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UPS gets permission to ship out drone delivery fleet for some serious amounts of air miles

Close the window and put back the fishing net, it’s only for hospitals right now UPS is boasting of a deal with the Federal Aviation Administration which the shipping giant says will dramatically expand its drone delivery operation. The parcel-mover on Tuesday said it had been granted clearance under the FAA’s Part 135 certification to...

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Microsoft changes encryption, another D-Link bug, phishing dangers, and more

Plus, Baltimore’s disastrous ransomware infection and worse IT practices Roundup Let’s look at some of the latest security news you may have missed this week. Baltimore ransomware outbreak made worse by bad storage practices This year’s ransomware infection at the City of Baltimore made headlines, in part because of the eye-popping $18.2m price tag its...

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Dunkin do-nots: Deep-fried cake maker didn’t warn its sugar addicts that crooks raided web accounts, says NY AG

President facing impeachment probe, Brexit off the rails… but more importantly, your Dunkies account was potentially pwned The US state of New York is suing food chain Dunkin Donuts for what is says is an illegal lapse in computer security. NY Attorney General Letitia James said today the complaint stems from a 2015 raid on...

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Nine words to ruin your Monday: Emergency Internet Explorer patch amid in-the-wild attacks

Update browser ASAP after Google gurus spot miscreants abusing bug to hijack PCs Microsoft today issued a rare emergency security update for Internet Explorer to address a critical flaw in the browser that’s being exploited right now in the wild. Redmond says the vulnerability, a scripting-engine memory-corruption bug designated CVE-2019-1367, can be abused by a...

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Chef melts under heat, will 86 future deals with family-separating US immigration agencies

CEO says sorry in U-turn so hard, boffins at CERN thought space-time was distorting Updated Embattled Chef has U-turned and vowed to not work with two US immigration agencies beyond its ongoing contracts, following immense community and employee pressure. Chief exec Barry Crist on Monday told his staff that management has agreed not to renew...

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Ever used VFEmail? No? Well, you never will now: Hackers wipe servers, backups

The ‘VF’ now stands for ‘virtually f*cked’ Secure email service VFEmail became neither of those things after a hacker managed to wipe nearly every server powering the site earlier this week. VFEmail admins confirmed the news on Monday in a grim red-letter update posted to the site’s front page. The service’s founder Rick Romero confirmed...

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What’s big, blue, and short on Intel? The supercomputer world’s podium: USA tops Top500 with IBM Power9

Arm gets a look-in with first petascale machine, China slips into third IBM can now officially claim to have built the world’s two most publicly known powerful supercomputers. The Big Blue-powered 144 PFLOPS Summit and 95 PFLOPS Sierra systems took the top two spots, first and second respectively, in the biannual Top500 supercomputing list, beating...

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Scare Force: Pakistan military hit by Operation Shaheen malware

State-sponsored attack looks to infiltrate nuclear Air Force The Pakistan Air Force is the apparent target of a complex new state-sponsored attack campaign. Security house Cylance says a state-sponsored group – dubbed the White Company by researchers – has been looking to get into the networks of the Pakistani military in a long-term targeted attack...