BBC Click's Dan Simmons looks at the best of the week's technology news stories.
To promote How to Train Your Dragon 3, arriving next February, Game of Thrones' Kit Harington's "lost audition tapes" surface on the internet.
Congresscritters now have one less excuse for getting pwned
The US Federal Election Commission has officially voted to allow members of Congress to use their campaign funds on cybersecurity protection.…
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Police reportedly said nothing was found and the threats weren't "credible."
Instacart says about 240 in-store shoppers stationed in Whole Foods markets will be affected in February.
A recent phishing campaign targeting US government officials, activists, and journalists is notable for using a technique that allowed the attackers to bypass two-factor authentication protections offered by services such as Gmail and Yahoo Mail, researchers said Thursday. The event underscores the risks of 2fa that relies on one-tap logins or one-time passwords, particularly if the latter are sent in SMS messages to phones.
Attackers working on behalf of the Iranian government collected detailed information on targets and used that knowledge to write spear-phishing emails that were tailored to the targets’ level of operational security, researchers with security firm Certfa Lab said in a blog post. The emails contained a hidden image that alerted the attackers in real time when targets viewed the messages. When targets entered passwords into a fake Gmail or Yahoo security page, the attackers would almost simultaneously enter the credentials into a real login page. In the event targets’ accounts were protected by 2fa, the attackers redirected targets to a new page that requested a one-time password.
“In other words, they check victims’ usernames and passwords in realtime on their own servers, and even if 2 factor authentication such as text message, authenticator app or one-tap login are enabled they can trick targets and steal that information too,” Certfa Lab researchers wrote.
You'll get a heads-up on your phone if an Echo device in your home detects a worrisome sound.
Wheeled robo-containers called Serve headed first to LA
Delivery biz Postmates on Tuesday showed off a wheeled robotic box named Serve that should soon start showing up in cities around the US, carrying goods for customers.…
The 2018 display of "shooting stars" and a close space snowball flyby could make for some epic nights of skywatching this week.
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Verizon is parting ways with 10,400 employees in "a voluntary separation program," despite the Trump administration providing a tax cut and various deregulatory changes that were supposed to increase investment in jobs and broadband networks. The cuts represent nearly seven percent of Verizon's workforce and were announced along with a $4.6 billion charge related to struggles in Verizon's Yahoo/AOL business division.
Verizon described the voluntary buyouts as well as ongoing Yahoo/AOL failures in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing on Tuesday. The buyouts affect "US-based management employees" in multiple business segments, not just Yahoo and AOL.
Here's what Verizon says about its Yahoo/AOL problem:
These recalls are unrelated to the Takata recall the automaker announced earlier Thursday.
Ingenious device, or fake bomb from 1980s cop movie?
Police in London have put away a fraudster who was using a bizarre homemade device to con people out of the contents of their bank accounts.…
As President Donald Trump threatened to allow a government shutdown if Congress did not provide funding for his proposed wall along the Mexican border, a Republican congressman from Ohio offered up alternative routes to getting the wall built: through Internet crowdfunding or through an initial coin offering.
During an interview with NPR's Morning Edition on December 12, Rep. Warren Davidson said that he had offered what he referred to as a "modest proposal" in the form of his "Buy a Brick, Build a Wall Act." The bill, which he submitted on November 30, would authorize the Secretary of the Treasury to accept monetary gifts from anyone "on the condition that it be used to plan, design, construct, or maintain a barrier along the international border between the United States and Mexico." The funds would go into an account called the "Border Wall Trust Fund," and a public website would be set up to process donations electronically.
Rep. Davidson told NPR's Steve Inskeep that the donations could come from anyone and be gathered in a number of ways."You could do it with this sort of, like, crowdfunding site," Davidson explained. "Or you could do it with blockchain—you could have Wall Coins."
At its maximum charge rate, the prototype charger would be more than twice as fast as Tesla's current Supercharger design.
Well, in one respect anyway
Microsoft may have taken the decision to ditch the Edge's browser engine for Google's Chromium too soon.…
Best Buy promises deals on iPhones, MacBooks, Samsung TVs and Beats headphones.
For the last 18 months, Waymo vehicles have been ferrying passengers around the southeast corner of the Phoenix metropolitan area. The company has tightly controlled information about the project by contractually prohibiting passengers from discussing the experience.
That was supposed to change last week when Waymo officially launched its commercial service, Waymo One. The company said it would lift its nondisclosure requirement for at least some passengers, allowing them to talk to the press about what it's like to be an ordinary passenger in a Waymo car.
For the last week, reporters like me have been scouring the Internet to find Waymo One customers we can talk to—and coming up empty. Waymo One may have officially launched, but the program was still limited to people who were previously part of Waymo's earlier testing program. And so far none of these people had come forward to talk about the experience publicly.
One former fact-checker told The Guardian that the tech firm used people in her position for "crisis PR." Facebook has pushed back against the report.