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  1. It’s time to stop using SMS for anything. "https://lucky225.medium.com/its-time-to-stop-using-sms-for-anything-203c41361c80" By now most infosec professionals are aware of various ways SMS text messaging can be hijacked. For example so-called “SIM Swap” attacks, SS7 attacks, Port-out fraud, etc. All of these attacks however do require some level of sophistication, whether it be high level access to SS7, or account information or social engineering to successfully port out the phone number to a new provider or swap the sim on the existing account. Your OTP may not be safe as new SMS attack redirects texts to hackers Besides all the things this new attack involves, the most interesting aspect is that the tools only need hackers to pay $16. https://www.indiatoday.in/amp/technology/news/story/your-otp-may-not-be-safe-as-new-sms-attack-redirects-texts-to-hackers-1779805-2021-03-16 Hackers are leveraging an exploit in the SMS management service for an attack. Hackers are able to redirect any SMS meant for a number to their own system. These services are available through several companies for as low as $16. Just when you think your mobile phone is finally free of any potential threat from hackers, a new attack is always lurking. A new attack has now been discovered where hackers are able to redirect SMS bound for the victim’s phone number to their systems. Hackers use text-messaging management services, meant for business, to carry out the attack, thanks to the exploit in these services. So, in a way, these attacks are possible because of the negligence of the telecom industry, at least in the US, and hackers are in for a treat. Using the attack, hackers can redirect important text messages, such as those containing OTP or login links for services such as WhatsApp.
  2. Refund of pre-installed Windows: Lenovo must pay 20,000 euros in damages "https://fsfe.org/news/2021/news-20210302-01.html" In a historic judgment in Italy, in a case initiated by FSFE supporter Luca Bonissi, Lenovo was ordered to pay 20,000 euros in damages for abusive behaviour in denying to refund the price of a pre-installed Windows licence. In a motivating gesture for the Free Software cause, Luca donated 15,000 euros to the FSFE.
  3. Well. It's good to go with universal approach than isolated specific genre ones , but if threats are addressed at the origins, would be ideal too.
  4. Hmm. But it's said that there is already integration of it in Defender and defender does take care of it, would be good news.
  5. Better left to MS, macro language text scanning technique, methods.
  6. Whenever we feel it's the limit it's broken as with field records and human endurance, so why not be optimistic?
  7. If cost/gb is bettered, would be a bonus.
  8. Can't say, until it's out and tested but still anything to improve privacy is good news.
  9. The Crusading Nun. A guy was in New York on a business trip and decided to head to a local bar for a drink. Standing outside the bar was a nun holding a tin cup. As the man threw a few bucks into her cup the nun launched into a long tirade about the evils of alcohol. She went on and on about how alcohol was tearing apart the fabric of society and how it was the root of all the city’s problems. Slightly ticked off at having to listen to this, the guy said, “Listen sister, I work hard for my money and sometimes at the end of a long day I like a drink or two. That doesn’t make me a bad person. I have a wife I idolize and two wonderful kids at home. I provide for my family, I volunteer my time to several local service clubs and I contribute regularly to various charities. Yet you stand here and condemn me just because I drink the occasional glass of scotch!” The nun was slightly taken aback and replied, “I see your point my son and I apologize if I offended you but the alcohol is such a powerful demon that all who consume it are doomed…” “Look there you go again,” said the man. “How can you make such a sweeping statement. Have you ever even TRIED alcohol?” “Of course not!” gasped the nun, “The evil alcohol has never touched my lips.” “Do you really think that one glass of booze can change you from a devout nun to some kind of evil degenerate?” “Well, I really don’t know …” “I’ll tell you what, come into the bar with me and I’ll buy you a drink. One drink. I’ll prove to you that “evil” is not inside the glass, it’s inside the person.” “Oh, I could never be seen going into such a den of iniquity, it’s out of the question. However, your comment about evil residing in the person rather than the glass is quite intriguing. I must admit you’ve aroused a curiosity in me.” “Well let’s go inside and settle this!” “No my son, I could never enter such a place… but how about this. Take my tin cup with you and fill it with this “scotch” you mentioned. Bring it out to me and I’ll try it.” “You’re on!” said the guy. The nun removed all the change and handed him the tin cup. He went into the bar and said to the bartender, “Two scotch on the rocks, and could you put one of them in this tin cup please?” The bartender sighed and asked, “Is that nun out there again?”
  10. Strong Man Contest A strong young man at a construction site was bragging that he could outdo anyone when it comes to pure strength. He made a special case of making fun of one of the older workers at the job site. After several minutes of ranting, the older worker had had enough. "Why don't you put your money where your mouth is and challenge me to a strength competition," he said. "I will bet an entire week's pay that I can haul something in a wheelbarrow over to that building that you won't be able to wheel back." "You're on, old man. Let's see what you got," the young boaster replied. The old man reached out and grabbed the wheelbarrow by the handles. Then, nodding to the young man, he said, "All right, hop in."
