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Google removes two Chrome ad blockers caught collecting user data | ZDNet

Google removes two Chrome ad blockers caught collecting user data | ZDNet

Byfor| October 20, 2020 -- 13:45 GMT (06:45 PDT)| Topic:Google has removed two ad blocker extensions from the official Chrome Web Store over the weekend after the two were caught collecting user data last week.Our pick of the best Chromebooks for work, school, and home.The two extensions were named  and , and each had more than 50,000 and 200,000 installs, respectively, at the time they were taken down. The two had been around for more than a year, but the malicious code was not included with the original versions. The data collection code was added at the start of this month, in October...

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The encryption war is on again, and this time government has a new strategy | ZDNet

The encryption war is on again, and this time government has a new strategy | ZDNet

By| October 19, 2020 -- 06:15 GMT (23:15 PDT)| Topic:Ransomware: Look out for these warning signals in your networkWe could soon be in for a new round of the encryption wars, but this time governments are taking a different approach.Seven governments from across the world have started a new campaign to try and persuade big tech companies to reduce the level of security they offer to customers using their services.The seven -- US, UK, Canada, Australia , New Zealand, India and Japan -- are worried that the makes it impossible for tech companies to identify dangerous content like terrorist...

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Bing changes name to Microsoft Bing - Video | ZDNet

Bing changes name to Microsoft Bing - Video | ZDNet

Bing changes name to Microsoft Bing/A "shift" for the brand, according to Microsoft.////////////////

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US charges Russian hackers behind NotPetya, KillDisk, OlympicDestroyer attacks | ZDNet

US charges Russian hackers behind NotPetya, KillDisk, OlympicDestroyer attacks | ZDNet

Byfor| October 19, 2020 -- 17:03 GMT (10:03 PDT)| Topic:The US Department of Justice has unsealed charges today against six Russian nationals believed to be members of one of Russia's elite hacking and cyberwar units — known as Sandworm.In court documents today, US officials said all six suspects are officers in Unit 74455 of the Russian Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU), a military intelligence agency part of the Russian Army. As part of this unit, US officials said the six conducted "destructive" cyber-attacks on behalf and under orders of the Russian government with the intent to...

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FreedomFI: Do-it-yourself open-source 5G networking | ZDNet

FreedomFI: Do-it-yourself open-source 5G networking | ZDNet

Byfor| October 19, 2020 -- 14:17 GMT (07:17 PDT)| Topic:What CIOs need to know about private 5G networksAnyone can run their own Wi-Fi network. Cellular networks have been another matter entirely, until now. With Facebook's Magma open-source distributed mobile packet software project, enables anyone to build low cost, private, long-range, reliable, and secure 4G LTE and 5G networks. This is done using its its beta FreedomFi Gateway hardware and software package. Historically, building a cellular network requires a lot of proprietary hardware from incumbent network equipment manufacturers....

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Three npm packages found opening shells on Linux, Windows systems | ZDNet

Three npm packages found opening shells on Linux, Windows systems | ZDNet

Byfor| October 17, 2020 -- 07:00 GMT (00:00 PDT)| Topic:Three JavaScript packages have been removed from the on Thursday for containing malicious code. According to advisories from the npm security team, the three JavaScript libraries opened shells on the computers of developers who imported the packages into their projects.The shells, a technical term used by cyber-security researchers, allowed threat actors to connect remotely to the infected computer and execute malicious operations. The npm security team said the shells could work on both Windows and *nix operating systems, such as...

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Microsoft adds option to disable JScript in Internet Explorer | ZDNet

Microsoft adds option to disable JScript in Internet Explorer | ZDNet

Byfor| October 19, 2020 -- 05:00 GMT (22:00 PDT)| Topic:As part of the , Microsoft has added a new option to Windows to let system administrators disable the JScript component inside Internet Explorer. The  is an old component that was initially included with Internet Explorer 3.0 in 1996 and was Microsoft's own dialect of the ECMAScript standard (the JavaScript language). Development on the JScript engine ended, and the component was deprecated with the release of Internet Explorer 8.0 in 2009, but the engine remained in all Windows OS versions as a legacy component inside IE. Across the...

