The Download: China’s influencer crackdown, and covid’s origins

No one had foreseen just how fast three of China’s most powerful influencers would fall. On June 3, Austin Li, a 30-year-old live-streamer with over 60 million followers, abruptly cut off a live stream after a tank-shaped ice cream dessert appeared on the screen. While he later posted that it was due to “technical difficulties,” […]

How China’s biggest online influencers fell from their thrones

It also changed the dynamics between influencers and brands. For one thing, the deep discounts that customers used to get through big-time influencers aren’t likely to remain if brands are making deals with live-streamers with smaller followings. And instead of relying on influencers’ huge reach, many brands are now building their own live-streaming channels. “​​This […]

New ultra-stealthy Linux backdoor isn’t your everyday malware discovery

reader comments 21 with 18 posters participating Share this story Researchers have unearthed a discovery that doesn’t occur all that often in the realm of malware: a mature, never-before-seen Linux backdoor that uses novel evasion techniques to conceal its presence on infected servers, in some cases even with a forensic investigation. On Thursday, researchers from […]

The Download: Chinese hackers target telecoms, and aviation emissions

The must-reads I’ve combed the internet to find you today’s most fun/important/scary/fascinating stories about technology. 1 Twitter has agreed to give Elon Musk access to millions of tweetsWhich could make it much harder for him to back out of buying the company. (NYT $)+ One of Musk’s financiers is linked to a Russian tycoon. (Bloomberg […]

The aviation industry can hit its emissions goals, but it needs new fuels

Aviation is an industry that’s notoriously difficult to decarbonize. Strict operating and safety requirements limit what technology can be used. Equipment has a long lifetime, so a plane built today will still be flying in 2050. That means technical progress needs to happen quickly to make a dent in emissions decades in the future. “If […]

Welcome to your digital sidekick – AI-powered automation in the office

Peter Griffin, Editor. 09 June 2022, 2:03 pm We’ve heard a lot in recent years about using software to automate mundane and repetitive tasks – the wave of automation that is supposed to free up humans to do more fulfilling work. A whole field called Robotic Process Automation (RPA) has emerged to automatically process invoices, […]

Chinese hackers exploited years-old software flaws to break into telecom giants

The campaign’s success is a dramatic illustration of the danger software flaws pose even years after they’re discovered and made public. Zero-day attacks—hacks exploiting previously unknown weaknesses—pack a punch and demand attention. But known flaws remain potent because networks and devices can be difficult to update and secure with limited resources, personnel, and money. Rob […]

Gone in 130 seconds: New Tesla hack gives thieves their own personal key

Getty Images reader comments 55 with 32 posters participating Share this story Last year, Tesla issued an update that made its vehicles easier to start after being unlocked with their NFC key cards. Now, a researcher has shown how the feature can be exploited to steal cars. For years, drivers who used their Tesla NFC […]