Tag: Tech

Why efforts to get kids into STEM could be making education inequality worse

Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education is a priority for governments around the world. For example, the UK’s current commitment to increasing investment in research and development to 2.4 percent of GDP by 2027 means that we need to train 260,000 more researchers to carry out this work. There has long been a perceived […]

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US sanctions 3 North Korean hacking groups behind Sony and WannaCry attacks

The US Treasury imposed sanctions on three state-sponsored North Korean hacking groups that have been found to engage in a variety of cyber attacks targeting criticial infrastructure. The groups are Lazarus, Bluenoroff, and Andariel, all of them notorious for a variety of financially-motivated operations ranging from cyberespionage to data theft, so as to fund the […]

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Attackers actively exploiting ‘Simjacker’ flaw to steal device data and spy on individuals

Cybersecurity researchers have warned of a critical vulnerability in SIM cards that could allow remote attackers to compromise targeted mobile phones and spy on victims without their knowledge just by sending an SMS. Dublin-based firm AdaptiveMobile Security said the flaw — dubbed “Simjacker” — has been actively exploited for at least two years by a […]

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Apple’s revised policy for kids’ apps allows devs to collect anonymized data and display ads

Apple has revised its App Store Review Guidelines with regards to kids’ apps, and its upcoming Sign in with Apple authentication feature. Its guidelines have now been updated to state that, in limited cases, third-party analytics may be permitted in kids apps — provided that the services do not collect or transmit any identifiable information about children, […]

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Mozilla begins charging for services — starting with Firefox premium support for enterprises

Mozilla’s foray into paid services is finally kicking off for real. The Firefox maker is rolling out a new offer for organizations that run the browser in enterprise environments with a premium support plan. Costing $10 per supported installation, Firefox Premium Support will provide several benefits, including capabilities to submit bugs privately, get critical security bug […]

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THC cartridges linked to multiple deaths: Here’s how to vape loose-leaf instead

Hundreds of people across at least 25 US states have been afflicted with a mysterious lung illness linked to tainted THC cartridges. At least six are dead. Government officials and medical professionals urge people to immediately cease using these products. While it was previously suspected that bootleg weed cartridges were to blame, recent reports indicate […]

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Over half a million active GPS trackers have ‘123456’ as default password

Researchers have found serious security vulnerabilities in over 600,000 GPS trackers available for sale on Amazon and other online retail merchants that may have exposed user data, including the exact real-time GPS coordinates. Czech cybersecurity firm Avast, which disclosed the vulnerabilities, said it informed the manufacturer about the flaws on June 24, 2019, but added […]

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Gears 5 is the latest blockbuster game to welcome the LGBTQ+ gaming community

Gears 5 is almost here, it’s welcoming to queers, and the fact that it’s just one of many AAA gaming titles featuring in-game inclusivity for LGBTQPIA+ gamers means you’d better get used to it. The latest entry in the saga for humanity’s survival (read my colleague Rachel Kaser’s review here on TNW) doesn’t just feature a playable female protagonist […]

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Another Tesla owner is dead because of Autopilot

The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) today revealed that faulty software and human error were to blame for a recent fatal accident involving Tesla’s “Autopilot”. According to the report, the Tesla’s driver was operating his Model S P85 with the vehicle’s driver-assistance feature turned on. Data obtained by the NTSB shows the driver’s hands […]

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Hackers are now attacking Android users with advanced SMS phishing techniques

Researchers have uncovered a new kind of “advanced” phishing attack targeting Android phones that can trick users into installing malicious settings on their devices that are disguised as innocuous network configuration updates. The attack, disclosed by cybersecurity firm Check Point Research today, has been found to be successful on most modern Android phones, including the Huawei P10, LG […]

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