General Cyber News via Ars Technica Risk Assessment

SpaceX Starlink public beta begins: It’s $99 a month plus $500 up front

“Better Than Nothing” beta to have speeds up to 150Mbps, latency as low as 20ms.
Publish Date: 10/27/2020
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Study shows which messengers leak your data, drain your battery, and more

Link previews provide convenience. They can also compromise privacy or security.
Publish Date: 10/26/2020
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SpaceX Starlink to go south for first time with planned deployment in Texas

Starlink's first Southern deployment focuses on students who lack home Internet.
Publish Date: 10/26/2020
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Hackers behind life-threatening attack on chemical-maker are sanctioned

It’s now unlawful for US persons to transact with lab owned by the Russian government.
Publish Date: 10/23/2020
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T-Mobile screwups caused nationwide outage, but FCC isn’t punishing carrier

FCC details T-Mobile failure, “reminds” carriers to follow standard practices.
Publish Date: 10/23/2020
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Bot orders $18,752 of McSundaes every 30 min. to find if machines are working

Know before you go... drive-through milkshake style.
Publish Date: 10/23/2020
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AT&T loses another 600,000 TV customers as it seeks buyer for DirecTV

TV-subscriber losses decline in Q3, but AT&T is running out of customers to lose.
Publish Date: 10/22/2020
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Hacker says he correctly guessed Trump’s Twitter password—it was “maga2020!”

White House denied claim, while Twitter said it has "no evidence" of hack.
Publish Date: 10/22/2020
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Trickbot—the for-hire botnet Microsoft attacked—is scrambling to stay alive

It's still not dead, but thanks to an industrywide effort, it's currently dormant.
Publish Date: 10/21/2020
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Adblockers installed 300,000 times are malicious and should be removed now

If you have Chromium versions of Nano Adblocker or Nano Defender, pay attention.
Publish Date: 10/20/2020
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Microsoft’s new data center in a box will use SpaceX Starlink broadband

Starlink and SES will bring satellite to modular data centers in remote areas.
Publish Date: 10/20/2020
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Six Russians accused of the world’s most destructive hacks indicted

Remember the NotPetya wiper that caused billions in losses or Ukraine power grid attacks?
Publish Date: 10/19/2020
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QAnon/8chan sites back online after being ousted by DDoS-protection vendor

Conspiracy theorists, hate-filled groups have trouble staying online.
Publish Date: 10/19/2020
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The Internet is full of business cats: Dealing with the breakdown of the work/home divide

Finding the right balance between collaboration and privacy is suddenly critical.
Publish Date: 10/19/2020
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Fancy Bear imposters are on a hacking extortion spree

Nice looking website you've got there. It'd be a shame if someone DDoSed it.
Publish Date: 10/17/2020
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Hackers are using a severe Windows bug to backdoor unpatched servers

Attackers are spraying the Internet to backdoor unpatched Active Directory systems.
Publish Date: 10/16/2020
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Thousands of infected IoT devices used in for-profit anonymity service

Interplanetary Storm uses P2P networking, mostly in devices running Android.
Publish Date: 10/16/2020
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Now on-demand: Ars’ online IT roundtable on navigating 2020 schadenfreude

Replay our October 15 chat on, “Finding certainty in IT when the world is uncertain.”
Publish Date: 10/15/2020
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Verizon forced to pull ad that claimed firefighters need Verizon 5G

Ad dispute echoes 2018 controversy over Verizon throttling fire department.
Publish Date: 10/15/2020
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Google and Intel warn of high-severity Bluetooth security bug in Linux

Yes, it's serious, but high severity doesn't necessarily mean high risk.
Publish Date: 10/14/2020
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