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Cyber espionage up, but basic defences still down, DBIR shows
Organisations are still failing to address basic security issues and well-known attack methods, Verizon’s latest Data Breach Investigations Report reveals for a second year in a row ... read more
Published on 04-27-2017
1 hour ago
Here’s how the FCC wants to roll back net neutrality and what it means for you
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced today the next big front in the ongoing debate over the future of the internet in the US.Making his remarks in Washington, D.C., Pai detailed plans to remove regulations enacted in 2015's Open Internet order, designed to "protect and maintain open, uninhibited access to legal online content."The 2015 order invokes a Title II common carrier classification for internet service providers (ISPs), which makes it illegal for them to throttle, block, or otherwise discriminate any kind of internet traffic from its users — a major component of net neutrality.Pai, a committed voter against net-neutral regulation, claims continued Title II restrictions on ISPs "gives the FCC a roving mandate to micromanage the internet" and "would reduce investment in broadband infrastructure." The full text of the chairman's plan to replace the Title II legislation will release to the public tomorrow, allowing Americans to look over the proposed actions before the FCC votes on them on May 18. Holes in the net Pai's goal is rather simple: to revert the Title II status given to ISPs from 2015's order to its previous state, returning to what he calls the "light-touch regulatory framework" originally set in place over 20 ... read more
Published on 04-26-2017
5 hours ago
A vigilante is putting a huge amount of work into infecting IoT devices
iot-800x600.jpgEnlarge (credit: Gammew) Last week, Ars introduced readers to Hajime, the vigilante botnet that infects IoT devices before blackhats can hijack them. A technical analysis published Wednesday reveals for the first time just how much technical acumen went into designing and building the renegade network, which just may be the Internet's most advanced IoT botnet. As previously reported, Hajime uses the same list of user name and password combinations used by Mirai, the IoT botnet that spawned several, record-setting denial-of-service attacks last year. Once Hajime infects an Internet-connected camera, DVR, and other Internet-of-things device, the malware blocks access to four ports known to be the most widely used vectors for infecting IoT devices. It also displays a cryptographically signed message on infected device terminals that describes its creator as "just a white hat, securing some systems." Not your father's IoT botnet But unlike the bare-bones functionality found in Mirai, Hajime is a full-featured package that gives the botnet reliability, stealth, and reliance that's largely unparalleled in the IoT landscape. Wednesday's technical analysis, which was written by Pascal Geenens, a researcher at security firm Radware, makes clear that the unknown person or people behind Hajime invested plenty of time ... read more
Published on 04-26-2017
6 hours ago
Google becomes first foreign internet company to launch service in Cuba
Google servers inside Cuba are now live on the internet, marking a major milestone in the country’s communications evolution and promising faster access to Google’s services for Cuban users.The computers are part of Google’s global network of caching servers, which store frequently requested content locally so it doesn’t have to be accessed over long distances.[ Office 365 vs. Google G Suite: Productivity smackdownCollaboration smackdownManagement smackdown. | Our guide to Exchange-based tools in Windows, MacOS, iOS, and Android: Desktop Outlook vs. mobile Outlook vs. native apps. ]That speeds up access in any country but is particularly important in a nation like Cuba, which has relatively low connectivity to the rest of the world.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here ... read more
Published on 04-26-2017
7 hours ago
The first Kirby game was programmed without a keyboard
This was apparently the entirety of the development hardware Masahiro Sakurai used to start programming <em>Kirby's Dream Land</em>.This was apparently the entirety of the development hardware Masahiro Sakurai used to start programming Kirby's Dream Land. (credit: Source Gaming / Famitsu) Any programmer of a certain age likely has a horror story about some rinky-dink coding and workflow environment that forced them to hack together a working app under extreme hardware and software constraints. Still, we're pretty sure none of those stories can beat the keyboard-free coding environment that Masahiro Sakurai apparently used to create the first Kirby's Dream Land. The tidbit comes from a talk Sakurai gave ahead of a Japanese orchestral performance celebrating the 25th anniversary of the original Game Boy release of Kirby's Dream Land in 1992. As reported by Game Watch (and wonderfully translated by the Patreon-supported Source Gaming), Sakurai recalled how HAL Laboratory was using a Twin Famicom as a development kit at the time. Trying to program on the hardware, which combined a cartridge-based Famicom and the disk-based Famicom Disk System, was “like using a lunchbox to make lunch,” Sakurai said. As if the limited power wasn't bad enough, Sakurai revealed that the Twin Famicom testbed they were using "didn’t even have keyboard support, meaning values had to ... read more