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Google says it mitigated a 2.54 Tbps DDoS attack in 2017, largest known to date | ZDNet

Google says it mitigated a 2.54 Tbps DDoS attack in 2017, largest known to date | ZDNet

Byfor| October 16, 2020 -- 18:16 GMT (11:16 PDT)| Topic:The Google Cloud team  a previously undisclosed DDoS attack that targeted Google service back in September 2017 and which clocked at 2.54 Tbps, making it the largest DDoS attack recorded to date.The Internet of Things is creating serious new security risks. We examine the possibilities and the dangers.In a  published at the same time, the Google Threat Threat Analysis Group (TAG), the Google security team that analyzes high-end threat groups, said the attack was carried out by a state-sponsored threat actor.TAG researchers said the...

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Billionaire CEO of software company indicted for alleged $2 billion tax evasion schemes | ZDNet

Billionaire CEO of software company indicted for alleged $2 billion tax evasion schemes | ZDNet

Byfor| October 16, 2020 -- 10:40 GMT (03:40 PDT)| Topic:The US Department of Justice launches first legal case against a Bitcoin mixerThe billionaire chief executive of Ohio-based Reynolds and Reynolds Co, Robert Brockman, has been indicted on charges of tax evasion and wire fraud conducted over "decades."The scheme, in which roughly $2 billion was hidden away in offshore accounts and through money laundering, took place between 1999 and 2019, the US Department of Justice (DoJ) said on Thursday. See also:  According to (.PDF), the resident of both Houston, Texas, and Pitkin County, Colorado...

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Ubisoft, Crytek data posted on ransomware gang's site | ZDNet

Ubisoft, Crytek data posted on ransomware gang's site | ZDNet

Byfor| October 15, 2020 -- 17:01 GMT (10:01 PDT)| Topic:A ransomware gang going by the of has leaked data it claims to have obtained from the internal networks of two of today's largest gaming companies — Ubisoft and Crytek.Data allegedly taken from each company has been published on the ransomware gang's dark web portal on Tuesday.Details about how the Egregor gang obtained the data remain unclear.Ransomware gangs like Egregor regularly breach companies, steal their data, encrypt files, and ask for a ransom to decrypt the locked data.However, in many incidents, ransomware gangs are also...

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5G is no reason to buy the iPhone 12 - or any phone | ZDNet

5G is no reason to buy the iPhone 12 - or any phone | ZDNet

Byfor| October 15, 2020 -- 13:00 GMT (06:00 PDT)| Topic:Apple iPhone 12 event: The hits, the misses, and the products that didn't appearYou couldn't be blamed if you watched the release commercial -- excuse me, media event -- and thought you'd soon be getting Gigabit speeds from .  No, you're not. Most of you won't see one byte worth of a faster connection. Only customers may see speeds boosts into the 100 Mbps range. Gigabit? Forget about it! That's because  -- that over 200 million people in 1,800 cities around the US can get 5G -- are nonsense. In fact, the National Advertising Review...

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Barnes & Noble confirms cyberattack, suspected customer data breach | ZDNet

Barnes & Noble confirms cyberattack, suspected customer data breach | ZDNet

Byfor| October 15, 2020 -- 09:08 GMT (02:08 PDT)| Topic:Cybersecurity: Even the professionals spill their data secretsBarnes & Noble has confirmed a cyberattack impacting Nook services and potentially exposing customer data. The US bookseller stocks over one million titles at any one time for distribution worldwide. As ebooks emerged as an alternative to traditional literature, in 2009, the company launched the Nook service, an ebook reader and storage platform.  Over the weekend, as reported by , Barnes & Noble customers complained across social media of outages. Some customers were unable...

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Open Invention Network open-source, non-aggression patents now covers Android and exFAT. | ZDNet

Open Invention Network open-source, non-aggression patents now covers Android and exFAT. | ZDNet

Byfor| October 13, 2020 -- 04:01 GMT (21:01 PDT)| Topic:A record year for IBM patent announcementsFor years, the , the largest patent non-aggression consortium ever, has protected Linux from patent attacks and patent trolls. Now, on October 13, 2020, it expanded its scope from core Linux programs and adjacent open-source code by expanding its . In particular, that means patents relating to the and the Extended File Allocation Table file system are now protected.That's important because for those of you with long memories . Those days are long over, and this buries them for good.First, in...