  11. EU seeks to supercharge computer chip production https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-56334210 The European Commission has set an ambitious target to boost production of cutting-edge computer chips by the end of the decade. It wants 20% of such chips, in terms of value, to be manufactured within the EU by 2030. It was 10% in 2020. The pledge comes at a time when supply has failed to meet demand, causing problems for car-makers and others. Part of the challenge will be that the US and mainland China are also seeking to increase their own output. Being able to make the most advanced chips is taking on greater geo-political importance. The US has already taken steps to restrict China's access to chips and other technologies involving American intellectual property on the grounds they could be used by the Chinese military and/or to carry out surveillance of its minority Uighur population. And a recent report prepared for US President Biden advised him to take steps to ensure China continues to remain at least two chip generations behind. Hackers Break Into Thousands of Security Cameras, Exposing Tesla, Jails, Hospitals https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/hackers-break-into-thousands-of-security-cameras-exposing-tesla-jails-hospitals-1.1574681 Bloomberg) -- A group of hackers say they breached a massive trove of security-camera data collected by Silicon Valley startup Verkada Inc., gaining access to live feeds of 150,000 surveillance cameras inside hospitals, companies, police departments, prisons and schools. Companies whose footage was exposed include carmaker Tesla Inc. and software provider Cloudflare Inc. In addition, hackers were able to view video from inside women’s health clinics, psychiatric hospitals and the offices of Verkada itself. Some of the cameras, including in hospitals, use facial-recognition technology to identify and categorize people captured on the footage. The hackers say they also have access to the full video archive of all Verkada customers. T-Mobile to share customers' web, mobile-app data with advertisers unless they opt out "https://thehill.com/policy/technology/542303-t-mobile-to-share-customers-web-mobile-app-data-with-advertisers-unless" T-Mobile will start sharing customers’ web and mobile app data with companies for third-party advertising next month unless users opt-out, it said in a recent privacy policy update. T-Mobile’s update will go into place April 26 and it will allow information the provider learns about users from their web and device usage to be used for targeted advertising. The company’s privacy policy was updated last month, but The Wall Street Journal first reported on the update Tuesday. The Future of Group Messaging "https://thejarren.com/group-messaging/" Group messaging is the glue that holds modern communication together. From the corporate Slack channels, the casual iMessage groups, and the entertaining Discord servers, we as people are increasingly spending time in group messages. But there's an Achilles heel to group messaging, a bad thread that runs deep into the fabric of digital communication. From the very beginning our systems have followed one crucial rule: New content must appear in line, no matter how many people are chatting. This one rule for our messaging feeds, this guideline for our conversations, remains largely unbroken, and has constrained group messages for far too long. Here, I’ll propose a solution that will set group messaging free. These two changes: Adding in-line posts to messaging, and adding a new view for posts and comments, would open a whole new world of social network possibilities. This is the social network killer. Keep your head: the self-decapitating sea slugs that regrow their bodies – hearts and all https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/mar/08/keep-your-head-the-self-decapitating-sea-slugs-that-regrow-their-bodies-hearts-and-all Scientists in Japan have discovered that this species of sea slug can decapitate itself and then regrow an entirely new body, complete with a beating heart and other vital organs. The process, from shedding all of itself below the neck to regrowing a new body, took less than a month, in an extreme example of a process known as autotomy SpaceX plans Starlink broadband for trucks, ships, and planes [Updated] https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2021/03/spacex-plans-starlink-broadband-for-cars-boats-and-planes/
  12. If it's not Google it will be someother but invariably unavoidable if one wants something free which a normal user looks for.
  13. If ads can be blocked than how do browsers survive? Than everything would be premium service only. So to gain some need to lose some. Have to limit info revealed and shared and employ / go for net access under protected environments with least footfalls to access content reqd.
  14. Google Will Use 'FLoC' for Ad Targeting Once 3rd-Party Cookies Are Dead https://thecybersecurity.news/general-cyber-security-news/google-will-use-floc-for-ad-targeting-once-3rd-party-cookies-are-dead-6784/ Signaling a major shift to its ads-driven business model, Google on Wednesday unequivocally stated it would not build alternate identifiers or tools to track users across multiple websites once it begins phasing out third-party tracking cookies from its Chrome browser by early 2022. "Instead, our web products will be powered by privacy-preserving APIs which prevent individual tracking while still delivering results for advertisers and publishers," said David Temkin, Google's director of product management for ads privacy and trust. "Advances in aggregation, anonymization, on-device processing and other privacy-preserving technologies offer a clear path to replacing individual identifiers." The changes, which could potentially reshape the advertising landscape, are expected only to cover websites visited via Chrome and do not extend to mobile apps
  15. Report: Tesla is secretly building a giant 100 MW battery in Texas https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/03/report-tesla-is-secretly-building-a-giant-100-mw-battery-in-texas/ Tesla is best known as an electric car company, but the firm also has a thriving business in battery storage—including utility-scale battery installations to support the electric grid. Bloomberg reports that Tesla is currently building a battery installation in Tesla CEO Elon Musk's new home state of Texas. The project is in Angleton, about an hour south of Houston. Tesla hasn't publicized the project, which is operating under the name of an obscure Tesla subsidiary called Gambit Energy Storage LLC. When a Bloomberg photographer visited, a worker discouraged picture-taking and said the project was "secretive." The project appears to consist of 20 large banks of batteries that have been covered by white sheets.
