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Microsoft: Russian SVR hacked at least 14 IT supply chain firms since May

Microsoft says the Russian-backed Nobelium threat group behind last year’s SolarWinds hack is still targeting the global IT supply chain, with

 

CISA urges admins to patch critical Discourse code execution bug

A critical Discourse remote code execution (RCE) vulnerability tracked as CVE-2021-41163 was fixed via an urgent update by the developer

 

I’m Not a Pilot, but I Just Flew a Helicopter Over California

New technology, a few iPads and a quick tutorial can help anyone act like a pilot. Dealing with air traffic

 

How deepfakes enhance social engineering and authentication threats, and what to do about it

Deepfake technology is an escalating cybersecurity threat to organizations. Cybercriminals are investing in AI and machine learning to create synthetic

 

Reddit’s Allison Miller builds trust through transparency

Allison Miller’s official title—CISO and vice president of trust—says a lot about her role and responsibilities at Reddit.Like all CISOs,

 

Tesco’s website restored after suspected cyberattack

Outage left customers frantically trying to cancel orders after turning to Tesco rivals for the week’s groceries.Latest newsRead More

 

Russia Challenges Biden Again With Broad Cybersurveillance Operation

The new campaign came only months after President Biden imposed sanctions on Moscow in response to a series of spy

 

Why Amazon Is in Business With Judge Judy

The company hopes a new court show starring the straight-talking judge will help turbocharge its free, ad-supported streaming platform, IMDb

 

What is COP26 and what to expect from the summit

Over two weeks in November, world leaders and national negotiators will meet in Scotland to discuss what to do about

 

Microsoft Surface Go 3 review: small Windows 11 tablet can’t keep up

Beautiful, well-made design does not hide the poor performance and battery life at this priceMicrosoft’s smallest tablet PC gets Windows

 

Frances Haugen to testify to MPs about Facebook and online harm

Whistleblower and critic of Mark Zuckerberg will give evidence to MPs scrutinising online safety billThe Facebook whistleblower is to give

 

Services Australia prepares to shift active legacy capabilities as part of WPIT overhaul

Service Australia’s WPIT program may be in its final year, but the agency has its sight set on other projects

 

Emsisoft created a free decryptor for past victims of the BlackMatter ransomware

Experts from cybersecurity firm Emsisoft announced the availability of a free decryptor for past victims of the BlackMatter ransomware. Cybersecurity

 

At COP26, Vietnam must stress peril of rising sea levels

In a recent speech at the UN Security Council, Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy, permanent representative of Vietnam, reminded member nations

 

We waited months for Tesla to repair accident damage

We were left paying £500 a month to lease the car but couldn’t use it because a part had not

 

‘We’re all climate journalists now’: how the weather took over everything

From the business section to the food magazine, Guardian editors are becoming focused on one dominant storyOnce upon a time,

 

The supply chain crisis has a silver lining

Several months ago, I warned that the crisis in container ships could jeopardize Christmas by leaving retailers without enough goods

 

DLUHC gives councils over £1 million for digital planning pilots

PropTech Engagement Fund money distributed to 13 projectsUKAuthority.com – The leading independent publisher of public sector technology news….Read More

 

Government pledges another 500,000 devices for disadvantaged children

Get help with technology service to reopen on 29 OctoberUKAuthority.com – The leading independent publisher of public sector technology news….Read

 

User numbers rise over past year for NHS login

NHS Digital reports increase of almost 10% to 28 millionUKAuthority.com – The leading independent publisher of public sector technology news….Read

 

Large DDoS attack shuts down KT’s nationwide network

Users of KT’s network were unable to access the internet for around 40 minutes, which the telco said was caused

 

Testing the potential for AI in the NHS

Interview: Giuseppe Sollazzo, head of AI Labs Skunkworks at NHSX, explains that a big part of its work is in

 

AFP is looking to be ‘more aggressive’ with new cyber offense arm

The AFP is in talks with the Five Eyes alliance about how it can implement a new cyber offensive operation.Latest

 

Singtel sells off payment card compliance business

Parked under its cybersecurity brand Trustwave, the Singapore telco’s SecureTrust business has been divested in a $80 million deal as

 

Indian households cutting back on spending: Report

In India, the festival season from October to December boosts overall consumption as many households consider it auspicious to buy

 

Australian Bureau of Meteorology to tap into real-time data for national flood watch system

A proof of concept will be developed using aggregated data to aid Australia’s emergency services in preparation before a flood

 

Australian Online Privacy Bill to make social media age verification mandatory for tech giants, Reddit, Zoom, gaming platforms

