Attack Campaign Hits Thousands of MS-SQL Servers For Two Years

"In December, security researchers noticed an uptick in brute-force attacks against publicly exposed Microsoft SQL servers," reports CSOnline. "It turns out the attacks go as far back as May 2018 and infect on average a couple thousand database servers every day with remote access Trojans and cryptominers." Slashdot reader itwbennett writes: While the primary goal of the attack seems to be cryptocurrency mining, "what makes these database servers appealing for attackers apart from their valu...
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Apple pays $75,000 to hacker for discovery of exploits to hijack iPhone camera

Security researcher Ryan Pickren disclosed seven zero-day vulnerabilities
Tags: Apple, Ios, Mobile, News, Trends, Zero-Day, Bug Bounty, macOS, Ryan Pickren

U.S. Government: Update Chrome 80 Now, Multiple Security Concerns Confirmed

Part of America's Department of Homeland Security, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) "has advised users to update Google Chrome as new high-rated security vulnerabilities have been found," reports Forbes: In an April 1 posting, CISA confirmed that Google Chrome version 80.0.3987.162 "addresses vulnerabilities that an attacker could exploit to take control of an affected system," be that Windows, Mac or Linux. It went on to state that it "encourages" users and administr...
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iOS 14 Could Offer Home Screen Widgets, Wallpaper Customizations

iOS 14 could offer home screen widgets and wallpaper customizations for the first time, according to 9to5Mac and Twitter user DongleBookPro. Apple is reportedly working to implement widgets that can be moved freely around like icons on the iPhone and iPad homescreen for the very first time. The feature is reportedly codenamed "Avocado" and no other details are available. It was also mentioned that Apple is still working on implementing the feature and it may be scrapped. In addition to home ...
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Google uses location data to show which places are complying with stay-at-home orders — and which aren’t (the verge)

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Google is using location data gathered from smartphones to help public health officials understand how people’s movements have changed in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic. In a blog post early Friday morning, Google announced the release of its COVID-19 Community Mobility Reports. The reports use data from people who have opted in to storing their location history with Google to help illustrate the degree to which people are adhering to governm...
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Ventilator crisis lands Britain's manufacturers with greatest test

Dozens of companies have pooled resources in an attempt to produce tens of thousands of machines as Covid-19 strikesBritish manufacturing this month faces perhaps the greatest test in its history. Specialist firms have joined forces with industrial powerhouses such as Airbus and Rolls-Royce in an unprecedented collaborative effort to make medical ventilators to treat Covid-19 patients.In a conference call earlier this month, Boris Johnson urged business to make 30,000 of the devices in a matter ...
Tags: Health, Business, Science, Technology, Medical Research, Britain, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Boris Johnson, Airbus, Manufacturing sector, Babcock International, Dyson Ltd, Coronavirus outbreak, COVID

The Story of The Doctor Who Ordered America's First Covid-19 Lockdown

Long-time Slashdot reader bsharma shared the story of doctor/public health officer who "went first," ordering America's very first coronavirus lockdown in six counties on March 16th after the identification of only the 7th known case of Covid-19 in the United States. The Bay Area Newsgroup reports that on January 31st, Cody's cellphone rang at 6:49 a.m. "You've got your first positive," the voice said. Right then, Cody — Santa Clara County's Public Health Officer since 2013 — was positive that...
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IBM is Deploying Its Watson AI to Help Governments Answer People's Covid-19 Questions

Digital Trends reports: IBM's question-answering Watson A.I. is most famous for whooping the butt of human champions on quiz show Jeopardy. Now, IBM has repurposed its famous creation to help government agencies, health care organizations, and academic institutions around the world cope with the massive overload of questions that citizens have about the COVID-19 pandemic. This is the first time that Watson has been used to help in a pandemic scenario. A coronavirus-focused version of the Wat...
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Snopes Disputes 'Shakiness' of COVID-19 Origin Story Claimed By Washington Post OpEd

Thursday an Opinion piece in the Washington Post touted what the paper's own health policy reporter has described as "a conspiracy theory that has been repeatedly debunked by experts." That conspiracy theory argues that instead of originating in the wild, the COVID-19 virus somehow escaped from a research lab. Now the fact-checking web site Snopes has also weighed in this week, pointing out that the lab nearest the Wuhan market hadn't even published any coronavirus-related research prior to th...
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Final Fantasy VII Remake Determines Facial Expressions Using A.I.

