Two NPM Packages With 22 Million Weekly Downloads Found Backdoored

In what's yet another instance of supply chain attack targeting open-source software repositories, two popular NPM packages with cumulative weekly downloads of nearly 22 million were found to be compromised with malicious code by gaining unauthorized access to the respective developer's accounts. The two libraries in question are "coa," a parser for command-line options, and "rc," a [Author: [email protected] (Ravie Lakshmanan)]
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Ukraine Identifies Russian FSB Officers Hacking As Gamaredon Group

Ukraine's premier law enforcement and counterintelligence agency on Thursday disclosed the real identities of five individuals allegedly involved in digital intrusions attributed to a cyber-espionage group named Gamaredon, linking the members to Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB). Calling the hacker group "an FSB special project, which specifically targeted Ukraine," the Security Service of [Author: [email protected] (Ravie Lakshmanan)]
Tags: Russia, Tech, Ukraine, Fsb, Security Service, Federal Security Service FSB, Ravie Lakshmanan, Gamaredon Group, Gamaredon

Google responds to complaints about Pixel 6 fingerprint sensor

Google has finally acknowledged a troubling issue with the in-screen fingerprint sensor on the Pixel 6, but the company didn’t exactly offer a fix.
Tags: Google, Android, Mobile, News, Trends, Phones, Pixel, Fingerprint Sensor, Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro

System76 Engineer Confirms Work on New Rust-Written Desktop, Not Based on GNOME

Phoronix reports: System76's Pop!_OS Linux distribution already has their own "COSMIC" desktop that is based on GNOME, but moving ahead they are working on their own Rust-written desktop that is not based on GNOME or any existing desktop environment. Stemming from a Reddit discussion over the possibility of seeing a KDE flavor of Pop!_OS, it was brought up by one of their own engineers they are working on their "own desktop". System76 engineer and Pop!_OS maintainer Michael Murphy "mmstick" c...
Tags: Tech, Reddit, Murphy, Phoronix, KDE, Michael Murphy, Gnome Shell

Sikh Nagar Kirtan Festival Wraps Up In Yuba City

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Tags: Google, News, Local, Seen On, Syndicated Local, Yuba City, Sikhism, Sikh, Nagar Kirtan, Yuba City news, CBSN Sacramento Feed, Rocky Kumar, Jugraj Singh, Parmjit Khaira, Harpreet Singh Singh, Gurthaver Dhillon One

Wikipedia Criticized After Years of Using the Wrong Man's Picture to Depict a Serial Killer

Andreas Kolbe is a former co-editor-in-chief of The Signpost, an online newspaper for (English-language) Wikipedia that's been published online since 2005 with contributions from Wikipedia editors. Kolbe has been contributing to it since 2006. Last week he returned to the Signpost to share a cautionary tale. Its title? "A photo on Wikipedia can ruin your life." Also a long-time Slashdot reader, Andreas Kolbe shares this summary with us: For more than two years, Wikipedia illustrated its art...
Tags: Google, Florida, New York, Wikipedia, Tech, White, Slashdot, Wikimedia Foundation, Mr White, Kolbe, New York Last, Andreas Kolbe, Nathaniel White, Wikimedia Foundation Plaintiff

Google has an explanation for the lagging fingerprint scanner on the 5G Pixel 6 line

Google, when asked why the fingerprint scanner on the new Pixel 6 series is lagging, gives an explanation that mentions algorithms that require longer times to verify. #fingerprintscanner #pixel6
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Facebook Denies Report It Gave Kazakhstan's Government Special Direct Access to Its Content Reporting System

UPDATED: Earlier this week ZDNet reported that Facebook's parent company Meta "has granted the Kazakhstan government direct access to its content reporting system," as part of a joint agreement to work on removing content that is deemed harmful on social network platforms like Facebook and Instagram," with the agreement focusing on protecting children. But the Washington Post clarified tonight that in fact Kazakhstan's statement "was apparently released independent of Facebook." Meta spokesma...
Tags: Facebook, Asia, Instagram, Washington Post, Tech, Meta, Kazakhstan, Ministry, Republic of Kazakhstan, Zdnet, George Chen, Facebook Meta, Ministry of Information and Social Development, Ben McConaghy

