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Hackers Behind MacBook Pro Schematics Leak Arrested in Russia

The ransomware hackers behind last year's MacBook Pro schematics leak have now been arrested in Russia, the FSB today announced in a press release (via Reuters). Following an initial arrest late last year, Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) explained that it has arrested 14 members of "REvil," an organized criminal association that used malicious software to extort funds from companies. In April 2021, REvil attacked Taiwanese Apple supplier Quanta Computer. The group went on to post det...
Tags: Apple, Russia, Macbook Pro, Fsb, Reuters, Quanta, Federal Security Service FSB


Radio Telescope Reveals How Lightning Begins

"Scientists have never been able to adequately explain where lightning comes from," writes Quanta magazine, sharing a remarkable new animation of a lightning flash recorded by the LOFAR radio telescope network" In a new paper that will soon be published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, researchers used the observations to settle a long-standing debate about what triggers lightning — the first step in the mysterious process by which bolts arise, grow and propagate to the ground. "It'...
Tags: Tech, Benjamin Franklin, Quanta, Slashdot, University of New Hampshire, LOFAR, University of Groningen, Geophysical Research Letters, Joseph Dwyer, Brian Hare, Dwyer Long


Complexity Year in Review 2021

The pandemic hampered many activities but research flourished with a number of great results in complexity. Result of the year goes toLocally Testable Codes with constant rate, distance, and locality by Irit Dinur, Shai Evra, Ron Livne, Alexander Lubotzky and Shahar Mozesand independently inAsymptotically Good Quantum and Locally Testable Classical LDPC Codes by Pavel Panteleev and Gleb KalachevThey achieved the seemingly impossible, a code that can be checked with constant queries, constant rat...
Tags: Seo, Quanta, NSF, Lance Fortnow, Oded Goldreich, Irit, Amir Yehudayoff, John Fearnley Paul W Goldberg Alexandros Hollender, Rahul Savani, Hunter Monroe, Irit Dinur Shai Evra Ron Livne Alexander Lubotzky, Shahar Mozesand, Pavel Panteleev, Gleb KalachevThey, Nutan Limaye Srikanth Srinivasan, Gal Yehuda


Researchers Claim Locally-Testable-Code Breakthrough With Exotic Multi-Dimensional Graph

"A team of researchers has finally created a long-sought locally testable code that can immediately betray whether it's been corrupted..." reports Quanta magazine. "Many thought local testability would never be achieved in its ideal form." Now, in a preprint released on November 8, the computer scientist Irit Dinur of the Weizmann Institute of Science and four mathematicians, Shai Evra, Ron Livne, Alex Lubotzky and Shahar Mozes, all at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, have found it. "It's ...
Tags: Tech, Harvard University, University of Warwick, Quanta, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Weizmann Institute of Science, Irit Dinur, Shai Evra Ron Livne Alex Lubotzky, Shahar Mozes, Tom Gur, Madhu Sudan, Lubotzky


DoJ Arrests Hacker Involved With REvil Group That Stole Apple's MacBook Pro Schematics

The United States Justice Department today announced that it has arrested Ukrainian Yaroslav Vasinskyi for his involvement with REvil, a group that executed ransomware attacks against businesses and government entities in the United States. REvil in April targeted Apple supplier Quanta Computer and stole schematics of the design of the 14 and 16-inch MacBook Pro models that were later released in October. The schematics unveiled MacBook Pro features like additional ports and the design of the...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ios, Ipad, Mac, Fbi, United States, Poland, Rumors, Romania, Department Of Justice, Cupertino, East Coast, Reuters, Quanta, Christopher Wray


Weekend reading: Bonfire of the magic money trees

What caught my eye this week. A bad week for those who long for sunlit uplands swathed in magic money trees. National insurance rates up. Dividend tax rates up. The triple-lock on pensions suspended. It’s good that the government has at least made a stab at fixing the social care crisis, with a new cap on lifetime costs. But otherwise the best that can be said about this week’s machinations is that nearly everyone has something to moan about. Time to pay Credulous people who voted to leave ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, UK, London, Singapore, Marketing, US, National Insurance, Eu, Bbc, NHS, Silicon Valley, Boris Johnson, William Gibson, Espn, El Salvador


