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Police expose SIM card hijacking ring

dims?crop=6720%2C4480%2C0%2C0&quality=85There’s a good chance you’ve had to ask your carrier for a SIM swap, whether it’s to replace a faulty card or to switch to another size (say, from micro SIM to nano SIM). Crooks, however, are increasingly abusing those swaps to steal from unsuspectin…

Source: https://www.engadget.com/2018/08/11/florida-police-expose-sim-card-hijacking-ring/

Xiaomi’s transparent phone shows off a dummy circuit board

xiaomi.jpgWhen we had our hands-on with Xiaomi’s Mi 8 Explorer Edition, we expressed our doubts that the circuit board you could see through the transparent rear actually showcased the phone’s actual internals, not least because of the board’s atypical layout….

Source: https://www.engadget.com/2018/07/30/xiaomi-transparent-mi-8-explorer-circuit-board-fake/

MoviePass was down last night because it ran out of money

The writing has been on MoviePass’s wall for a long while now, but nothing has really rocked the service’s financial boat — until last night, when service was disrupted because the company ran out of money, and its parent company borrowed an emergency $5 million from the hedge fund Hudson Bay.

The last widespread MoviePass outage happened earlier this month

In corporate speak: “The $5.0 million cash proceeds received from the Demand Note will be used by the Company to pay the Company’s merchant and fulfillment processors,” Helios and Matheson noted in a SEC filing, Business Insider reported. “If the Company is unable to make required payments to its merchant and fulfillment processors, the merchant and fulfillment processors may cease…

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Source: https://www.theverge.com/2018/7/27/17621670/moviepass-down-ran-out-of-money

Nikon may release two full-frame mirrorless cameras this summer

dims?crop=5184%2C3455%2C0%2C0&quality=85Sony has been leading the way when it come to mirrorless camera tech, leaving Nikon and Canon scrambling to catch up. Now, Nikon Rumors reports that Nikon has two mirrorless cameras on the way. According to the website, they’ll be announced sometime…

Source: https://www.engadget.com/2018/07/05/report-nikon-full-frame-mirrorless-cameras-release-date/

Australian airport begins passport-free biometric check-in trials

qantas-ed.jpgQantas passengers who travel through Sydney Airport will be among the first groups of travelers to use facial recognition in automated check-ins, bag drop, lounge access and plane boarding. The system will ultimately allow officials to process travel…

Source: https://www.engadget.com/2018/07/05/australian-airport-passport-free-biometric-trial/

Your phone isn’t listening to you, researchers say, but it may be watching everything you do

You’ve seen the YouTube videos. It’s a shaky-cam iPhone shot with a wide-eyed someone giggling under their breath “cat food,” or some other miscellaneous thing they allegedly never talk about or search for near or on their device. The climax of this plot line hits in the following hours or days after they’ve muttered said random phrase, and they’re suddenly served an ad on Facebook of the exact same thing they said before. Preposterous! It’s the classic “your phone is listening to everything you say,” conspiracy theory that so many people have willingly started to believe. But, according to researchers from Northeastern University, reported by Gizmodo’s Kashmir Hill, this isn’t the case at all. After a yearlong study, they found no…

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Source: https://www.theverge.com/2018/7/3/17531698/conspiracy-theory-facebook-android-phone-listening

Two attendees of doomed Fyre Festival win $5 million suit

dims?crop=4032%2C2524%2C0%2C176&quality=You know a festival was a nightmare when the organizer is arrested for wire fraud, pleads guilty to the charge and then Hulu picks up a documentary about it. There is some justice in the world, however, as two Fyre Festival attendees have ended up wi…

Source: https://www.engadget.com/2018/07/03/two-attendees-fyre-festival-5-million-suit/

New malware highjacks your Windows clipboard to change crypto addresses

In what amounts to be an amazingly nefarious bit of malware, hackers have created an exploit that watches 2.3 million high-value crypto wallets and replaces the addresses in the Windows clipboard with an address associated with the hackers. In other words, you could paste your own wallet address – 3BYpmdzASG7S6WrpmrnzJCX3y8kduF6Kmc, for example – and the malware would subtly (or unsubtly) change it to its own private wallet. Because it happens in the clipboard most people wouldn’t notice the change between copying and pasting.

Security researchers at BleepingComputer have found similar hijackers in the wild but this latest version is actively watching valuable wallets and trying grab bitcoin as they enter the accounts. Below is an example of the malware at work.

The malware runs a massive, 83MB DLL file that masquerades as a Direct X service. Inside the DLL is a 2.5 million line text file full of bitcoin addresses. In the above test when cutting and pasting from an HTML page into WordPad you’ll notice that the accounts are subtly modified in each case while leaving the beginning of the address unchanged.

Multiple anti-virus engines are now tagging this DLL as dangerous and you should be safe as long as you keep your virus protection up to date. But, as BleepingComputer notes, the only way to be sure your BTC is safe is to meticulously check each address you paste. They write:

As malware like this runs in the background with no indication that it is even running, is it not easy to spot that you are infected. Therefore it is important to always have a updated antivirus solution installed to protect you from these types of threats.

It is also very important that all cryptocurrency users to double-check any addresses that they are sending cryptocoins to before they actually send them. This way you can spot whether an address has been replaced with a different one than is intended.

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Source: https://techcrunch.com/2018/07/03/new-malware-highjacks-your-windows-clipboard-to-change-crypto-addresses/

Buzz Aldrin returns to Twitter, sues his son and former manager
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Enlarge / NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, left, meets backstage with former NASA astronaut Buzz Aldrin, prior to giving the keynote speech at the Humans to Mars Summit in May, 2018, at George Washington University in Washington. (credit: NASA)

All is not well in the otherworldly world of the second human to walk on the Moon.

Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin has sued his family, including his son Andy Aldrin, former business manager Christina Korp, and several foundations. The suit alleges that the family has taken advantage of the 88-year-old through a de facto guardianship.

Filed on June 7 in a Florida judicial circuit court, and obtained Friday evening by Ars, the lawsuit alleges that Andy Aldrin and Korp used the former astronaut’s personal credit cards, trust accounts, artifacts, and social media accounts for their own purposes. It additionally alleges the following: that the family prevented Aldrin, who has been married three times, from marrying for a fourth time; that the family has “bullied” his romantic interests; and that the family has slandered the astronaut by saying he has dementia or Alzheimer’s.

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Source: https://arstechnica.com/?p=1335965

Buzz Aldrin returns to Twitter, sues his son and former manager
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Enlarge / NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, left, meets backstage with former NASA astronaut Buzz Aldrin, prior to giving the keynote speech at the Humans to Mars Summit in May, 2018, at George Washington University in Washington. (credit: NASA)

All is not well in the otherworldly world of the second human to walk on the Moon.

Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin has sued his family, including his son Andy Aldrin, former business manager Christina Korp, and several foundations. The suit alleges that the family has taken advantage of the 88-year-old through a de facto guardianship.

Filed on June 7 in a Florida judicial circuit court, and obtained Friday evening by Ars, the lawsuit alleges that Andy Aldrin and Korp used the former astronaut’s personal credit cards, trust accounts, artifacts, and social media accounts for their own purposes. It additionally alleges the following: that the family prevented Aldrin, who has been married three times, from marrying for a fourth time; that the family has “bullied” his romantic interests; and that the family has slandered the astronaut by saying he has dementia or Alzheimer’s.

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Source: https://arstechnica.com/?p=1335965

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