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MGM Hotel’s 2019 data leak might have affected 142M people, not 10.6M

In February, a data breach affecting more than 10.6 million MGM Resorts’ hotel customers came to the fore. The company said that hackers gained unauthorized access to its database last year, and it had already notified affected people. However, a new report from ZDNet suggests that instead of 10.6 million, more than 142 million customers might have been affected. The earlier data leak included personal details of guests such as names, addresses, phone numbers, and email IDs. The report notes tha...
Tags: Security, Startups, MGM, MGM Resorts, Zdnet, MGM Hotel


Apple warns that closing your MacBook while the camera is covered can damage its screen (AAPL)

Apple has published a support page warning MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and MacBook owners to remove any camera coverings before closing their laptop. Closing an Apple laptop while the camera is covered could damage the display or prevent features like True Tone from working properly, the website says. Apple instead advises users to rely on the Mac's green indicator light to see when the camera is in use, or to use a camera cover that's no thicker than a piece of paper. The warning comes after so...
Tags: Apple, Trends, Macbook, Reddit, Shopify, Macbook Pro, Zdnet, MacBook Pro MacBook Air, Twitter Slack, MacBook MacBook Air


TIOBE's Surprisingly Popular Programming Languages: R, Go, Perl, Scratch, Rust, and Visual Basic 6

The R programming language is experiencing a surge in popularity "in the slipstream of Python," according to this month's TIOBE index, leaping into the top ten. "For historical context, we wrote of R's spot in TIOBE nearly two years ago, and it had just made the leap from #50 to #39," writes programming columnist Mike Melanson. ZDNet writes: In May, when R crashed out of the top 20 for the first time in three years, Tiobe speculated that the language could be a victim of consolidation in sta...
Tags: Python, Microsoft, Tech, Php, Sas, Stata, PERL, Zdnet, Tech Republic, Paul Jansen, Mike Melanson, PL SQL, Swift Visual Studio


TIOBE's Surprisingly Popular Programming Languages: R, Go, Perl, Scratch, Rust, and Visual Basic 6 (slashdot)

The R programming language is experiencing a surge in popularity "in the slipstream of Python," according to this month's TIOBE index, leaping into the top ten. "For historical context, we wrote of R's spot in TIOBE nearly two years ago, and it had just made the leap from #50 to #39," writes programming columnist Mike Melanson. ZDNet writes: In May, when R crashed out of the top 20 for the first time in three years, Tiobe speculated that the language could be a victim of consolidation in sta...
Tags: Python, News, Microsoft, Php, Sas, Stata, PERL, Zdnet, Tech Republic, EditorDavid, Paul Jansen, Mike Melanson, PL SQL, Swift Visual Studio


Google Open Sources Trademarks With the Open Usage Commons

An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: Google has announced it is launching a new organization, Open Usage Commons (OUC), to host the trademarks for three of its most important new open-source projects. These are Angular, a web application framework for mobile and desktop; Gerrit, a web-based team code-collaboration tool; and Istio, a popular open mesh platform to connect, manage, and secure microservices. While it only covers three Google projects, for now, OUC is meant to give open-so...
Tags: Google, Tech, Linux Foundation, Gerrit, Zdnet, Apache Foundation, Gesmer Updegrove, Andrew Andy Updegrove, Updegrove


Mozilla Suspends Firefox Send Service While It Addresses Malware Abuse

An anonymous reader writes: Mozilla has temporarily suspended the Firefox Send file-sharing service as the organization investigates reports of abuse from malware operators and while it adds a "Report abuse" button. The browser maker took down the service today after ZDNet reached out to inquire about Firefox Send's increasing prevalence in current malware operations. Since last year, several malware operations have hosted payloads on the service. This includes ransomware gangs like REvil/Sodino...
Tags: Tech, Mozilla, Zdnet


Zoom Offering Hardware As a Service Offering

Zoom is teaming up with four video conferencing hardware makers to launch Zoom Hardware as a Service, designed to make Zoom Rooms and Zoom Phone more available to enterprises. ZDNet reports: The hardware providers in the package are DTEN, Neat, Poly, and Yealink. The hardware and Zoom bundles give tech buyers a monthly fixed price that varies by system and support by Zoom. Neat and DTEN have already designed hardware systems revolving around Zoom, which has become a household name with growth to...
Tags: Tech, Service, Zdnet, Dten


Firefox Send, used to target human rights activists in India, temporarily suspended by Mozilla

