General Cyber News via Ars Technica Risk Assessment

Users revolt as Microsoft bolts a short-term financing app onto Edge

“This all feels extremely unnecessary for a browsing experience,” one user says.
Publish Date: 11/30/2021
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Google Play apps downloaded 300,000 times stole bank credentials

Crooks find new ways to prevent Google from detecting malicious packages.
Publish Date: 11/29/2021
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Lord of the Rings-themed cryptocurrency gets thrown into Mount Doom

Ruling from World Intellectual Property Organization puts end to JRR Token project.
Publish Date: 11/23/2021
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A grim milestone: I maxed out the number of spammy addresses Gmail can block

You may not have noticed, but Google limits the number of blocked addresses you can have.
Publish Date: 11/20/2021
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Locked out of “God mode,” runners are hacking their treadmills

NordicTrack customers were watching Netflix—until the company blocked their access.
Publish Date: 11/20/2021
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DuckDuckGo wants to stop apps tracking you on Android

The latest update promises to block invasive data collection across your whole phone.
Publish Date: 11/20/2021
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Malware downloaded from PyPI 41,000 times was surprisingly stealthy

Malware infiltrating open source repositories is getting more sophisticated.
Publish Date: 11/19/2021
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Ford and chipmaker announce noncommittal “partnership” to alleviate shortages

"Non-binding agreement" promises more supply but is light on particulars.
Publish Date: 11/18/2021
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Securing your digital life, the finale: Debunking worthless “security” practices

We tear down some infosec conventional wisdom—there's a lot of bad advice out there.
Publish Date: 11/17/2021
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Securing your digital life, part three: How smartphones make us vulnerable

Phone scams, targeted phishing, and... pig butchering? The future is kind of scary.
Publish Date: 11/15/2021
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Starlink’s new Dishy McFlatface is smaller and lighter, still costs $499

New dish is a rectangle; new router lacks Ethernet port but has some upgrades.
Publish Date: 11/12/2021
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PSA: Apple isn’t actually patching all the security holes in older versions of macOS

Big Sur got a fix 234 days before Catalina did, although both are supported.
Publish Date: 11/12/2021
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Comcast admits “widespread” outage as tens of thousands of users report problems

Large outages reported in Chicago, Philadelphia, New Jersey, and San Francisco.
Publish Date: 11/9/2021
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These parents built a school app. Then the city called the cops

Official app was a disaster, so knowledgeable parents built an open source alternative.
Publish Date: 11/6/2021
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Starlink gives mixed signals on whether some preorders are delayed until 2023

SpaceX provides encouraging update, but preorderers still see 2023 delivery dates.
Publish Date: 11/5/2021
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FCC approves Boeing satellites, rejecting SpaceX’s interference claims

FCC approves 147-satellite plan without adding conditions requested by SpaceX.
Publish Date: 11/3/2021
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What a “converged battlefield” means to the future of air… I mean, joint warfare

"Any sensor, any shooter" means more fighting flexibility—and more complexity.
Publish Date: 11/3/2021
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Starlink nightmare: Moving service location a few feet delays orders until 2023

PSA: Using Starlink website map tool sends preorderers to "back of the line."
Publish Date: 11/2/2021
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Amazon’s satellite launch schedule puts it nearly 4 years behind Starlink

Amazon says it will test Kuiper broadband satellites in space late next year.
Publish Date: 11/1/2021
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SpaceX: Chip shortage is impacting “our ability to fulfill” Starlink orders

Starlink exits beta, but "silicon shortages have delayed production."
Publish Date: 11/1/2021
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