General Cyber News via Ars Technica Risk Assessment

Microsoft neuters Office 365 account attacks that used clever ruse

Businesses in 62 countries targeted in financial fraud scam.
Publish Date: 7/8/2020
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City builds open-access broadband network with Google Fiber as its first ISP

W. Des Moines to build fiber conduits city-wide, let multiple ISPs offer service.
Publish Date: 7/7/2020
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Petnet charges new $30 annual fee for a service that still doesn’t work

The company promised to continue service for those who paid up. So far, it hasn't.
Publish Date: 7/7/2020
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The rise and fall of Adobe Flash

Before Flash Player sunsets this December, we talk its legacy with those who built it.
Publish Date: 7/7/2020
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Uber plans to gobble up delivery rival Postmates in $2.6 billion deal

Analysts have been expecting the delivery apps to consolidate; now they are.
Publish Date: 7/6/2020
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New Mac ransomware is even more sinister than it appears

ThiefQuest or EvilQuest can grab passwords and credit card numbers.
Publish Date: 7/5/2020
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The remote British village that built one of the UK’s fastest Internet networks

The serene, postcard-perfect village of Clapham is becoming known for more than its views.
Publish Date: 7/4/2020
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The 416 quadrillion reasons why Japan’s supercomputer is number 1

Fugaku's compute power focus on parsing earthquakes, weather patterns, and coughs.
Publish Date: 7/4/2020
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House OKs $100B broadband plan with $50 monthly discounts for poor people

House broadband plan is not guaranteed to pass in Republican-controlled Senate.
Publish Date: 7/2/2020
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Dish buys Boost prepaid biz from T-Mobile, finally enters wireless market

Dish buys former Sprint prepaid business amid plans to build its own 5G network.
Publish Date: 7/1/2020
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Unscheduled fixes released for critical flaw in optional Windows codec

Company uses Microsoft Store to fix remote code-execution bugs in codecs library.
Publish Date: 7/1/2020
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Uncovered: 1,000 phrases that incorrectly trigger Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant

“Election” can trigger Alexa; “Montana” can trigger Cortana.
Publish Date: 7/1/2020
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YouTube TV jumps 30% in price effective immediately

YouTube's price hike hits new and existing members; AT&T joins in the fun.
Publish Date: 6/30/2020
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Foreign adversaries likely to try exploiting critical networking bug, US says

The window of opportunity to fix critical security bug is rapidly closing.
Publish Date: 6/30/2020
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Comcast’s data cap and overage fees return tomorrow after 3-month break

ISPs can also re-impose late fees and disconnect customers as FCC pledge expires.
Publish Date: 6/30/2020
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COVID-19 spread 4X faster in one Amazon warehouse than local area

US employees get a “thank you” bonus; German warehouse workers are on strike.
Publish Date: 6/30/2020
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Search engine startup asks users to be the customer, not the product

Rival privacy-focused search engine Startpage is not impressed.
Publish Date: 6/29/2020
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An embattled group of leakers picks up the WikiLeaks mantle

DDoSecrets was banned from Twitter after releasing hacked law enforcement files.
Publish Date: 6/28/2020
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Microsoft’s “new approach” to retail stores: Closing them forever

Microsoft designed its retail stores to be cool like Apple's. It didn't work.
Publish Date: 6/26/2020
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Verizon joins growing Facebook advertiser boycott [Updated]

Civil rights groups go after company’s bottom line.
Publish Date: 6/26/2020
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