Just How Computationally Complex Is a Single Brain Neuron? (slashdot)

Long-time Slashdot reader Artem S. Tashkinov quotes Quanta magazine: Today, the most powerful artificial intelligence systems employ a type of machine learning called deep learning. Their algorithms learn by processing massive amounts of data through hidden layers of interconnected nodes, referred to as deep neural networks. As their name suggests, deep neural networks were inspired by the real neural networks in the brain, with the nodes modeled after real neurons — or, at least, after what neu...
Tags: Google, News, Deepmind, Quanta, Slashdot, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Artem S Tashkinov, Michael London, EditorDavid, David Beniaguev Idan Segev, Beniaguev, Timothy Lillicrap


Just How Computationally Complex Is a Single Brain Neuron?

Long-time Slashdot reader Artem S. Tashkinov quotes Quanta magazine: Today, the most powerful artificial intelligence systems employ a type of machine learning called deep learning. Their algorithms learn by processing massive amounts of data through hidden layers of interconnected nodes, referred to as deep neural networks. As their name suggests, deep neural networks were inspired by the real neural networks in the brain, with the nodes modeled after real neurons — or, at least, after what neu...
Tags: Google, Tech, Deepmind, Quanta, Slashdot, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Artem S Tashkinov, Michael London, David Beniaguev Idan Segev, Beniaguev, Timothy Lillicrap


The New Thermodynamic Understanding of Clocks

Studies of the simplest possible clocks have revealed their fundamental limitations -- as well as insights into the nature of time itself. Natalie Wolchover, writing for Quanta Magazine: [...] Over the past five years, through studies of the simplest conceivable clocks, the researchers have discovered the fundamental limits of timekeeping. They've mapped out new relationships between accuracy, information, complexity, energy and entropy -- the quantity whose incessant rise in the universe is clo...
Tags: Australia, Tech, Harvard University, University of Oxford, University Of Queensland, Quanta, Natalie Wolchover, Natalia Ares, Nicole Yunger Halpern, Yunger Halpern, Gerard Milburn


Weekend reading: London stalling, with stagnant house prices and empty offices

What caught my eye this week. F or as long as I’ve been conscious of what’s happening beyond my own digestive tract, London was on the up-and-up. From the 1980s yuppies I caught the tail-end of in the early 1990s and the regeneration of Docklands, to the middle-classing of the East End, the Dotcom bubble, the 2012 London Olympics, and the pre-Brexit immigration boom at both ends of the jobs market – London was where it’s at. Of course, it wasn’t all rosy. House prices are up as much as 10-fold...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Europe, Japan, UK, England, London, Marketing, US, Eu, Bloomberg, Paypal, Bbc, Dave, Northern Ireland, Rbs


An Introduction to Nicolas Bourbaki, One of the Most Influential Mathematicians of All Time … Who Never Actually Lived

In 20th-century mathematics, the renowned name of Nicolas Bourbaki stands alone in its class — the class, that is, of renowned mathematical names that don’t actually belong to real people. Bourbaki refers not to a mathematician, but to mathematicians; a whole secret society of them, in fact, who made their name by collectively composing Elements of Mathematic. Not, mind you, Elements of Mathematics: “Bourbaki’s Elements of Mathematic — a series of textbooks and programmatic writing...
Tags: Facebook, Math, College, Germany, Animation, Seoul, TED Talks, Van Gogh, Quanta, TED Ed, Barany, Colin Marshall, Kevin Hartnett, 21st Century Los Angeles, Michael Barany, Nicolas Bourbaki


Fujifilm Is the Latest Victim of the Global Ransomware Spree

Fujifilm, the Japanese film company that somehow survived (and then thrived) amidst the digital photography revolution, would appear to be the latest victim in a recent blitz of ransomware attacks. The firm has announced that it’s investigating the “possibility of a ransomware attack,” while noting that it was still…Read more...
Tags: Security, Science, Crime, Malware, Ransomware, Cybercrime, Security Breaches, Fujifilm, BASHLITE, Quanta, FUJIFILM Corporation, Bleeping Computer, Business Finance, Vitali Kremez, REvil, Hacker Groups


