We're obliged this grey Monday morning to reader Andy Cook for bringing to our attention a delightful piece of spam which brings a whole new meaning to the term "pump and dump":
Enough said. Get in there quick before ARSS blows. ®
In 2017, US Naval Academy researchers found that MAC address randomization in mobile devices was largely worthless as a privacy defense. Three years later, the same research group took another look and found that while there's been meaningful improvement, many phones still fail to effectively prevent MAC address-based tracking.
The boffins' research paper, "Three Years Later: A Study of MAC Address Randomization In Mobile Devices And When It Succeeds," is scheduled to be presented at PETS, the Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium, in July, even though it will be four years later than the initial project [PDF].
Written by Naval Academy researchers Ellis Fenske, Dane Brown, Jeremy Martin (now with Mitre), Travis Mayberry, Peter Ryan, and Erik Rye, the paper describes the analysis of 160 mobile phones and the extent to which these devices employ MAC address randomization to mitigate tracking vulnerabilities.
Indian telecoms conglomerate Reliance Jio has announced it will build two submarine cables to help it satisfy India’s appetite for data.
One of the cables is called IEX, short for India-Europe-Express, and will head west from Mumbai and connect to the Middle East and North Africa before ending in Italy. Connecting points include Salalah (Oman), Djibouti, Jeddah (Saudi Arabia), Yanbu (Saudi Arabia), Duba (Saudi Arabia), Zafarana (Egypt), Sidi Karir (Egypt) Timpaki (Greece), and Savona (Italy).
Jio has left open the possibility for connections to Karachi (Pakistan), Muscat (Oman), Fujairah (UAE), Amara (Eritrea), Paphos (Cyprus), Milan (Italy), and Marseille (France).
Readers who find themselves performing tech support for friends and family have a new challenge: Microsoft has created a free version of its Teams collaboration tool for home use.
Formally known as “Personal features in Teams”, the new offering is a free app for Windows, ioS, and Android, or runs in any browser.
The app combines chat, scheduling, lists, task assignments, polls, and some document-based collaboration. Demo vids watched by The Register suggest the chat is prettier and uses more pastels than WhatsApp, with integration of schedules and lists more than decent. Chats and video calls (more on them later) can be staged among groups, and in the USA and Canada group members can use SMS rather than signing up for teams. All other features require a Microsoft account.
Vid 'n' pics Samsung has revealed foldable and rollable displays at the Society for Information Display (SID) annual exhibition.
Organic light-emitting diodes are the key to the new devices, because displays built using the tech don't need a backlight. The result is paper-thin and flexible panels.
Samsung’s star item was the "S-foldable" smartphone screen that it showed off in a device that resembled a conventional rectangular smartphone that includes two hinges. When either one or both were unfolded, the device's screen "grew" to a maximum of 7.2 inches. A thick bezel on the side unfolded to reveal front-facing cameras and gives the user a handgrip.
South Korea has created a “metaverse alliance” of local companies to foster the development of a national virtual and augmented reality platform and sort out the ethics of virtual environments.
The alliance will see organisations including carriers, Korea’s indigenous web giant Naver, researchers from the university and private sectors, and even industrial giant Hyundai try to figure out how to build a South Korean metaverse, how to govern it, and how to ensure it is of benefit to South Korea.
The group has been given the job of defining a national metaverse platform that is open to all comers that wish to provide virtual services. It’s assumed that 5G will have a big role to play.
Mega-carrier China Mobile has announced its intention to seek a listing on the Shanghai Stock Exchange and spend the proceeds on a cloudy infrastructure refresh and new “information services”.
In a notice [PDF] posted to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, the carrier revealed its intention to float 4.5 per cent of its shares trade in Shanghai and said doing so should raise around $6bn.
The telco said it will spend the money raised in Shanghai “to seize the historic opportunities in the new era, construct first-class new infrastructure, speed up the implementation of next-generation information technologies”. Doing more in “the information services market” is also on the agenda, as is:
Well-heeled protesters gathered outside Jeff Bezos's New York City pad on Monday in support of raising taxes for the mega-rich.
The rally was organized by an activist group known as the Patriotic Millionaires. The campaigners showed up the swanky Madison Square Park home of the Amazon moneybags – who has a net worth of about $190bn – with posters reading: “Cut the bullsh*t. Tax the rich."
That slogan and others, such as “Tax me if you can," were placed on billboards with the faces of laughing billionaires – notably Bezos, Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and Tesla's Elon Musk – and driven through Wall Street, past the Federal Reserve Building and the office of Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and along 57th Street – nicknamed Billionaires' Row.
RSAC Top cryptographers – including Ron Rivest and Adi Shamir, the R and the S in RSA – on Monday played down the impact of AI and quantum computing, shrugged off NFTs, and responded to the development of a mathematical technique that allegedly thwarts today's public key encryption.
One of the experts even warned we're a generation away from totally destroying our privacy with brain-connected communications devices.
Parler, the social network favored by the far-right, is back up on Apple’s App Store and will apparently rely on AI algorithms to automatically flag hate speech.
Parler said the shutdown of its web hosting, and delisting of its applications, infringed free speech rights; it is embroiled in a breach-of-contract spat with Amazon over the matter. The Parler app was dropped from Google and Apple’s app stores and its social media accounts were removed on Twitter and Facebook. Amazon Web Services refused to host its cloud servers.
Video A Waymo self-driving car got stuck several times, held up traffic intermittently, and departed unexpectedly when assistance arrived. The wayward autonomous vehicle was finally commandeered by a support driver.
Joel Johnson has recorded several dozen videos documenting his rides in Waymo robotaxis which he posts to his website and YouTube Channel.
Video 54 details how a ride last week in Chandler, Arizona, went awry when his Waymo car balked at turning right from West Linda Lane onto North Dobson Road, a four-lane road where the right hand lane of the two southbound lanes had been blocked by traffic cones.
In brief Unlucky owners of Eufycam security cameras were horrified earlier today when they opened their app for the equipment and saw video streams from strangers' homes instead of their own.
A software bug was blamed for the fault, which has been corrected, we're told.
These 1080p Wi-Fi-connected devices are made by Anker, and are designed to be used indoors and outdoors. They can record to microSD cards and/or the cloud, and viewable via a mobile app. On Monday, some users found themselves staring at feeds from other people's homes – even those in other countries – and feared they were being watched, too. The privacy breakdown sparked an eruption of complaints on Reddit and Anker's support forum.
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