General Cyber News via Ars Technica Risk Assessment

Teardown of “Dishy McFlatface,” the SpaceX Starlink user terminal

"It's rare to see something of this complexity in a consumer product."
Publish Date: 12/2/2020
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iPhone zero-click Wi-Fi exploit is one of the most breathtaking hacks ever

Before Apple patch, Wi-Fi packets could steal photos. No interaction needed. Over the air.
Publish Date: 12/2/2020
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Oracle vulnerability that executes malicious code is under active attack

Recently patched WebLogic security bug requires little skill and no authentication.
Publish Date: 12/1/2020
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Amazon to roll out tools to monitor factory workers and machines

Sensor, computer vision hardware come as tech giant pushes into industrial sector.
Publish Date: 12/1/2020
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Does Tor provide more benefit or harm? New paper says it depends

Tor use is likely more harmful in “free countries,” researchers say. Tor isn’t so sure.
Publish Date: 11/30/2020
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WarGames for real: How one 1983 exercise nearly triggered WWIII

From the archives: Say hello to the KGB software model that forecasted mushroom clouds.
Publish Date: 11/29/2020
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AI can run your work meetings now

"Optimizing" meetings, from automated scheduling to facial recognition to measure attention.
Publish Date: 11/27/2020
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Comcast raising TV and Internet prices, including a big hike to hidden fees

Internet prices to rise $3 a month; “Broadcast TV” hidden fee going up $4.50.
Publish Date: 11/25/2020
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SpaceX Starlink engineers take questions in Reddit AMA—here are highlights

Expanded beta is coming in January, and there's no plan for data caps.
Publish Date: 11/24/2020
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OneWeb exits bankruptcy and is ready to launch more broadband satellites

OneWeb plans satellite launches in December and throughout 2021 and 2022.
Publish Date: 11/23/2020
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Comcast to enforce 1.2TB data cap in entire 39-state territory in early 2021

Data cap comes to 12 more US states over four years after everyone else got it.
Publish Date: 11/23/2020
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Robots invade the construction site

A new generation of machines is automating a tech-averse industry.
Publish Date: 11/22/2020
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Abusive add-ons aren’t just a Chrome and Firefox problem. Now it’s Edge’s turn

Edge users take to social media to report their Web searches are being hijacked.
Publish Date: 11/20/2020
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Google is testing end-to-end encryption in Android Messages

End-to-end encryption is growing in popularity. Google is getting on board.
Publish Date: 11/19/2020
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AT&T raises DirecTV prices again amid customer losses and possible sale

AT&T TV users already pay $130 a month. Increases of up to $9 coming in January.
Publish Date: 11/19/2020
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Massive, China-state-funded hack hits companies around the world, report says

Attacks are linked to Cicada, a group believed to be funded by the Chinese state.
Publish Date: 11/19/2020
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Apple settles with states for $113M over iPhone battery throttling

The problem wasn't so much what Apple did, states said, as what Apple hid.
Publish Date: 11/18/2020
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FCC takes spectrum from auto industry in plan to “supersize” Wi-Fi

45MHz freed up in 5GHz band because automakers failed to widely deploy safety tech.
Publish Date: 11/18/2020
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Cisco rolls out fix for Webex flaws that let hackers eavesdrop on meetings

Security flaws found as Web conferencing spikes because of work-at-home routines.
Publish Date: 11/18/2020
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Apple lets some Big Sur network traffic bypass firewalls

Firewalls are "100% blind" to ~50 Apple apps and processes under undocumented change.
Publish Date: 11/17/2020
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