Tag: Biz & IT

Millions of SMS texts in unsecured database expose 2FA codes and reset links

Enlarge / 2FA via SMS happens worldwide, all. reader comments 10 with 9 posters participating Share this story Millions of SMS text messages—many containing one-time passcodes, password reset links, and plaintext passwords—were exposed in an Internet-accessible database that could be read or monitored by anyone who knew where to look, TechCrunch has reported. The discovery […]

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FCC tells SpaceX it can deploy up to 11,943 broadband satellites

reader comments 14 with 11 posters participating Share this story SpaceX today received US approval to deploy 7,518 broadband satellites, in addition to the 4,425 satellites that were approved eight months ago. The Federal Communications Commission voted to let SpaceX launch 4,425 low Earth orbit satellites in March of this year. SpaceX separately sought approval […]

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When a network intel provider’s domain serves fraudulent content, something is wrong

Enlarge / The first of eight pages of results showing fraudulent PDFs available on vps4-atl1.ag0.thousandeyes.com. Dan Goodin reader comments 0 with 0 posters participating Share this story ThousandEyes, a San Francisco-based network intelligence service, helps customers monitor all kinds of mission-critical things, from border gateway protocol leaks to DNS performance. But over the past week […]

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Why aren’t chip credit cards stopping “card present” fraud in the US?

Enlarge / Chip cards help prevent fraud but only if you use them. Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg via Getty Images reader comments 10 with 10 posters participating Share this story A security analysis firm called Gemini Advisory recently posted a report saying that credit card fraud is actually on the rise in the US. That’s surprising, […]

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Indonesia 737 crash caused by “safety” feature change pilots weren’t told of

Enlarge / SONY DSC reader comments 26 Share this story On November 6, Boeing issued an update to Boeing 737 MAX aircrews. The change, directed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), came because Boeing had never provided guidance to pilots on what to do when part of an updated safety system malfunctioned—the very scenario that […]

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Google goes down after major BGP mishap routes traffic through China

reader comments 2 Share this story Google lost control of several million of its IP addresses for more than an hour on Monday in an event that intermittently made its search and other services unavailable to many users and also caused problems for Spotify and other Google cloud customers. While Google said it had no […]

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A 100,000-router botnet is feeding on a 5-year-old UPnP bug in Broadcom chips

reader comments 16 Share this story A recently discovered botnet has taken control of an eye-popping 100,000 home and small-office routers made from a range of manufacturers, mainly by exploiting a critical vulnerability that has remained unaddressed on infected devices more than five years after it came to light. Researchers from Netlab 360, who reported […]

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Veterans Affairs IT problems hold up vets’ benefits for months

Enlarge / The Department of Veterans Affairs: Lincoln would not approve of the way the agency is running its IT. Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images reader comments 6 Share this story The Department of Veterans Affairs has acknowledged that the failure of a new IT system for processing claims for Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits has […]

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New year, same story: Cost of wind and solar fall below cost of coal and gas

reader comments 3 Share this story It’s that time of the year again: time for asset management company Lazard to release its annual Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE) study. (We know, you’ve been waiting all year.) The numbers in the report offer economic insight into how energy choices were made in the previous year and […]

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Russian officials: Nope, we can’t finish fixing the carrier Kuznetsov

Enlarge / MURMANSK, RUSSIA – Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov at the PD-50 floating dry dock of Shipyard 82. reader comments 10 Share this story Russian officials have now acknowledged that the October 29 accident involving Russia’s only aircraft carrier and largest floating dry dock has made continuing the refit of the ship impossible. The […]

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Get your code on in RunCode, the online programming and pwning extravaganza

Enlarge / Want to flex your coding and hacking skills but can’t get to a con? RunCode is for you. reader comments 0 Share this story Last year, a group of dedicated volunteers launched Codewarz, an online coding “capture the flag” (CTF) contest originally developed as an on-site competition for colleges and training events. Paid […]

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California’s cap-and-trade dollars are building a hydrogen fuel cell boat

Enlarge / A mock-up of what the Water-Go-Round may look like. Golden Gate Zero Emissions Marine reader comments 2 Share this story All aboard: construction of a hydrogen fuel cell boat, with aims to be the first of its kind to run commercially, was announced on Thursday in San Francisco. A startup called Golden Gate […]

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Police decrypt 258,000 messages after breaking pricey IronChat crypto app

reader comments 1 Share this story Police in the Netherlands said they decrypted more than 258,000 messages sent using IronChat, an app billed as providing end-to-end encryption that was endorsed by National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden. In a statement published Tuesday, Dutch police said officers achieved a “breakthrough in the interception and decryption of […]

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Tesla battery will power unusual community storage project in Western Australia

reader comments 6 Share this story Enlarge / Tesla Powerpacks in South Australia. A community storage pilot project using Tesla batteries went live this week in Western Australia, three months ahead of schedule. The 105KW/420KWh pooled storage will act as a sort of locker for excess power produced by homes with solar panels. The project is […]

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Ajit Pai slams Sprint, Charter, and CenturyLink for poor robocall effort

Enlarge / FCC Chairman Ajit Pai on December 14, 2017 in Washington, DC, the day of the FCC’s vote to repeal net neutrality rules. Getty Images | Alex Wong reader comments 14 Share this story Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai yesterday criticized Sprint, Charter, CenturyLink, and four other phone providers for not committing to […]

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Strange snafu misroutes domestic US Internet traffic through China Telecom

reader comments 60 Share this story China Telecom, the large international communications carrier with close ties to the Chinese government, misdirected big chunks of Internet traffic through a roundabout path that threatened the security and integrity of data passing between various providers’ backbones for two-and-a-half years, a security expert said Monday. It remained unclear if […]

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Intel CPUs fall to new hyperthreading exploit that pilfers crypto keys

reader comments 3 Share this story Over the past 11 months, the processors running our computers, and in some cases phones, have succumbed to a host of attacks. Bearing names such as Meltdown and Spectre, BranchScope, TLBleed, and Foreshadow, the exploits threaten to siphon some of our most sensitive secrets—say passwords or cryptographic keys—out of […]

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