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Here’s that hippie, pro-privacy, pro-freedom Apple y’all so love: Hong Kong protest safety app banned from iOS store

Apple has banned an app that allows people in Hong Kong to keep track of protests and police activity in the city state, claiming such information is illegal. “Your app contains content – or facilitates, enables, and encourages an activity – that is not legal … specifically, the app allowed users to evade law enforcement,” the American tech giant told makers of the HKmap Live on Tuesday before pulling…

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Microsoft has made an Android phone. Repeat, Microsoft has made an Android phone. A dual-screen foldable mobe not due until late 2020

Microsoft beat the leaks, and today announced a forthcoming Android Surface Phone Duo at its annual hardware event, among other dual-screen Qualcomm and AMD-powered goodies. There is a huge catch: you’ll have to wait until Christmas 2020 if you want one of your own. Surface Duo In time-honored Jobsian tradition, Surface enthusiast-in-chief Panos Panay left the surprise announcement to the end of the New York City jamboree, unveiling foldable…

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Medic! Uncle Sam warns hospitals not to use outdated IPnet freely on their networks

The US Food and Drug Administration is warning hospital IT admins to keep a close eye on their networks following the discovery of security vulnerabilities in a relatively obscure and dated TCP/IP stack – IPnet – used in embedded devices. The flaws, mostly buffer overflows and memory in various components of IPnet, can be potentially exploited by miscreants to remotely take control of equipment, in this case medical implants…

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Zendesk clocks 10,000 accounts accessed by miscreants before November 2016

Zendesk has admitted to suffering a data snafu – but while it affects 10,000 customers, it only applies to those who were using the firm’s helpdesk products before 1 November 2016. In an email to all its customers, seen by The Register, Zendesk coughed to the breach. “We recently became aware of a security matter that may have affected Zendesk Support and Chat products and customers of those products…

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If you really can’t let go of Windows 7, Microsoft will keep things secure for another three years

Recognising that not everyone has climbed aboard the Windows 10 train, Microsoft has thrown a Window 7 Extended Support lifeline to more businesses… for a price. Microsoft 365 veep Jared Spataro had already cut laggardly enterprises some slack in September last year, and the kindly software giant has now extended its largesse to businesses not using Windows 7 Pro and Enterprise in volume licensing. The Extended Security Update (ESU)…

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WeWork, but We don’t IPO: Self-styled techie boarding house calls off cursed stock offering

Techie real estate upstart and VC cash furnace WeWork has called off its IPO amidst mounting corporate disasters. The office-subletting company on Monday confirmed to the US Securities and Exchange Commission that it was withdrawing its request to go public with a stock offering. “We have decided to postpone our IPO to focus on our core business, the fundamentals of which remain strong. We are as committed as ever…

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Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: Yet another critical flaw threatens Exim servers

Amins of Linux and Unix boxes running Exim would be well-advised to update the software following the disclosure of another critical security flaw. The Exim 4.92.3 patch, released on September 28th, includes a fix to close up the CVE-2019-16928 flaw. Discovered by bug-hunters with the QAX A-Team, the vulnerability is caused by a buffer overflow error that occurs when Exim processes an extremely long string in an Extended HELO…

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Ever own a Galaxy S4? Congrats, you’re $10 richer as Samsung agrees payout over dodgy speed tests

Samsung has agreed to pay purchasers of its Galaxy S4 roughly $10 each for over alleged cheating on benchmark tests. And in case you’re wondering: yes, that’s the S4 that came out in 2013. The mobile giant has settled a long-standing class action lawsuit for $13.4m (two-and-a-half hours of profit), with $2.8m put into a settlement fund and $10.6m in injunctive relief. The lawyers will get $1.5m (roughly…

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Holy smokes! Ex-IT admin gets two years prison for trashing Army chaplains’ servers

A former system admin for a US Army contractor has been sentenced to two years behind bars for trashing his employer’s network on his way out the door. Barrence Anthony, 40, of Waldorf, Maryland, was given the sentence by US District Judge Leonie Brinkema in the Eastern District of Virginia court after pleading guilty to one count of accessing a protected computer without authorization. In December of 2016, Anthony…

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Planes, boats and autocrats: US Treasury Dept. slaps more sanctions on accused Russian troll funder

US wants to take St. Vitamin, the yacht of Yevgeniy Prigozhin Credit: Anna Zvereva/Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0) On Monday, the US Department of the Treasury (DoT) expanded its sanctions against entities associated with the Internet Research Agency (IRA), the Russian organization accused of meddling with US elections in 2016 and 2018. The DoT said it had taken action against Russian entities and individuals that allegedly tried to interfere with…

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