One of the biggest US insurance companies reportedly paid hackers $40 million ransom after a cyberattack

Investors are pouring billions into cybersecurity startups. William Whitehurst/Getty Images CNA Financial reportedly paid hackers $40 million in March following a ransomware attack, Bloomberg reported. The report comes weeks after Colonial Pipeline paid its ransomware hackers $4.4 million. Ransom costs from ransomware attacks have been increasing. See more stories on Insider's business page. CNA Financial, one of the largest insurance companies in the US, reportedly paid hackers $40 mi...
Tags: US, Trends, Bloomberg, Fbi, Acer, Palo Alto Networks, Phoenix, Quanta, CNA, Evil Corp, US Treasury Department, OFAC, William Turton, Kartikay Mehrotra, Colonial Pipeline, Brittany Chang


Hacker Group Mysteriously Removes Stolen Apple Schematics and Extortion Threat From Ransomware Website

A ransomware group that last week stole schematics from Apple supplier Quanta Computer and threatened to release the trove of documents has mysteriously removed all references related to the extortion attempt from its dark web blog, MacRumors can confirm. The ransomware group known as REvil claimed last Tuesday that it had accessed the internal computers of Taiwan-based Quanta and managed to obtain several images and schematics of unreleased Apple products. BleepingComputer reported that the...
Tags: Apple, Featured, Taiwan, Quanta, Quanta Computer, Hacker Group


Stolen MacBook Pro Schematics Confirm Apple's Plans to Add More Ports and Remove Touch Bar

Schematics stolen from Apple supplier Quanta Computer outline Apple's plans for the next-generation MacBook Pro models that are expected in 2021, and clearly confirm plans for additional ports and a return to MagSafe. MacRumors saw the schematics after they were leaked online, and some of them feature the logic board of the next-generation MacBook Pro. On the right side of the machine, there's a visible HDMI port, accompanied by a USB-C/Thunderbolt port and followed by an SD Card reader. The ...
Tags: Apple, Featured, Bloomberg, Macbook, Quanta, Ming Chi Kuo, Quanta Computer, Touch Bar, MacBook Pro 13, MacBook Pro Don, Macbook Pro 16, Quanta Computer Along


Stolen MacBook Pro Schematics Confirm Apple's Plans to Add More Ports

Schematics stolen from Apple supplier Quanta Computer outline Apple's plans for the next-generation MacBook Pro models that are expected in 2021, and clearly confirm plans for additional ports and a return to MagSafe. MacRumors saw the schematics after they were leaked online, and some of them feature the logic board of the next-generation MacBook Pro. On the right side of the machine, there's a visible HDMI port, accompanied by a USB-C/Thunderbolt port and followed by an SD Card reader. The ...
Tags: Apple, Featured, Bloomberg, Macbook, Quanta, Ming Chi Kuo, Quanta Computer, MacBook Pro 13, MacBook Pro Don, Macbook Pro 16, Quanta Computer Along


Apple Supplier Quanta Says No Business Impact From Ransomware Attack

(Reuters) - Apple Inc supplier Quanta Computer Inc said on Wednesday it does not expect any material business impact from a ransomware attack,...
Tags: Quanta, Reuters Apple Inc, Quanta Computer Inc


Hackers threaten to leak stolen Apple blueprints if $50 million ransom isn't paid

Prominent Apple supplier Quanta on Wednesday said it suffered a ransomware attack from the REvil ransomware group, which is now demanding the iPhone maker pay a ransom of $50 million to prevent leaking sensitive files on the dark web. In a post shared on its deep web "Happy Blog" portal, the threat actor said it came into possession of schematics of the U.S. company's products such as MacBooks [Author: [email protected] (Ravie Lakshmanan)]
Tags: Apple, Tech, Quanta, Ravie Lakshmanan


A ransomware group says it stole Apple product blueprints, and is demanding the tech giant pay $50 million to get them back

