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Tesla Troubles, Flying Cars, and More Car News This Week

Wired - February 16, 2018 - 3:00pm
Plus: Tesla Model 3 struggles, GM's car-sharing service expands, and a Corvette drives back from the dead.

Raw sockets backdoor gives attackers complete control of some Linux servers

Ars Technica - February 16, 2018 - 2:45pm

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A stealthy backdoor undetected by antimalware providers is giving unknown attackers complete control over at least 100 Linux servers that appear to be used in business production environments, warn researchers.

In a blog post published Wednesday, Montreal-based GoSecure claimed that a piece of malware dubbed "Chaos" is infecting poorly secured systems by guessing weak passwords protecting secure shell application administrators use to remotely control Unix-based computers. The secure shell, or SSH, accounts being compromised run as root, and this is how the backdoor is able to get such access as well. Normally, firewalls in front of servers block such backdoors from communicating with the outside Internet. Once installed, Chaos bypasses those protections by using what's known as a "raw socket" to covertly monitor all data sent over the network.

"With Chaos using a raw socket, the backdoor can be triggered on ports running an existing legitimate service," Sebastian Feldmann, a master's degree student intern working for GoSecure, wrote. "As an example, a Webserver that would only expose SSH (22), HTTP (80), and HTTPS (443) would not be reachable via a traditional backdoor due to the fact that those services are in use, but with Chaos it becomes possible."

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Instagram gives in to Russian censors - CNET - News - February 16, 2018 - 2:43pm
Russia's communications regulator has demanded that Instagram posts and an opposition video be removed from YouTube. Psst. Belgium. Buy these Typhoon fighter jets from us, will you?

The Register - February 16, 2018 - 2:39pm
And have some cyber goodness too – just don't mention the Belgacom hack

Great Britain, which is buying the US-made F-35 fighter jet, is urging European neighbour Belgium not to buy the US-made F-35 fighter jet.…

UK mobile customers face inflation-busting price hike

The Register - February 16, 2018 - 2:06pm
Look guys, everyone's doing it

Mobile customers face a mid-contract price rise, with all four operators confirming they will hike fees by 4 per cent, 1 per cent above inflation.…

Which smart speaker should you buy? - CNET - News - February 16, 2018 - 2:00pm
With options from Amazon, Google and Apple as well as great third-party speakers from the likes of Sonos, you now have lots of choices when shopping for a do-it-all speaker. We'll help you navigate the field and find the perfect one for you.

How Taxing Uber and Lyft Could Fix City Traffic

Wired - February 16, 2018 - 2:00pm
WIRED columnist Felix Salmon on how a traffic tax on ride-sharing services would be more effective than congestion pricing.

​How the iPhone X drives Apple's smartphone revenue dominance

ZDnet News - February 16, 2018 - 1:52pm
The iPhone is a money-making machine that allows Apple to grab more revenue than all the other smartphone manufacturers put together.

Judges dismisses majority of Cisco's 'insane' IP defence against Arista

The Register - February 16, 2018 - 1:27pm
Switch antitrust case rumbles on

A US court has agreed to dismiss most of Cisco's IP defences in its long-running antitrust dispute with rival Arista Networks; the latter had previously described them as "breathtakingly broad, unprecedented and insane".…

HDR is less confusing—and even geekier—when broken down by detailed heatmaps

Ars Technica - February 16, 2018 - 1:27pm

Pretty much any online explainer about high dynamic range TVs (HDR) is hobbled by a not-insignificant asterisk: if you're reading it online, your screen almost certainly can't convey the visual difference. HDR benefits from a full pipeline of newfangled tech to increase color gamut and luminance ranges on screens. In other words, they're brighter and more colorful—and most computer and phone screens can't convey that.

But as it turns out, there's a way, albeit a geeky one, to visually break down both the impact and issues of current-day HDR. As one enterprising gamer found out, the answer is tucked away into every single Xbox One console.

A thread on the renowned gaming forum ResetERA appeared on Thursday with a huge swath of heatmap images from modern HDR-compatible games, all posted by a user with the handle EvilBoris. And as he explains to Ars Technica, these images came about simply out of curiosity.

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Call for women-only Uber Pools for London

BBC Technology News - February 16, 2018 - 1:17pm
Customers should be allowed to "choose who they share vehicles with", says Transport for London.

Playboy says linking to Playmate archive violates copyright; judge says no way

Ars Technica - February 16, 2018 - 1:15pm

Enlarge / A man reads a copy of the second issue of the Indonesian edition of US adult magazine Playboy at a news-stand in downtown Jakarta in June 2006. (credit: JEWEL SAMAD / AFP / Getty Images)

A federal judge in Los Angeles has dismissed a copyright infringement lawsuit filed against Happy Mutants, the parent company of the popular website Boing Boing.

Back in November 2017, Playboy Entertainment Group sued Boing Boing, accusing it of violating the company’s copyright when, in February 2016, the website simply linked to a separate online collection of "Every Playboy Playmate Centerfold Ever." That portfolio, which was hosted on Imgur, has since been removed. Imgur did not immediately respond to Ars’ request for comment.

Because Boing Boing has advertising on its site, Playboy argued, it is profiting from those unauthorized images.

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Patient's chest rebuilt with 3D print after tumour surgery

BBC Technology News - February 16, 2018 - 1:04pm
Peter Maggs' chest wall was rebuilt using the technology after a large tumour was removed.

These brand new Nokia phones may have leaked early - CNET - News - February 16, 2018 - 1:00pm
The Nokia 7 Plus and Nokia 1 were possibly spoiled in new renders.

Transport for London to toughen up on taxi firms in the Uber age

The Register - February 16, 2018 - 1:00pm
Sort out your safety policies... oh, and share all your travel info with us

Private-hire cab firms that want to operate in the UK capital will have to demonstrate how they protect riders' safety and data – and may still only get short-term licences, Transport for London has said.…

'Black Panther' Review: All That a Superhero Movie Can Be, and More

Wired - February 16, 2018 - 1:00pm
Ryan Coogler's movie overflows with truth and fire, providing an urgent counter-history for film and mass media.

Best President's Day Sales (2018) on Laptops, TVs, and Gear

Wired - February 16, 2018 - 1:00pm
If you're looking for some surprising savings this weekend, we've dug up a ton for you.

The Google Chrome Ad Blocker Has Already Changed the Web

Wired - February 16, 2018 - 1:00pm
Google started blocking the web's worst ads in Chrome on Thursday. Here's what it means for you.

Anger at Google image search 'peace deal'

BBC Technology News - February 16, 2018 - 12:36pm
The search giant will remove features from its image search to appease Getty Images.

'Youth & Consequences' trailer promises a woke 'Mean Girls' - CNET - News - February 16, 2018 - 12:17pm
The new YouTube Red series comes from the producer of Grey's Anatomy and the first episode is free.

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