Disable the Windows print spooler to prevent hacks, Microsoft tells customers

Getty Images reader comments 8 with 7 posters participating Share this story Microsoft hit yet another snag in its efforts to lock down the Windows print spooler, as the software maker warned customers on Thursday to disable the service to contain a new vulnerability that helps attackers execute malicious code on fully patched machines. The […]

For years, a backdoor in popular KiwiSDR product gave root to project developer

reader comments 17 with 15 posters participating Share this story Enlarge / A spectrum painted image made using KiwiSDR. KiwiSDR is hardware that uses a software-defined radio to monitor transmissions in a local area and stream them over the Internet. A largely hobbyist base of users does all kinds of cool things with the playing-card-sized […]

TSMC signals global chip crunch may be easing

Enlarge / TSMC’s headquarters, seen here, are in Hsinchu, Taiwan. reader comments 25 with 22 posters participating Share this story Carmakers can expect a sharp upturn in chip supplies in the coming weeks, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) said, signaling that a global shortage may have moved past its most crippling stage. In the first […]

Feeding the machine: We give an AI some headlines and see what it does

Enlarge / Turning the lens on ourselves, as it were. reader comments 26 with 20 posters participating Share this story Is Our Machine Learning? View more stories There’s a moment in any foray into new technological territory that you realize you may have embarked on a Sisyphean task. Staring at the multitude of options available […]

Amazon bought Facebook’s satellite team to help build Starlink competitor

Enlarge / Image released by Amazon when it announced a deal with United Launch Alliance to use launch vehicles for Project Kuiper. reader comments 36 with 29 posters participating Share this story Facebook has sold its small-satellite Internet division to Amazon and said it has no plans to become an Internet service provider. Amazon and Facebook […]

iOS zero-day let SolarWinds hackers compromise fully updated iPhones

reader comments 38 with 18 posters participating Share this story The Russian state hackers who orchestrated the SolarWinds supply chain attack last year exploited an iOS zero-day as part of a separate malicious email campaign aimed at stealing Web authentication credentials from Western European governments, according to Google and Microsoft. In a post Google published […]

Microsoft says hackers in China exploited critical SolarWinds 0-day

Getty Images reader comments 3 with 3 posters participating Share this story Microsoft said on Tuesday that hackers operating in China exploited a zero-day vulnerability in a SolarWinds product. According to Microsoft, the hackers were, in all likelihood, targeting software companies and the US Defense industry. SolarWinds disclosed the zero-day on Monday, after receiving notification […]

How much do you pay your ISP? Consumer Reports wants to see your bill

reader comments 24 with 24 posters participating Share this story With broadband-industry lobby groups implausibly claiming that Internet providers have slashed their prices, Consumer Reports is on a mission to collect and analyze thousands of monthly Internet bills from real customers. In an announcement today, Consumer Reports said it launched the Broadband Together initiative with […]

AT&T will let unlimited-data customers pay more to avoid the slow lane

reader comments 43 with 33 posters participating Share this story On Monday, AT&T announced the end of data slowdowns for smartphone users who purchase “unlimited” data—but the perk is only for customers who buy AT&T’s most expensive mobile plan. AT&T will continue to sell two other “unlimited” plans that can be put into a slow […]

Is our machine learning? Ars takes a dip into artificial intelligence

reader comments 42 with 30 posters participating, including story author Share this story Every day, some little piece of logic constructed by very specific bits of artificial intelligence technology makes decisions that affect how you experience the world. It could be the ads that get served up to you on social media or shopping sites, […]