  16. Smallest Transistor Worldwide Switches Current with a Single Atom in Solid Electrolyte "https://www.kit.edu/kit/english/pi_2018_097_smallest-transistor-worldwide-switches-current-with-a-single-atom-in-solid-electrolyte.php" At the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), physicist Professor Thomas Schimmel and his team have developed a single-atom transistor, the smallest transistor worldwide. This quantum electronics component switches an electrical current by controlled repositioning of a single atom, now also in the solid state in a gel electrolyte. The single-atom transistor works at room temperature and has an extremely low energy consumption, opening up entirely new perspectives for information technology. The transistor is presented in Advanced Materials (DOI: 10.1002/adma.201801225).
  17. Seagate: 100TB HDDs Due in 2030, https://www.tomshardware.com/news/seagate-technology-roadmap-2021 Seagate is on track to deliver ~50TB hard disk drives by 2026, ~100TB HDDs by 2030, and 120TB+ units early next decade, according to the company's recently revealed product and technology roadmaps. To hit capacity targets, Seagate will have to adopt new magnetic recording technologies. To ensure the high performance of its future drives, the company plans to leverage its multi-actuator technology more broadly. This tech doubles the performance of its hard drives, and it could become a standard feature on some of the company's product lines.
  18. Microsoft: We're cracking down on Excel macro malware https://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-were-cracking-down-on-malware-that-uses-excel-macros/ A new antivirus and Office 365 integration from Microsoft allows for scanning malicious macro scripts written in XLM at runtime.
  19. Physicists Just Found 4 New Subatomic Particles That May Test The Laws of Nature https://www.sciencealert.com/scientists-just-discovered-four-new-subatomic-particles-all-tetraquarks This month is a time to celebrate. CERN has just announced the discovery of four brand new particles at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Geneva. This means that the LHC has now found a total of 59 new particles, in addition to the Nobel prize-winning Higgs boson, since it started colliding protons – particles that make up the atomic nucleus along with neutrons – in 2009. World's highest-capacity' solid-state battery developed in Japan "https://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Energy/World-s-highest-capacity-solid-state-battery-developed-in-Japan" ENERGY 'World's highest-capacity' solid-state battery developed in Japan Hitachi Zosen eyes applications in industrial machinery and space Hitachi Zosen will test a solid-state battery in equipment to be sent to the International Space Station as early as this fall. © JAXA/NASA RYOTARO SATO, Nikkei staff writerMarch 4, 2021 04:23 JST OSAKA -- Hitachi Zosen has developed a solid-state battery boasting one of the industry's highest capacities and tolerance for a wide range of temperatures, making it a candidate for use in satellites and industrial machinery. The high-performance solid-state battery, unveiled Wednesday at an exhibition in Tokyo, features a capacity of 1,000 milliamp hours -- roughly seven times as much as the Japanese company's prior models. It can also operate in a temperature range from 100 degrees to minus 40 degrees Celsius. With a lower risk of fires and more enhanced energy efficiency than conventional lithium-ion batteries, solid-state batteries are considered to be the next-generation power source
  20. Google-free /e/ OS is now selling preloaded phones in the US, starting at $380 https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2021/03/google-free-e-os-is-now-selling-pre-loaded-phones-in-the-us-starting-at-380/ /e/ OS, the "open-source, pro-privacy, and fully degoogled" fork of Android, is coming to Canada and the USA. Of course, you've always been able to download the software in any region, but now (as first spotted by It's Foss News) the e Foundation will start selling preloaded phones in North America. Previously, /e/ only did business in Europe. Like normal, the e Foundation's smartphone strategy is to sell refurbished Samsung devices with /e/ preloaded. In the US, there are only two phones right now: the Galaxy S9 for $379.99 or a Galaxy S9+ for $429.99. North Americans still have reason to be jealous of Europe, where you can get /e/ preloaded on a Fairphone, which is also Europe-exclusive.
  21. Brave acquires search engine to offer the first private alternative to Google Search and Google Chrome on both mobile and desktop https://brave.com/brave-search/ Brave Search is coming just as millions are migrating from Big Tech platforms to more private and secure solutions Today Brave announced the acquisition of Tailcat, the open search engine developed by the team formerly responsible for the privacy search and browser products at Cliqz, a holding of Hubert Burda Media. Tailcat will become the foundation of Brave Search. Brave Search and the Brave browser constitute the industry’s first independent, privacy-preserving alternative to Google Chrome and Google Search, which rely on tracking users across sites and have 70 percent and 92 percent market share, respectively.
  22. Starlink coverage map revealed — here's where people are using the service https://www.tomsguide.com/uk/news/starlink-coverage-map-revealed-heres-where-people-are-using-the-service
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