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  • COVID-19 Conspiracy Theories Are a Public Health Threat September 22, 2020
    Public health crises have spawned conspiracy theories as far back as when the Black Death ravaged Europe in the 1300s, as people desperately try to make sense of the chaotic forces disrupting their lives. While modern science offers a better understanding of how diseases infect people and how to contain them, COVID-19 conspiracy theories are […]
  • 29 Psychological Tricks Used To Make You Buy More September 22, 2020
    This graphic looks at 29 different psychological tricks that marketers use to try and influence consumer behavior. Source: 29 Psychological Tricks Used To Make You Buy More
  • Some managed Netgear switches suddenly need a cloud account to use its full UI. Also may not update security. Time to change vendor. September 22, 2020
    Netgear has decided that users of some of its managed network switches don’t need access to the equipment’s full user interface – unless they register their details with Netgear first. For instance, owners of its 64W Power-over-Ethernet eight-port managed gigabit switch GC108P, and its 126W variant GC108PP, need to hand over information about themselves to […]
  • Trump Pushes to Reap Extensive Biometric Data From Immigrants, Americans, never delete them September 22, 2020
    Six million would-be U.S. immigrants face expanded collection of their biometric data, including iris scans, palm-, and voice-prints, facial recognition images, and DNA, under a proposed federal rule. The Department of Homeland Security also for the first time would gather that data from American citizens sponsoring or benefiting from a visa application. Years in the […]
  • Microsoft Sysmon now logs data copied to the Windows Clipboard September 21, 2020
    Microsoft has released Sysmon 12, and it comes with a useful feature that logs and captures any data added to the Windows Clipboard. This feature can help system administrators and incident responders track the activities of malicious actors who compromised a system. Those not familiar with Sysmon, otherwise known as System Monitor, it is a […]
  • The Air Force Has Already Flown a Secret Plane That Could Be Its Next Fighter September 21, 2020
    The U.S. Air Force has quietly built and flown a brand-new aircraft prototype that could become its next-generation fighter, the service’s top acquisition official announced Tuesday. Dr. Will Roper, assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, technology and logistics, revealed during the virtual 2020 Air, Space and Cyber conference that the new aircraft is […]
  • All you need to know about FinCEN documents leak September 20, 2020
    Leaked documents involving about $2tn of transactions have revealed how some of the world’s biggest banks have allowed criminals to move dirty money around the world. They also show how Russian oligarchs have used banks to avoid sanctions that were supposed to stop them getting their money into the West. It’s the latest in a […]
  • The Hype Machine by Sinan Aral: how does social media form our decisions September 20, 2020
    Drawing on two decades of his own research and business experience, Aral goes under the hood of the biggest, most powerful social networks to tackle the critical question of just how much social media actually shapes our choices, for better or worse. Aral shows how the tech behind social media offers the same set of behavior-influencing levers to both Russian hackers and brand marketers—to […]
  • In A Complete Fluke, A Euro/Jap Spacecraft Is About To Fly Past Venus – And Could Look For Signs Of Life September 20, 2020
    Earlier this week, scientists announced the discovery of phosphine on Venus, a potential signature of life. Now, in an amazing coincidence, a European and Japanese spacecraft is about to fly past the planet – and could confirm the discovery. On Monday, September 14, a team of scientists said they had found evidence for phosphine in […]
  • Epic’s new filing claims Apple lied about Fortnite’s popularity: Apple used Google Trends data! September 20, 2020
    There’s a new development in the high-profile game of chicken between Apple and Epic. The Fortnite developer’s latest legal filing claims that Apple “cherry-picked” Google data in its own legal filing earlier this week to support its narrative that Fortnite’s declining popularity is the impetus behind all this drama. Apple has repeatedly argued that Epic […]

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