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This particle accelerator fits on the head of a pin

If you know nothing else about particle accelerators, you probably know that they’re big — sometimes miles long. But a new approach from Stanford researchers has led to an accelerator shorter from end to end than a human hair is wide. The general idea behind particle accelerators is that they’re a long line of radiation Read more about This particle accelerator fits on the head of a pin[…]

Government exposes addresses of > 1000 new year honours recipients

More than 1,000 celebrities, government employees and politicians who have received honours had their home and work addresses posted on a government website, the Guardian can reveal. The accidental disclosure of the tranche of personal details is likely to be considered a significant security breach, particularly as senior police and Ministry of Defence staff were Read more about Government exposes addresses of > 1000 new year honours recipients[…]

Wyze data leak may have exposed personal data of millions of users

Security camera startup Wyze has confirmed it suffered a data leak this month that may have left the personal information of millions of its customers exposed on the internet. No passwords or financial information were exposed, but email addresses, Wi-Fi network IDs and body metrics were left unprotected from Dec. 4 through Dec. 26, the Read more about Wyze data leak may have exposed personal data of millions of users[…]

Researchers detail AI that de-hazes and colorizes underwater photos

Ever notice that underwater images tend to be be blurry and somewhat distorted? That’s because phenomena like light attenuation and back-scattering adversely affect visibility. To remedy this, researchers at Harbin Engineering University in China devised a machine learning algorithm that generates realistic water images, along with a second algorithm that trains on those images to Read more about Researchers detail AI that de-hazes and colorizes underwater photos[…]

France slaps Google with $166M antitrust fine for opaque and inconsistent ad rules

France’s competition watchdog has slapped Google with a €150 million (~$166 million) fine after finding the tech giant abused its dominant position in the online search advertising market. In a decision announced today — following a lengthy investigation into the online ad sector — the competition authority sanctioned Google for adopting what it describes as Read more about France slaps Google with $166M antitrust fine for opaque and inconsistent ad rules[…]

Twitter Warns Millions of Android App Users to Update Immediately

This week, Twitter confirmed a vulnerability in its Android app that could let hackers see your “nonpublic account information” and commandeer your account to send tweets and direct messages. According to a Twitter Privacy Center blog posted Friday, the (recently patched) security issue could allow hackers to gain control of an account and access data Read more about Twitter Warns Millions of Android App Users to Update Immediately[…]

Chinese hacker group caught bypassing 2FA

Security researchers say they found evidence that a Chinese government-linked hacking group has been bypassing two-factor authentication (2FA) in a recent wave of attacks. The attacks have been attributed to a group the cyber-security industry is tracking as APT20, believed to operate on the behest of the Beijing government, Dutch cyber-security firm Fox-IT said in Read more about Chinese hacker group caught bypassing 2FA[…]

Twelve Million Phones, One Dataset (no, not  your phone companies’), Zero Privacy – The New York Times

Every minute of every day, everywhere on the planet, dozens of companies — largely unregulated, little scrutinized — are logging the movements of tens of millions of people with mobile phones and storing the information in gigantic data files. The Times Privacy Project obtained one such file, by far the largest and most sensitive ever Read more about Twelve Million Phones, One Dataset (no, not  your phone companies’), Zero Privacy – The New York Times[…]

267 Million Phone Numbers & Facebook User IDs Exposed Online

A database containing more than 267 million Facebook user IDs, phone numbers, and names was left exposed on the web for anyone to access without a password or any other authentication. Comparitech partnered with security researcher Bob Diachenko to uncover the Elasticsearch cluster. Diachenko believes the trove of data is most likely the result of Read more about 267 Million Phone Numbers & Facebook User IDs Exposed Online[…]

Airbnb is a platform not an estate agent, says Europe’s top court – means they don’t have to collect taxes for counties either

Airbnb will be breathing a sigh of relief today: Europe’s top court has judged it to be an online platform, which merely connects people looking for short-term accommodation, rather than a full-blown estate agent. The ruling may make it harder for the “home sharing” platform to be forced to comply with local property regulations — Read more about Airbnb is a platform not an estate agent, says Europe’s top court – means they don’t have to collect taxes for counties either[…]

IBM Research Created a New Battery That Outperforms Lithium-Ion, uses seawater instead of nickel and lithium

scientists at IBM Research have developed a new battery whose unique ingredients can be extracted from seawater instead of mining. The problems with the design of current battery technologies like lithium-ion are well known, we just tend to turn a blind eye when it means our smartphones can run for a full day without a Read more about IBM Research Created a New Battery That Outperforms Lithium-Ion, uses seawater instead of nickel and lithium[…]

A Data Leak Exposed The Personal Information Of Over 3,000 Ring Users – Really, just don’t get one of these things!

