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What's CNAME of your game? This DNS-based tracking defies your browser privacy defenses

Wed, 2021-02-24 06:11
Study sees increasing adoption of cloaking to bypass cookie barriers

Boffins based in Belgium have found that a DNS-based technique for bypassing defenses against online tracking has become increasingly common and represents a growing threat to both privacy and security.…

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Wave of AMD Epycs and updated Xeons wash up at DigitalOcean

Wed, 2021-02-24 04:58
Adds ‘Premium’ tier to ‘You can have any CPU so long as it’s a slightly old Xeon’ cloud

Cloud contender DigitalOcean has upgraded its cloud, adding AMD CPUs, and adopting Intel’s latest Xeon Scalable silicon.…

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IBM teases new AIX release – the first since 2015

Wed, 2021-02-24 04:07
And guess what? Version 7.3 will emphasise hybrid cloud in line with new CEO Arvind Krishna’s wishes

IBM has formally announced a new version of its AIX operating system.…

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Indian Railways suffers unspecified security ‘breaches in various IT applications’

Wed, 2021-02-24 03:13
13m passengers a day, a million tickets bought on digital platforms, and yet few details offered on what went wrong

Indian Railways has revealed it has suffered “a number of incidents … regarding breaches in various IT applications” and appears to have blamed some of them on sloppy infosec practices among staff working from home due to the COVID-10 pandemic.…

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Robocall bagmen admit they collected millions of dollars from victims scammed by bogus IRS officials, lenders

Wed, 2021-02-24 01:52
Duo picked up sacks of cash sent via FedEx, UPS, USPS etc

Two bagmen who collected cash from thousands of victims of robocall scams have pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges.…

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Microsoft president asks Congress to force private-sector orgs to publicly admit when they've been hacked

Wed, 2021-02-24 00:53
Senate intelligence committee hears ideas in light of SolarWinds disaster

The private sector should be legally obliged to disclose any major hacks of their systems, says Microsoft’s president and top lawyer Brad Smith.…

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VMware warns of critical remote code execution flaw in vSphere HTML5 client

Tue, 2021-02-23 23:35
If you don’t patch, the hosts driving all your virty servers are at risk. So maybe your to-do list needs a tickle?

VMware has revealed a critical-rated bug in the HTML5 client for its flagship vSphere hybrid cloud suite.…

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They break into your network but do nothing themselves: 'Initial access brokers' resell stolen creds for $7k a pop

Tue, 2021-02-23 22:53
So says Digital Shadows as it puts a price on illicit access methods

A growing category of cyber-crime consists of breaking into corporate networks and doing nothing else – except selling that illicit access to others for about $7,000 a go, says infosec biz Digital Shadows.…

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US government jobs report predicts pandemic will lead to boom times for IT industry

Tue, 2021-02-23 22:11
Along with epidemiologists. As for the hospitality industry… not so much

The IT industry is heading into boom times, according to the US government’s Bureau of Labor Statistics which has revised its annual jobs report in the face of the pandemic.…

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Clop ransomware gang leaks online what looks like stolen Bombardier blueprints of GlobalEye radar snoop jet

Tue, 2021-02-23 21:22
And what may be CAD drawing of a military radar antenna

The Clop ransomware gang claims to have stolen documents from aerospace giant Bombardier’s defense division – and has leaked what appears to be a CAD drawing of one of its military aircraft products, raising fears over what else they’ve got.…

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Spotify to introduce lossless audio streaming: Better sound or inefficient gimmick?

Tue, 2021-02-23 20:15
'More about branding than it is quality,' reckons analyst

Spotify will introduce CD-quality lossless audio streaming, in a new service for premium subscribers to be rolled out in selected markets later this year.…

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Samsung shows off next-generation big-pixel camera sensor tech, coming to an Android phone near you

Tue, 2021-02-23 18:58
Good chance a phone you buy this year will use this photography tech

Samsung today announced its latest smartphone sensor tech, the ISOCELL GN2. Already in production, this image sensor promises improved low-light performance over its predecessors, despite supporting a high (50MP) megapixel count.…

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SD card slot, HDMI port could return to the MacBook Pro this year, says Apple analyst

Tue, 2021-02-23 17:01
An end to dongle hell in sight?

This year's crop of MacBook Pro laptops are expected to include dedicated HDMI ports and an integrated SD card reader, says an analyst with the inside track on the twists and turns in Apple's roadmap.…

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UK might still be in lockdown but tech jobs rise above pre-pandemic levels and beyond, according to ONS

Tue, 2021-02-23 16:12
More women in tech workforce too, and salaries staying firm or going up

The number of UK tech jobs has surpassed pre-pandemic levels and the sector now employs more individuals than at any time in its history, according to official data released today.…

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SpaceX small print on Starlink insists no Earth government has authority or sovereignty over Martian activities

Tue, 2021-02-23 14:55
Isn't this a subplot from those James S A Corey novels?

SpaceX has ambitions for its Starlink constellation beyond annoying stargazers if the pre-order agreement for its satellite-based internet service is anything to go by.…

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Xilinx pops a 16-core 64-bit Arm system-on-chip from NXP into its latest FPGA-based 100Gbps smart NIC

Tue, 2021-02-23 14:00
Gate array for data plane, CPU cores for control plane

Xilinx will today launch a network card that not only offloads acceleration to an FPGA but also to an on-board NXP chip containing 16 Arm CPU cores.…

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Linux Mint users in hot water for being slow with security updates, running old versions

Tue, 2021-02-23 13:33
Automatic updates? 'We have ideas on how to improve this,' says founder

Linux Mint founder Clem Lefebvre has complained that too many users are slow to apply updates or run unsupported versions of the operating system.…

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UK's Health Department desperately seeking service provider to run IT after 'cloud-first' shift

Tue, 2021-02-23 12:29
Service desks, end user computing, networks... you know the drill. Tens of millions of pounds up for grabs

The UK's Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) needs first aid with IT service management as it implements the cloud-first technology programme, and has £25m set aside to pay to bring in external help.…

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IT contractor caught charging Uncle Sam expert rates for newbies, agrees to pay back $6m in settlement

Tue, 2021-02-23 11:32
Triple-I worked on Homeland Security and ICE systems

An IT contractor has agreed to pay back $6m to the US federal government for charging expert IT rates while sending newbies.…

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Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! No, it's just a very unhappy Windows installation

Tue, 2021-02-23 10:31
The last attempt to resume your country failed. Would you like to try again?

Bork!Bork!Bork!  Bork is back with a bang this week as Windows disgraces itself not on a mere kiosk, but on a billboard glaring balefully out over Manchester Piccadilly.…

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