A new Bill targeting social media platforms wants stronger penalties for user privacy breaches that could see companies fined 10%

 

Inside Amazon’s Worst Human Resources Problem

A knot of problems with Amazon’s system for handling paid and unpaid leaves has led to devastating consequences for workers.NYT

 

Jio Platforms net profit jumps almost 25% to $502 million

Jio Platforms’ chairman said operations slowly returned to pre-COVID levels over the past quarter.Latest newsRead More

 

Telstra buying Digicel Pacific thanks to $1.3 billion in Commonwealth funds

Total purchase price for the deal is $1.6 billion, of which Telstra is contributing only $270 million.Latest newsRead More

 

Tesla pulled its latest ‘Full Self Driving’ beta after testers complained about false crash warnings

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Tesla’s decision to test its “Full Self Driving” advanced driver assistance software with

 

Tesla gives ‘Full Self-Driving’ to a new crop of users, then takes it away after apparent software bugs

The company has come under criticism from regulators for practices related to its Full Self-Driving beta.TechnologyRead More

 

Tesla gives ‘Full Self-Driving’ to a new crop of users, then takes it away after apparent software bugs

The company has come under criticism from regulators for practices related to its Full Self-Driving beta.TechnologyRead More

 

Physical webcam covers not included on big spend for a new MacBook Pro or Dell XPS

It is the year 2021. After approaching two years of endless video conferencing, two of the biggest laptop makers will

 

Robot gives US Marines ‘eyes in the water’

Who needs the US Navy when you have your own underwater robot. In the past, Marine divers had to swim

 

TodayZoo phishing kit borrows the code from other kits

Microsoft uncovered an extensive series of credential phishing campaigns that employed a custom phishing kit tracked as TodayZoo. Microsoft researchers

 

Tesla quietly raises prices on four of its EVs

Four of Teslas EVs got price hikes this weekend | Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge Tesla quietly

 

America’s Green Berets prepare for near-peer war

A Delta Force operative, now retired and living in Washington DC, admitted that the scariest thing he ever did was

 

BlackMatter ransomware victims quietly helped using secret decryptor

Cybersecurity firm Emsisoft has been secretly decrypting BlackMatter ransomware victims since this summer, saving victims millions of dollars. […]BleepingComputerRead More

 

Microsoft 365 will get support for custom ARC configurations

Microsoft is working on adding custom Authenticated Received Chain (ARC) configuration support to Microsoft Defender for Office 365. […]BleepingComputerRead More

 

Security Affairs newsletter Round 337

A new round of the weekly Security Affairs newsletter arrived! Every week the best security articles from Security Affairs free

 

New trailers: King Richard, Uncharted, Ozark, and more

Will Smith stars as Venus and Serena Williams’ father in King Richard | Warner Bros. Succession is back, thank goodness,

 

Estimated ship times for preorders of new MacBook Pro models now into late November, early December

Ship times for MacBook Pro models have slid into December Shipping estimates on the Apple Store for new 14-inch and

 

Comcast gave me good, precise news. The truth was precisely the opposite

Many companies believe that technology is perfect for customer service communication. Often, though, it just isn’t.Latest newsRead More

 

These are the 10 best bargains on VPN subscriptions

VPN protection will always be necessary. While you’re online, you may as well grab a subscription at a huge discount.Latest

 

NATO releases its first strategy for Artificial Intelligence

This week, NATO Defence Ministers released the first-ever strategy for Artificial Intelligence (AI) that encourages the use of AI in

 

How Facebook neglected the rest of the world, fueling hate speech and violence in India

A trove of internal documents show Facebook didn’t invest in key safety protocols in the company’s largest market.TechnologyRead More

 

11 Security Settings You Should Know About in Windows 11

Microsoft has rolled out its most secure operating system yet. Here’s how to make the most of it.Security LatestRead More

 

How Facebook neglected the rest of the world, fueling hate speech and violence in India

A trove of internal documents show Facebook didn’t invest in key safety protocols in the company’s largest market.TechnologyRead More

 

Threat actors offer for sale data for 50 millions of Moscow drivers

Threat actors are offering for sale a database containing 50 million records belonging to Moscow drivers on a hacking forum

 

Facebook boss ‘not willing to protect public from harm’

Frances Haugen says chief executive has not shown any desire to shield users from the consequences of harmful contentThe Facebook

 

A Rare Win in the Cat-and-Mouse Game of Ransomware

A team of private security sleuths, in their first public detailing of their efforts, discuss how they used cybercriminals’ mistakes

 

Time to stop Facebook, Google takeovers

Few of us who have survived the last year aren’t grateful for technology. Zoom, email, connected workplaces and solid internet

