Feds list the top 30 most exploited vulnerabilities. Many are years old

reader comments 13 with 12 posters participating Share this story Government officials in the US, UK, and Australia are urging public- and private-sector organizations to secure their networks by ensuring firewalls, VPNs, and other network-perimeter devices are patched against the most widespread exploits. In a joint advisory published Wednesday, the US FBI and CISA (Cybersecurity […]

Biden warns cyber attacks could lead to a “real shooting war”

Enlarge / US President Joe Biden, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo attend a plenary session of a NATO summit at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) headquarters in Brussels, on June 14, 2021. reader comments 30 with 21 posters participating Share this story President Joe Biden has warned […]

Haron and BlackMatter are the latest groups to crash the ransomware party

Getty Images reader comments 5 with 5 posters participating Share this story July has so far ushered in at least two new ransomware groups. Or maybe they’re old ones undergoing a rebranding. Researchers are in the process of running down several different theories. Both groups say they are aiming for big-game targets, meaning corporations or […]

VPN servers seized by Ukrainian authorities weren’t encrypted

reader comments 28 with 20 posters participating Share this story Privacy-tools-seller Windscribe said it failed to encrypt company VPN servers that were recently confiscated by authorities in Ukraine, a lapse that made it possible for the authorities to impersonate Windscribe servers and capture and decrypt traffic passing through them. The Ontario, Canada-based company said earlier […]

UK worries Starlink and OneWeb may interfere with each other, plans new rules

Enlarge / Artist’s impression of low-Earth-orbit satellites like those launched by SpaceX and OneWeb. reader comments 10 with 8 posters participating Share this story A UK government agency is worried that OneWeb, SpaceX’s Starlink, and similar low Earth orbit (LEO) satellite-broadband systems could block each others’ signals. Ofcom, the UK’s communications regulator, proposed new rules […]

Sean Gallagher and an AI expert break down our crazy machine-learning adventure

reader comments 13 with 9 posters participating, including story author Share this story Is Our Machine Learning? View more stories We’ve spent the past few weeks burning copious amounts of AWS compute time trying to invent an algorithm to parse Ars’ front-page story headlines to predict which ones will win an A/B test—and we learned […]

Venmo gets more private—but it’s still not fully safe

Getty Images reader comments 14 with 13 posters participating Share this story Venmo, the popular mobile payment service, has redesigned its app. That’s normally news you could safely ignore, but this announcement is worth a closer look. In addition to making some navigational tweaks and adding new purchase protections, the PayPal-owned platform is finally shutting […]

An explosive spyware report shows limits of iOS, Android security

Enlarge / A report this week indicates that the problem of high-caliber spyware is far more widespread than previously feared. Pau Barrena | Getty Images reader comments 7 with 6 posters participating Share this story The shadowy world of private spyware has long caused alarm in cybersecurity circles, as authoritarian governments have repeatedly been caught […]

Kaseya gets master decryptor to help customers still suffering from REvil attack

reader comments 14 with 11 posters participating Share this story Kaseya—the remote management software seller at the center of a ransomware operation that struck as many as 1,500 downstream networks—said it has obtained a decryptor that should successfully restore data encrypted during the Fourth of July weekend attack. Affiliates of REvil, one of the Internet’s […]

AT&T nightmare: Woman had to wait 3+ months for broadband at new home

Enlarge / Lovie Newman tells News 4 San Antonio about having to wait nearly four months for AT&T Internet service. reader comments 45 with 35 posters participating Share this story AT&T reportedly forced a San Antonio woman to wait nearly four months to get Internet service at her new home, and she didn’t get close […]