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Darkside ransomware gang says it lost control of its servers & money a day after Biden threat
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A day after US President Joe Biden said the US plans to disrupt the hackers behind the Colonial Pipeline cyberattack, the operator of the Darkside ransomware said the group lost control of its web servers and some of the funds it made from ransom payments.

Signal Tries to Run the Most Honest Facebook Ad Campaign Ever, Immediately Gets Banned
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A series of Instagram ads run by Signal got the messaging app booted from the former’s ad platform, according to a blog post Signal published on Tuesday. The ads were meant to show users the bevy of data that Instagram and its parent company Facebook collects on users.

U.S. government probes VPN hack within federal agencies, races to find clues
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For at least the third time since the beginning of this year, the U.S. government is investigating a hack against federal agencies that began during the Trump administration but was only recently discovered, according to senior U.S. officials and private sector cyber defenders.

Volkswagen launches its first all-electric SUV, the ID.4
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Volkswagen's new all-electric SUV the ID.4 is quiet and quick - and loaded with technology.

Auto-Reverse: The Hard Way
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A look at Akai's impressively complicated 1972 Invert-O-Matic Cassette Auto-Reverse mechanism. Features a New-Old-Stock Akai CS-55D tape deck.

I made an eInk newspaper
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I took a 32″ eInk display and turned it into a digital newspaper that updates every day. It’s silent, wireless and can run for months without being plugged in. The display is based on the Visionect 32″ place and play display. This works by running two components.

Samsung's 512GB DDR5 module is a showcase for the future of RAM
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Samsung has unveiled a new RAM module that shows the potential of DDR5 memory in terms of speed and capacity.

Google's Got A Secret - Knuckleheads' Club
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Anybody who has ever written a web crawler knows that Googlebot gets more access than everybody else. We’re a group of knuckleheads who are tired of Google abusing this privilege. For over two years we’ve been researching and fighting Google’s unchecked web crawling monopoly.

Avoid Consumer Routers
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Consumer routers are marketed, and reviewed in the tech press, based on speed, features, speed, price, speed, appearance and speed. Security never factors into the equation.

NFTs are a dangerous trap
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Like most traps, they’re mysterious and then appealing and then it’s too late. An NFT is digital treasure chest, a status symbol and an apparent item of value. Like a Pokemon card, or a…

Jar of Fireflies
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This project uses green surface-mount LED’s along with an AVR ATTiny45 microcontroller to simulate the behavior of fireflies in a jar.

New malware found on 30,000 Macs has security pros stumped
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With no payload, analysts are struggling to learn what this mature malware does.

How to generate a unique and uncopyable VPN certificate/key for a specific client hardware device?
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The problem is : Nothing prevents the user to copy the certficate/key on a different hardware device and use it from a different hardware device... Is it possible to generate a really unique certi...

How will 'chipageddon' affect you?
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Carmakers and consumer-gadget companies are struggling to source enough computer chips.

Inside the digital clock from a Soyuz spacecraft
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We recently obtained a clock that flew on a Soyuz space mission. 1 The clock, manufactured in 1984, contains over 100 integrated circuits o...

Why lasers are so brilliantly useful
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It has failed to live up to its perceived military potential, but the laser’s peaceable applications have been spectacular

$150 billion wiped off cryptocurrency market in 24 hours as bitcoin pulls back
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Bitcoin, the largest cryptocurrency, fell over 10% from a day earlier to $34,200, according to Coin Metrics data.

Internet 3.0 and the Beginning of (Tech) History
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The actions taken by Big Tech have a resonance that goes beyond the context of domestic U.S. politics. Even if they were right, they will still push the world to Internet 3.0.