Google explains why the Pixel 6’s fingerprint scanner may be sluggish

There’s a lot to rave about with the Google Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, but their fingerprint scanners are not among those things. Since the Pixel 6 release in October, users have been complaining about... #fingerprintscanners #pixel6
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Facebook Gives Kazakhstan Government Direct Access to Its Content Reporting System

"Facebook parent company Meta has granted the Kazakhstan government direct access to its content reporting system," reports ZDNet, "as part of a joint agreement to work on removing content that is deemed harmful on social network platforms like Facebook and Instagram." The agreement's focus is on protecting children: In a joint statement, the Ministry of Information and Social Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the social media giant said the agreement, which is the first of its kind...
Tags: Facebook, Asia, Tech, Meta, Kazakhstan, Ministry, Republic of Kazakhstan, Zdnet, George Chen, Ministry of Information and Social Development

Apple fixes macOS Monterey flaw that bricked some T2 Macs

Apple has fixed a macOS Monterey flaw that prevented some T2-equipped Macs from starting, but affected users don't have an easy solution.. #macosmonterey #macs #monterey
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New Study Finds the World's Most Popular Programming Language: JavaScript

ZDNet reports: JavaScript is now used by more than 16.4 million developers globally, says a survey of more than 19,000 coders — making it the world's most popular programming language "by a wide margin". SlashData's 21st State of the Developer Nation Report examined global software developer trends across 160 countries during Q3 2021, covering programming languages, tools, APIs, apps and technology segments, as well as attitudes of developers themselves... While not necessarily a surprise in i...
Tags: Tech, Zdnet, SlashData, Guido van Rossum Python, SlashData Python

America's FAA Issues Warning Over Concerns 5G Might Interfere with Aviation Altimeters

Long-time Slashdot reader SonicSpike quotes the aviation news site AVweb's report on a "Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin" and "Airworthiness Directive" being issued by America's aircraft-regulating Federal Aviation Administration "concerning the rollout of 5G cellular phone service in 46 major metropolitan areas of the U.S." (reportedly happening on December 5th). The actions are expected to limit the use of automated systems on aircraft that rely on radar altimeters (also called radi...
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Former Google CEO and Henry Kissinger: Manage 'Age of AI's Epoch-Making Transformations

"At the age of 98, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger has a whole new area of interest: artificial intelligence," reports Time magazine: He became intrigued after being persuaded by Eric Schmidt, who was then the executive chairman of Google, to attend a lecture on the topic while at the Bilderberg conference in 2016. The two have teamed up with the dean of the MIT Schwarzman College of Computing, Daniel Huttenlocher, to write a bracing new book, The Age of AI, about the implications of ...
Tags: Google, Time, Tech, Eric Schmidt, Caltech, State, SCHMIDT, Henry Kissinger, Daniel Huttenlocher, Kissinger, Harvard MIT, MIT Schwarzman College of Computing

CarShield Reviews: Cost, Coverage & More (2021)

Affiliate disclosure: Automoblog and its partners may be compensated when you purchase the products below. CarShield Extended Warranty Review In Our Opinion: In its 16 years of business, CarShield has covered over 1 million vehicles and its administrators have paid out over $1 billion in claims. What makes CarShield such a popular provider? We think it's the company's below-average prices and flexible month-to-month coverage plans. Industry Standing ...
Tags: Google, California, Research, Best, Diamond, Autos, Tbs, Platinum, Warranty, Don, Mary, Lee, BBB, Endurance, Better Business Bureau BBB, American Auto Shield

Google pins slow Pixel 6 fingerprint recognition on 'enhanced security'

Google says the Pixel 6's slow fingerprint recognition is due to 'enhanced security algorithms' that may take longer to check your digits.. #pixel6
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CARCHEX: Reviews, Costs, & Coverage (2021)