Published on 04-26-2017
7 hours ago
Experts: Headline-grabbing editorial on saturated fats “bizarre,” “misleading”
GettyImages-94575002-800x533.jpgEnlarge (credit: Getty | Bloomberg) Controversial UK cardiologist Aseem Malhotra has once again published an editorial disputing decades of research linking diets high in saturated fats with heart disease—much to the annoyance of health experts and researchers. Aseem Malhotra being interviewed on SkyNews.Aseem Malhotra being interviewed on SkyNews. (credit: SkyNews) Malhotra, who maintains a high profile on media sites and television, has long advocated for high-fat diets, and he has blamed the rise of obesity and other health problems solely on sugar and processed foods. He has written scores of editorials and recently produced a documentary on the matter. Last year, Malhotra drew intense backlash from health experts after co-writing a report that encouraged people with type II diabetes and obesity to fight their diseases by eating more fat and ditching efforts to keep track of calories. The report was written secretly and released by the National Obesity Forum, for which Malhotra was also a senior advisor. The Forum is funded by the meat industry and drug companies. Read 14 remaining paragraphs | Comments ... read more
Published on 04-26-2017
7 hours ago
NASA’s spacesuit program is something of a hot mess
NASAemus-800x417.jpgEnlarge / NASA's current plans for its next generation of spacesuits. (credit: NASA Inspector General) When NASA began developing a rocket and spacecraft to return humans to the Moon a decade ago as part of the Constellation Program, the space agency started to think about the kinds of spacesuits astronauts would need in deep space and on the lunar surface. After this consideration, NASA awarded a $148 million contract to Oceaneering International, Inc. in 2009 to develop and produce such a spacesuit. However, President Obama canceled the Constellation program just a year later, in early 2010. Later that year, senior officials at the Johnson Space Center recommended canceling the Constellation spacesuit contract because the agency had its own engineers working on a new spacesuit and, well, NASA no longer had a clear need for deep-space spacesuits. However, the Houston officials were overruled by agency leaders at NASA's headquarters in Washington, DC. A new report released Wednesday by NASA Inspector General Paul Martin sharply criticizes this decision. "The continuation of this contract did not serve the best interests of the agency’s spacesuit technology development efforts," the report states. In fact, the report found that NASA essentially squandered $80.6 million on ... read more
Published on 04-26-2017
7 hours ago
Project Cars 2 is on the way, with much-improved tire physics
vw-apr-00008-980x551.jpg It's going to be a busy year for racing games. At some point, we expect Gran Turismo Sport to finally arrive, Forza Motorsport 7 is on its way, and then there's Project Cars 2. The first Project Cars, which arrived a couple of years ago, was an uncompromising sim racer of the kind hitherto unknown on consoles. It was also fiendishly difficult, something fans seized upon as proof of just how good a simulation it was compared to, say, Forza. But here's the thing: just because a game is very hard to master, that doesn't necessarily mean it's accurate to the real thing. Reassuringly, that's a view shared by Rod Chong, COO at Slightly Mad Studios, the game's developer. "If you look at sim racing as a whole, there's this misconception that it needs to be really, really difficult, or it's not a sim. This is not simulation, that's not reality," Chong told me. So it's heartening to hear that in the quest to improve the game's physics—particularly the tire model—Project Cars 2 should be both a more accurate simulation of real life but also a much more accessible game. Read 17 remaining paragraphs | Comments ... read more
Published on 04-26-2017
8 hours ago
ISPs claim to love net neutrality while praising death of net neutrality rules
