Tens of thousands of US organizations hit in ongoing Microsoft Exchange hack

March 6, 2021

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images) Tens of thousands of US-based organizations are running Microsoft Exchange servers that have been backdoored by threat actors who are stealing administrator passwords and exploiting critical vulnerabilities in the email and calendaring application, it was widely reported. Microsoft issued emergency patches on Tuesday, but they do nothing to disinfect systems that are already compromised. KrebsOnSecurity was the first to report the mass hack. Citing multiple unnamed…

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A new type of supply-chain attack with serious consequences is flourishing

March 6, 2021

Enlarge (credit: Przemyslaw Klos / EyeEm / Getty Images) A new type of supply chain attack unveiled last month is targeting more and more companies, with new rounds this week taking aim at Microsoft, Amazon, Slack, Lyft, Zillow, and an unknown number of others. In weeks past, Apple, Microsoft, Tesla, and 32 other companies were targeted by a similar attack that allowed a security researcher to execute unauthorized code inside…

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Microsoft adds Startup Boost, Sleeping Tabs to Edge build 89

March 5, 2021

Enlarge / We’re not sure why Chromium-based Edge’s branding seems so thoroughly wet. (credit: Microsoft) This week, Microsoft announced several more features trickling down to Edge Stable from its Beta insider channel. These features include Startup Boost, Sleeping Tabs, Vertical Tabs, and a more navigable History dialog. The company also announced some welcome interface tweaks to Bing—which Microsoft insists on categorizing as Edge features, but these items seem to apply equally…

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Visual Studio Code now runs natively on M1 Macs

March 5, 2021

Enlarge / The 2020, M1-equipped Mac mini. (credit: Samuel Axon) Microsoft has released a new version of source-code editor Visual Studio Code that runs natively on Apple Silicon Macs like the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Mac mini models with Apple M1 chips. The change came in Visual Studio Code 1.54 (now 1.54.1, thanks to a bug fix update), which is available as a universal 64-bit binary, as is standard…

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Apple clarifies iOS default music app feature, and it’s not what people thought

March 4, 2021

Enlarge / Siri in iOS 14. (credit: Samuel Axon) Over the past few weeks, there have been several reports (including one of our own) on a feature found in recent beta releases of iOS 14.5 that appeared to allow users to change the default music app on their iPhones. However, Apple just clarified to TechCrunch that the feature is not as it first seemed. In the initial reports, users claimed…

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Bitflips when PCs try to reach windows.com: What could possibly go wrong?

March 4, 2021

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images) Bitflips are events that cause individual bits stored in an electronic device to flip, turning a 0 to a 1 or vice versa. Cosmic radiation and fluctuations in power or temperature are the most common naturally occurring causes. Research from 2010 estimated that a computer with 4GB of commodity RAM has a 96 percent chance of experiencing a bitflip within three days. An independent researcher recently…

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SpaceX Starlink factory in Texas will speed up production of Dishy McFlatface

March 4, 2021

Enlarge / The SpaceX Starlink satellite dish partway through a teardown. (credit: Ken Keither) SpaceX says it is building a factory in Austin, Texas, to design systems that will help make satellite dishes, Wi-Fi routers, and other equipment for its Starlink satellite broadband network. The news comes from a job posting for an automation and controls engineer position flagged in a story Tuesday by local news channel KXAN. “To keep…

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March 4, 2021

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Google claims it will stop tracking individual users for ads

March 3, 2021

Enlarge (credit: Aurich Lawson / Getty Images) As Google’s plan to kill third-party tracking cookies ramps up, the company is answering questions about what will replace it. Many people have wondered: if Google kills cookies, won’t the company just cook up some other method for individually tracking users? Today, Google answered that concern in a post on its “Ads & Commerce” blog, pledging it won’t come up with “any technology…

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Comcast hides upload speeds deep inside its infuriating ordering system

March 3, 2021

Enlarge (credit: Aurich Lawson / Getty Images) Comcast just released a 2020 Network Performance Data report with stats on how much Internet usage rose during the pandemic, and it said that upload use is growing faster than download use. “Peak downstream traffic in 2020 increased approximately 38 percent over 2019 levels and peak upstream traffic increased approximately 56 percent over 2019 levels,” Comcast said. But while upload use on Comcast’s…

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