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Dnsmasq, used in only a million or more internet-facing devices globally, patches not-so-secret seven spoofing, hijacking flaws

Wed, 2021-01-20 01:49
Get your updates when you can for gear from scores of manufacturers

Seven vulnerabilities have been found in a popular DNS caching proxy and DHCP server known as dnsmasq, raising the possibility of widespread online attacks on networking devices.…

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Indian government slams Facebook over WhatsApp 'privacy' update, wants its own Europe-style opt-out switch

Tue, 2021-01-19 23:57
Nation's IT ministry wants what Brussels is having

The Indian government has sent a fierce letter to Facebook over its decision to update the privacy rules around its WhatsApp chat service, and asked the antisocial media giant to put a halt to the plans.…

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Over long US weekend, GitHub HR boss quit after firing Jewish staffer who warned Nazis were at the Capitol

Tue, 2021-01-19 22:56
Microsoft-owned code silo admits 'significant errors of judgment and procedure'

GitHub has apologized for what it called “significant errors of judgment and procedure” in the firing of a Jewish employee for warning colleagues of neo-Nazis at the Capitol during its ransacking by pro-Trump rioters this month.…

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If my calculations are correct, when Google Chrome hits version 88, you're gonna see some serious... security

Tue, 2021-01-19 22:01
Manifest v3 in stable channel release plus JavaScript timer throttling, security fixes

Google on Tuesday announced the stable channel release of Chrome 88, which includes support for an extension platform revision known as Manifest v3.…

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FireEye publishes details of SolarWinds hacking techniques, gives out free tool to detect signs of intrusion

Tue, 2021-01-19 20:42
Instructions for spotting and keeping suspected Russians out of systems

Any organizations that used the backdoored SolarWinds network-monitoring software should take another look at their logs for signs of intrusion in light of new guidance and tooling.…

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MediaTek's latest Dimensity phone chippery is 25 per cent faster than its predecessor, supports 200MP cameras

Tue, 2021-01-19 19:19
But remember – more pixels doesn't automatically mean better pictures

Taiwanese chip flinger MediaTek has introduced two new additions to its Dimensity SoC lineup, both targeting higher-end smartphones.…

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Engineers blame 'intentionally conservative' test parameters for premature end to Space Launch System hotfire

Tue, 2021-01-19 18:35
'If this scenario occurred during a flight, the rocket would have continued to fly'

After the weekend's shorter-than-hoped-for test firing of the core stage of NASA's monstrous Space Launch System (SLS) rocket, engineers have confirmed the hardware remains in "excellent condition" and blamed "test parameters that were intentionally conservative."…

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Citrix must Wrike what it sees because it's buying project management outfit for $2.25bn

Tue, 2021-01-19 17:45
No longer a corpo behemoth holdout

Citrix has confirmed plans to buy Wrike, a project management and team-based collaboration tool, for $2.25bn.…

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Brave bets on the decentralized web with IPFS browser support for a more peer-to-peer approach

Tue, 2021-01-19 17:00
Peer-to-peer protocol promises availability and resilience, but awaits proof of speed and resource thrift

Brave Software on Tuesday plans to release an update of its Brave browser that implements support for the InterPlanetary File System (IPFS), a peer-to-peer hypermedia protocol for storing and sharing data over a distributed network.…

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Microsoft claims to have 200 million education users as it pushes new hardware and updated Classroom Pen

Tue, 2021-01-19 15:50
Stop sniggering at the back! Today's lesson: Actually getting Teams working – aye, Scotland?

How many poor underlings are trapped in Redmond's locker? Over 200 million, apparently. With BettFest 2021 firing up the virtual halls, Microsoft is trumpeting the number of devices it has in the world of education along with the penetration of its Teams platform.…

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Plans for Entity Framework Core 6.0 revealed as Microsoft admits it is unlikely to match Dapper for performance

Tue, 2021-01-19 15:05
Redmond wants to improve key database library, but then why not just use Dapper?

Microsoft's next major version of its Entity Framework (EF) database library for .NET will have long-term support and attempt to match rival Dapper for performance – an attempt, said senior program manager Jeremy Likness, that "will likely not be fully achieved."…

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Labour Party urges UK data watchdog to update its Code of Employment Practices to tackle workplace snooping

Tue, 2021-01-19 14:21
Key doc hasn't been updated since 2018, warn politicos and trade union

The UK's Information Commissioner's Office needs to update its Code of Employment Practices to tackle workplace spying by bosses, the Prospect trade union and the Labour Party have said.…

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Samsung tones down sticky stuff in the Galaxy S21 series, simplifying repairs massively

Tue, 2021-01-19 13:31
Glue you! Well not anymore. Early signs are positive ahead of launch, but it's not without issues

Preliminary teardowns suggest the Samsung Galaxy S21 is easier to fix than its predecessors, sidestepping some of the more dubious design decisions that previously frustrated third-party repair shops.…

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Openreach out: UK union asks all of its members to back disgruntled cable engineers

Tue, 2021-01-19 12:47
BT-owned infrastructure firm workers in dispute over pay and terms

It’s hard to pull solidarity out of the bag when everyone’s having a tough January but that’s what the General Secretary for the Communication Workers Union has asked the wider org to do for a small band of Openreach project engineers poised to vote on strike action.…

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Barbs exchanged over Linux for M1 Silicon ... lest Apple's lawyers lie in wait

Tue, 2021-01-19 11:48
DMs at dawn

Porting a workable Linux to Apple's new silicon is a modern-day Holy Grail for some. Sadly, it's not all sunshine and rainbows for those undertaking the quest.…

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Looking for something on which to spend all that bonus Bitcoin? How about The Hoff's very own KITT?

Tue, 2021-01-19 11:05
Back when AI meant William Daniels behind the dashboard

Fans of 1980s memorabilia, rejoice! You too can wow your neighbours with your very own KITT, as owned by Knight Rider actor David Hasselhoff.…

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Police drone plunged 70ft into pond after operator mashed pop-up that was actually the emergency cut-out button

Tue, 2021-01-19 10:20
Another unfortunate UAV episode for Sussex cops

A police drone operator managed to switch his craft off mid-flight, dropping it squarely into a pond while attempting to search for a missing person.…

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BT got £106m from £46m contract then won £20m extension on service that overcharged public by £39m

Tue, 2021-01-19 09:30
Nice work if you can get it

BT has been awarded a £20m contract extension, without competition, on a project that has already ballooned in value by 138 per cent.…

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AnyVan confirms digital break-in, says customer names, emails and hashed passwords exposed

Tue, 2021-01-19 08:45
Burglary took place 3 months before biz discovered unauthorised entry

Anyvan, the European online marketplace that lets users buy delivery, transport or removal services from a network of providers, has confirmed it was the victim of a digital burglary that involved the theft of customers' personal data.…

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Give 'em SSPL, says Elastic. No thanks, say critics: 'Doubling down on open' not open at all

Mon, 2021-01-18 19:17
Open source users warn adoption of copyleft licence could make use of Elasticsearch, Kibana a business risk

Elastic, whose products include Elasticsearch and Kibana, has adopted a new licence called SSPL (Server Side Public License), as used by MongoDB. The aim is "to restrict cloud service providers from offering our software as a service," but others warn this could make the products risky to use unless a paid-for licence is adopted.…

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