether and EOS all declining. A Walmart spokesperson said the statement on Litecoin was "inauthentic." Meanwhile, a verified Litecoin Twitter account deleted a tweet that linked to a press release announcing the partnership.

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Spending watchdog blames British Home Office for delays to £1bn crime-fighting IT system

TheRegister - Mon, 2021-09-13 14:30
Department says it's prepared to run ailing Police National Computer out of support if it has to

A critical report by the UK's public sector spending watchdog has blamed the Home Office for delays to a new crime-fighting IT platform designed to replace two systems on the verge of obsolescence.…

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As 'Buy Now, Pay Later' Surges, a Third of US Users Fall Behind on Payments

Slashdot - Mon, 2021-09-13 14:05
A third of U.S. consumers who used "buy now, pay later" services have fallen behind on one or more payments, and 72% of those said their credit score declined, a new study published by personal finance company Credit Karma showed. From a report: The study, conducted by software firm Qualtrics, surveyed 1,044 adult consumers in the United States last month to measure their interest in buy now pay later (BNPL) and found 44% had used these services before. The usage figure was slightly up from a similar survey conducted by Credit Karma for Reuters in December, while missed payments was down from 38%. The latest survey found younger consumers were more likely to miss payments. More than half of Gen Z or millennial respondents -- those born between the early 1980s and mid-to-late 1990s-- said they had missed at least one payment. That compares with 22% of Gen X, who were born in the early 1960s to early 1980s, and 10% of Baby Boomers, those born between the mid-1940s and 1980. There has been a surge in usage of BNPL services, which allow consumers to easily split payments for purchases into installments. The boom in volumes by providers such as Klarna, Affirm, AfterPay and PayPal, has been driven in part by online shopping growth during the coronavirus pandemic. The explosive growth has led to more dealmaking and competition. Earlier this week PayPal announced it would acquire Japanese buy now, pay later firm Paidy, while last month rival Square agreed to acquire AfterPay.

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Fortnite banana can appear in court naked says judge in Epic vs Apple legal footnote

TheRegister - Mon, 2021-09-13 13:47
Legal questions still remain over whether this judgment applies to all bananas or just that one

US District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers late last week handed down a judgment [PDF] in the Epic Games vs Apple antitrust trial, which is likely to have significant consequences for developers and the corporations that control the ecosystems in which they operate.…

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Wipro wins $44.5m deal for data centres and managed services at UK's National Grid

TheRegister - Mon, 2021-09-13 13:02
Indian outsourcer bags another utility

National Grid has signed up to spend up to $44.5m (approx. £32.2m) with Wipro, which will take on the energy infrastructure company's data centres and mainframes with a view to introducing a hybrid cloud infrastructure.…

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Report: Microsoft and AWS scored $50m in contracts after Google pulled out of Pentagon's AI drone plan

TheRegister - Mon, 2021-09-13 12:17
Plus: Smart software ugrade means Roomba can recognise dog poo

In Brief Microsoft and AWS reportedly [PDF] scored subcontracts totalling $50m with the US Department of Defense to develop algorithms capable of recognizing objects from military drone footage after Google pulled out from the controversial Project Maven.…

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The day has a 'y' in it, so Virgin Galactic has announced another delay

TheRegister - Mon, 2021-09-13 11:30
A potentially iffy component in the flight actuation system this time

Virgin Galactic's schedule woes worsened last last week as the company pushed its next flight to mid-October thanks to a potentially defective flight control component.…

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Tech widens the educational divide. And I should know – I'm a teacher in a pandemic

TheRegister - Mon, 2021-09-13 10:45
Teaching online is like talking to a brick wall

Register Debate Welcome to the latest Register Debate in which writers discuss technology topics, and you – the reader – choose the winning argument. The format is simple: we propose a motion, the arguments for the motion will run this Monday and Wednesday, and the arguments against on Tuesday and Thursday. During the week you can cast your vote on which side you support using the poll embedded below, choosing whether you're in favour or against the motion. The final score will be announced on Friday, revealing whether the for or against argument was most popular.

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El Salvador's Bitcoin Rollout Marred by Technical Glitches in Digital Wallets

Slashdot - Mon, 2021-09-13 10:34
Slashdot has been following El Salvador's pioneering adoption of Bitcoin as legal tender last week. But by Friday Reuters was reporting that "For a fourth day in a row technical glitches have beset the Salvadoran government's bitcoin digital wallet Chivo, a setback that could discourage residents from signing up to the app promoted by President Nayib Bukele. Problems accessing the wallet, withdrawing money from ATMs, and data verification, as well as the government not depositing the $30 (€25) bonus Bukele promised all Chivo users were the most frequent issues, according to interviews with at least 10 users and user complaints posted on Twitter and Facebook. Melvin Vasquez, a 30-year-old tattoo artist, downloaded Chivo on Tuesday, when the Bitcoin law went into effect, but has since been unable to use it... User complaints were also stacking up in Apple's App Store and Alphabet's Google Play... [M]any of the very people sending or receiving dollars to El Salvador are mistrustful of Bitcoin. Some expressed fears of losing money, given the high volatility of the cryptocurrency.

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AI caramba, those neural networks are power-hungry: Counting the environmental cost of artificial intelligence

TheRegister - Mon, 2021-09-13 10:03
(And, also worryingly, its increasing financial cost)

Feature The next time you ask Alexa to turn off your bedroom lights or make a computer write dodgy code, spare a thought for the planet. The back-end mechanics that make it all possible take up a lot of power, and these systems are getting hungrier.…

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You can 'go your own way' over GDPR, says UK's new Information Commissioner

TheRegister - Mon, 2021-09-13 09:15
Tells committee: I know I said Facebook was 'morally bankrupt' but...

The incoming head of the UK's data watchdog has "gone on the record" to say he will be fair and impartial in his dealings with tech companies despite once describing Facebook as "morally bankrupt pathological liars."…

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Ghosts in the machine learning pipeline will be impossible to exorcise

TheRegister - Mon, 2021-09-13 08:30
Who wants to live forever? It could be the offer you can't refuse

Opinion Tech rarely touches the soul. It enrages when social media pours petrol on hotheads. It inspires when Hubble comes back to life and delivers more cosmic awe. It pays our bills when we work in it, and it empties our pockets when we drunk-eBay that vintage console game collection. But when it brings back a dead lover?…

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You want us to make a change? We can do it, but it'll cost you...

TheRegister - Mon, 2021-09-13 07:30
How does $100k per character sound? And that's just for labour

Who, Me? Wave a cheery goodbye to the weekend, and start the week with a hot beverage, a pastry or two and a freshly unearthed tale from the Who, Me? catacombs.…

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