A threat actor has taken to a forum for news and discussion of data breaches with an offer to sell what they assert is a database containing records of over a billion Chinese civilians – allegedly stolen from the Shanghai Police.
Over the weekend, reports started to surface of a post to a forum at Breached.to. The post makes the following claim:
Google has issued an unexpected update to its Chrome browser to address a zero-day WebRTC flaw that is actively being exploited.
The culprit is CVE-2022-2294, and is a problem in WebRTC – the code that imbues browsers with real-time comms capabilities.
Details of the flaw, number 1341043, are not currently detailed in the Chromium project bug log, and details of the CVE have not been published at the time of writing. But Google's notification of a new browser version describes it as: "Heap buffer overflow in WebRTC. Reported by Jan Vojtesek from the Avast Threat Intelligence team on 2022-07-01."
The Indian government has decided to share with the world the many e-governance tools it has created to run the country, under the name Indiastack.global.
Prime minister Narendra Modi announced the stack yesterday, declaring "This offering of India to the Global Public Digital Goods repository will help position India as the leader in building Digital Transformation projects at a population scale and prove to be of immense help to other countries which are looking for such technology solutions."
Such nations can now get their hands on India's identity service Aadhaar, the DigiLocker cloud storage locker, the CoWin Vaccination Platform, the Government e-Marketplace, and the Ayushman Bharat Digital Health Mission.
Schneider Electric has teamed up with Dell Technologies on an automated shutdown system for hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI), based on the integration of its APC PowerChute with Dell's VxRail HCI platform.
According to Schneider, this new capability was developed as part of a joint effort with Dell to try to reduce the complexity of the hybrid IT environment.
The idea is to ensure a graceful shutdown of all the virtual machines and their workloads operating on a VxRail cluster in a situation where mains power has failed, but the uninterruptible power supply (UPS) has exhausted its battery runtime.
Microsoft's Azure cloud is having difficulty providing enough capacity to meet demand, according to some customers, with certain regions said to refusing new subscriptions for services.
Azure comprises over 200 datacenters globally spread across 60 regions, but reports suggest that over two dozen of these are operating with limited capacity, and that the cloud and IT giant is being forced to prioritize resources in order to serve existing customers.
According to technology news site The Information, capacity issues are affecting Azure datacenters in Washington State in the US as well as across Europe and Asia, and it claims that server capacity is expected to remain limited until early next year, citing a Microsoft insider.
NortonLifeLock and Columbia University's legal tussle over anti-malware patents continued last week, with attorney fees and a new trial in dispute two months after a jury awarded the uni $185 million.
In 2013, Columbia sued Norton and accused the company of infringing 167 claims over six patents. Although the May award went Columbia's way, it has since asked for additional attorneys' fees.
The security company has countered this [PDF] by saying that the "purpose of an award of attorneys' fees under the Patent Act is to compensate a prevailing party that was forced to litigate a case that was 'exceptional,' either because the party's case was remarkably weak or baseless, or because the other party engaged in vexatious litigation misconduct. Neither applies here."
Alibaba is following in the footsteps of larger rivals by launching a tool that customers can use to measure and manage the carbon emissions of their business with the aim of lowering their environmental impact.
Energy Expert is a SaaS-based platform developed and operated by Alibaba Cloud, the computing services arm of China-based Alibaba Group. It is described as a sustainability platform to help organizations measure, analyse and manage the carbon emissions of their commercial activities.
Pricing details were not available, although Alibaba told us: "Energy Expert is a paid service, based on customers' specific requirements."
In brief Numerous people start to believe they're interacting with something sentient when they talk to AI chatbots, according to the CEO of Replika, an app that allows users to design their own virtual companions.
People can customize how their chatbots look and pay for extra features like certain personality traits on Replika. Millions have downloaded the app and many chat regularly to their made-up bots. Some even begin to think their digital pals are real entities that are sentient.
"We're not talking about crazy people or people who are hallucinating or having delusions," the company's founder and CEO, Eugenia Kuyda, told Reuters. "They talk to AI and that's the experience they have."
Analysis Jim Chanos, the infamous short-seller who predicted Enron's downfall, has said he plans to short datacenter real-estate investment trusts (REIT).
"This is our big short right now," Chanos told the Financial Times. "The story is that, although the cloud is growing, the cloud is their enemy, not their business. Value is accrued to the cloud companies, not the bricks-and-mortar legacy datacenters."
However, Chanos's premise that these datacenter REITs are overvalued and at risk of being eaten alive by their biggest customers appears to overlook several important factors. For one, we're coming out of a pandemic-fueled supply chain crisis in which customers were willing to pay just about anything to get the gear they needed, even if it meant waiting six months to a year to get it.
The latest beta of the popular Windows USB creation tool Rufus adds some handy features, such as removing Microsoft account requirements and turning off TPM chip detection – and there are others too.
In olden times, PCs used to come with recovery disks so that if your hard disk died you could fit a new one and reinstall. Then optical drives started to fade away, and PC makers found it saved money if they didn't include the disks and just put a recovery image on the hard disk. Happily, though, Microsoft made downloads of ISO images of Windows free on its website.
If you try to download on another copy of Windows, it tries to push the Microsoft Media Creation Tool at you, but you can refuse and use your own. If you do, Rufus is a good alternative.
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