Biz & IT

Bot orders $18,752 of McSundaes every 30 min. to find if machines are working

Enlarge / This 2019 photo was taken in Poland, but McDonald’s main virtue is that you pretty much know what you’re getting with it anywhere in the world. Michal Fludra | NurPhoto | Getty Images Burgers, fries, and McNuggets are the staples of McDonald’s fare. But the chain also offers soft-serve ice cream in most …

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AT&T loses another 600,000 TV customers as it seeks buyer for DirecTV

Enlarge / AT&T’s logo and share price displayed on a monitor at the New York Stock Exchange on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019. Getty Images | Bloomberg AT&T lost 627,000 TV customers in Q3 2020, an improvement over previous quarters as the company continues its attempt to sell its failing DirecTV division. In earnings results reported …

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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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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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Fancy Bear imposters are on a hacking extortion spree

Enlarge Ransomware attacks that tear through corporate networks can bring massive organizations to their knees. But even as these hacks reach new popularity highs—and new ethical lows—among attackers, it’s not the only technique criminals are using to shake down corporate victims. A new wave of attacks relies instead on digital extortion—with a side of impersonation. …

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Hackers are using a severe Windows bug to backdoor unpatched servers

Enlarge Getty Images One of the most critical Windows vulnerabilities disclosed this year is under active attack by hackers who are trying to backdoor servers that store credentials for every user and administrative account on a network, a researcher said on Friday. Zerologon, as the vulnerability has been dubbed, gained widespread attention last month when …

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Now on-demand: Ars’ online IT roundtable on navigating 2020 schadenfreude

Enlarge Working in IT often means finding creative ways to make the best of a situation you’ve been handed. Whether it’s fixing problems you didn’t cause or adapting to changes that leadership failed to account for, it’s all about figuring out how to keep repairing the proverbial airplane while it’s flying—and 2020 hasn’t really made …

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Google and Intel warn of high-severity Bluetooth security bug in Linux

Enlarge Getty Images Google and Intel are warning of a high-severity Bluetooth flaw in all but the most recent version of the Linux Kernel. While a Google researcher said the bug allows seamless code execution by attackers within Bluetooth range, Intel is characterizing the flaw as providing an escalation of privileges or the disclosure of …

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Verizon “nationwide” 5G ready for iPhone 12—don’t expect a big speed boost

Enlarge / Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg at Apple’s iPhone 12 event. Apple Verizon today announced “nationwide” 5G coverage along with support for the new 5G-enabled iPhones. But for most consumers, Verizon’s 5G upgrade won’t make much of a difference. The newly enabled 5G runs on the same spectrum bands used by Verizon for 4G, so …

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AT&T has trouble figuring out where it offers government-funded Internet

Enlarge Getty Images | ljhimages If you live in an area where AT&T has taken government funds in exchange for deploying broadband, there’s a chance you won’t be able to get the service—even if AT&T initially tells you it’s available. AT&T’s Mississippi division has received over $283 million from the Federal Communications Commission’s Connect America …

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