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In addition to infiltrating the unclassified networks of seven other US government agencies, suspected Russian hackers who compromised computer services company SolarWinds as a starting point have also penetrated NASA and the Federal Aviation Administration. Researchers and officials testified Tuesday before the Senate Intelligence Committee on the scope and scale of the attack. The Washington Post reported ahead of the hearing that the Biden administration was preparing a sanction against Russia related to the SolarWinds spy operation and other recent incidents of aggression. The other seven agencies violated are the Departments of Commerce, Homeland Security, Energy and State, the US Treasury, National Institutes of Health and the Department of Justice. The White House said earlier this month that hackers also compromised 100 companies in the frenzy. “This is the largest and most sophisticated type of operation we have seen,” Microsoft President Brad Smith said at Tuesday’s hearing.
New York Police Department robot dog called “Digidog,” and AI dog is already underway deployed for real police work, like investigating a recent home invasion in the Bronx. For those worried that police across the country could one day turn Digidog into a mob of peaceful protesters or law-abiding citizens, people are already trying to figure out how to turn off robot puppies. Ideas understand find a way to turn the dog over, grab the battery hatch and remove the lithium ion power from the dog. There are also power and “engine lock” buttons on the dogs’ buttocks where you can turn them off. Not as friendly as a wagging tail, but good to know if you ever find yourself in a bind.
Mozilla on Tuesday launched a new version of its browser, Firefox 85, which includes an extended anti-tracking feature called Total Cookie Protection. It uses a technique called “cache partitioning” to make it harder for others to follow you while you are browsing the web. Cookies are assigned to individual sites, but if companies embed elements (like “iframes” and scripts) of each other’s infrastructure on their own sites, they can all begin to build a picture of themselves. user navigation. By isolating the cookies that your browser stores from each other, it is more difficult for companies to use this technique.
After a week of revelations of major security gaps, Jamaica shut down its JamCOVID website and app on Thursday evening. The platform is used to publish statistics on Covid-19 infections and to treat travelers. It also has a self-report function for viral symptoms. The platform revealed quarantine orders for more than half a million travelers who entered Jamaica through March 2020. The orders include the names of the travelers and their addresses when quarantined in Jamaica. Local media Jamaica Gleaner first reported The exhibition. Last week, TechCrunch found that Amber Group, the contractor that developed the platform, had an Amazon Web Services cloud server on display that contained more than 70,000 negative Covid-19 test results and more than 425,000 immigration documents from travelers entering Jamaica.
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