The log-in credentials for 3,672 Ring camera owners were compromised this week, exposing log-in emails, passwords, time zones, and the names people give to specific Ring cameras, which are often the same as camera locations, such as “bedroom” or “front door.” Using the log-in email and password, an intruder could access a Ring customer’s home Read more about A Data Leak Exposed The Personal Information Of Over 3,000 Ring Users – Really, just don’t get one of these things![…]

HP loses appeal vs 123inkt for suddenly borking non-HP ink cartridges in their printer with a software update

HP is being held liable for damages to 123inkt customers who bought the ink cartridges which they suddenly couldn’t use any more. From personal experience I know how annoying this is as several printers have started doing very sketchy things suddenly which were magically ‘fixed’ by inserting HP ink cartridges. It’s ink, people, there’s no Read more about HP loses appeal vs 123inkt for suddenly borking non-HP ink cartridges in their printer with a software update[…]

Private equity buys Lastpass owner LogMeIn – will they start monetising your logins?

Remote access, collaboration and password manager provider LogMeIn has been sold to a private equity outfit for $4.3bn. A consortium led by private equity firm Francisco Partners (along with Evergreen, the PE arm of tech activist investor Elliott Management), will pay $86.05 in cash for each LogMeIn share – a 25 per cent premium on Read more about Private equity buys Lastpass owner LogMeIn – will they start monetising your logins?[…]

Amazon, Apple, Google, and the Zigbee Alliance joined together to form working group to develop open standard for smart home devices

Amazon, Apple, Google, and the Zigbee Alliance joined together to promote the formation of the Working Group. Zigbee Alliance board member companies IKEA, Legrand, NXP Semiconductors, Resideo, Samsung SmartThings, Schneider Electric, Signify (formerly Philips Lighting), Silicon Labs, Somfy, and Wulian are also on board to join the Working Group and contribute to the project. The Read more about Amazon, Apple, Google, and the Zigbee Alliance joined together to form working group to develop open standard for smart home devices[…]

Camouflage made of quantum material could hide you from infrared cameras

Infrared cameras detect people and other objects by the heat they emit. Now, researchers have discovered the uncanny ability of a material to hide a target by masking its telltale heat properties. The effect works for a range of temperatures that one day could include humans and vehicles, presenting a future asset to stealth technologies, Read more about Camouflage made of quantum material could hide you from infrared cameras[…]

Remember Unrollme, the biz that helped you automatically ditch unwanted emails? Yeah, it was selling your data, even though it said it wouldn’t

If you were one of the millions of people that signed up with Unrollme to cut down on the emails from outfits you once bought a product from, we have some bad news for you: it has been storing and selling your data. On Tuesday, America’s Federal Trade Commission finalized a settlement [PDF] with the Read more about Remember Unrollme, the biz that helped you automatically ditch unwanted emails? Yeah, it was selling your data, even though it said it wouldn’t[…]

QuadrigaCX Want to Exhume Body of CEO Gerald Cotten who died in India under suspicious circumstances and locked customers out of $163m of BTC – to see if it is really him

It’s been about a year since users of Canadian cryptocurrency exchange QuadrigaCX were informed that the company’s CEO unexpectedly died, taking the password that accessed most the money from their accounts with him to the grave. And now, those clients want to know what’s inside that grave. The majority of QuadrigaCX’s holdings were kept offline Read more about QuadrigaCX Want to Exhume Body of CEO Gerald Cotten who died in India under suspicious circumstances and locked customers out of $163m of BTC – to see if it is really him[…]

Amazon slams media for not saying nice things about AWS, denies it strip-mines open-source code for huge profits

Stung by an article mulling Amazon Web Services’ market dominance on Monday, AWS VP Andi Gutmans fired back, complaining the reporter ignored flattering comments from AWS partners – and that “AWS is ‘strip-mining’ open source is silly and off-base.” “The journalist largely ignores the many positive comments he got from partners because it’s not as Read more about Amazon slams media for not saying nice things about AWS, denies it strip-mines open-source code for huge profits[…]

Ads in Mail and Calendar app for Windows 10 are back and not removable

Microsoft has once again flipped the switch on small banner ads in the Windows 10 Mail and Calendar UWP app for Windows 10. We last saw these ads in November last year, when Microsoft said they were an experiment. Then the ads only showed for those who were not Office 365 subscribers, but on this Read more about Ads in Mail and Calendar app for Windows 10 are back and not removable[…]

IoT gear is generating easy-to-crack keys because they repeat the key once every 172 times

A preponderance of weak keys is leaving IoT devices at risk of being hacked, and the problem won’t be an easy one to solve. This was the conclusion reached by the team at security house Keyfactor, which analyzed a collection of 75 million RSA certificates gathered from the open internet and determined that number combinations Read more about IoT gear is generating easy-to-crack keys because they repeat the key once every 172 times[…]