Apple CEO Tim Cook. Karl Mondon/Digital First Media/The Mercury News via Getty Images A ransomware group is demanding Apple pay a ransom for Macbook schematics it claims to have stolen. The group, called REvil, initially targeted Apple supplier Quanta with the $50 million ransom demand. Its demand was timed to coincide with Apple's big Spring unveiling event. See more stories on Insider's business page. A group of hackers claim to have stolen Apple blueprints, and say they will pub...
Tags: Apple, Trends, Bloomberg, Cybersecurity, Ransomware, Macbook, Quanta, Tech Insider, Bloomberg We, Isobel Asher Hamilton, Tim Cook Karl Mondon, Bloomberg Quanta Computer


Unreleased MacBook Schematics Stolen in $50 Million Ransomware Attack on Apple Supplier

As Apple held its "Spring Loaded" event where it unveiled brand new iPad Pros, a redesigned iMac, and the long-awaited release of AirTags, one of its main MacBook suppliers was undergoing a ransomware attack worth $50 million. As reported by Bloomberg, the ransomware group called REvil, publicly declared early on Tuesday that it had accessed the internal computers of Apple supplier Quanta Computer Inc, based in Taiwan. Through the attack, REvil managed to obtain 15 images/schematics of unrel...
Tags: Apple, Bloomberg, Taiwan, Macbook, Bloomberg.com, Quanta, Quanta Computer, Quanta Computer Inc, HP Facebook, MacBook Schematics Stolen, Bleeping Computer Until


Ransomware Gang Tried To Extort Apple Hours Ahead of Tuesday Event

An anonymous reader writes: The operators of the REvil ransomware are demanding that Apple pay a ransom demand to avoid having confidential information leaked on the dark web. The REvil crew claims it came into possession of Apple product data after breaching Quanta Computer, a Taiwanese company that is the biggest laptop manufacturer in the world and which is also one of the companies that assemble official Apple products based on pre-supplied product designs and schematics. The REvil gang post...
Tags: Apple, Tech, Macbook, Quanta, Quanta Computer


How Richard Feynman’s Diagrams Revolutionized Physics

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qe7atm1x6Mg If you want to understand theoretical physics these days—as much as is possible without years of specialized study—there are no shortage of places to turn on the internet. Of course, this was not the case in the early 1960s when Richard Feynman gave his famous series of lectures at Caltech. In published form, these lectures became the most popular book on physics ever written. Feynman’s subsequent autobiographical essays and accessible public a...
Tags: Google, Science, College, Physics, Feynman, Manhattan Project, Richard Feynman, Quanta, Facebook Twitter, James Gleick, Josh Jones, Frank Wilczek, Durham NC Follow, Hans Bethe, Caltech In, Mette Ilene Holmnis


Indistinguishability Obfuscation

Quanta magazine recently published a breathless article on indistinguishability obfuscation — calling it the “‘crown jewel’ of cryptography” — and saying that it had finally been achieved, based on a recently published paper. I want to add some caveats to the discussion. Basically, obfuscation makes a computer program “unintelligible” by performing its functionality. Indistinguishability obfuscation is more relaxed. It just means that two different programs that perform the same functionality ca...
Tags: Uncategorized, Encryption, Cryptography, Quanta, Bruce Schneier, Academic Papers


Vint Cerf Is Working on an Internet for Outer Space

"TCP/IP doesn't work at interplanetary distances," 77-year-old Vinton Cerf tells Quanta magazine. "So we designed a set of protocols that do." Specifically, bundle protocols: a disruption/delay-tolerant networking (DTN) protocol with nodes that can also store information: A data packet traveling from Earth to Jupiter might, for example, go through a relay on Mars, Cerf explained. However, when the packet arrives at the relay, some 40 million miles into the 400-million-mile journey, Mars may not...
Tags: California, Germany, Tech, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Iss, Jpl, Quanta, TCP, Cerf, Vint Cerf, Australia Spain, Vinton Cerf, Mars Cerf


