Tag: Biz & IT

In most cases, online microtask work can be a raw deal, UN study finds

Enlarge / The Amazon Mechanical Turk, or mturk.com, website is displayed on a computer screen for a photograph in Tiskilwa, Illinois, U.S., on Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images Getty Images reader comments 0 Share this story Microtask platforms recruit humans to do the rating, tagging, review-writing, and poll-taking work that […]

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Potential buyers for largest coal plant in the Western US back out

Enlarge / Navajo Generating Station and Navajo Mountain. (Photo by: Education Images/UIG via Getty Images) Getty Images reader comments 1 Share this story Two investment companies that had been negotiating a purchase of the Navajo Generating Station (NGS) outside of Page, Arizona, have decided to end talks without purchasing the coal plant. The 2.25 gigawatt (GW) plant […]

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Senate can’t protect senators, staff from cyber attacks, Wyden warns

Enlarge / The Senate’s IT security team can’t protect senators’ and staffers’ own devices and accounts. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) wants to change that. reader comments 7 Share this story Sen. Ron Wyden has been a squeaky wheel about the US Senate’s weak security posture for a while. In April, the Oregon Democrat raised objections […]

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NewEgg cracked in breach, hosted card-stealing code within its own checkout

Enlarge / Splat. reader comments 22 Share this story The popular computer and electronics Web retailer NewEgg has apparently been hit by the same payment-data-stealing attackers who targeted TicketMaster UK and British Airways. The attackers, referred to by researchers as Magecart, managed to inject 15 lines of JavaScript into NewEgg’s webstore checkout that forwarded credit […]

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Russian surveillance plane got shot down by Syria—and Russia blames Israel

Enlarge / An Ilyushin IL-20M intelligence collection aircraft, the type shot down Monday evening by Syrian air defenses. reader comments 7 Share this story On Monday night, a Russian Air Force Ilyushin IL-20 “Coot-A” electronic intelligence and radar reconnaissance aircraft monitoring the Idlib province of Syria was mistakenly shot down by Syrian air defense forces […]

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Construction to begin on 36 megawatt Moroccan wind farm for Bitcoin mining

Enlarge / An artist’s rendering of a combination Bitcoin mine and turbine farm. reader comments 10 Share this story Morocco has a lot of prime real estate for wind energy along its southern coast. But without robust transmission lines to move electricity from there to more populated centers, a traditional wind energy company might wait […]

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Russians tried to hack Swiss lab testing samples from Skripal attack

Enlarge / This picture, taken on September 14, 2018, shows the Spiez Laboratory, Swiss Federal Institute for NBC-Protection (nuclear, biological, chemical), in Spiez, 40km from the capital Bern, as Swiss newspapers reported that two Russian agents suspected of trying to spy on the laboratory were arrested in the Netherlands and expelled early this year. At […]

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Amazon looking into claims that employees delete bad reviews for cash

Getty Images reader comments 3 Share this story Amazon began investigating reports that some of its employees have been leaking company information in exchange for bribes, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal. The report claims that Amazon employees have been revealing sales information, deleting negative reviews, and offering up reviewers’ email addresses […]

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Russia, China become battle buddies at Vostok 2018

reader comments 0 Share this story Russian, Chinese, and Mongolian flags fly from vehicles at the head of a parade in review at the Tsugol training ground in Eastern Russia, near the Chinese and Mongolian borders. Senior officers from China’s PLA and PLA Marines ride in a Russian vehicle as part of a review of […]

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Unpatched systems at big companies continue to fall to WannaMine worm

Enlarge / This old mine is still yielding somebody Monero. reader comments 7 Share this story In May of 2017, the WannaCry attack—a file-encrypting ransomware knock-off attributed by the US to North Korea—raised the urgency of patching vulnerabilities in the Windows operating system that had been exposed by a leak of National Security Agency exploits. […]

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“Bulk interception” by GCHQ (and NSA) violated human rights charter, European court rules

Enlarge / The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg, France, ruled that UK bulk data collection and mass surveillance regimes violated the European Charter of Human Rights. reader comments 11 Share this story In a set of rulings today, the European Court of Human Rights found that the mass surveillance scheme used by […]

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Trump signs order authorizing “automatic” sanctions for election interference

Enlarge / National Security Advisor Ambassador John Bolton took lead on announcing President Trump’s latest executive order. Getty Images reader comments 20 Share this story WASHINGTON—In a call with journalists today, National Security Advisor John Bolton and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coates outlined an executive order just signed by President Donald Trump that would […]

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After many opsec fails, Russia seeks to ban soldier social media spoilers

“Time to sleep”—inside Ukraine. A few new “fans” of Russian soldier Sanya Sotkin noticed his geolocation faux pas. reader comments 12 Share this story Proposed legislation now being considered by Russia’s Duma would attempt to bring to an end a particular practice among members of Russia’s armed forces that has become something of a diplomatic […]

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Verizon 5G home Internet: $70/month, 300Mbps to 1Gbps speeds, no data caps

Enlarge / A Verizon logo at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Getty Images | Bloomberg reader comments 36 Share this story Verizon Wireless will start offering a 5G-based wireless home Internet service next month in parts of four US cities, with service coming to other cities at an as-yet-unspecified date. “Typical” download […]

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Apple takes down Trend Micro Mac apps that collected, stored user data

reader comments 2 Share this story Apple removed several anti-malware apps from its Mac App Store after the apps were found to export users’ browser histories. All of the apps in question are made by the cyber-security company Trend Micro, which initially denied the allegations but has since issued an apology to its users. “Reports […]

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US Intelligence thinks Russia may have microwaved US embassies in Cuba, China

Enlarge / The US flag flies outside the US Embassy on October 14, 2017 in Havana, Cuba. US intelligence agencies now suspect Russia is responsible for what appear to have been directed microwave attacks on US embassy personnel in Havana and in China. Gary Hershorn /GettyImages reader comments 5 Share this story The effects of […]

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FCC data exaggerates broadband access on tribal lands

reader comments 6 Share this story Broadband access in tribal areas is likely even worse than previously thought because Federal Communications Commission data overstates deployment, according to a new report by the US Government Accountability Office (GAO). FCC data collection was already known to be suspect throughout the US, not just in tribal areas, which […]

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British Airways site had credit card skimming code injected

Enlarge / Thousands of BA customers had their credit card data “skimmed” by malicious JavaScript code inserted into the airline’s website. Alf van Beem reader comments 6 Share this story Last week, British Airways revealed that all the payment information processed through the airline’s website and mobile app between August 21 and September 5 had […]

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