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The FBI’s Anom Stunt Rattles the Encryption Debate

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The FBI’s repeated success in overcoming its “going dark” problem belie the protestations that it’s an existential threat. In some ways, Anom shows just how creative the agency’s workarounds can be. Researchers caution, though, that as more governments around the world seek the power to demand digital backdoors—and as some, like Australia, implement such laws—authorities […]

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A Mystery Malware Stole 26 Million Passwords From Windows PCs

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Researchers have discovered yet another massive trove of sensitive data, a dizzying 1.2 TB database containing login credentials, browser cookies, autofill data, and payment information extracted by malware that has yet to be identified. Ars Technica This story originally appeared on Ars Technica, a trusted source for technology news, tech policy analysis, reviews, and more. […]

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Hackers Stole a Ton of EA Data—Including Valuable Source Code

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Today, Electronic Arts confirmed that hackers stole a massive amount of data from the video game publisher. A dark web forum poster claimed to have obtained 780 gigabytes of data in the attack, including the source code for FIFA 21 and EA’s Frostbite game engine, used by FIFA, Madden, Battlefield, Star Wars: Squadrons and Anthem. […]

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Why the cloud will never eat the data center

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Sometimes it’s hard to see gradual changes in technology paradigms because they’re gradual.  Sometimes it helps to play “Just suppose…” and see where it leads. So, just suppose that the cloud did what some radical thinkers say, and “absorbed the network”. That’s sure an exciting tag line, but is this even possible, and how might […]

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How an Obscure Company Took Down Big Chunks of the Internet

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And that’s not all! CDNs don’t just store content closer to the devices that crave it. They also help direct it across the internet. “It is like orchestrating traffic flow on a massive road system,” says Ramesh Sitaraman, a computer scientist at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst who helped create the first major CDN […]

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How to Turn Off Amazon Sidewalk

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Today Amazon is turning on Sidewalk, a way to extend internet service between Amazon devices like Echo smart speakers and Ring cameras. Unless you opt out, your Amazon devices will automatically start participating in this connectivity bacchanal. Amazon has talked about Sidewalk for a while, so it’s no surprise that the switch is finally flipping. […]

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Ransomware Hit Another Pipeline Firm—and 70GB of Data Leaked

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When ransomware hackers hit Colonial Pipeline last month and shut off the distribution of gas along much of the East Coast of the United States, the world woke up to the danger of digital disruption of the petrochemical pipeline industry. Now it appears another pipeline-focused business was also hit by a ransomware crew around the […]

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Organized Crime and How it Can Digitally Affect Your Business

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In a post-pandemic world riddled with digital attacks and a hyper-partisan political landscape, access to accurate and vetted intelligence is like finding a needle in a haystack. But intelligence is a critical resource in the fight to stay current with threat actors. In a world so dependent on staying connected, as a network defender, you need to understand actors’ motivations and know their tactics, techniques and procedures they leverage in order […]

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How to Protect Your Files From Ransomware

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Move over viruses, step aside worms: Ransomware has the spotlight and isn’t about to give it up. From taking down entire fuel pipelines to hijacking hospital networks, it’s the cyberattack du jour. Not only do you have the potentially disastrous consequences of being locked out of your most important files and systems, you also have […]

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The FBI’s Director Compares Ransomware Threat to 9/11

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Ransomware was on everyone’s mind again this week as the world’s largest meat processing company, JBS SA, faced an attack that crippled its operations in Australia and North America. The company was able to restore operations in just a few days, but the situation underscored once again ransomware’s dire threat to supply chains and critical […]