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$600 Million Hacker Offered Job, Bug Bounty

The hacker who stole US$600 million in tokens from a cryptocurrency platform last week has been offered a security job by the platform. Most of the money has been returned to the Poly Network, but more than $200 million in assets remains locked in an account controlled by the hacker, whom the crypto...

Tesla Autopilot Probe Opened by US Highway Safety Agency

The probe, to be conducted by the NHTSA's Office of Defects Investigation, will evaluate the Autopilot systems in Tesla Models Y, X, S, and 3, for the years 2014 through 2021. Technologies and methods used to monitor, assist, and enforce a driver's engagement with driving during Autopilot operation ...

Half of IT Pros Say Remote Workers Dodging Security Precautions

Hackers aren't the only ones evading security measures of many organizations. So are their remote workers. In a new report on remote workforce security, 52 percent of the U.S. IT and cybersecurity professionals surveyed revealed they experienced remote workers finding workarounds to their organizati...

Think Tank Calls for Policymakers To Grow AI, Not Choke It

Policymakers should be fostering the use of artificial intelligence in making workforce decisions, not inhibiting it, according to the Center for Data Innovation. In a report released Monday, the global think tank called on governments to encourage AI adoption and establish guardrails to limit harms...

Study Finds 100% of Commercial Apps Contain Security Flaws

A number of popular commercial applications in categories ranging from browsers to messaging and meeting apps all contained open-source components with security vulnerabilities, according to new research performed by Osterman Research for GrammaTech. Online meetings and email clients, which contain...

Chromebook Shipments Jump 75% YoY in Q2

Chromebooks were a hot commodity in the second quarter of this year, with shipments increasing 75 percent compared to the same period in 2020. Some 11.9 million of the laptops were shipped during the April-June quarter, or 13 percent of all notebooks, according to Canalys, a global market research c...

Outlaw Installer for Windows 11 Infected With Malware

Early adopters seeking a premature peek of Windows 11 via unauthorized channels may be in for a nasty surprise -- a dose of malware. Kaspersky Lab reports that an unofficial installer is in the wild that promises to install the next version of Microsoft's ubiquitous operating system on a user's comp...

DuckDuckGo Readies Feature To Strip Trackers From Email

Called Email Protection, the feature will be initially distributed through a waiting list that anyone can add their name to. Consumers chosen from the list will be able to create a free, personal @duck.com email address. Email sent to the @duck address will be denuded of trackers before being forwar...

US, NATO Accuse China of Massive Microsoft Hack

In addition to its condemnation of China, the White House announced that the U.S. Justice Department has filed charges against four Ministry of State Security hackers allegedly engaged in a multiyear campaign targeting foreign governments and entities in key sectors, including maritime, aviation, de...

Amazon Rolls Out End-to-End Encryption for Ring Video Devices Worldwide

After a successful rollout in the U.S. earlier this year, Amazon is expanding support for end-to-end encryption for video captured on its Ring products. Part of what's motivating this is probably setting a higher global standard so wherever Amazon goes, they will be welcome by satisfying stringent l...

Cybercriminals Employing Specialists To Maximize Ill-Gotten Gains

Ransomware gangs are increasingly turning to specialists to complete their capers on corporations, according to a Dark Net intelligence provider. A report issued by Tel Aviv-based Kela noted that the days when lone wolves conducted cyberattacks from start to finish are nearly extinct, as the one-man...

Researchers Find Smart Devices Ripe for Hacker Attacks

Thousands of hacker attacks were launched on a network of smart home devices designed by researchers to assess the risk the gadgets pose to consumers. During the initial week the "honeypot" network was online, 1,017 unique scans or hacking attempts were directed at the devices on the net, which incl...

SEC Reportedly Probing SolarWinds Breach

Clients of SolarWinds, which experienced a high-profile data breach last year, are being targeted in a probe by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, according to a Reuters report. "The impact of these large-scale breaches clearly has the potential to destabilize stock prices and the broader ...

Rapid Growth Makes Amazon Leader in Streaming Video Market

In six short years Amazon has risen from worst to first in the video streaming pack, according to a survey released by consumer market research firm Parks Associates. In its annual survey of the smart TV and streaming box market, Parks revealed that Amazon surged to a 36 percent share during the fir...

Reports of TurboTax Breach Greatly Exaggerated

Reports of a data breach of TurboTax have been overblown, according to Intuit which owns the tax preparation platform. Several news outlets recently reported that an unspecified number of TurboTax accounts were compromised in a wave of credential stuffing attacks. Those kinds of attacks exploit cred...

Microsoft Sets 2025 End Date for Windows 10 Support

Microsoft quietly edited a document on its website over the weekend to reveal it's planning to end support for Windows 10 Home and Pro on October 14, 2025. The revelation comes just before Microsoft's "What's Next Windows" event scheduled for June 24 and amidst hints from CEO Satya Nadella that a ma...

Fastly System Error Causes Global Content Blackout

A configuration error in the systems of content delivery provider Fastly knocked out numerous large websites and apps around the globe Tuesday. The event served up a reminder of how distributed networks play a critical role in the internet today -- and how important it is to make sure that the softw...

Apple Raises Curtain on New OS Features at WWDC21

Apple on Monday revealed dozens of new features in the latest versions of its mobile and desktop operating systems at the kickoff of its annual Worldwide Developers Conference. "The emphasis of the whole presentation seemed to be making Apple products more useful for consumers," observed Gartner S...

Report Predicts 25.7 Million Remote Jobs Available in Non-Tech Industries

Remote work appears to be here to stay. More than 25 million work-from-home jobs could be created in non-technology industries in the coming years, according to a report from Upwork. Professional services are involved in essentially every part of the economy, which means that there is widespread pot...

Encouraging Research Finds Brain Adjusts to ‘Third Thumb’

Researchers at the University College London are giving new meaning to the expression "all thumbs." They've taken an award-winning graduate project from the Royal College of Art in London and are using it to test the brain's reaction to coping with additional body parts. The idea behind the project...

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