The Okta hack and software supply chain security hazards

Peter Griffin, Editor. 24 March 2022, 10:47 am Security vendors have for years now been telling us that a key aspect of keeping your network and data safe is having watertight digital identity controls. But what if your digital identity provider gets hacked? That’s the scenario thousands of companies are faced with as Okta, a […]

Starlink hikes prices to $599 up-front and $110 per month, blames inflation

Enlarge / The new version of Dishy McFlatface. reader comments 80 with 61 posters participating Share this story Starlink has raised its prices for equipment and monthly service, blaming inflation for the increases in an email to customers. The up-front hardware cost was raised from $499 to $599 (a 20 percent increase), and the monthly […]

The Download: Part 3 of our investigation into Minnesota police

For some, the tool’s use is a dangerous step in the direction of authoritarianism. Read the full story.  —Sam Richards & Tate Ryan-Mosley This story is the third part of an investigative series into police surveillance in Minnesota. The first lifts the lid on a vast, sprawling program called Operation Safety Net which targeted civil rights activists and journalists […]

The secret police: Inside the app Minnesota police used to collect data on journalists at protests

Intrepid Response lets officers collect data that can be analyzed in myriad ways, and our investigation has found that officers were compiling watch lists of people attending protests. The Minnesota Fusion Center has access to facial recognition technology through the Homeland Security Information Network, a secure network that was used during Operation Safety Net. The […]

5 career tips worth sharing

Victoria MacLennan. 23 March 2022, 7:52 pm Kia ora koutou ITP Members and Supporters.  It’s taken me all day to decide what to write about in my second post. Feeling spoilt for choice I started shaping up blogs on topics like upskilling and reskilling, labour market pressures, what’s in a name – IT/ICT/Digital Technology, mental health […]

First Microsoft, then Okta: New ransomware gang posts data from both

reader comments 17 with 13 posters participating Share this story A relatively new entrant to the ransomware scene has made two startling claims in recent days by posting images that appear to show proprietary data the group says it stole from Microsoft and Okta, a single sign-on provider with 15,000 customers. The Lapsus$ group, which […]

A locked-in man has been able to communicate in sentences by thought alone

On meeting the man in February 2018, Chaudhary tried to automate the communication system that the family was already using. The team connected an eye-tracking device to computer software that would read out colors and row numbers, allowing the man to select letters one at a time using his eye movements to spell out words. […]

The Download: Russia may resort to even more desperate tactics in Ukraine, Biden has warned

I’ve combed the internet to find you today’s most fun/important/scary/fascinating stories about technology. 1 Experts are baffled by the deadly airplane crash in China yesterdayThe plane was flying normally then it suddenly nosedived, killing all 132 people on board. (Bloomberg $)  + It’s yet more bad news for Boeing. (Quartz $)  + China’s recent air safety record is strong. […]

One million Kiwi workers need digital upskilling in the next year alone – AWS

Peter Griffin, Editor. 22 March 2022, 1:18 pm New Zealand faces a serious deficit in digital skills that will require one million workers, 35% of the workforce, to be upskilled in the next 12 months, as rapid digital transformation creates the need for new skills. The Building Digital Skills for the Changing Workforce report, undertaken […]

White House warns of possible Russian cyberstrike on US critical infrastructure

Enlarge / US Deputy National Security Advisor for Cyber and Emerging Technology Anne Neuberger speaking during a March 21 White House daily press briefing. reader comments 49 with 29 posters participating, including story author Share this story The Biden administration on Monday warned that it believes Russian state hackers may step up a cyber offensive […]