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‘Don’t be so concerned with your image’… US prosecutor lets rip on Uber for hack cover-up as pair plead guilty

Two men have confessed they siphoned confidential information from databases hosted in the Amazon cloud, and then demanded payment to delete their copies of the data. Brandon Charles Glover, 26, of Winter Springs, Florida, America, and Vasile Mereacre, 23, of Toronto, Canada, each pleaded guilty to one charge of conspiracy to commit extortion involving computers at a San Jose court house in California on Wednesday. In agreeing to admit…

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America’s 5G auctions are going to make someone a fortune – but whom, and who pays?

Analysis It’s amazing how a couple of billion dollars focuses the mind. This week, Congress in the US held a second hearing about an important ongoing issue when it comes to the build-out and adoption of next-generation 5G mobile broadband: namely, where the radio frequencies and bandwidth are going to come from to make it work. The frequency spectrum is cluttered, and no one wants to give up their…

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You’e yping i wong: macOS Catalina stops Twitter desktop app from accepting B, L, M, R, and T in passwords

Twitter says a bug in macOS 10.15.1 aka Catalina stops users of the social network’s desktop Mac app from entering certain letters in account password fields. When attempting to type their passwords into the application to log in, some characters are ignored, specifically ‘b’, ‘l’, ‘m’, ‘r’, and ‘t’. That would make it impossible to submit passwords using those keys to sign into Twitter accounts; pass phrases can be…

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FYI, we’re now in the timeline where Facebook decides who is and isn’t a politician on its 2bn-plus-person network

Comment Facebook’s controversial policy to exempt political ads from factual review has taken another dive after the social media giant appeared to state it gets to decide which politicians the policy applies to. One California marketer is so incensed at the antisocial network’s politicians-can-lie-with-impunity policy that he started running false ads through a Political Action Campaign (PAC) to highlight what he sees as the obvious stupidity of the approach….

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From Instagram to insta-banned: Facebook wipes NSO Group workers’ personal profiles amid WhatsApp hack rap

Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp are today busy deleting the personal profiles of employees at NSO Group amid an ongoing legal battle. This move to wipe said staff off the face of Mark Zuckerberg’s sprawling cyber-empire comes the day after his antisocial network sued NSO for allegedly illegally hacking the smartphones netizens via a WhatsApp vulnerability. It is believed the Israeli surveillance-ware maker was hired by a mystery customer to…

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While Apple fanbois rage at Catalina, iGiant quietly drops iOS and macOS security patches

Apple has released patches for the hated macOS Catalina – but not to fix the operating system’s UI failures. These are security updates also affecting iOS and Apple Watches, and include one that prevents a remote attacker from executing code on your iThings. Affecting macOS Catalina 10.15, Mojave 10.14.6 and High Sierra 10.13.6, the most serious of these vulnerabilities could allow an attacker to access protected areas of memory,…

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Q3, phone home: Guess who’s run Huawei with China’s domestic smartphone market?

The disruptive campaign against Huawei might be in full flow in the US and to an extent Europe, but in its homeland of China, the company’s smartphone business is swelling to record proportions. Phones sales in the Middle Kingdom during Q3 dropped 3 per cent year-on-year to 97.8 million units, and four of the five biggest players all reported double-digit declines, according to shipment numbers collated by Canalys. Only…

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Weird Flex but OK: New Samsung laptop lines haul QLED monitor tech squinting into the sun

Yesterday, at its developer conference, Samsung announced three new laptops: a pair of notebooks certified by Intel’s Project Athena programme, the Galaxy Book Flex and Galaxy Book Ion, as well as a machine that uses Intel’s new Lakefield chipsets, the Galaxy Book S. As the name implies, the Galaxy Book Flex is a 2-in-1 machine designed to work both as a traditional laptop and a tablet. It comes with…

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GitLab pulls U-turn on plan to crank up usage telemetry after both staff and customers cry foul

GitLab has swiftly backtracked on plans to add telemetry services to track usage of its products. VP of product Scott Williamson announced on 10 October that “to make GitLab better faster, we need more data on how users are using GitLab”. GitLab is a web application that runs on Linux, with options for self-hosting or using the company’s cloud service. It is open source, with both free and licensed…

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Facebook ends appeal against ICO micro-fine: Admit liability? Never. But you can have £500k

Facebook has ended its appeal against the UK Information Commissioner’s Office and will pay the outstanding £500,000 fine for breaches of data protection law relating to the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Prior to today’s announcement, the social network had been appealing against the fine, alleging bias and requesting access to ICO documents related to the regulator’s decision making. The ICO, in turn, was appealing a decision that it should hand…

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