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DDoSers are abusing Microsoft RDP to make attacks more powerful

Enlarge / Hacker attacking server or database. Network security, Database secure and personal data protection (credit: Getty Images) DDoS-for-hire services are abusing the Microsoft Remote Desktop Protocol to increase the firepower of distributed denial-of-service attacks that paralyze websites and other online services, a security firm said this...

What’s the technology behind a five-minute charge battery?

Enlarge (credit: StoreDot) Building a better battery requires dealing with problems in materials science, chemistry, and manufacturing. We do regular coverage of work going on in the former two categories, but we get a fair number of complaints about our inability to handle the third: figuring out how companies manage to take solutions to the science...

The art and science of boarding an airplane in a pandemic

Enlarge / During the pandemic, several airlines have switched boarding procedures to create more distance between passengers. (credit: Nicholas Economou | NurPhoto | Getty Images) Jason Steffen studies planets in other solar systems. His most famous work—OK, second-most famous work—was with NASA’s Kepler Mission, a survey of planetary systems. But...

This site posted every face from Parler’s Capitol Hill insurrection videos

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | Wired) When hackers exploited a bug in Parler to download all of the right-wing social media platform's contents last week, they were surprised to find that many of the pictures and videos contained geolocation metadata revealing exactly how many of the site's users had taken part in the invasion of the US Capitol...

What happens to the brain on sudden impact? Egg yolks could hold the answer

A rotational deceleration experiment with egg yolk, using an egg scrambler and measuring the soft matter deformation, to find possible answers about concussions. (video link) A growing number of professional football players have been diagnosed with a neurodegenerative disease called chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), likely the result of suffering...

Waymo CEO dismisses Tesla self-driving plan: “This is not how it works”

Enlarge / Waymo CEO John Krafcik speaks in 2018. (credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Many Tesla fans view the electric carmaker as a world leader in self-driving technology. CEO Elon Musk himself has repeatedly claimed that the company is less than two years away from perfecting fully self-driving technology. But in an interview with Germany's...

Blizzard absorbs acclaimed Activision studio as a dedicated “support” team [Updated]

Enlarge (credit: Blizzard Entertainment) The corporate behemoth organism that is Blizzard Entertainment, which exists in a symbiotic state next to megaton game publisher Activision, became bigger on Friday with a surprise announcement: It has absorbed a game studio within the Activision family, effective immediately. Vicarious Visions, a longtime...

SpaceX scrubs first attempt to launch 143 satellites [Updated]

SpaceX's Transporter-1 mission is set to lift off on Saturday, January 23rd at 9:40am EST. [credit: Trevor Mahlmann ] Saturday 9:40am ET Update: The Falcon 9 rocket was ready. Its payload of 143 satellites were ready. But Mother Nature was...

Military intelligence buys location data instead of getting warrants, memo shows

Enlarge / If your phone knows where you are, the feds can too. (credit: Luis Alvarez | Getty Images) The Defense Intelligence Agency, which provides military intelligence to the Department of Defense, confirmed in a memo that it purchases "commercially available" smartphone location data to gather information that would otherwise require use of a...

Home alarm tech backdoored security cameras to spy on customers having sex

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images / Aurich Lawson) A home security technician has admitted he repeatedly broke into cameras he installed and viewed customers engaging in sex and other intimate acts. Telesforo Aviles, a 35-year-old former employee for home and small office security company ADT, said that over a five-year period, he accessed the cameras...

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