Affiliate disclosure: Automoblog and its partners may be compensated when you purchase the products below. CARCHEX Review In Our Opinion: CARCHEX is an industry leader that has over 20 years of experience. We've named this company Best for Used Cars because of its many plans geared toward high-mileage vehicles. In addition, CARCHEX will cover many cars up to 250,000 odometer miles. Industry Standing ...
Tags: Google, California, Research, Best, Autos, Honda, Mercedes, Better Business Bureau, Edmunds, Warranty, BBB, Raleigh North Carolina, Carfax, Gerald, Baltimore Maryland, Brian H

Apple Will Use 3nm Chips in 2023 Macs With Four Dies to Bolster Up to 40 Cores

According to a new report, Apple and TSMC will manufacture 3nm process based chips by 2023 with up to 40 cores which will be used in high-end macs. #fourdies #macs #tsmc
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Will Self-Driving Cars Be Able to Handle... Bears?

A wild bear broke into a parked car looking for food. This set AI pundit Lance Eliot a-thinking... The AI driving system of a self-driving car is always intact. A parked self-driving car is immediately able to become a moving car.... If the self-driving car is making use of its object detection system, even though the autonomous vehicle is parked, the AI driving capability would be alerted at [a hypothetical] pending crash that is about to occur... Depending upon what the AI developers anticipa...
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Amazingly, New Commercial Amiga Games are Under Development

Mike Bouma (Slashdot reader #85,252) writes: Pixelglass Games and BitBeamCannon are working on new commercial Amiga games. Metro Siege is a 2-player beat 'em up for the Amiga 500 with 1 MB of Ram. You can watch a teaser trailer here. Alarcity is a shoot 'em up for the Amiga 1200 and Amiga CD32. You can watch an earlier campaign trailer here. If i.e. your classic Amiga broke down there's good news for you. The Amiga 500 mini (Essex Retro Gamer overview) is set to release in early 2022 It will be ...
Tags: Amazon, Tech, Amiga, Mike Bouma Slashdot, Metro Siege, Essex Retro Gamer

Star System With Right-Angled Planets Surprises Astronomers

Long-time Slashdot reader fahrbot-bot shared this report from the New York Times about a "particularly unusual" star about 150 light-years away that's orbited by three planets: What's unusual is the inclinations of the outer two planets, HD 3167 c and d. Whereas in our solar system all the planets orbit in the same flat plane around the sun, these two are in polar orbits. That is, they go above and below their star's poles, rather than around the equator as Earth and the other planets in our s...
Tags: Tech, Earth, New York Times, Switzerland, Slashdot, University of Geneva, Vincent Bourrier

"This is exactly what it feels like to cancel cable. This is not a sketch, it's a documentary."

That's the top comment — and I totally agree with it — on this: [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: TV, Technology, Law, Snl, Ann Althouse

Facebook's own researchers found the app is bad for 360 million of its users, according to a report

Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images Facebook's own researchers found the app has negative impacts on some users, the WSJ reported. The app hurts sleep, work relationships, or parenting for about 12.5% of users, research found. Facebook described the Journal's reporting as "irresponsible" and said it was proactively investigating "problematic use" of its apps. An internal Facebook survey found that one in eight users report that their use of the app harms their sleep, work, relat...
Tags: Health, Facebook, News, Trends, Tech, Meta, Wall Street Journal, Journal, WSJ, Afp, Ben Gilbert, Tech Insider, Olivier Douliery, Facebook Apps, Facebook Files, Getty Images Facebook

Should Police Be Allowed to Demand Your Cellphone's Passcode?

Slashdot reader FlatEric521 tipped us off to an interesting story (from the News Service of Florida): When police responded in 2018 to a call about a shattered window at a home in Orange County, they found a black Samsung smartphone near the broken window. A woman in the home identified the phone as belonging to an ex-boyfriend, Johnathan David Garcia, who was later charged with crimes including aggravated stalking. But more than three years after the shattered window, the Florida Supreme Cou...
Tags: Florida, Supreme Court, Samsung, Tech, Orange County, Garcia, News Service, Florida Supreme Court, Moody, Ashley Moody, 5th District Court of Appeal, Johnathan David Garcia

Facebook and Google profit from video of my daughter being murdered.