In response to use of its file-sharing service, Firefox Send, by malware operators, Mozilla has reportedly suspended the service as it adds a “Report abuse” button, ZDNet reported. We have reached out to Mozilla Foundation for confirmation. When we tried to use the service, we got the following error message (other Firefox Send links that we had were also not working): In June this year, Amnesty International and Citizen Lab had reported that files hosted on Firefox Send were used to target at ...
Tags: Travel, Firefox, News, India, Mozilla, Amnesty International, Amnesty, Zdnet, Mozilla Foundation, Citizen Lab, Bhima Koregaon, Firefox Send, Etienne Maynier, ZDNet Mozilla


3 Blockchain Use Cases In The Electronics Manufacturing Industry

Listen to this: According to a report by Zion Market Research , global blockchain in the electronics manufacturing market “will reach USD 307 Million By 2024.” It’s a tremendous number showing vast potential for blockchain applications in this niche segment. How is it possible? Blockchain is more than a buzzword. It’s a real and growing technology. Applications span the spectrum. If you’re new, you can learn the basics of blockchain technology quite quickly — but in short: blockchain is...
Tags: Sales, More, Blockchain, Zdnet, Tibco, Vitalik Buterin, Zion Market Research, Syncron, Electronics Manufacturing Industry, Gary Brooks, Mike Alperin, Alperin


New Apple macOS Big Sur Feature To Hamper Adware Operations

With macOS 11, also known as Big Sur, Apple has removed the ability to install macOS profile configurations from the command-line. ZDNet reports: This ability was previously a core feature of macOS' enterprise package, which allows system administrators to deploy new configurations company-wide via automated scripts. However, the ability to deploy a new profile config via the command-line has also been abused by malware gangs or adware strains, who used it because it was silent and didn't requir...
Tags: Mac, Tech, Zdnet


LinkedIn Says iOS Clipboard Snooping After Every Key Press is a Bug, Will Fix

A LinkedIn spokesperson told ZDNet this week that a bug in the company's iOS app was responsible for a seemingly privacy-intrusive behavior spotted by one of its users on Thursday. From a report: The issue was discovered using the new beta version of iOS 14. For iOS 14, set to be officially released in the fall, Apple has added a new privacy feature that shows a quick popup that lets users know when an app has read content from their clipboard. Using this new mechanism, users spotted last week h...
Tags: Apple, Linkedin, Tech, Zdnet, Tiktok


Google Removes 25 Android Apps Caught Stealing Facebook Credentials

Google has removed this month 25 Android apps from the Google Play Store that were caught stealing Facebook credentials. From a report: Before being taken down, the 25 apps were collectively downloaded more than 2.34 million times. The malicious apps were developed by the same threat group and despite offering different features, under the hood, all the apps worked the same. According to a report from French cyber-security firm Evina shared with ZDNet today, the apps posed as step counters, imag...
Tags: Google, Google Play Store, Facebook, Tech, Zdnet, Evina


A Hacker Gang is Wiping Lenovo NAS Devices and Asking for Ransoms

A hacker group going by the name of 'Cl0ud SecuritY' is breaking into old LenovoEMC (formerly Iomega) network-attached storage (NAS) devices, wiping files, and leaving ransom notes behind asking owners to pay between $200 and $275 to get their data back. From a report: Attacks have been happening for at least a month, according to entries on BitcoinAbuse, a web portal where users can report Bitcoin addresses abused in ransomware, extortions, cybercrime, and other online scams. Attacks appear to ...
Tags: Tech, Nas, Zdnet, Iomega, Lenovo NAS Devices


Mercedes-Benz and Nvidia Partner On Software-Defined Autonomous Cars

ZDNet reports: Car manufacturer Mercedes-Benz and chipmaker Nvidia have partnered to build a software-defined computing infrastructure and system that enables vehicles to receive over-the-air software updates to ensure they are equipped with the latest autonomous features. "Together, we're going to revolutionise the car ownership experience, making the vehicle software programmable and continuously upgradeable via over the air updates," Nvidia CEO and founder Jensen Huang said. The pair will bu...
Tags: Tech, Tesla, Customers, Nvidia, Mercedes, Daimler, Forbes, Ev, Mercedes Benz, Barron, Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Zdnet, Jensen Huang, Nvidia Partner On Software Defined Autonomous Cars, Tesla Almost


Chinese Bank Required Two Western Companies to Use Tax Software With a Hidden Backdoor

A Chinese bank required at least two western companies to install malware-laced tax software, according to a new report from the cyber-security firm Trustwave. "The two companies are a UK-based technology/software vendor and a major financial institution, both of which had recently opened offices in China," reports ZDNet: "Discussions with our client revealed that [the malware] was part of their bank's required tax software," Trustwave said Thursday... Trustwave, who was providing cyber-securi...
Tags: UK, China, Tech, Trustwave, Zdnet, Chinese Bank Required Two Western Companies, GoldenSpy


80,000 Printers Are Exposing Their IPP Port Online

An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: In a report published earlier this month, security researchers from the Shadowserver Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on improving cyber-security practices across the world, have published a warning about companies that are leaving printers exposed online. More specifically, Shadowserver experts scanned all the four billion routable IPv4 addresses for printers that are exposing their IPP port. IPP stands for "Internet Printing Protocol...
Tags: Tech, IPP, Zdnet, Shadowserver Foundation


Should Microsoft Release an Edgebook?