Final Fantasy VII Remake Co-Director Naoki Hamaguchi unveiled in a brief interview that character’s facial expressions are not animated in the traditional way, instead they are manipulated by AI after it “detects emotion” from the delivered line of dialogue. Naoki Hamaguchi divulged this information during an interview, bound to have many curious why such technology […]
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Crackdown coming for those flying drones near the USNS Mercy

Authorities are sending a message to those with thoughts of getting aerial footage of the USNS Mercy by flying their drones at the Port of Los Angeles: Don’t do it. Due to security restrictions around military vessels issued by the Federal Aviation Administration and the Department of Defense, unmanned aircraft are not allowed within 3,000 feet laterally and 2,000 feet vertically of the ship, which docked last week at the port and began treating non-COVID-19 patients. The City of Los Angeles als...
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What's New in Linux 5.6? WireGuard VPN and USB4

Linux 5.6 "has a bit more changes than I'd like," Linus Torvalds posted on the kernel mailing list, "but they are mostly from davem's networking fixes pulls, and David feels comfy with them. And I looked over the diff, and none of it looks scary..." TechRadar reports that the new changes include support for USB4 and GeForce RTX 2000 series graphics cards with the Nouveau driver: Yes, Turing GPU support has arrived with the open source Nouveau driver, along with the proprietary firmware images, ...
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Original Content podcast: ‘The Platform’ offers a gruesome metaphor for capitalism

“The Platform” is not a subtle movie. That’s true of its approach to horror, with intense, bloody scenes that prompted plenty of screaming and pausing from your hosts at the Original Content podcast. It’s also true of its thematic material — right around the time one of the characters accuses another of being communist, you’ll slap yourself on the forehead and say, “Oh, it’s about capitalism.” The new Netflix film takes place in a mysterious prison, with two prisoners on each level (they’re r...
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Lenovo Canada Weekend Flash Sale on Home Laptops + Extra 10% Off Using Promo Code + More

Lenovo Canada has some great deals going on! Here are some of the hottest deals: Weekend Sale:  Save an EXTRA 10% Off Think PCs, Electronics, All Accessories and More! Use code THINKWFH10, valid until April 5, 2020. Spring Sale Sneak Peek, valid until April 12, 2020: Spring Sale! Save over 40% on Laptops, Desktops and More! YOGA DEAL ALERT! Get up to 40% OFF Yoga C930 2in1 Laptops! Limited Supply Use code YOGA4U. Hot Deal! Get 44% off 13″ Yoga 730 Laptop with i7, 16GB RAM, 512G...
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Eclipse Foundation Unveils Open Source Alternative to Microsoft's 'Visual Studio Code' IDE

"The Eclipse Foundation just released version 1.0 of an open-source alternative to Visual Studio Code called Eclipse Theia," reports SD Times: Theia is an extensible platform that allows developers to create multi-language cloud and desktop IDEs, allowing them to create entirely new developer experiences. According to the Eclipse Foundation, the differences between Theia and Visual Studio Code are that Theia has a more modular architecture, Theia was designed from the ground to run on desktop...
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Startups Weekly: SaaS companies feel the churn but hope for a brighter tomorrow

[Editor’s note: Want to get this free weekly recap of TechCrunch news that startups can use by email? Subscribe here.]  There are a few online productivity stocks booming, and a few popular remote-first product companies still announcing funding rounds amid a huge new wave of unicorn layoffs. But what about the previously white-hot software-as-a-service category overall? Pullbacks in spending are expected in general, obviously, which means higher churn and slower growth for major SaaS companies....
Tags: Apple, Google, TC, Facebook, Tech, Rebecca Minkoff, Alex, Crowdstrike, Felicis Ventures, Bessemer Venture Partners, Healthtech, Alex Wilhelm, Jon, Danny, Josh Constine, Connie Loizos

How the Telephone Failed Its Big Test During 1918's Spanish Flu Epidemic

Fast Company's technology editor harrymcc writes: When the Spanish flu struck in 1918, the U.S. reacted in ways that sound eerily familiar, by closing public places and telling people to stay at home. The one technology that promised to make isolation less isolating was the telephone, which was used for commerce, education, and even news distribution. But the phone itself got caught up in the flu's damaging impact on society, and AT&T ended up running ads asking people not to make calls if at al...
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Why telehealth can’t significantly flatten the coronavirus curve—yet

Eli Cahan Contributor Share on Twitter Eli Cahan is a medical student at NYU on leave to complete a master’s in health policy at Stanford as a Knight-Hennessy Scholar. His research addresses the effectiveness, economics, and ethics of (digital) health innovation. More posts by this contributor Why key performance indicators are crucial amidst a (public health) crisis How the coronavirus outbreak will stress...
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Learn How Technology Impacts your Business at this LA Event

TECHSPO Los Angeles 2020 is taking place from June 10-11 and so far, it hasn’t been canceled. But it is important to note things are subject to change because of COVID-19. If, however, things go as planned, TECHSPO Los Angeles is going to showcase the next generation of advances in technology and innovation. The two-day event will bring developers, brands, marketers, technology providers, designers, innovators and evangelists together Internet, Mobile, AdTech, MarTech and SaaS Technology, toget...
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Mathematical Proof of the ABC Conjecture Will Be Published