My daughter, Alison, was murdered on live television. Facebook, Google, and other sites won't take down the video. Why? Because they're making money.       [Author: USA TODAY]
Tags: Google, Facebook, Usa, News, Usa Today, Alison, Facebook Google

Microsoft 365 Will Get 'Natively-Integrated AI Experiences'

"Microsoft's new Loop collaboration app and components isn't the only new thing coming to Office," reports ZDNet: Microsoft is introducing what it calls a "set of natively integrated AI experiences" across Microsoft 365 that will go beyond the current AI capabilities already baked into some Office apps. These new AI experiences are branded "Context IQ." The first product that will get the Context IQ treatment is Microsoft Editor, which corrects grammar and spelling across documents, email, and ...
Tags: Microsoft, Office, Cortana, Tech, Clippy, Slashdot, Zdnet, Contex

Fewer than 200 Black female founders have ever received $1 million in VC funding. 7 women who did it share their best fundraising advice.

Britney Winters, Joanna Smith, and Tanya van Court. Courtesy of Britney Winters, Mamadi Doumbouya, and Tanya van Court; Skye Gould/Insider The venture-capital space isn't the most welcoming environment for Black women. As of 2020, only 93 Black women had raised $1 million or more in venture funds. Black women who have achieved this feat gave advice for others looking to do the same. Tanya van Court noticed immediately that white male investors weren't backing her business.Van Cou...
Tags: Google, Mark Zuckerberg, UK, Africa, Court, US, NFL, America, Trends, Nike, Silicon Valley, Smith, Mintel, Black, Crunchbase, Kevin Durant

Senator behind billionaires tax denounces Elon Musk Twitter poll stunt

Tesla owner offers to sell 10% of shares if poll demandsRon Wyden has proposed tax to help fund Biden plans After Elon Musk asked his Twitter followers to vote on whether he should sell 10% of his Tesla stock, the architect of the proposed billionaires tax that prompted the move dismissed the tweet as a stunt.“Whether or not the world’s wealthiest man pays any taxes at all shouldn’t depend on the results of a Twitter poll,” said Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat and chair of the Senate finance commi...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Technology, Oregon, Senate, Tesla, World news, US news, US politics, US Senate, US domestic policy, US Congress, Biden, US taxation, Ron Wyden, Elon Musk twitter

An entrepreneur told police he was tortured for several hours by masked criminals attempting to steal his bitcoin millions

Zaryn Dentzel, cofounder of Spanish social networking site Tuenti. Tuenti An entrepreneur told police he was tortured by masked robbers targeting his bitcoin millions, Spanish media reported. Zaryn Dentzel, cofounder of Spanish site Tuenti, was attacked at his Madrid home. He was tied, bound, and gagged before the assailants fled with his passwords. An entrepreneur has claimed to police he was tortured for hours by masked robbers who entered his home in an apparent attempt to steal million...
Tags: News, Theft, Trends, Tech, Fbi, Bitcoin, Taser, Madrid, Cryptocurrencies, Madrid Spain, El Pais, Tech Insider, Bitcoin Scam, Tuenti, Dentzel, El Español

India hunts 'fake news' spreaders after anti-Muslim attacks

Misleading images shared on social media after mosques vandalised and homes ransacked in Tripura stateIndian police are seeking the owners of about 100 social media accounts accused of sharing “fake news” after mob attacks on mosques in the north-east of the country.Last month’s violence in Tripura state erupted on the sidelines of a rally for hundreds of followers of a rightwing Hindu nationalist group. The incident appeared to be a revenge attack prompted by the killing of several Hindu worshi...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Technology, Media, Social Networking, Internet, Youtube, India, World news, South and Central Asia, Bangladesh, Tripura

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