"All the pieces are coming together for Microsoft to launch a direct competitor to Chromebooks..." argues an industry analyst writing for ZDNet: Since adopting the Chromium rendering engine, Microsoft Edge has featured virtually perfect compatibility with Chrome, right down to being able to install extensions from the Chrome app store. It's also enabled Microsoft to more easily support operating systems that Edge didn't previously support such as macOS and Linux. But now that Edge is working wel...
Tags: Google, Microsoft, Tech, Chromebooks, Mediatek, Zdnet, First Microsoft, Chromebooks Microsoft


The ‘mindful’ marketer that’s dramatically increased its TV ad spend, the ‘malicious’ Chrome extension scare, and more: Datacenter Weekly

Welcome to Ad Age Datacenter Weekly, our data-obsessed newsletter for marketing and media professionals. Reading this online? Sign up to get it delivered to your inbox here. Chrome crisis “Google has removed 106 malicious Chrome extensions that have been caught collecting sensitive user data,” ZDNet reports. “The 106 extensions are part of a batch of 111 Chrome extensions that have been identified as malicious in a report published today by cyber-security firm Awake Security. ... Awake s...
Tags: Google, Advertising, America, Bloomberg, Cnn, Beijing, Fox News, Huawei, Eric Schmidt, Cnbc, WPP, Groupm, Bloomberg News, EEOC, Commerce Department, Zdnet


Mozilla To Launch VPN Product 'in the Next Few Weeks'

An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: Mozilla has announced today that its highly anticipated VPN (virtual private network) service will launch later this summer, "in the next few weeks." The product has also been renamed from its original name of Firefox Private Network to its new brand of the "Mozilla VPN." The name change came after Mozilla expanded the VPN product from the initial Firefox extension to a full-device VPN, capable of routing traffic for the entire OS, including other ...
Tags: Firefox, Mac, Tech, Mozilla, Vpn, Zdnet, Firefox Private Network, Mozilla VPN, Chromebooks Android


AWS Said It Mitigated a 2.3 Tbps DDoS Attack, the Largest Ever (slashdot)

An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: Amazon said its AWS Shield service mitigated the largest DDoS attack ever recorded, stopping a 2.3 Tbps attack in mid-February this year. The incident was disclosed in the company's AWS Shield Threat Landscape [PDF], a report detailing web attacks mitigated by Amazon's AWS Shield protection service. The report didn't identify the targeted AWS customer but said the attack was carried out using hijacked CLDAP web servers and caused three days of "ele...
Tags: Amazon, News, Zdnet, BeauHD, Tbps, NETSCOUT Arbor


AWS Said It Mitigated a 2.3 Tbps DDoS Attack, the Largest Ever

An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: Amazon said its AWS Shield service mitigated the largest DDoS attack ever recorded, stopping a 2.3 Tbps attack in mid-February this year. The incident was disclosed in the company's AWS Shield Threat Landscape [PDF], a report detailing web attacks mitigated by Amazon's AWS Shield protection service. The report didn't identify the targeted AWS customer but said the attack was carried out using hijacked CLDAP web servers and caused three days of "ele...
Tags: Amazon, Tech, Zdnet, Tbps, NETSCOUT Arbor


Super Secretive Russian Disinfo Operation Discovered Dating Back To 2014

Social media research group Graphika published today a 120-page report unmasking a new Russian information operation of which very little has been known so far. ZDNet reports: Codenamed Secondary Infektion, the group is different from the Internet Research Agency (IRA), the Sankt Petersburg company (troll farm) that has interfered in the US 2016 presidential election. Graphika says this new and separate group has been operating since 2014 and has been relying on fake news articles, fake leaks, a...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, Germany, Russia, US, Tech, Turkey, Ukraine, United States, Nato, Reddit, Kremlin, North America, Zdnet, Sankt Petersburg, Internet Research Agency IRA