AmiMoJo shares a report from Nature: After an eight-year struggle, embattled Japanese mathematician Shinichi Mochizuki has finally received some validation. His 600-page proof of the abc conjecture, one of the biggest open problems in number theory, has been accepted for publication. Acceptance of the work in Publications of the Research Institute for Mathematical Sciences (RIMS) is the latest development in a long and acrimonious controversy over the mathematicians' proof. Mochizuki is chief ed...
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New guidance on SBA loans means most startups are still excluded from $349 billion stimulus

Under new guidance issued by the Small Business Administration it seems non-profits and faith-based groups can apply for the Paycheck Protection Program loans designed to keep small business afloat during the COVID-19 epidemic, but most venture-backed companies are still not covered. Late Friday night, the Treasury Department updated its rules regarding the “affiliation” of private entities to include religious organizations but keep in place the same rules that would deny most startups from rec...
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How to Navigate Business Uncertainty and Keep Your Business Running

Businesses are currently in the thick of navigating changes related to COVID-19. Making the right adjustments can be tricky, but there are plenty of lessons you can learn from members of the online small business community. Get those tips and others for keeping your business going below. Find the Coronavirus Relief Your Business Needs So many small businesses have been impacted by COVID-19. But there are some relief and aid programs available to help. If you’re struggling, read this CorpNet p...
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EPIX Available for Free Through Apple TV Channels Until May 2, No Subscription Required

EPIX is currently offering free access to its catalog of movies and TV shows through the Apple TV Channels feature in the TV app, and many additional services are also offering extended free trials. Upon navigating to the ‌Apple TV‌ app, users will notice that EPIX is listed under the "My Channels" section. Rather than offering an extended trial where users must first sign up, EPIX is currently providing completely free access with no subscription needed until May 2nd. In addition to the fr...
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Pandemic Shutdowns Will Help the Economy, Too

nut (Slashdot reader #19,435) writes: A study by economists Sergio Correia, Stephan Luck and Emil Verner suggests that the best way to save your economy is to save your people. The authors looked at the economic impact of the Spanish influenza pandemic of 1918 on different U.S. cities. They concluded that the earlier, more forcefully and longer cities responded, the better their economic recovery. A faculty affiliate from the Harvard Department of Economics writes in Bloomberg: [C]ities that ...
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This Week in Apps: Zoom has issues, Pinterest founder’s new COVID-19 research app, record Q1 spending

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the Extra Crunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all. The app industry saw a record 204 billion downloads and $120 billion in consumer spending in 2019, according to App Annie’s “State of Mobile” annual report. People are now spending 3 hours and 40 minutes per day using apps, rivaling TV. Apps aren’t just a way to pass idle hours — they’re a big business. In 2019, mobile-first companies h...
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Cultivating adaptability is a pandemic coping skill

Jason Shen Contributor Share on Twitter Jason Shen is a three-time startup founder and the CEO of Midgame, a gaming technology company backed by Techstars and Betaworks. It’s no secret that adaptability has become a critical trait for knowledge workers. To stay on top of a rapidly evolving world, we must assess new situations, make intelligent decisions and implement them effectively. A 2014 research report by Barclays indica...
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2020 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Review: How Does This Plug-In Hybrid Stack Up?

2020 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV In Our Opinion: There will be some trade-offs with the 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. For example, to account for the hybrid powertrain, the Outlander PHEV ditches the third row and spare tire. The increase in fuel economy drops the fun factor behind the wheel, as this variant isn't very engaging or energetic. However, the different drive modes will maximize charging and range in nearly every situation. And as a bonus, all-wheel drive is there for good mea...
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4 Ways to Chomp Down on Digital Service Expenses, without Affecting Productivity

Any successful business owner out there is always looking to cut costs without cutting corners. Although the concept… The post 4 Ways to Chomp Down on Digital Service Expenses, without Affecting Productivity appeared first on Gadget Advisor.
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The New iPhone SE: Rumored to be coming soon

We've been hearing rumors about a second-generation iPhone SE for quite some time, but this past week, Apple themselves revealed the name on their online store. Want to know more? Here are all the rumors about the new low-cost ‌iPhone‌ in once place. Read More: iPhone SE roundup.
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Not Just 'The Death of IT'. Cringely Also Predicts Layoffs For Many IT Contractors

Last week long-time tech pundit Robert Cringely predicted "the death of IT" in 2020 due to the widespread adoption of SD-WAN and SASE. Now he's predicting "an even bigger bloodbath as IT employees at all levels are let go forever," including IT consultants and contractors. My IT labor death scenario now extends to process experts (generally consultants) being replaced with automation. In a software-defined network, whether that's SD-WAN or SASE, so much of what used to be getting discreet boxe...
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