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Aug 16, 2021

Facebook and Google are laying another giant undersea internet cable, this time stretching 7,500 miles between 6 Asian countries

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Facebook and Google have both already laid thousands of miles of undersea internet cable together, and are in the process of laying thousands of miles more.

Google announced in June it would lay a cable linking the US East Coast to Argentina, and both companies announced in March they were funding two cables hooking up the US West Coast with Singapore and Indonesia.

Over the course of 2020 and early 2021, Google and Facebook both scrapped numerous projects linking the US with Hong Kong in response to political pressure with the US government, which cited security concerns.

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Aug 16, 2021

Here’s how hackers are cracking two-factor authentication security

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It must be stressed an underlying condition to any 2FA alternative is the user themselves must have some level of active participation and responsibility.

At the same time, further work must be carried out by service providers, developers, and researchers to develop more accessible and secure authentication methods.

Essentially, these methods need to go beyond 2FA and towards a multi-factor authentication environment, where multiple methods of authentication are simultaneously deployed and combined as needed.

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Aug 16, 2021

New AdLoad Variant Bypasses Apple’s Security Defenses to Target macOS Systems

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MacOS Systems are under attack with an AdLoad variation that bypasses Apple’s security measures.

Aug 16, 2021

China Is Preparing For Life After Fossil Fuels

Posted by in categories: futurism, security

While other energy superpowers such as the United States, Saudi Arabia, and Russia have clung to their prodigious oil and gas industries to varying degrees, China has gone all-in on establishing their own energy security and independence, a large portion of which will soon be sourced from clean energy resources.

As the global energy transition accelerates, China appears to be miles ahead of the competition when it comes to securing itself for a future without fossil fuels.

Aug 13, 2021

Asteroid impact chances increased

Posted by in categories: asteroid/comet impacts, existential risks, security

A study by NASA has used precision-tracking data from the Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft to more accurately plot the route of potentially hazardous asteroid Bennu from now until the year 2300.

The agency’s new data, published this week in Icarus, has significantly reduced the uncertainties related to its future orbit, and improved scientists’ ability to determine the total impact probability and predict the orbits of other asteroids.

“NASA’s Planetary Defense mission is to find and monitor asteroids and comets that can come near Earth and may pose a hazard to our planet,” said Kelly Fast, program manager for the Near-Earth Object Observations Program at NASA Headquarters in Washington. “We carry out this endeavour through continuing astronomical surveys that collect data to discover previously unknown objects and refine our orbital models for them. The OSIRIS-REx mission has provided an extraordinary opportunity to refine and test these models, helping us better predict where Bennu will be when it makes its close approach to Earth more than a century from now.”

Aug 6, 2021

Security: BadAlloc vulnerabilities impact millions of devices worldwide

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Let’s face it. Software has holes. And hackers love to exploit them. New vulnerabilities appear almost daily. If you have software — we all do — you need to keep tabs on the latest vulnerabilities.

Aug 5, 2021

Kratos Says Secret “Off-Board Sensing Station” Unmanned Aircraft Will Be Transformative

Posted by in categories: drones, robotics/AI, security

The U.S. Air Force is looking to field a new type of low-cost yet advanced drone to be used as an “Off-Board Sensing Station,” or OBSS. Details remain very limited, and the few publicly available Air Force Research Laboratory documents on the program state that specifics are only available to approved contractors. Still, according to Kratos, one of the companies involved with the effort, the new unmanned platform could potentially end up being as revolutionary as the firm’s stealthy XQ-58 Valkyrie has been.

The remarks about the OBSS program were made by Eric DeMarco, President and Chief Executive Officer of Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, during a company earnings call this week. DeMarco says that if the program is successful, the company believes it “could ultimately be as significant and transformational to Kratos as we expect Valkyrie to be.” The CEO added that the OBSS program is a signal that “the total addressable market opportunity for Kratos’ class of tactical drones is rapidly expanding and clarifying, as the Department of Defense strives for affordable force multiplier systems and technologies.”

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Aug 2, 2021

PwnedPiper PTS Security Flaws Threaten 80% of Hospitals in the U.S.

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, security

PwnedPiper pneumatic tube system (PTS) security flaws threaten 80% of Hospitals in the U.S.

Jul 30, 2021

Barry Dean, CEO, LUCI — Making Power Wheelchairs Smarter

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Making Power Wheelchair Technologies “Smarter” — Barry Dean, CEO, LUCI

Barry Dean is an award-winning songwriter turned smart wheelchair technology company founder.

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Jul 29, 2021

Austin’s Silicon Labs sells business unit for $2.75 billion, shifts focus to Internet of Things

Posted by in categories: business, computing, food, internet, security

Austin-based Silicon Labs has sold its infrastructure and automotive business for $2.75 billion to California-based semiconductor maker Skyworks Solutions. Plans for the all-cash deal was initially announced in April.

Silicon Labs primarily designs semiconductors and other silicon devices. CEO Tyson Tuttle said the deal will allow the company to focus on its growing Internet of Things business. Internet of Things, or IoT as it is known in industry shorthand, refers to a range of non-computing devices —from kitchen devices to security systems — that connect to the Internet.

Silcon Labs’ IoT business already serves tens of thousands of customers and works in thousands of applications, but the deal narrows Silicon Labs focus exclusively to that technology.

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