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Judge: Trump Admin‘s TikTok ban would cause “irreparable harm” to creators

Enlarge / Visitors visit the booth of Douyin (TikTok) at the 2019 smart expo in Hangzhou, China, Oct. 18, 2019. Costfoto | Barcroft Media | Getty Images A federal judge in Pennsylvania has blocked a Trump administration order that would have banned TikTok from operating inside the United States as of November 12, finding that …

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Trump campaign out $2.3 million after hack of Wisconsin GOP

Enlarge Aurich Lawson / Getty Images Hackers have stolen $2.3 million from the Wisconsin Republican Party that was intended for use in the president’s re-election campaign, officials told the Associated Press on Thursday. The state party says it noticed suspicious activity a week ago and contacted the FBI last Friday. Andrew Hitt, the chairman of …

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Advisories: “Brazen” Russian ransomware hackers target hundreds of US hospitals

Enlarge Getty Images Russian hackers are targeting hundreds of US hospitals and healthcare providers just as the Corona Virus is making a comeback and the US presidential election is in its final stretch, officials from three government agencies and the private sector are warning. The hackers typically use the TrickBot network of infected computers to …

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Study shows which messengers leak your data, drain your battery, and more

Enlarge Getty Images Link previews are a ubiquitous feature found in just about every chat and messaging app, and with good reason. They make online conversations easier by providing images and text associated with the file that’s being linked. Unfortunately, they can also leak our sensitive data, consume our limited bandwidth, drain our batteries, and, …

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Lamborghini’s Huracán Evo RWD is made for maximum fun, not lap times

The all-wheel-drive Lamborghini Huracán Evo was determined to be too drama-free, so now Lamborghini has made a $214,366 rear-wheel-drive version. Which is a lot, but it’s a massive $50,000 cheaper than the all-wheel-drive version we tested in 2019. Lamborghini It also comes as a Spyder, which starts at $229,428. Lamborghini On track you’ll discover the …

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Hackers behind life-threatening attack on chemical maker are sanctioned

Enlarge / Oil and gas industry and sunrise at a refinery in Fujian Getty Images Russian state nationals accused of wielding life-threatening malware specifically designed to tamper with critical safety mechanisms at a petrochemical plant are now under sanction by the US Treasury Department. The attack drew considerable concern because it’s the first known time …

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T-Mobile screwups caused nationwide outage, but FCC isn’t punishing carrier

Enlarge / T-Mobile advertisement in New York City’s Times Square on October 15, 2020. Getty Images | SOPA Images The Federal Communications Commission has finished investigating T-Mobile for a network outage that Chairman Ajit Pai called “unacceptable.” But instead of punishing the mobile carrier, the FCC is merely issuing a public notice to “remind” phone …

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Trickbot—the for-hire botnet Microsoft attacked—is scrambling to stay alive

Enlarge Aurich Lawson / Ars Technica Operators of Trickbot—a for-hire botnet that has infected more than 1 million devices since 2016—are looking for new ways to stay afloat after Microsoft and a host of industry partners took coordinated action to disrupt it last week. In an update published on Tuesday, Microsoft Corporate VP for Security …

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What we know about the DOJ’s antitrust case against Google so far

Enlarge / If the company got broken up, maybe each business would take a different color with them when they go. JHVEPhoto | Getty Images The Justice Department today filed a landmark antitrust case against Google. The hotly anticipated, long-awaited lawsuit accuses Google of using its market dominance to force unfair contract terms on suppliers …

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Six Russians accused of the world’s most destructive hacks indicted

Enlarge US Justice Department Six men accused of carrying out some of the world’s most destructive hacks—including the NotPetya disk wiper and power grid attacks that knocked out electricity for hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians—have been indicted in US federal court. The indictment said that all six men are officers in a brazen hacker group …

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