comcast-logo-800x450.jpgEnlarge (credit: Comcast) The nation's biggest home Internet and mobile broadband providers say they're big fans of net neutrality—but they're also really glad that the Federal Communications Commission is preparing to dismantle its net neutrality rules. "We continue to strongly support a free and open Internet and the preservation of modern, strong, and legally enforceable net neutrality protections," Comcast CEO Brian Roberts said in a statement today. "We don’t block, throttle, or discriminate against lawful content delivered over the Internet, and we are committed to continuing to manage our business and network with the goal of providing the best possible consumer experience.” Comcast's blocking of BitTorrent traffic in 2007 helped start a decade-long debate over how the FCC should enforce net neutrality. Net neutrality rules were issued by the FCC in 2010, but they were struck down by a federal appeals court in 2014 after a lawsuit was filed by Verizon. The court said that the FCC could not enforce its net neutrality rules against blocking, throttling, and paid prioritization without reclassifying ISPs as common carriers under Title II of the Communications Act. Read 19 remaining paragraphs | Comments ... read more
Published on 04-26-2017
8 hours ago
47% off Cable Organizer Electronics Accessories Travel Bag – Deal Alert
This Universal Electronics Accessories Travel Organizer provides a flexible organization solution for your electronics and computer accessories. It helps make you better organized with all the small items and gadgets.  Made of durable and weather-resistant nylon with well padded semi-flexible covers.  It's compact size of  8.8“ x W 6.1"allows it to easily stored in you laptop bag or backpack.  This travel organizers typical list price of $18.99 has been reduced 47% to just $9.99. See this deal on Amazon.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here ... read more
Published on 04-26-2017
9 hours ago
IoT, encryption, and AI lead top security trends for 2017
A new Forrester report identified the top 14 cybersecurity trends for enterprises to watch in 2017. ... read more
Published on 04-26-2017
9 hours ago
Garmin Vivosmart 3 review: Beefing up the Vivo line with new and borrowed features
Video shot/edited by Jennifer Hahn. (video link) The thinner-and-lighter trend isn't just dominating smartphones and laptops—fitness tech companies are constantly trying to make "the next big thing" as thin and light as they possibly can. Fitbit recently slimmed down its $150 Alta HR fitness tracker, and now Garmin is countering with its new $139 Vivosmart 3 wristband. The newest device in the accessible Vivo line takes last year's Vivosmart HR to the next level with new rep counting and stress-evaluating features, as well as a slimmer design. Garmin just manages to undercut Fitbit on price here, but just because it's cheaper and has the Garmin name doesn't mean it's the better choice. Read 26 remaining paragraphs | Comments ... read more
Published on 04-26-2017
10 hours ago
German court upholds WhatsApp-Facebook data transfer ban
Facebook must obtain the permission of German users of WhatsApp before processing their personal data, a German court confirmed on Tuesday.Last August, Facebook subsidiary WhatsApp changed its privacy policy to allow the transfer of its users' personal information to Facebook for processing. That angered the Hamburg Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information, which in September ordered the companies to stop the transfer until they had obtained users' consent, and to delete any data they had already transferred.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here ... read more
Published on 04-26-2017
10 hours ago
Dealmaster: Get FiOS gigabit Internet with TV, phone, and HBO for $79 per month
Greetings, Arsians! Courtesy of our partners at TechBargains, the Dealmaster is back with a bunch of new deals to share. Today, you can get a good deal on Verizon FiOS Internet with no annual contract—get gigabit Internet with up to 940 Mbps download and 880 Mbps upload, along with TV, phone, and HBO included, for just $79 per month. Amazon also has a great deal ending soon: sign up for a 30-day free trial of Amazon Music and you get a $10 Amazon promo credit. Check out the full list of deals below. 0426-hero-640x377.png Featured Read 8 remaining paragraphs | Comments ... read more
Published on 04-26-2017
10 hours ago
FCC chairman plans to ‘reverse the mistake’ of net neutrality
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will vote on May 18 to kick off a proceeding to “reverse the mistake” of the agency’s 2-year-old net neutrality rules, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said.The rulemaking proceeding would be the first step toward repealing the regulations and reversing the agency’s 2015 decision to classify broadband as a regulated, telecom-like service.[ Read ‘em and weep: 5 ways your ISP is screwing you. | 5 more ways your ISP is screwing you. | Cut to the key news in technology trends and IT breakthroughs with the InfoWorld Daily newsletter, our summary of the top tech happenings. ]Pai didn’t provide a lot of detail about his proposal during a speech Wednesday, but during the rulemaking, the FCC will seek public comment on how best to move forward with new net neutrality rules or guidelines, he said. The FCC is scheduled to release the text of Pai’s proposal on Thursday.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here ... read more
Published on 04-26-2017
10 hours ago
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