Tag Archives: Policy

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

reader comments 62 with 43 posters participating Share this story 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… Read More »

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 reader comments 30 with 27 posters participating Share this story 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… Read More »

Hacker says he correctly guessed Trump’s Twitter password—it was “maga2020!”

Aurich Lawson reader comments 192 with 123 posters participating Share this story A security researcher reportedly logged in to President Trump’s Twitter account last week by guessing the password—it was “maga2020!”—and then alerted the US government that Trump needed to upgrade his Twitter security practices. Security researcher Victor Gevers reportedly guessed Trump’s password on the… Read More »

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

reader comments 90 with 56 posters participating Share this story 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… Read More »

QAnon/8chan sites back online after being ousted by DDoS-protection vendor

Aurich Lawson / Getty reader comments 12 with 12 posters participating Share this story A few dozen QAnon and 8chan-related sites were knocked offline temporarily yesterday when a DDoS-protection vendor disabled their access, according to an article by security reporter Brian Krebs. The websites—with names like 8kun.net, 8kun.top, 8chan.se, and qanonbin.com—are connected to the Internet… Read More »

Verizon forced to pull ad that claimed firefighters need Verizon 5G

Enlarge / A firefighter battling the Mendocino Complex fire on August 7, 2018 near Lodoga, California. reader comments 51 with 31 posters participating Share this story Verizon’s 2018 controversy over its throttling of a fire department’s “unlimited” data plan during a wildfire didn’t stop the carrier from rolling out numerous ads claiming that Verizon service… Read More »

SpaceX gets FCC approval to bid in $16 billion rural-broadband auction

Enlarge / A SpaceX Starlink user terminal/satellite dish. reader comments 25 with 21 posters participating Share this story SpaceX is one of the 386 entities that have qualified to bid in a federal auction for rural-broadband funding. SpaceX has so far overcome the Federal Communications Commission’s doubts about whether Starlink, its low-Earth orbit (LEO) satellite… Read More »

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

reader comments 24 with 22 posters participating Share this story 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… Read More »