General Cyber News via Ars Technica Risk Assessment

Hackers tied to Russia’s GRU targeted the US grid for years

Sandworm-aligned group has breached US critical infrastructure a handful of times
Publish Date: 2/27/2021
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Hard-coded key vulnerability in Logix PLCs has severity score of 10 out of 10

Critical authentication bypass flaw affects the entire Logix product line.
Publish Date: 2/26/2021
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AT&T announces deal to spin off DirecTV into new company owned by… AT&T

DirecTV to become separate company with AT&T owning 70% and TPG owning 30%.
Publish Date: 2/25/2021
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Code-execution flaw in VMware has a severity rating of 9.8 out of 10

Thousands of servers running vCenter server could be in for a nasty surprise.
Publish Date: 2/25/2021
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Verizon and AT&T dominate spectrum auction, spending combined $69 billion

Top two carriers buy licenses nationwide, outspending T-Mobile and US Cellular.
Publish Date: 2/25/2021
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Cox’s bad customer service stymies users who don’t want upload speeds cut

Cox told media that customers can keep speed plans but didn't tell sales reps.
Publish Date: 2/24/2021
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Ukraine says Russia hacked its document portal and planted malicious files

Ukraine says Russia also backed massive DDoS attack using never-before-seen methods.
Publish Date: 2/24/2021
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Android users now have an easy way to check the security of their passwords

Feature checks user credentials against a list of billions of compromised passwords.
Publish Date: 2/24/2021
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Confirmed: Fry’s Electronics going out of business, shutting down all stores

Former king of build-your-own-PC retailers couldn't survive COVID, consignment shift.
Publish Date: 2/24/2021
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Musk: Starlink will hit 300Mbps and expand to “most of Earth” this year

SpaceX CEO teases higher speeds, lower latency, and near-global coverage.
Publish Date: 2/23/2021
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The bitcoin blockchain is helping keep a botnet from being taken down

Wallet transactions camouflage the IP address of the botnet's control server.
Publish Date: 2/23/2021
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AT&T and Frontier have let phone networks fall apart, Calif. regulator finds

AT&T raised phone prices 153% over a decade as service got steadily worse.
Publish Date: 2/22/2021
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New malware found on 30,000 Macs has security pros stumped

With no payload, analysts are struggling to learn what this mature malware does.
Publish Date: 2/20/2021
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Comcast reluctantly drops data-cap enforcement in 12 states for rest of 2021

ISP grants reprieve in Northeast but still caps users in most of its US territory.
Publish Date: 2/19/2021
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New browser-tracking hack works even when you flush caches or go incognito

At least 4 top browsers affected by "powerful tracking vector," researchers say.
Publish Date: 2/19/2021
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Microsoft says SolarWinds hackers stole source code for 3 products

The company said it found no indication the breach allowed customers to be hacked.
Publish Date: 2/19/2021
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France ties Russia’s Sandworm to a multiyear hacking spree

Destructively minded group has exploited an IT monitoring tool from Centreon.
Publish Date: 2/17/2021
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North Korea may have hacked into Pfizer servers looking for COVID data

South Korea's NIS warned lawmakers of Russian and North Korean hacking activity.
Publish Date: 2/16/2021
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New type of supply-chain attack hit Apple, Microsoft and 33 other companies

Researcher who got targets to automatically install his code gets $130,000 payout.
Publish Date: 2/16/2021
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Parler says it’s back without “Big Tech” after being kicked off Amazon

Parler said it's using "independent technology" to get online after Amazon ban.
Publish Date: 2/15/2021
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