Industrial systems under threat from wipers and IoT botnets

Jan 7, 2023

The latest OT/IoT security report from Nozomi Networks shows that wiper malware and IoT botnets dominate threats to industrial control systems. Researchers have observed the robust usage of wiper malware, and seen the emergence of an Industroyer variant, dubbed Industroyer2, developed to misuse the IEC-104 protocol, which is commonly used in industrial environments. Over the first half of 2022, malicious IoT botnet activity has been on the rise and growing in sophistication. Nozomi Networ ...read more

Surgeons use virtual reality techniques to separate conjoined twins

Jan 7, 2023

LONDON — After emerging from a final risky surgery, Brazilian twin brothers Arthur and Bernardo Lima were met with an emotional outpouring of applause, cheers and tears from medical staff and family members. For the first time, the boys lay separated, face-to-face and holding hands in a shared hospital bed in Rio de Janeiro, after doctors there and almost 6,000 miles away in London worked together using virtual reality techniques to operate on the conjoined 3-year-olds. The highly complex m ...read more

A TikTok rival promised millions to Black creators. Now some are deep in debt.

Jan 7, 2023

Triller made its name recruiting talent with lavish perks. Now, dozens of influencers are struggling to get paid. ‘We were made to look like fools,’ one creator said. August 3, 2022 at 12:01 p.m. EDT David Warren, 22, in North Hollywood, Calif., on July 21. (Tavon Taylor for The Washington Post) Last fall, David Warren seemed to be on the verge of a breakthrough. With more than half a million followers on TikTok, Warren, 22, had left Hot Springs, Ark., for a one-bed ...read more

Open-world ‘Pokémon Scarlet and Violet’ features motorcycle legendaries

Jan 7, 2023

The Pokémon Company revealed more information on its upcoming mainline games Scarlet and Violet in a Pokémon Presents Wednesday. In a trailer, Pokémon trainers were shown to be students in an academy, sent on a treasure hunt across the new region of Paldea with the newest legendary Pokémon, Koraidon and Miraidon. The duo can shift forms to serve as a vehicle of sorts for players as they traverse the region by land, sea and sky. The Pokémon Company claims this generation will be the first ...read more

A Senate proposal would give CFTC responsibility for policing bitcoin, ethereum

Jan 7, 2023

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission would take the leading role in overseeing the two largest cryptocurrencies and the platforms where they are traded under a new bill from Sens. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and John Boozman (R-Ark.). Oversight of the remaining cryptocurrencies would be divided between the CFTC and the Securities and Exchange Commission, though the process for making those determinations is not yet clear. The two agencies have been jockeying for more authority over digital ...read more

Cyber insurance may be cyberficial, but…

Jan 7, 2023

Insurance might be one of the least liked, but most valued purchases within a business when you need to use it.  In previous decades, it was needed against fire, theft, and other tangible threats to a business, yet as cyber-attacks are becoming an inevitable, frequent occurrence, the demand for cyber insurance is at an all-time high. However, qualifying for cyber insurance coverage is easier said than done. Businesses not only have to manage the soaring cost of premiums, but also meet ...read more

Blizzard cancels World of Warcraft mobile game over financial dispute

Jan 7, 2023

Activision Blizzard and NetEase have canceled a joint World of Warcraft mobile game following a dispute over financial terms. The unannounced project, code-named Neptune, was developed in secrecy for three years before being scuttled, according to a report from Bloomberg. Neptune was intended as a spinoff of Blizzard’s World of Warcraft, the massively multiplayer role-playing game series that has been one of the company’s flagship franchises since the original “World of Warcraft” relea ...read more

Uber loses $2.6 billion, but its stock soared anyway

Jan 7, 2023

Uber reported a $2.6 billion loss but outperformed Wall Street’s expectations in the second quarter, sending its stock price up more than 10 percent in early trading Tuesday. The net loss was mostly related to the company’s investments in three mobility start-ups: Aurora, Grab and Zomato. Aside from those losses, the company saw a surge in growth, compared with 2021, as travel continued to return to a state of normalcy. The company’s gross bookings grew 33 percent year-over-year, while r ...read more

Microsoft releases Windows 11 Build 25174 with new Game Pass widget

Jan 7, 2023

Last week, Microsoft’s new Windows 11 flight, Build 25169 for Windows Insiders on the Dev Channel, came with a lockdown feature for IT administrators and a new Windows Spotlight theme. Today’s release, has one main new feature -- a Game Pass widget -- and a good number of fixes and improvements. Describing the new Game Pass addition, Microsoft says: This widget is a window to the extensive PC Game Pass library  -- it will show the latest additions, games leaving soon, and others fro ...read more

Pelosi dined with Taiwan computer-chip executives during her brief visit

Jan 7, 2023

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had lunch with two top executives from Taiwan’s biggest semiconductor manufacturer during her whistle-stop tour of the island, underscoring how vital computer chips have become to U.S. national security. In a Facebook post on Wednesday, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen said that Pelosi and she attended a lunch with Morris Chang, the founder of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufactuering Company, and its chairman, Mark Liu, as well as Chen Jianzhong, vice chairman of electr ...read more

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