 

Powell tries to be ‘plausible’ as prices soar

NEW YORK – The data firm Markit-IHT reported Friday “survey-record rise in backlogs of work as firms struggled to meet

 

Sounds like the Halo Needler is finally getting the Nerf blaster it deserves

The Halo Needler is one of the most memorable video game weapons ever designed: an alien rifle that shoots homing

 

Microsoft reverses controversial .NET change after open source community outcry

Image by Alex Castro / The Verge Microsoft is reversing a decision to remove a key feature from its upcoming

 

Nvidia clarifies Megatron-Turing scale claim

The importance of Megatron-Turing 530B is that it is the largest natural language processing model that has been “trained to

 

Cisco SD-WAN flaw could lead to arbitrary code execution, patch it now!

Cisco fixes an OS command-injection flaw, tracked as CVE-2021-1529, in Cisco SD-WAN that could allow privilege escalation and lead to

 

In India, Facebook Struggles to Combat Misinformation and Hate Speech

Internal documents show a struggle with misinformation, hate speech and celebrations of violence in the country, the company’s biggest market.NYT

 

Clubhouse will soon let you pin links to the top of rooms

Image: Clubhouse Clubhouse is making it possible for people to share outside links and monetize their work on the platform.

 

FTC: ISPs collect and monetize far more user data than you’d think

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) found that six largest internet service providers (ISPs) in the U.S. collect and share customers’

 

Hacker sells the data for millions of Moscow drivers for $800

Hackers are selling a stolen database containing 50 million records of Moscow driver data on an underground forum for only

 

Popular NPM library hijacked to install password-stealers, miners

Hackers hijacked the popular UA-Parser-JS NPM library, with millions of downloads a week, to infect Linux and Windows devices with cryptominers

 

A tech exec searched for this Hyatt hotel’s fitness center. Soon, he was fit to be tied

Should you believe what you see on hotel websites? Or should you be very wary when you travel on business?Latest

 

With official Matter support, Eero mesh routers could soon run your smart home

Photo by Sean Hollister / The Verge We are literally right now celebrating The Verge’s 10-year anniversary in New York

 

‘Critical Severity’ Warning for Malware Embedded in Popular JavaScript Library

Security responders are scrambling this weekend to assess the damage from crypto-mining malware embedded in an npm package (JavaScript library)

 

Artificial intelligence sees more funding, but needs more people and better data

A call for ‘developing metrics to assess goodness-of-data, better incentives for data excellence, better data education, better practices for early

 

Huawei, SMIC suppliers net billions in US tech licenses

As a global chip shortage starts to bite deep, it appears that US businesses are not quite ready to give

 

T-Mobile delays shutdown of Sprint 3G network

T-Mobile has delayed its plans to shut down Sprint’s CDMA network | Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge T-Mobile

 

Will Apple’s Mini LED MacBook Pros avoid the iPad Pro’s downsides?

Image: Apple When Apple announced the 12.9-inch iPad Pro with Mini LED backlighting earlier this year, I knew it was

 

Facebook crisis grows as new whistleblower and leaked documents emerge

Company under fire as news reports detail spread of misinformation and conspiracy theories even as staff raised concernsFacebook faced mounting

 

Lyft admits it recorded 4,000 sexual assault claims in long-awaited report

Company reveals figures, promised in 2019, as ride-hailing companies face growing safety scrutinyThe ride-hailing app Lyft received more than 4,000

 

International Operation Knocks Notorious REvil Group Offline

Plus: Data theft in Argentina, a Sinclair Broadcast Group hack, and more of the week’s top security news.Security LatestRead More

 

Urbanista Los Angeles review: solar-powered headphones deliver on a lofty promise

Almost infinite listening, so long as the weather’s kind Continue reading…The Verge – All PostsRead More

 

Take a screen on the go: 13 portable monitors that are on sale

An extra screen makes video conferences easier, and streaming entertainment looks far better on a big screen than on a

 

Get a year of PlayStation Plus for just $37 this weekend

Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge For this weekend, you can get a whole year of Playstation Plus at

 

Supply-chain attack on NPM Package UAParser, which has millions of daily downloads

The U.S. CISA warned of crypto-mining malware hidden in a popular JavaScript NPM library, named UAParser.js, which has millions of weekly downloads.