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Five Eyes governments, India, and Japan make new call for encryption backdoors | ZDNet

Five Eyes governments, India, and Japan make new call for encryption backdoors | ZDNet

Byfor| October 11, 2020 -- 17:44 GMT (10:44 PDT)| Topic:Today's security threats have expanded in scope and seriousness. There can now be millions -- or even billions -- of dollars at risk when information security isn't handled properly.Members of the intelligence-sharing alliance , along with government representatives for Japan and India, have published a statement over the weekend calling on tech companies to come up with a solution for law enforcement to access end-to-end encrypted communications.The statement is the alliance's latest effort to get tech companies to agree to encryption...

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Comcast working toward 10Gbps to your home | ZDNet

Comcast working toward 10Gbps to your home | ZDNet

Byfor| October 8, 2020 -- 20:36 GMT (13:36 PDT)| Topic:These days, when many of us are working from home, having great broadband isn't a luxury; it's a necessity. While I wouldn't kill for Gigabit internet to my home, I'd consider maiming. Alas, I can't get it. But, while I'm still worrying over that,  is working toward .These are ZDNet's top picks for Wi-Fi routers suitable for home offices and remote working.That sound you hear is me crying with longing. Comcast has achieved a 10Gbps technical milestone by delivering 1.25Gbps upload and download speeds over a live production network using...

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New self-erasing chip could be used to detect counterfeit or tampered products | ZDNet

New self-erasing chip could be used to detect counterfeit or tampered products | ZDNet

Byfor| October 10, 2020 -- 07:39 GMT (00:39 PDT)| Topic:A team of academics from the University of Michigan has developed self-powered and self-erasing chips that they hope could be used as an anti-counterfeit or tamper-detection system.The new chips have been built with the help of a new material that changes its color while it temporarily stores energy.The material consists of a three-atom-thick layer of semiconductor laid on top of a film of azobenzene molecules.The semiconductor is known as "," and has a special property that it can emit light when its molecules vibrate at certain...

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The army is testing AR goggles for dogs | ZDNet

The army is testing AR goggles for dogs | ZDNet

By| October 9, 2020 -- 11:13 GMT (04:13 PDT)| Topic:How AR and VR will change your job foreverAn often-heard prediction is that augmented reality (AR) could one day become a central tool – but it turns out that the technology might not be only suited for humans. The US military has unveiled a new project in partnership with Seattle-based company Command Sight, to fit working dogs with AR goggles that would enable soldiers to give orders to the animal at a distance.Military dogs intervene in tactical operations, patrol, detection and specialized searches. Oftentimes, they can find themselves...

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US seizes Iranian government domains masked as legitimate news outlets | ZDNet

US seizes Iranian government domains masked as legitimate news outlets | ZDNet

Byfor| October 8, 2020 -- 09:42 GMT (02:42 PDT)| Topic:Russian man running notorious Deer.io platform arrested by FBIUS law enforcement has seized 92 domains used to spread propaganda and fake news by Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). Simple steps can make the difference between losing your online accounts or maintaining what is now a precious commodity: Your privacy.The Department of Justice (DoJ) that the IRGC has used the domains to "unlawfully engage in a global disinformation campaign."Four of the domains were used to create news outlets that appeared legitimate but the...

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Supreme Court takes on Google vs. Oracle: The biggest software development case ever | ZDNet

Supreme Court takes on Google vs. Oracle: The biggest software development case ever | ZDNet

Byfor| October 7, 2020 -- 14:08 GMT (07:08 PDT)| Topic:Thanks to the and other issues, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) will finally hold oral arguments in  on Oct. 7, 2020. This case will decide, without exaggeration, the future of software development and billions of dollars.Seriously.  As the states, "allowing for computer science." That's because almost all modern software depends on open APIs. When your web browser works with Amazon, Apple, Microsoft -- any complex site really -- it communicates through APIs. When your smartphone shows you the weather, directions to your...

