Ransomware victims are refusing to pay, tanking attackers’ profits

Enlarge / Holding up corporations, utilities, and hospitals for malware-encrypted data used to be quite profitable. But it’s a tough gig lately, you know? ifanfoto/Getty Images reader comments 75 with 0 posters participating Share this story Two new studies suggest that ransomware isn’t the lucrative, enterprise-scale gotcha it used to be. Profits to attackers’ wallets, […]

300+ models of MSI motherboards have Secure Boot turned off. Is yours affected?

reader comments 102 with 0 posters participating Share this story Secure Boot is an industry standard for ensuring that Windows devices don’t load malicious firmware or software during the startup process. If you have it turned on—as you should in most cases, and it’s the default setting mandated by Microsoft—good for you. If you’re using […]

Pioneering Apple Lisa goes “open source” thanks to Computer History Museum

Enlarge / The Apple Lisa 1, released in 1983. Apple, Inc. reader comments 173 with 0 posters participating Share this story As part of the Apple Lisa’s 40th birthday celebrations, the Computer History Museum has released the source code for Lisa OS version 3.1 under an Apple Academic License Agreement. With Apple’s blessing, the Pascal […]

Hacker group incorporates DNS hijacking into its malicious website campaign

Enlarge / DNS hijacking concept. reader comments 43 with 0 posters participating Share this story Researchers have uncovered a malicious Android app that can tamper with the wireless router the infected phone is connected to and force the router to send all network devices to malicious sites. The malicious app, found by Kaspersky, uses a […]

Amazon is discontinuing its AmazonSmile charity program next month

reader comments 184 with 0 posters participating Share this story Amazon’s business practices and footprint have received plenty of criticism over the years. From its misleading products and reviews and its environmental impact to its effect on small businesses and its own employees, its shoppers are left with a fair amount of guilt every time […]

1923 cartoon eerily predicted 2023’s AI art generators

Enlarge / Excerpt of a 1923 cartoon that predicted a “cartoon dynamo” and “idea dynamo” that could create cartoon art automatically. The full cartoon is reproduced below. reader comments 66 with 0 posters participating Share this story In 1923, an editorial cartoonist named H.T. Webster drew a humorous cartoon for the New York World newspaper […]

Authorities dismantle crypto exchange Bitzlato, allege it was cybercrime “haven”

Getty Images reader comments 77 with 0 posters participating Share this story Federal authorities on Wednesday arrested the founder of Bitzlato, a cryptocurrency exchange they said has been a financial haven for Russia-aligned criminals engaged in ransomware and illicit drug sales on the dark web. Anatoly Legkodymov, a 40-year-old Russian national residing in Shenzhen, China, […]

Microsoft to lay off 10,000 workers, blames decelerated customer spending

reader comments 154 with 0 posters participating Share this story Microsoft is laying off about 10,000 employees by the end of Q3 of its 2023 fiscal year, the company confirmed today. Microsoft’s Securities and Exchange Commission filing (PDF) described the move as a “response to macroeconomic conditions and changing customer priorities.” Microsoft says it has […]

More than 4,400 Sophos firewall servers remain vulnerable to critical exploits

Getty Images reader comments 30 with 0 posters participating Share this story More than 4,400 Internet-exposed servers are running versions of the Sophos Firewall that’s vulnerable to a critical exploit that allows hackers to execute malicious code, a researcher has warned. CVE-2022-3236 is a code-injection vulnerability allowing remote code execution in the User Portal and […]

More malicious packages posted to online repository. This time it’s PyPI

reader comments 57 with 0 posters participating Share this story Researchers have uncovered yet another supply chain attack targeting an open source code repository, showing that the technique, which has gained wide use in the past few years, isn’t going away any time soon. This time, the repository was PyPI, short for the Python Package […]