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Astroboffins baffled as black hole at center of Milky Way suddenly a lot hungrier than before

‘We’ve never seen it eat so much in over 20 years!’ Artist’s impression of a star S0-2 orbiting close to the black hole Video The behemoth black hole lurking at the heart of our Milky Way galaxy is hungrier than it’s ever been, and is currently feasting on the largest meal that has ever been observed in almost a quarter of a century. A team of scientists led by…

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From pen-test to penitentiary: Infosec duo cuffed after physically breaking into courthouse during IT security assessment

Updated Two men hired to assess a court record system’s computer security were arrested Wednesday – after they were caught physically sneaking into a courthouse. According to the Des Moines Register today, infosec pros Gary Demercurio and Justin Wynn were cuffed by deputies in Iowa, USA, after they tripped an intruder alarm at a Dallas County courthouse. The two men, who now face burglary charges, said they were attempting…

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Snoops can bypass iOS 13 lock screen to eyeball your address book. Apple hasn’t fix it yet. Valid flaw? You decide

Video Apple’s very latest version of iOS appears to have the same sort of lock-screen bypass that plagued previous versions of the iThing firmware. Researcher Jose Rodriguez told The Register that back in July he discovered how the then-beta-now-gold version of iOS 13 could be fooled into showing an iPhone’s address book without ever having to unlock the screen. The procedure, demonstrated below in a video, involves receiving a…

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Those fake spying cell towers in Washington DC? Ex-intel staffers claim they’re Israeli

After months of speculation about who exactly was behind a series of eavesdropping fake cell towers in Washington DC, it appears the answer is Israel. According to three anonymous senior US officials, cited in a report by Politico, the FBI carried out a counterintelligence investigation into who was behind the mobile spying installations – following a number of news reports of unusual cell activity – and concluded pretty quickly…

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France says ‘non merci’ to Facebook-backed Libra cryptocurrency

On Thursday Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency has received a Gallic dismissal courtesy of France’s finance minister. Speaking at the OECD Global Blockchain Policy Forum 2019, a virtual currency conference, Bruno Le Maire said Libra poses certain difficulties in terms of financial transactions and opined that thought needs to be given to creating a public digital currency. “With the Libra project, the monetary sovereignty of States is at stake,” said…

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Eco-activists arrested by Brit cops after threatening to close Heathrow with drones

Five people have been arrested by the Metropolitan Police for threatening to fly drones around London’s Heathrow airport this Friday to protest climate change. The group announced at the end of August that they were planning to disrupt the airport – one of the world’s busiest – this coming Friday and would meet with the police and airport authorities to discuss their plan. On Tuesday, they reiterated that plan,…

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DNA-in-space archive could spark ‘Upload Me to the Moon’ croon boom soon

Stamping your footprints on the Moon’s surface remains an impossible bucket-list ambition for practically all of us over the age of two. But for $99 you might still be able to leave a DNA footprint there. A startup called LifeShip is getting ready to launch a Kickstarter campaign to send the biological source code of its crowd-funders on a full Moon shot. An investment of less than a hundred…

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Brit MPs: Our policies are crap and the political process is in tatters, but it’s Twitter’s fault, OK?

Some 42 per cent of Brit MPs reckon social media has damaged their policy-making processes, which is in turn having a negative affect on members of the public. In a further demonstration of self-flagellation, nearly half – 48 per cent – of the Conservative MPs surveyed felt this way even though they are the party in government turning their own policies into law. Labour MPs did not seem to…

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Cloud Foundry has got its Red Hat on, hip, hip, hip, hooray: IBM demos CF running on OpenShift

Will it be enough to boost Big Blue’s cloud? IBM Distinguished Engineer Tammy Van Hove introduces Cloud Foundry on Red Hat OpenShift CF Summit IBM has demonstrated Cloud Foundry running on Red Hat OpenShift, a Kubernetes (K8s) container platform, at an event in the Netherlands. Big Blue closed its $34.5bn acquisition of Red Hat in July. The company is a longstanding user of Cloud Foundry tech, which it used…

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