Biz & IT

Walmart employees are out to show its anti-shoplifting AI doesn’t work

Enlarge Roberto Machado Noa | Getty Images In January, my coworker received a peculiar email. The message, which she forwarded to me, was from a handful of corporate Walmart employees calling themselves the “Concerned Home Office Associates.” (Walmart’s headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas, is often referred to as the Home Office.) While it’s not unusual for …

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An advanced and unconventional hack is targeting industrial firms

Enlarge / Binary code, illustration. KTSDESIGN/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY / Getty Images Attackers are putting considerable skill and effort into penetrating industrial companies in multiple countries, with hacks that use multiple evasion mechanisms, an innovative encryption scheme, and exploits that are customized for each target with pinpoint accuracy. The attacks begin with emails that are customized …

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Western Digital gets sued for sneaking SMR disks into its NAS channel

Enlarge / Hattis Law isn’t pulling any punches in the allegations made in its class-action lawsuit, specifically calling WD out not only for using SMR technology in less-than-ideal devices, but flatly accusing them of outright deception in the process. Hattis Law All three of the surviving conventional hard drive vendors—Toshiba, Western Digital, and Seagate—have gotten …

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Cisco security breach hits corporate servers that ran unpatched software

Enlarge Prayitno / Flickr Six servers Cisco uses to provide a virtual networking service were compromised by hackers who exploited critical flaws contained in unpatched versions the open source software service relies on, the company disclosed on Thursday. Got updates? The May 7 compromise hit six Cisco servers that provide backend connectivity to the Virtual …

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Russian hackers are exploiting bug that gives control of US servers

Enlarge Lino Mirgeler/picture alliance via Getty Images A Russian hacking group tied to power-grid attacks in Ukraine, the world’s most destructive data wiper worm, and other nefarious Kremlin operations is exploiting a vulnerability that allows it to take control of computers operated by the US government and its partners. In an advisory published on Thursday, …

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Dangerous SHA-1 crypto function will die in SSH linking millions of computers

Enlarge Chaval Brasil Developers of two open source code libraries for Secure Shell—the protocol millions of computers use to create encrypted connections to each other—are retiring the SHA-1 hashing algorithm, four months after researchers piled a final nail in its coffin. The moves, announced in release notes and a code update for OpenSSH and libssh respectively, …

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Bankrupt OneWeb seeks license for 48,000 satellites, even more than SpaceX

Enlarge Getty Images | Shulz SpaceX and OneWeb have asked for US permission to launch tens of thousands of additional satellites into low Earth orbit. SpaceX’s application to launch 30,000 satellites—in addition to the nearly 12,000 it already has permission for—is consistent with SpaceX’s previously announced plans for Starlink. OneWeb’s application to launch nearly 48,000 …

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Choosing 2FA authenticator apps can be hard. Ars did it so you don’t have to

Enlarge Aurich & Hannah Lawson Last year, Sergio Caltagirone found himself in a tough spot. While traveling, his phone broke and stopped working completely. With no access to his Google and Microsoft authenticator apps, he lost access to two-factor authentication when he needed it most—when he was logging in from IP addresses not recognized by …

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Meet unc0ver, the new jailbreak that pops shell—and much more—on any iPhone

Enlarge Maurizio Pesce / Flickr Hackers have released a new jailbreak that any user can employ to gain root access on any iPhone, regardless of the hardware as long as it runs iOS 11 or later. Dubbed unc0ver, the exploit works only when someone has physical access to an unlocked device and connects it to …

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Gears of war: When mechanical analog computers ruled the waves

The Advanced Gun System, left, is intended to take on the role of the battleship’s 16-inch guns, right. Aside from its GPS-guided shell, the digital technology of the AGS’s fire control system does exactly what the USS Iowa’s Rangekeeper Mark 8 did—just with fewer people and less weight. US Navy <div class=”article-intro”><strong>Update</strong>: We are resurfacing …

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