General Cyber News via Ars Technica Risk Assessment

Ransomware crooks post cops’ psych evaluations after talks with DC police stall

Babuk demands $4 million, Metropolitan Police Department offers $100,000.
Publish Date: 5/11/2021
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Amazon “seized and destroyed” 2 million counterfeit products in 2020

Counterfeit products sent to Amazon warehouses are destroyed to prevent resale.
Publish Date: 5/10/2021
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Security researcher successfully jailbreaks an Apple AirTag

Successful jailbreak increases existing AirTag security and privacy concerns.
Publish Date: 5/10/2021
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Hackers who shut down pipeline: We don’t want to cause “problems for society”

The attack paralyzed a pipeline that moves 2.5 million barrels per day.
Publish Date: 5/10/2021
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Apple brass discussed disclosing 128-million iPhone hack, then decided not to

Emails entered into Epic Games lawsuit show execs contradicting Apple talking points.
Publish Date: 5/8/2021
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Ajit Pai promised cheaper Internet—real prices rose 19 percent instead

Home-Internet prices rose four times faster than inflation in Trump era.
Publish Date: 5/7/2021
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US physics lab Fermilab exposes proprietary data for all to see

Exposed systems paved way for researchers to access code, messages, passwords, and more.
Publish Date: 5/6/2021
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Fix for critical Qualcomm chip flaw is making its way to Android devices

Higher-end devices made by Google, Samsung, LG, Xiaomi, and OnePlus are affected.
Publish Date: 5/6/2021
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Severe vulnerabilities in Dell firmware update driver found and fixed

Dell firmware update driver 2.3 can be exploited to gain kernel-level privilege.
Publish Date: 5/5/2021
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Twitter’s latest robo-nag will flag “harmful” language before you post

Follows Twitter's effort to make you read the news before you share it.
Publish Date: 5/5/2021
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Data leak makes Peloton’s Horrible, No-Good, Really Bad Day even worse

Faulty API let anyone grab users’ private data, including weight and gender.
Publish Date: 5/5/2021
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Starlink can serve 500,000 users easily, several million “more of a challenge”

The "only limitation is high density of users in urban areas," Musk said.
Publish Date: 5/5/2021
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Netflix IT exec forced employees to use products from vendors that bribed him

Jury finds ex-Netflix VP guilty of awarding tech contracts in exchange for bribes.
Publish Date: 5/4/2021
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New Spectre attack once again sends Intel and AMD scrambling for a fix

A new transient execution variant is the first exploit micro-ops caches.
Publish Date: 5/4/2021
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Frontier exits bankruptcy, claims it will double fiber-to-the-home footprint

Frontier plans 3 million new fiber lines—but 8M others would be stuck on copper.
Publish Date: 5/4/2021
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Apple reports 2 iOS 0-days that let hackers compromise fully patched devices

Webkit flaws in just-released iOS 14.5 lets attackers execute malicious code.
Publish Date: 5/3/2021
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Verizon agrees to sell Yahoo and AOL to private-equity firm for $5 billion

Apollo to buy Yahoo/AOL for $5B, didn't have much competition from other bidders.
Publish Date: 5/3/2021
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An ambitious plan to tackle ransomware faces long odds

Heavyweight task force proposes framework to tackle a major cybersecurity problem.
Publish Date: 5/1/2021
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Ford’s ever-smarter robots are speeding up the assembly line

A transmission factory shows how AI may gradually creep into industrial processes
Publish Date: 5/1/2021
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More US agencies potentially hacked, this time with Pulse Secure exploits

Zero-day vulnerability under attack has a severity rating of 10 out of 10.
Publish Date: 4/30/2021
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