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Feds indict 14 over alleged scheme to get Apple to replace fake iPhones with real ones

US federal authorities on Wednesday announced the arrests of 11 people from a group of 14 indicted for tricking Apple into accepting about almost 10,000 fake iPhones and iPads and replacing them with genuine iDevices. The US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California said it had served 11 search warrants covering two businesses and several homes and vehicles in the San Diego, California, area and come up…

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In your face! US Senate mulls bipartisan federal law on police facial recognition use

A bipartisan bill making its way through the US Senate asks that federal law enforcement get a court order before any use of facial recognition tech. Sens. Chris Coons (D-DE) and Mike Lee (R-UT) reached across the aisle to pen the Facial Recognition Technology Warrant Act. The bill (PDF) would subject facial recognition technology to many of the same restrictions currently put on wiretapping: investigators would first have to…

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GitHub gathers friends for a security code cleanse to scrub that software up to spec

GitHub, Microsoft’s cloud version control service and gripe forum, has joined with a handful of like-minded partners to form GitHub Security Lab (GSL) to better find bugs in open source software. Consisting of GitHub security researchers, third-party code maintainers and interested parties from partner companies, GSL aspires to provide a bit more organization to the daunting task of securing open source code. In a phone interview with The Register,…

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What a pair of Massholes! New England duo cuffed over SIM-swapping cryptocoin charges

Two men from Massachusetts have been arrested and charged with 11 criminal counts stemming from a string of account takeovers and cryptocurrency thefts. 21 year-old Eric Meiggs and 20 year-old Declan Harrington each face charges of wire fraud, conspiracy, computer fraud and abuse, and aggravated identity theft for their alleged roles in a crime spree stretching from November of 2017 to May of 2018, which resulted in the theft…

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NASA spanks $34bn on a disposable rocket – likely to top $50bn by 2024 moon landing

Inspector General’s report slams agency for overly optimistic costings NASA’s SLS – Insert $20bn here NASA’s Office of the Inspector General has emitted a report (PDF) yesterday that made for difficult reading for agency bigwigs, as the bean counters made clear the challenges presented by the agency’s headlong rush to the Moon. As NASA has lurched from one presidential goal to another over the last decade (the latest being…

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Microsoft’s first build of Armium Edge now lurks in Canary channel – go have a play if you dare

The first official build of Microsoft’s Chromium Edge browser has arrived a week after the Arm-based Surface Pro X began shipping to eager fans. But while the Surface Pro X is supposedly the finished article, Microsoft’s new Edge-for-Arm still has a way to go before earning the coveted “General Availability” tag. macOS and Windows versions of Chromium Edge are due to be shipped on 15 January 2020, a day…

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50 years ago, someone decided it would be OK to fire Apollo 12 through a rain cloud. Awks, or just ‘SCE to Aux’?

Rule 1-404: Thou shalt not launch if the weather is crap Apollo 12 Launch (pic: NASA) It is half a century since NASA’s second crack at landing a crew on the Moon had a shocking encounter on the way to orbit. It was almost as if NASA bigwigs were looking for some way to inject a bit of drama into Apollo as the US taxpayer tired of the agency’s…

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What a boar! Wild pigs snort and snuffle €20k worth of marching powder stashed in Tuscan forest

As if Italy’s wild boar population wasn’t enough of a problem for farmers while it’s sober, some of the brutes have rooted out and destroyed a €20,000 stash of cocaine hidden in woodland of eastern Tuscany. At least this was the claim made by four suspected drug traffickers who’d been wiretapped by cops, The Local reports. The gang came on the police radar following the murder of a 21-year-old…

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Infosec boffins pour cold water on claims Home Office Brexit app can be easily hacked

Reports that the Home Office’s Brexit app contains “serious vulnerabilities” that could expose the phone numbers, addresses and passport details of EU citizens are overblown, say security experts. To date, one million EU nationals have downloaded the Android settled status app, which asks users to take a selfie and scans the chip in their passports in order to verify their identity. The Financial Times today splashed with the headline…

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Google emits Network Intelligence Center to help untangle misconfigured cloud networks

Google has pulled the dustcovers off a new tool that will monitor and optimise the network performance of VMs and applications deployed to its cloud. The Choc Factory’s Network Intelligence Center, accessed via the Google Cloud Console, currently has four modules. Network Topology and Connectivity Tests are in beta, while Performance Dashboard and Firewall Metrics & Insights are in alpha. Additional modules are promised. The Network Topology module allows…

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