Comcast set mobile pins to “0000,” assisting assaulters take telephone number

Comcast set mobile pins to “0000,” assisting assaulters take telephone number

Enlarge / A smartphone connected to the Xfinity Mobile service. Comcast A bad security decision by Comcast on the company's mobile phone service made it easier for attackers to port victims' cell phone numbers to different carriers. Comcast in 2017 launched Xfinity Mobile, a cellular service that uses the Verizon Wireless network and Comcast Wi-Fi…
Amazon to open brand new supermarket different from Whole Foods

Amazon to open brand new supermarket different from Whole Foods

Amazon reportedly feels confident enough in its grocery-store quests to branch out into new ventures. According to a report by The Wall Street Journal, Amazon plans to open dozens of new grocery stores that will be distinctly different from the company's Whole Foods Market stores. The retail giant has reportedly already signed leases for some…
Amazon’s newest program to suppress emissions? One shipment day per home, each week

Amazon’s newest program to suppress emissions? One shipment day per home,...

Enlarge / Completed customer orders are seen in their boxes, awaiting delivery, at the Amazon Fulfillment Centre on November 14, 2018, in Hemel Hempstead, England. On Thursday, Amazon announced that it would be making a program widely available to Amazon Prime members that would allow them to schedule all deliveries for a single day, once…
Alphabet subsidiary experienced AI to anticipate wind output 36 hours ahead of time

Alphabet subsidiary experienced AI to anticipate wind output 36 hours ahead...

Enlarge / Wind turbines have variable output, but if that can be forecast, that output is more valuable. Alphabet subsidiary DeepMind (it was acquired by Alphabet in 2014) has been developing artificial-intelligence programs since 2010 to solve complex problems. One of DeepMind's latest projects, according to a recent Google post, has centered around the predictability…
Report: United States Cyber Command took Russian giants offline throughout midterms

Report: United States Cyber Command took Russian giants offline throughout midterms

Enlarge / US Cyber Command, co-located with the NSA at Fort Meade, reportedly launched attacks against members of a Russian disinformation operation ahead of last November's mid-term primaries, according to a Washington Post report. SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images In October of 2016, US Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM) undertook a campaign to diffuse information operations by a Russian…
Windstream, ISP with 1 million consumers, declare personal bankruptcy

Windstream, ISP with 1 million consumers, declare personal bankruptcy

Windstream—an Internet service provider in mainly rural areas—today filed for bankruptcy. The bankruptcy was spurred by a court ruling from February 15 that could cost Windstream hundreds of millions of dollars. The company said the bankruptcy will help prevent negative impacts on customers. Windstream filed petitions for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the United States…
Frontier requires $4,300 cancellation cost regardless of terribly sluggish Web

Frontier requires $4,300 cancellation cost regardless of terribly sluggish Web

Getty Images | Bill Oxford Frontier Communications reportedly charged a cancellation fee of $4,302.17 to the operator of a one-person business in Wisconsin, even though she switched to a different Internet provider because Frontier's service was frequently unusable. Candace Lestina runs the Pardeeville Area Shopper, a weekly newspaper and family business that she took over…
INF Treaty exit? Putin states he’s prepared to intensify to Cuban Rocket Crisis levels

INF Treaty exit? Putin states he’s prepared to intensify to Cuban...

Enlarge / Go ahead. Make my day. Russian President Vladimir Putin told members of the Russian media on Wednesday that if the US exits the Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty and deploys nuclear weapons to Europe, Russia will follow suit—by placing nuclear weapons off the coast of the US. The comments came on the heels…
Facebook VPN that sleuths on users is pulled from Android shop

Facebook VPN that sleuths on users is pulled from Android shop

Getty Images | SOPA Images Facebook has pulled its privacy-invading Onavo Protect VPN app off the Google Play store and will reportedly stop gobbling up data from users who still have the app on their devices. Facebook "will immediately cease pulling in data from [Onavo] users for market research though it will continue operating as…
Countless sites threatened by extremely important code-execution bug in Drupal

Countless sites threatened by extremely important code-execution bug in Drupal

Millions of sites that run the Drupal content management system run the risk of being hijacked until they're patched against a vulnerability that allows hackers to remotely execute malicious code, managers of the open source project warned Wednesday. CVE-2019-6340, as the flaw is tracked, stems from a failure to sufficiently validate user input, managers said…
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