The users of the There is a danger to cryptocurrency exchange Celsius. The company filed a 14500-page document last week as part of bankruptcy proceedings. It appears that it contains the names of all its users and their most recent transactions. Typically private, this sensitive information ties people’s real-world identities to their once-anonymous cryptocurrency transactions, making them ripe targets for scammers and other criminals—and crypto-tracing investigators.
If you’re considering upgrading to the new Pixel 7 or Pixel 7 Pro, rest assured that Google put the phone’s security hardware through the wringer to make hacking the device as costly as possible. Google plans to make it easier for users to use a VPN. Android This year, it will be later.
Windows 11 Users: We took you through how to take advantage of Microsoft’s automatic phishing protection features. For students and parents we have detailed instructions on what to do in order to prevent school surveillance technology.
This week, the Connecticut jury found that Infowars host Alex Jones was liable for nearly $1B in damages. He had defamed the Sandy Hook elementary victims and an FBI agent responding to the tragedy. The historic jury award doesn’t change what “free speech” means in the United States, but it might make social media platforms rethink their disinformation strategies.
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According to CNN documents, SpaceX has stated that it is no longer able to fund Starlink’s satellite internet service in the war-torn Ukraine. The country has received more than 20,000 Starlink internet terminals since February when Russia invaded. It is a vital support for military endeavors in Ukraine. SpaceX has asked for the Pentagon’s help in paying the $120 million needed to continue funding the service.
The move to pull funding comes at an inauspicious time for Elon Musk, SpaceX’s outspoken CEO. The leaked letter asking the Pentagon to pay for Ukraine’s Starlink terminals and service is dated September 8. Less than a month later, on October 3, Musk got into a fight on Twitter with Ukrainian officials after suggesting the country end the war by largely agreeing to Russia’s demands. According to reports, Musk spoke with Vladimir Putin in Russia before his tweet about Ukraine appeasing Russia. However, the Kremlin and Musk deny that the conversation took place.
Update 11.10pm ET, 10-15-22: Musk published a statement on Saturday afternoon following publication. tweeted SpaceX was going to continue to finance Starlink Ukraine. “The hell with it,” Musk wrote, “even though Starlink is still losing money & other companies are getting billions of taxpayer $, we’ll just keep funding Ukraine govt for free.”
Hackers broke into its system in March, according to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The church stated in a statement that the breach was not disclosed until now, at law enforcement’s request. While LDS says that donation histories and payment card information were not accessed, the data may include “your username, membership record number, full name, gender, email address(es), birthdate, mailing address, phone number(s), and preferred language.” According to the church, federal authorities believe the breach was “part of a pattern of state-sponsored cyberattacks aimed at organizations and governments around the world that are not intended to cause harm to individuals.”
Sign up for our users Android This week, the Signal Foundation made it clear that the Signal Foundation would discontinue support for SMS and MMS messaging within the app. This convenient feature enabled Android Users can message any person, no matter if they are on Signal or not, using the app. (Signal’s iOS version did not support this feature.) Signal said in its announcement that the move was due to the inherent insecurity of SMS and the potential for users to forget that they weren’t sending end-to–end encrypted messages to non-Signal contacts. Signal’s lead Android developer, Greyson Parrelli, added in a forum post that part of the reason Signal was ditching SMS and MMS was because Signal “doesn’t play well” with RCS, Google’s new messaging protocol.
These days, even bear-based election are not safe. On Sunday, officials behind Katmai National Park’s annual Fat Bear Week contest discovered Someone had flooded the ballot with nearly 9,000 false ballots to favor a bear called 435. Fat Bear election integrity officers soon found thousands of fake emails addresses that were linked to these bogus ballots. They corrected the total and added a captcha on the site in an effort to stop spammers. The competition was won by 747, the 1,400-pound grizzly who is appropriately named. He received some 7,000 votes more than 435. “Bears don’t actually get anything from competing in or winning Fat Bear Week,” Amber Kraft, who helps run the competition at the park, told Bloomberg. “Despite which bear wins the most votes in the Fat Bear Week competition, they are all winners.”