Verizon “leads” all US carriers in mmWave 5G availability at 0.8%

Enlarge / A Verizon booth at Mobile World Congress Americas in Los Angeles in September 2018. reader comments 26 with 23 posters participating Share this story US mobile customers are almost never able to connect to millimeter-wave networks even though the cellular industry and Verizon in particular have spent years hyping the fastest form of […]

Chipmaker says it will ramp up production of older 28nm chips

Enlarge / A woman watches a mask—a part used in wafer conception—at a show room of the 12-inch United Microelectronics Corp (UMC) factory in Tainan, southern Taiwan. Sam Yeh | Getty reader comments 6 with 6 posters participating Share this story United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC), the world’s fourth-largest contract chipmaker, is expanding its capacity to […]

Ransomware crooks threaten to ID informants if cops don’t pay up

Getty Images reader comments 47 with 33 posters participating Share this story Ransomware operators have delivered a stunning ultimatum to Washington, DC’s Metropolitan Police Department: pay them $50 million or they’ll leak the identities of confidential informants to street gangs. Babuk, as the group calls itself, said on Monday that it had obtained 250GB of […]

FCC lets SpaceX cut satellite altitude to improve Starlink speed and latency

Enlarge / A SpaceX Starlink user terminal/satellite dish. reader comments 97 with 55 posters participating Share this story SpaceX today was granted permission to use a lower orbit for Starlink satellites, as regulators agreed with SpaceX that the change will improve broadband speed and latency while making it easier to minimize orbital debris. In granting […]

Actively exploited Mac 0-day neutered core OS security defenses

Getty Images reader comments 21 with 20 posters participating Share this story When Apple released the latest version 11.3 for macOS on Monday, it didn’t just introduce support for new features and optimizations. More importantly, the company fixed a zero-day vulnerability that hackers were actively exploiting to install malware without triggering core Mac security mechanisms, […]

Pentagon explains odd transfer of 175 million IP addresses to obscure company

reader comments 45 with 30 posters participating Share this story The US Department of Defense puzzled Internet experts by apparently transferring control of tens of millions of dormant IP addresses to an obscure Florida company just before President Donald Trump left the White House, but the Pentagon has finally offered a partial explanation for why […]

Apple’s ransomware mess is the future of online extortion

Aurich Lawson reader comments 9 with 9 posters participating Share this story On the day Apple was set to announce a slew of new products at its Spring Loaded event, a leak appeared from an unexpected quarter. The notorious ransomware gang REvil said they had stolen data and schematics from Apple supplier Quanta Computer about […]

Backdoored password manager stole data from as many as 29K enterprises

Getty Images reader comments 21 with 18 posters participating Share this story As many as 29,000 users of the Passwordstate password manager downloaded a malicious update that extracted data from the app and sent it to an attacker-controlled server, the app maker told customers. In an email, Passwordstate creator Click Studios told customers that bad […]