Physicists Argue That Black Holes From the Big Bang Could Be the Dark Matter

Long-time Slashdot reader fahrbot-bot quotes Quanta magazine: It was an old idea of Stephen Hawking's: Unseen "primordial" black holes might be the hidden dark matter. It fell out of favor for decades, but a new series of studies has shown how the theory can work... Their very blackness makes it hard to estimate how many black holes inhabit the cosmos and how big they are. So it was a genuine surprise when the first gravitational waves thrummed through detectors at the Laser Interferometer Gra...
Tags: Tech, Stephen Hawking, Ligo, Quanta, University of Sussex, Byrnes, University of Montpellier, Karsten Jedamzik, Ali Ha iuml, Christian Byrnes, Jedamzik


Mathematicians Finally Answer 2,000-Year-Old Question About Dodecahedrons (slashdot)

NCamero (Slashdot reader #35,481) brings some news from the world of 12-sided dodecahedrons: Quanta magazine reports that a trio of mathematicians has resolved one of the most basic questions about the dodecahedron. The cube, tetrahedron, octahedron and icosahedron cannot have a straight path you could take [starting from a corner] that would eventually return you to your starting point without passing through any of the other corners. The dodecahedron can. Mathematicians studied dodecahedro...
Tags: News, Paris, Quanta, EditorDavid, Jayadev Athreya David Aulicino, Patrick Hooper, Anton Zorich, Institute of Mathematics of Jussieu


Mathematicians Finally Answer 2,000-Year-Old Question About Dodecahedrons

NCamero (Slashdot reader #35,481) brings some news from the world of 12-sided dodecahedrons: Quanta magazine reports that a trio of mathematicians has resolved one of the most basic questions about the dodecahedron. The cube, tetrahedron, octahedron and icosahedron cannot have a straight path you could take [starting from a corner] that would eventually return you to your starting point without passing through any of the other corners. The dodecahedron can. Mathematicians studied dodecahedro...
Tags: Tech, Paris, Quanta, Jayadev Athreya David Aulicino, Patrick Hooper, Anton Zorich, Institute of Mathematics of Jussieu


“No License, No Problem” – Is Qualcomm’s Ninth Circuit Antitrust Victory a Patent Exhaustion Defeat?

Guest post by University of Utah College of Law Professor Jorge L. Contreras.  The Ninth Circuit’s recent decision in FTC v. Qualcomm (9th Cir., Aug. 11, 2020) is generally viewed as a resounding victory for Qualcomm.  In a strongly worded opinion, the Ninth Circuit reversed the entirety of the district court’s holding, which found that Qualcomm violated Sections 1 and 2 of the Sherman Act.  The Ninth Circuit exonerated Qualcomm with respect to each of its allegedly anticompetitive practices, c...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Intel, United States, Lg, Huawei, Qualcomm, Patent, Irs, Ericsson, Ftc, Fed, Quanta, District Court, Ninth Circuit, Federal Circuit


MORGAN STANLEY: These 48 stocks could help investors who want to cash in on the electric-vehicle revolution

Electric-vehicle sales are set to accelerate in the coming decades from around 2% of the global auto market in 2019 to nearly 90% by 2050, Morgan Stanley predicts. The shift away from gas-powered vehicles will create opportunities for companies within and beyond the auto industry. In a June 5 research note, Morgan Stanley listed 48 companies across 10 industries that could benefit from increasing electric-vehicle adoption. Below are the bank's picks, as well as its price target and rating for ...
Tags: Samsung, Trends, Tesla, Cat, ROK, Cree, TSLA, Warren Buffett, Volkswagen, Siemens, Glencore, Morgan Stanley, Carl Icahn, Moss, Quanta, Glen


Morgan Stanley handpicks 48 stocks for investors who want to cash in on the electric-vehicle revolution

Electric-vehicle sales are set to accelerate in the coming decades from around 2% of the global auto market in 2019 to nearly 90% by 2050, Morgan Stanley predicts. The shift away from gas-powered vehicles will create opportunities for companies within and beyond the auto industry. In a June 5 research note, Morgan Stanley listed 48 companies across 10 industries that could benefit from increasing electric-vehicle adoption. Below are the bank's picks, as well as its price target and rating for ...
Tags: Samsung, Trends, Tesla, Cat, ROK, Cree, TSLA, Warren Buffett, Volkswagen, Siemens, Glencore, Morgan Stanley, Carl Icahn, Moss, Quanta, Glen