 

Low-code and no-code software redefines developer jobs

‘Technology leaders need to help business leaders see end-to-end complexities, recognize dependencies and drive best practices, not just keep the

 

20 years of the iPod: how it shuffled music and tech forever

In October 2001, the music industry was riven by piracy and had no idea how to solve it. Enter Steve

 

Pakistan industry wants curbs on China’s BRI imports

PESHAWAR – The use of Chinese steel in Beijing-funded Belt and Road projects in Pakistan is raising hackles with local

 

Moscow meet brings Taliban closer to international legitimacy 

The meeting in Moscow of 10 regional states and Taliban officials on Wednesday produced an outcome that by far exceeded

 

AZ antibody treatment offers new line of Covid defense

A new treatment could soon help protect people from developing severe Covid. AstraZeneca has just released results from a phase

 

Inside Facebook, Jan. 6 violence fueled anger, regret over missed warning signs

Facebook has never publicly disclosed what it knows about how its platforms, including Instagram and WhatsApp, helped fuel that day’s

 

CISA awards $2 million to cybersecurity programs for rural, diverse communities

The heads of CISA, NSA and IST also took part in the ShareTheMic campaign to promote diversity in cybersecurity.Latest newsRead

 

Inside Facebook, Jan. 6 violence fueled anger, regret over missed warning signs

Facebook has never publicly disclosed what it knows about how its platforms, including Instagram and WhatsApp, helped fuel that day’s

 

Key takeaways from Week 7 of the Elizabeth Holmes trial.

Prosecutors focused on her alleged deceptions, trying to make the case that she intentionally misled Theranos’s investors and commercial partners.NYT

 

Personal data protection to become a fundamental right in Brazil

The amendment to the Constitution was approved by the Senate and covers data in digital platformsLatest newsRead More

 

Wisdom app debuts, providing audio-only mentorship for thousands

Founder Dayo Akinrinade said she was inspired to create her own app by the success of Clubhouse and Tik Tok.Latest

 

Twitter’s research shows that its algorithm favors conservative views

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge A post on Twitter’s blog reveals that Twitter’s algorithm promotes right-leaning content more

 

The Week in Ransomware – October 22nd 2021 – Striking back

Between law enforcement operations, REvil’s second shut down, and ransomware gangs’ response to the hacking of their servers, it has

 

Facebook Employees Warned About Election Misinformation, to Little Effect

Company documents show that the social network’s employees repeatedly raised red flags about the spread of misinformation and conspiracies before

 

A new Facebook whistleblower has come forward with more allegations

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge A second Facebook whistleblower has come forward with a new set of allegations

 

Facebook SSRF Dashboard allows hunting SSRF vulnerabilities

Facebook developed a new tool that allows security experts to look for Server-Side Request Forgery (SSRF) vulnerabilities in their software.

 

Amazon’s early Black Friday deals: Here’s what’s new

The commerce giant gets the Black Friday party started with deals on everyday gadgets and gizmos.Latest newsRead More

 

YouTube streaming star Valkyrae launches skin care line to controversy, ethical questions

A YouTube star debuted a skincare line to prevent damage from screens. But experts are skeptical of the product’s core

 

Best blender 2021: Winter soup is coming

These blenders deserve a spot on your countertop.Latest newsRead More

 

Dog-sized scorpions, dinosaur shrimp, and exoplanet collisions lead the week in science

This week’s science news was chock full of prehistoric fauna, a record-shattering approach of the coldest temperature physically possible, and

 

Microsoft angers the .NET open source community with a controversial decision

Microsoft has spent the past 10 years embracing open-source software and, at several points, even admitting it loves Linux and

 

The 14-Year-Old Who Founded Girls Who Hack Is Inspiring the Next Generation of Hackers

“Women aren’t really taken as seriously in the cybersecurity field, and I’ve noticed that with most of my girlfriends, they

 

YouTube streaming star Valkyrae launches skin care line to controversy, ethical questions

A YouTube star debuted a skincare line to prevent damage from screens. But experts are skeptical of the product’s core

 

Facebook files suit against Ukrainian man who allegedly scraped data about 178 million users

Facebook filed a lawsuit against a Ukrainian man in a federal court Friday for allegedly using third-party services to gather

 

Overwatch’s cowboy hero is now named Cole Cassidy

Blizzard Entertainment Jesse McCree, Overwatch’s cowboy hero, has been renamed Cole Cassidy. Meet Cole Cassidy.Rides into Overwatch October 26. pic.twitter.com/CT6PmaNXNs—

 

Ransomware Gang Says the Real Ransomware Gang Is the Federal Government

A day after it was revealed that the US and its allies hacked the infamous REvil ransomware gang, a competing

 

NASA now aims to launch massive next-generation rocket on debut flight in early 2022

NASA/Frank Michaux NASA is aiming to fly its massive, next-generation rocket, the Space Launch System, for the first time in