Tag: Biz & IT

Verizon offers free robocall blocking, two years after AT&T and T-Mobile

Enlarge / A Verizon logo at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. reader comments 7 with 7 posters participating Share this story Verizon yesterday said it will make spam and robocall blocking features free for all wireless customers starting in March, about two years after AT&T and T-Mobile began offering free robocall blocking. […]

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Google Play malware used phones’ motion sensors to conceal itself

reader comments 2 with 2 posters participating Share this story Malicious apps hosted in the Google Play market are trying a clever trick to avoid detection—they monitor the motion-sensor input of an infected device before installing a powerful banking trojan to make sure it doesn’t load on emulators researchers use to detect attacks. The thinking […]

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Oil from humble saltwater plant blended with jet fuel on Etihad Airways flight

Enlarge / Glasswort bush (Salicornia europaea), Chenopodiaceae. reader comments 1 with 1 posters participating Share this story On Wednesday, an Etihad Airways Boeing 787 in Abu Dhabi embarked on a roughly seven-hour flight to Amsterdam with its tank full of a mixture of jet fuel and biofuel. The biofuel was derived from oil pressed out […]

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Hacked and dumped online: 773 million records with plaintext passwords

Getty Images reader comments 5 with 4 posters participating Share this story Have I Been Pwned, the breach notification service that serves as a bellwether for the security of login credentials, has just gotten its hands on its biggest data haul ever—a list that includes almost 773 million unique email addresses and 21 million unique […]

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Report: DOJ pursuing criminal charges against Huawei for theft of tech

Enlarge / A Seattle jury found Huawei liable in a civil lawsuit brought by T-Mobile for theft of robotic tech. Now the DOJ is ready to file criminal charges. reader comments 0 with 0 posters participating Share this story In the wake of a civil lawsuit by T-Mobile and other telecommunications companies against the Chinese […]

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Eight months after discovery, unkillable LoJax rootkit campaign remains active

reader comments 3 with 3 posters participating Share this story Last May, researchers published a bombshell report documenting sophisticated malware attributed to the Russian government. The malware, dubbed “LoJax,” creates a persistent backdoor that survives operating system reinstalls and hard drive replacements. On Wednesday, researchers published new findings that indicate the campaign remains active. LoJax in […]

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Nine defendants charged in SEC hacking scheme that netted $4.1 million

reader comments 1 with 1 posters participating Share this story Federal authorities have charged nine defendants with participating in a scheme to hack a Securities and Exchange Commission database to steal confidential information that netted $4.1 million in illegal stock trade profits. Two of the defendants, federal prosecutors in New Jersey said, breached SEC networks […]

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Previously secret CIA report documents spear attack against surveillance plane

An aerial image from a low-level overflight of the Congo by a US Air Force reconnaissance aircraft in 1964 caught this moment in which a spear was thrown at the aircraft. reader comments 0 with 0 posters participating Share this story In the 1960s, during the civil wars and political upheaval that rocked what is […]

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After a boom year for new natural gas plants, renewables set to retake the lead

Enlarge / Wind turbines at the Cedar Point Wind Energy Project in Limon, Colorado. Getty Images reader comments 2 with 2 posters participating Share this story In 2019, more renewable energy will be added to the grid than fossil fuel-based energy, according to estimates from the Energy Information Administration (EIA). That had been the trend […]

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New ransomware rakes in $4 million by adopting a “big game hunting” strategy

reader comments 2 with 2 posters participating Share this story A recently discovered ransomware group has netted almost $4 million since August, in large part by following a path that’s uncommon in its industry—selectively installing the malicious encryption software on previously infected targets with deep pockets. The method differs from the usual one of indiscriminately […]

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After broken promise, AT&T says it’ll stop selling phone location data

Getty Images | Witthaya Prasongsin reader comments 5 with 5 posters participating Share this story Mobile carriers are again promising to stop selling your phone location data to other companies—this time, for real. The four major carriers pledged to stop selling customer location data to third-party data brokers in June 2018, but a Motherboard investigation […]

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A DNS hijacking wave is targeting companies at an almost unprecedented scale

reader comments 0 with 0 posters participating Share this story Federal authorities and private researchers are alerting companies to a wave of domain hijacking attacks that’s using relatively novel techniques to compromise targets at an almost unprecedented scale. The attacks, which security firm FireEye said have been active since January 2017, use three different ways […]

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Facebook-executive swatting sends significant police response to his home

reader comments 16 with 13 posters participating Share this story A Facebook executive was the target of a swatting hoax that resulted in armed police briefly detaining him and searching his home as they investigated a false report of an active shooting and hostage situation involving pipe bombs, Palo Alto, California, Police Department officials said. […]

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AT&T defends misleading “5G” network icons on 4G phones

Enlarge / A smartphone with AT&T’s “5G E” network indicator. reader comments 35 with 29 posters participating Share this story An AT&T executive defended the company’s rebranding of 4G phones as “5G E,” saying that the name change has helped AT&T “br[eak] our industry’s narrative” and get inside of its “competitors’ heads.” Speaking at CES […]

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Kaspersky blew whistle on NSA hacking tool hoarder

Enlarge / NSA got a message from Kaspersky that one of its own was being very, very bad, according to a new Politico report. reader comments 5 with 4 posters participating Share this story Harold T. Martin III, a former government contractor, is still facing trial for the alleged theft of massive amounts of National […]

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AT&T reportedly plans layoffs despite tax cut and FCC deregulation

Getty Images | SOPA Images reader comments 13 with 13 posters participating Share this story AT&T is reportedly planning a significant round of layoffs, despite receiving a large tax break and various regulatory favors such as the repeal of net neutrality rules. Motherboard reported the pending layoffs yesterday, saying it obtained the information from AT&T […]

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