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Russian bots rigged Voice Kids TV talent show result

BBC Technology News - May 16, 2019 - 5:56pm
A 10-year-old singer wins a Russian TV talent show thanks to thousands of fraudulent votes.

Trump tries to shut Huawei out of US market with executive order

Ars Technica - May 16, 2019 - 5:38pm

Enlarge / Customers purchase mobile phones at the Huawei Experience Center on May 16, 2019 in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province of China. (credit: Getty Images | VCG/Long Wei)

The Trump administration yesterday took two actions that could effectively prevent Huawei from buying US technology and prevent it from selling products to US companies.

An executive order issued by President Trump and a separate action taken by the US Commerce Department could "cut the Chinese telecommunications giant off from American suppliers and ban it from doing business in the US," The Wall Street Journal wrote.

The order doesn't mention Huawei or China by name, but it was widely seen as targeting Huawei and other Chinese companies such as ZTE. Huawei is the second-biggest smartphone vendor in the world, according to IDC, and it sells a large amount of network equipment to telecom providers and other companies.

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Hackers abuse ASUS cloud service to install backdoor on users’ PCs

Ars Technica - May 16, 2019 - 5:23pm

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ASUS' update mechanism has once again been abused to install malware that backdoors PCs, researchers from Eset reported earlier this week. The researchers, who continue to investigate the incident, said they believe the attacks are the result of router-level man-in-the-middle attacks that exploit insecure HTTP connections between end users and ASUS servers, along with incomplete code-signing to validate the authenticity of received files before they're executed.

Plead, as the malware is known, is the work of espionage hackers Trend Micro calls the BlackTech Group, which targets government agencies and private organizations in Asia. Last year, the group used legitimate code-signing certificates stolen from router-maker D-Link to cryptographically authenticate itself as trustworthy. Before that, the BlackTech Group used spear-phishing emails and vulnerable routers to serve as command-and-control servers for its malware.

Late last month, Eset researchers noticed the BlackTech Group was using a new and unusual method to sneak Plead onto targets’ computers. The backdoor arrived in a file named ASUS Webstorage Upate.exe included in an update from ASUS. An analysis showed infections were being created and executed by AsusWSPanel.exe, which is a legitimate Windows process belonging to, and digitally signed by, ASUS WebStorage. As the name suggests, ASUS WebStorage is a cloud service the computer-maker offers for storing files. Eset published its findings on Tuesday.

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Five seater self-flying air taxi unveiled

BBC Technology News - May 16, 2019 - 4:50pm
Lilium says the craft, which had its first test flight this month, could travel 300km in an hour.

Global education X-Prize awards $10m

BBC Technology News - May 16, 2019 - 4:16pm
A British charity wins $5m for an app designed to monitor how children learn.

White House unveils new tool to report censorship by social media giants

Ars Technica - May 16, 2019 - 3:55pm

Enlarge / The landing page for the White House censorship reporting tool. (credit:

Donald Trump has long accused social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube of political bias. On Wednesday, his White House launched a new online form that allows members of the public to report political bias in their content moderation decisions.

"SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS should advance FREEDOM OF SPEECH," the form says (capitalization in the original, of course). "Yet too many Americans have seen their accounts suspended, banned, or fraudulently reported for unclear 'violations' of user policies. No matter your views, if you suspect political bias caused such an action to be taken against you, share your story with President Trump."

The form asks users to provide their name and basic demographic and contact information. Users then provide details about the content that was censored and can provide screenshots of messages from social media companies about moderation decisions.

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Steam Link comes to iOS without Steam Store functionality [Updated]

Ars Technica - May 16, 2019 - 3:32pm

[Update (12:07 pm): Ars testing has discovered an important difference between the new iOS Steam Link app and the Android version that has been available for over a year. When streaming to an iOS device, Steam launches in a specialized version of Big Picture mode where a user's Game Library is the only available selection. On Android, by contrast, a generalized remote desktop connection offers the usual access to Steam's Community, Chat, and, crucially, the Store interface (see examples in the gallery below).

Apple has long required that apps selling digital content give Apple a 30 percent cut for anything sold directly through the app. That decision led many app makers to direct users to make purchases and subscriptions outside their iOS apps. But Apple has cracked down on direct links to outside store purchases within its apps.

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Epic discounts entire Game Store library in storewide “Mega Sale“ [Updated]

Ars Technica - May 16, 2019 - 2:52pm

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[Update, May 16: The first ever "Epic Mega Sale" is now live, with discounts of up to 75% on every game in the Epic Games Store catalog through June 13. On top of those sale prices, purchasers receive an additional $10 off every game currently listed for at least $14.99 on the platform. That offer excludes DLC and in-game purchases, but includes pre-orders for upcoming titles (previous pre-orders will receive an automatic credit to reflect the savings).

Epic is also increasing the usual biweekly pace of its free game offers for the duration of the sale. Through June 13, a new free game will be offered on the service every week, starting with narrative adventure Stories Untold.]

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Driverless lorry allowed on public Swedish roads

BBC Technology News - May 16, 2019 - 2:38pm
The lorry will move slowly but can carry tonnes of goods.

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ZDnet Blogs - May 16, 2019 - 2:26pm
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GozNym cyber-crime gang which stole millions busted

BBC Technology News - May 16, 2019 - 1:44pm
Prosecutions are announced in four countries over the scam, which hit thousands of bank accounts.

Trump declares national emergency over IT threats

BBC Technology News - May 16, 2019 - 12:49pm
The executive order to protect US networks from "foreign adversaries" is believed to target Huawei.

Want one of the best paid entry-level jobs? Learn this 20-year-old programming language

ZDnet Blogs - May 16, 2019 - 12:11pm
New figures show 'Java developer' as the eighth highest-paid, entry-level role in America.
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Global virus fear prompts update for old Windows

BBC Technology News - May 16, 2019 - 11:33am
Fears that a massive computer virus outbreak is imminent prompt Microsoft to update old software

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