South African Bank To Replace 12 Million Cards After Employees Stole Master Key

Postbank, the banking division of South Africa's Post Office, has lost more than $3.2 million from fraudulent transactions and will now have to replace more than 12 million cards for its customers after employees printed and then stole its master key. ZDNet reports: The Sunday Times of South Africa, the local news outlet that broke the story, said the incident took place in December 2018 when someone printed the bank's master key on a piece of paper at its old data center in the city of Pretoria...
Tags: Tech, South Africa, Sunday Times, Postbank, Zdnet, South Africa s Post Office, Pretoria The bank


GitHub, Android, Python, Go: More Software Adopts Race-Neutral Terminology (slashdot)

"The terms 'allowlist' and 'blocklist' describe their purpose, while the other words use metaphors to describe their purpose," reads a change description on the source code for Android -- from over a year ago. 9to5Mac calls it "a shortened version of Google's (internal-only) explanation" for terminology changes which are now becoming more widespread. And Thursday GitHub's CEO said they were also "already working on" renaming the default branches of code from "master" to a more neutral term like...
Tags: Google, News, Microsoft, Linkedin, Drupal, Zdnet, EditorDavid, Chrome Microsoft, Gabriel Csapo


GitHub, Android, Python, Go: More Software Adopts Race-Neutral Terminology

"The terms 'allowlist' and 'blocklist' describe their purpose, while the other words use metaphors to describe their purpose," reads a change description on the source code for Android -- from over a year ago. 9to5Mac calls it "a shortened version of Google's (internal-only) explanation" for terminology changes which are now becoming more widespread. And Thursday GitHub's CEO said they were also "already working on" renaming the default branches of code from "master" to a more neutral term like...
Tags: Google, Microsoft, Linkedin, Tech, Drupal, Zdnet, Chrome Microsoft, Gabriel Csapo


Mozilla Eyes Decentralized Web-Based Videoconferencing Platform 'Meething'

Last month Techcrunch reported that Mozilla had gone "full incubator" by holding a startup lab called Fix the Internet, followed by "a formal program dangling $75,000 investments in front of early-stage companies..." Fix the Internet had many key themes, including collaboration and decentralization (as well as user-controlled data and privacy-protecting social networks). That event "drew the interest of some 1,500 people in 520 projects, and 25 were chosen to receive the full package and stipe...
Tags: Tech, Mozilla, Zdnet, Mark Mayo, Mark Nadal, Meething


New Java-Based Ransomware Targets Linux and Windows Systems

"A newly uncovered form of ransomware is going after Windows and Linux systems," reports ZDNet, "in what appears to be a targeted campaign." Named Tycoon after references in the code, this ransomware has been active since December 2019 and looks to be the work of cyber criminals who are highly selective in their targeting. The malware also uses an uncommon deployment technique that helps stay hidden on compromised networks. The main targets of Tycoon are organisations in the education and softwa...
Tags: Tech, Kpmg, Zdnet


How SpaceX Uses Linux, Chromium, C++ and Open Source Libraries

Long-time Slashdot reader mrflash818 ("Linux geek since 1999") shared a ZDNet article pointing out that SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket has an onboard operating system that's "a stripped-down Linux running on three ordinary dual-core x86 processors. The flight software itself runs separately on each processor and is written in C/C++." Interestingly, back in 2018 a Slashdot headline asked whether C++ was "a really terrible language," and Elon Musk replied on Twitter with his single-word answer. "Yes." ...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Tech, Intel, Nasa, Reddit, Falcon, Slashdot, Zdnet, Debian Linux Scientific Linux


Lenovo Will Pre-load Ubuntu and Red Hat on All Its Workstations

TechRepublic calls it "a tectonic shift in the landscape... a massive company showing serious support for both Ubuntu Linux and Red Hat Enterprise Linux." Forbes reports: Beginning this month, Lenovo will certify its ThinkStation PCs and ThinkPad P Series laptops for both Ubuntu LTS and Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Every single model, every single configuration across the entire workstation portfolio. [ZDNet adds that the two Linux distros will also be preloaded.] And it doesn't end there. "Goi...
Tags: Tech, Lenovo, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Zdnet, Ubuntu Linux, Mark Pearson, Rob Herman, Red Hat Enterprise Linux Forbes, Red Hat Enterprise Linux Every, Herman Lenovo


IBM Releases Fully Homomorphic Encryption Toolkit For iOS and MacOS

New submitter IBMResearch shares a report from ZDNet: IBM's new toolkit aims to give developers easier access to fully homomorphic encryption (FHE), a nascent technology with significant promise for a number of security use cases. "Today, files are often encrypted in transit and at rest but decrypted while in use, creating a security vulnerability," reports ZDNet. "This often compels organizations to make trade-offs and go through long vetting processes in order to ensure they can keep their val...
Tags: Tech, Ibm, Zdnet, IBMResearch