Day: June 28, 2020

Chinese Bank Required Two Western Companies to Use Tax Software With a Hidden Backdoor

A Chinese bank required at least two western companies to install malware-laced tax software, according to a new report from the cyber-security firm Trustwave. “The two companies are a UK-based technology/software vendor and a major financial institution, both of which had recently opened offices in China,” reports ZDNet: “Discussions with our client revealed that [the…

Microsoft’s New ‘Windows File Recovery’ Tool Restores Deleted Data

“Anyone familiar with how Windows and other operating systems work might know that files aren’t actually deleted, they’re marked to allow other data to overwrite them in the future,” points out Hot Hardware, noting it’s now led to the “quiet” launch of a new free Microsoft tool. Slashdot reader Mark Wilson writes that the tool…

Mini Library for Kids Gets Blinky Lights and Solar Upgrade

Reading is big in Québec, and [pepelepoisson]’s young children have access to a free mini library nook that had seen better days and was in dire need of maintenance and refurbishing. In the process of repairing and repainting the little outdoor book nook, he took the opportunity to install a few experimental upgrades (link in…

NASA will pay you to design a space toilet that works in lunar gravity – CNET

Got an idea for the ultimate lunar loo? You could cash in by helping NASA design a toilet that works in microgravity and on the moon. …read more Source:: CNet

Coca-Cola, Hershey’s, Starbucks: More Major Advertisers Are Now Boycotting Facebook

Some of America’s biggest brands — Coca-Cola, The Hershey Company and the Levi Strauss & Co. — “are among the latest in pledging to halt advertising on Facebook as part of a growing boycott,” reports USA Today: Despite Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg outlining several steps the social network will take to combat hate speech ahead…

iPhone 12 will likely come sans earbuds and power adapter – CNET

You’ll probably have to buy both separately, according to report citing a noted analyst. …read more Source:: CNet

ISS looks like Star Wars TIE fighter as it crosses the sun in NASA image – CNET

Get a sensational view of the International Space Station. …read more Source:: CNet

CNET Remembers 1995, the Year Hollywood Finally Noticed The Internet

CNET is celebrating its 25th anniversary with articles remembering the 1990s — including that moment “when Hollywood finally noticed the web,” calling it “a flawed but fun snapshot of the moment the internet took over the world…” “Twenty-five years ago, cinema met cyberspace in a riot of funky fashion, cool music and surveillance paranoia. It…

Starbucks is the latest company to pause social media ads – CNET

It joins Unilever, Coca-Cola and others in taking a stand against hate speech and misinformation on the platforms. …read more Source:: CNet

A ‘Cure for Heart Disease’? A Single Shot Succeeds in Monkeys

“What if a single injection could lower blood levels of cholesterol and triglycerides — for a lifetime?” asks the New York Times. “In the first gene-editing experiment of its kind, scientists have disabled two genes in monkeys that raise the risk for heart disease.” (Alternate source here.) Humans carry the genes as well, and the…