50 million Facebook accounts breached by access-token-harvesting attack

50 million Facebook accounts breached by access-token-harvesting attack

Enlarge / Facebook reset login tokens for 90 million accounts as it patched bugs that allowed 50 million accounts to be compromised. Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images Facebook reset logins for millions of customers last night as it dealt with a data breach that may have exposed nearly 50 million accounts. The breach was caused…
International Energy Firm anticipates wind will control Europe’s grid by 2027

International Energy Firm anticipates wind will control Europe’s grid by 2027

Enlarge / Scroby Sands offshore wind farm, Caister, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England. Photo by: Geography Photos/UIG via Getty Images This week, the executive director of the International Energy Agency (IEA) told the Global Wind Summit that wind energy was likely to become Europe's dominant energy source by 2027 and that it would grow from there.…
Defcon Ballot Town report: bug in one system might “turn Electoral College”

Defcon Ballot Town report: bug in one system might “turn Electoral...

Enlarge / A voting machine is submitted to abuse in DEFCON's Voting Village. Sean Gallagher Today, six prominent information-security experts who took part in DEF CON's Voting Village in Las Vegas last month issued a report on vulnerabilities they had discovered in voting equipment and related computer systems. One vulnerability they discovered—in a high-speed vote-tabulating…
Vote outcomes: Building will continue Vogtle nuclear reactor

Vote outcomes: Building will continue Vogtle nuclear reactor

Construction at the Vogtle nuclear power plant. The four owners of the new additions to the Vogtle nuclear power plant in Georgia agreed on Thursday that construction on the two additional reactors can go forward. The agreement was made despite growing opposition among some local lawmakers and at least one community-owned utility. The decision throws…
Scientists discover Russian “VPNfilter” malware was a Swiss Army hacking knife

Scientists discover Russian “VPNfilter” malware was a Swiss Army hacking knife

Enlarge / VPNfilter had a total of nine modular tools discovered thus far by researchers, potentially turning thousands of routers into a versatile attack platform. Researchers at Cisco's Talos have discovered that VPNfilter—the malware that prompted Federal Bureau of Investigation officials to urge people to reboot their Internet routers—carried an even bigger punch than had…
Why Mojave’s dark mode isn’t really dark adequate

Why Mojave’s dark mode isn’t really dark adequate

The days of getting overly excited about an OS release have passed for me. Maybe I'm just getting old and cranky or maybe operating systems reached "good enough" status a while ago. But either way, it's not something I get worked up for. But I'll cop to being curious to try out Mojave's dark mode.…
NSA worker who brought hacking tools house sentenced to 66 months in jail

NSA worker who brought hacking tools house sentenced to 66 months...

The National Security Operations Center at NSA, photographed in 2012—the nerve center of the NSA's "signals intelligence" monitoring. A former NSA coder has been sentenced to 66 months in prison for bringing home the code that drove much of the NSA's signals intelligence operations. Nghia Hoang Pho, a 68-year-old former National Security Agency employee who…
VMWare Blend 11 includes assistance for Core i9 MacBook Pro and 18- core iMac Pro

VMWare Blend 11 includes assistance for Core i9 MacBook Pro and...

Running a graphics-intensive Windows application on a Mac via Metal in VMWare Fusion 11. The new application menu in VMWare Fusion 11. Finder integration in VMWare Fusion 11. Customizing the Touch Bar in VMWare Fusion 11. A new version of virtualization software VMWare Fusion hit Macs this week. VMWare Fusion 11 adds a new application menu…
After dealing with Tesla’s Australia battery, wind business desires more batteries

After dealing with Tesla’s Australia battery, wind business desires more batteries

Enlarge / Bloomberg Best of the Year 2017: Powerpacks which will be used to form the world's largest lithium-ion battery stand on display during a Tesla Inc. event at the Hornsdale wind farm, operated by Neoen SAS, near Jamestown, South Australia, on Friday, Sept. 29, 2017. In the first half of 2018, energy sales from Tesla's 100MW/129MWh battery installation…
Low pay, bad potential customers, and mental toll: The dangers of microtask work

Low pay, bad potential customers, and mental toll: The dangers of...

Enlarge / The Amazon Mechanical Turk, or mturk.com, website is displayed on a computer screen for a photograph in Tiskilwa, Illinois, U.S., on Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images Getty Images Microtask platforms recruit humans to do the rating, tagging, review-writing, and poll-taking work that can't quite be automated with an…
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