Marriott breach leaves 500 million exposed with passport, card numbers taken

Marriott breach leaves 500 million exposed with passport, card numbers taken

Enlarge / Marriott Hotel brands like the W hotel were breached between 2014 and 2018. Craig Warga/Bloomberg via Getty Images On Friday, Marriott International announced a system breach that has affected approximately 500 million customers, with stolen information including names, credit card numbers, mailing addresses, email addresses, and passport numbers. The breach is one of…
Tariffs on Chinese rare-earth minerals develop a sticky issue for United States rivals

Tariffs on Chinese rare-earth minerals develop a sticky issue for United...

Enlarge / A pick-up truck makes its way out of the Mountain Pass open pit mine in California in 2009. Photo by Jacob Kepler/Bloomberg via Getty Images President Trump's tariffs on rare-earth metals from China should have been a boon to the only US rare-earth minerals mine in California. But a recent Wall Street Journal article…
How a phone app discovered Sprint’s supposed throttling of Skype

How a phone app discovered Sprint’s supposed throttling of Skype

The US government killed off its net neutrality rules in June of this year, but that doesn't mean no one is monitoring whether carriers are blocking or throttling online services. Northeastern University researchers led by computer science professor David Choffnes recently determined that Sprint was throttling Skype. Their finding was based on an analysis of…
Black box information reveals pilots battled control system in Indonesia crash

Black box information reveals pilots battled control system in Indonesia crash

Enlarge / Cpt Nurcahyo Utomo (head of Flight Mode Indonesian Safety Transportation Committee) during the press conference, in Jakarta, Indonesia, on November 28, 2018. Donal Husni/NurPhoto via Getty Images More evidence supporting the theory that faulty sensor data caused the crash of a Lion Air Boeing 737 MAX in October has emerged from the aircraft's…
South Australia is sustaining energy storage financial investment

South Australia is sustaining energy storage financial investment

Enlarge / An employee working for the manufacturer of solar batteries, Sonnen GmbH, in the Bavarian village of Wildpoldsried in southern Germany is pictured on July 5, 2016. In September, South Australia confirmed a plan to set up an AU$100 million (USD $72 million) fund to help households purchase home energy storage batteries. Households could…
I have actually got a bridge to offer you. Why AutoCAD malware keeps downing on

I have actually got a bridge to offer you. Why AutoCAD...

Criminal hackers continue to exploit a feature in Autodesk’s widely used AutoCAD program in an attempt to steal valuable computer-assisted designs for bridges, factory buildings, and other projects, researchers said Tuesday. The attacks arrive in spear-phishing emails and in some cases postal packages that contain design documents and plans. Included in the same directory are…
Commonly utilized open source software application consisted of bitcoin-stealing backdoor

Commonly utilized open source software application consisted of bitcoin-stealing backdoor

A hacker or hackers sneaked a backdoor into a widely used open source code library with the aim of surreptitiously stealing funds stored in bitcoin wallets, software developers said Monday. The malicious code was inserted in two stages into event-stream, a code library with 2 million downloads that’s used by Fortune 500 companies and small…
Owner of unsuccessful nuclear plant may utilize golden parachute fund in settlement

Owner of unsuccessful nuclear plant may utilize golden parachute fund in...

Enlarge / V C Summer Nuclear Station Unit 1. Today, South Carolina energy company SCANA and its potential purchaser Dominion Energy reached a settlement with class-action litigants to offer a significant energy bill rate cut in exchange for the litigants dropping a lawsuit over $2 billion in energy bill fees. Attorneys for the class-action members…
Hybrid theory: Lockheed Martin, Boeing pitch updated F-22, F-15

Hybrid theory: Lockheed Martin, Boeing pitch updated F-22, F-15

A transcript to this video can be found here. Almost since the day the last F-22 Raptor fighter jet rolled out of Lockheed Martin's assembly plant, the US Air Force has been making plans for its successor—a "sixth generation" fighter aircraft to continue the US military's dominance of the air. In 2016, the Air Force…
Possibly dreadful Rowhammer bitflips can bypass ECC securities

Possibly dreadful Rowhammer bitflips can bypass ECC securities

Enlarge / A DDR3 DIMM with error-correcting code from Samsung. ECC is no longer an absolute defense against Rowhammer attacks. In early 2015, researchers unveiled Rowhammer, a cutting-edge hack that exploits unfixable physical weaknesses in the silicon of certain types of memory chips to transform data they stored. In the 42 months that have passed…
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