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Remote work is here to stay. Tech workers are starting to worry about their careers | ZDNet

Remote work is here to stay. Tech workers are starting to worry about their careers | ZDNet

By| October 7, 2020 -- 10:47 GMT (03:47 PDT)| Topic:Remote-working checklist: 10 top challengesWorking from home has been so effective at keeping businesses operational during the coronavirus crisis that many firms are planning to stick with it even after the pandemic has passed. And while some tech workers will , others are starting to worry about how to develop their careers if they are always working from home. COVID-19 has had a greater impact on flexible working in tech than it has in almost any other sector, according to a study by the .It found that almost two-thirds (63%) of tech...

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Hackers exploit Windows Error Reporting service in new fileless attack | ZDNet

Hackers exploit Windows Error Reporting service in new fileless attack | ZDNet

Byfor| October 7, 2020 -- 09:19 GMT (02:19 PDT)| Topic:Cyberwarfare: State-backed hackers create big concerns for security professionalsA new fileless attack technique that abuses the Microsoft Windows Error Reporting (WER) service is the work of a hacking group that is yet to be identified. According to Malwarebytes security researchers Hossein Jazi and Jérôme Segura, the attack vector relies on malware burying itself in WER-based executables to avoid arousing suspicion.In on Tuesday, the duo said the new "Kraken" attack -- albeit not a completely novel technique in itself -- was detected...

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Amazon brings Eero mesh Wi-Fi to ISPs | ZDNet

Amazon brings Eero mesh Wi-Fi to ISPs | ZDNet

Byfor| October 6, 2020 -- 19:36 GMT (12:36 PDT)| Topic:These are ZDNet's top picks for Wi-Fi routers suitable for home offices and remote working.When it comes to covering your home or small office -- which are often the same things these days -- with Wi-Fi, it's hard to beat . Now , an Amazon company, is introducing Eero for Service Providers. This is an all-new hardware and software offering designed to help internet service providers (ISPs) meet customers' increasing demands for exceptional home Wi-Fi.This is not just a bundling of a selection of with your existing internet service. It...

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Neuromorphic computing could solve the tech industry's looming crisis | ZDNet

Neuromorphic computing could solve the tech industry's looming crisis | ZDNet

By| October 5, 2020 -- 10:15 GMT (03:15 PDT)| Topic:What is a brain-computer interface?What's the best computer in the world? The most souped-up, high-end gaming rig? Whatever supercomputer took the number one spot in ? The kit inside the datacentres rely on? Nope: it's the one inside your skull. As computers go, brains are way ahead of the competition. They're small, lightweight, have low energy consumption, and are amazingly adaptable. And they're also set to be the model for the next wave of advanced computing.These brain-inspired designs are known collectively as 'neuromorphic...

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Nvidia unveils Jetson Nano 2GB for students and robot hobbyists | ZDNet

Nvidia unveils Jetson Nano 2GB for students and robot hobbyists | ZDNet

Byfor| October 5, 2020 -- 13:00 GMT (06:00 PDT)| Topic:How the pandemic has reshaped AI, robotics, and automationNvidia has debuted the Jetson Nano 2GB, a new developer kit for students and hobbyists with an interest in robotics. The Jetson Nano 2GB is geared towards robotics enthusiasts, students, and educators that want to enter the field of artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics. Nvidia says the entry-level Jetson Nano 2GB has been priced at $59 -- including online tutorials and certification -- to "make AI easily accessible for all."The is a small package with a punch: not only...

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Poll results: Here's why people are sticking with Windows 7 | ZDNet

Poll results: Here's why people are sticking with Windows 7 | ZDNet

Byfor| October 5, 2020 -- 12:54 GMT (05:54 PDT)| Topic:Last week, after looking at this site's server logs and some open source data from the United States Government's Digital Analytics Program, I discovered that nearly 10% of the many millions of visitors to these sites are still using Windows 7. Why are so many people continuing to use this operating system, long after Microsoft ended support for it?So I decided to ask my readers. And boy howdy, did you all respond. Our drew more than 3200 replies, along with 50 or so emails. The results are fascinating. Let's start with the two easiest...

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