Last week, we reported that tens of thousands of fraudulent comments had been filed in favor Ajit Pai’s proposal to roll back net neutrality rules, using text taken from the Center for Individual Freedom (though, according to the CFIF, they aren’t behind the fake comments). We spoke to several people who had comments filed under their names and addresses, as did reporters from other outlets, and several more supposed commenters responded to our emails after publication saying they hadn’t filed comments with the FCC.
But the coverage hasn’t deterred whoever is filing these fake comments, which have ballooned. On Wednesday last week, 128,000 of these particular identical comments, beginning “The unprecedented regulatory power the Obama Administration imposed on the internet…” had been filed.
Ransomware has seen an abrupt rise in the recent years, and the present-day developments are only making this threat more infamous. If you love to keep yourself updated with the latest developments in the tech world, you might have heard about the notorious WannaCry ransomware, which is locking down people’s computers. It also goes by the other names like WannaDecrypt0r, WCry, and Wanna Decryptor.
What is WannaCry ransomware?
Till now, more than 150 countries have been affected by WannaCry ransomware, which exploits EternalBlue vulnerability and uses phishing emails. The NSA was the first to discover this flaw, and it was made public by ShadowBrokers in April.
Motorola’s smartphone plans for the year ahead have been leaked in a presentation slide on Evan Blass’ Twitter account, and it appears there are five phone ranges on their way, including a Moto X. Blass has also tweeted an image showing Moto X4, which all but confirms the official name of the new phone.
The presentation slide shows two Moto Z flagship phones: Moto Z Play and Moto Z Force, a solo Moto X model, the two Moto G phones: G5 and G5 Plus, a Moto E and Moto E Plus and an entry-level C-series comprising a Moto C and Moto C Plus.
The Moto X is the interesting model, as it fits into a very narrow gap between the Moto G mid-range series and Moto Z flagships. We’ve heard rumours surrounding a Moto X handset before, dating back to December 2016, but these turned out to be the Moto G mid0range series instead.
Microsoft brought open source Linux to closed walls of Windows 10 with the help of WSL, i.e., Windows Subsystem for Linux. This achievement was made possible by partnering with Canonical. As a result, the developers and regular users were able to run Bash on Ubuntu on Windows 10 natively.
Now, at Build 2017, Microsoft has revealed its plans to collaborate with Fedora and SUSE to bring their Linux distributions to WSL.
Just like I earlier reported the arrival of Ubuntu on Windows Store, Fedora and openSUSE will make an appearance in Windows Store pretty soon. This new expansion will allow interested developers to download and install Linux tools quickly on their Windows 10 system.
The Samsung Dex is a tiny new smartphone dock that wades carefully toward a world in which smartphones serve as our primary computers. It’s about the size of a hockey puck, and when the Galaxy S8, a monitor, and a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse are connected, the Dex turns the phone into a surprisingly functional desktop. The idea is that instead of lugging a laptop around everywhere, you might just take your phone and drop it into a dock at home, the office, and so on.
The concept of docking a smartphone and turning it into a fully functional PC is an ambitious dream that has failed spectacularly many times in the past.
Microsoft first introduced the functionality to use an USB drive or SD card as a memory cache in Windows Vista in the form of a feature known as ReadyBoost. The feature was also inherited to Windows 7 and later, but with the ability to configure more than one USB drive for ReadyBoost.
ReadyBoost was intended to supplement RAM in the case of slow hard drives. Almost a decade ago, when the feature was launched, the flash storage USB drives could offer a faster alternative when transferring data to and from the RAM.
On the first day of Microsoft’s Build 2017 developer conference, CEO Satya Nadella announced the numbers for Windows 10 and related products.
Nadella told the audience that Windows 10 has now reached a count of 500 million monthly active users. These numbers are accompanied by 100 million monthly Office 365 users and 140 million monthly users of their Cortana digital assistant.
The much-rumoured 10.5-inch iPad Pro may be unveiled in June if a leaked stock system document showing upcoming cases for it is to be believed.
The leaked stock report is allegedly from an Apple Authorised Reseller, and subsequently shared with 9to5Mac, and shows an Under Armour Gear Metropolis Folio case for an “iPad 10.5”. The UAG case is noted as being new for June 2017, which would tie in with Apple’s WWDC 2017 conference.
A phishing scam that surfaced earlier this week used Google Docs in an attack against at least 1 million Gmail users.
However, that amounted to fewer than 0.1 percent of Gmail users were affected, according to the company.
Google last year put the number of active monthly Gmail users at more than 1 billion.
Google shut down the phishing scam within an hour, it said, through both automatic and manual actions. It removed the fake pages and applications, and it pushed updates through Safe Browsing, Gmail and other anti-abuse systems.
A 7-year-old flaw in Intel chips could enable hijackers to gain total control of business computers and use them for malicious purposes.
The Intel AMT (active management technology) vulnerability is the first of its kind, according to Embedi, which released technical details about it last week.
Attackers could take advantage of the flaw to get full control over business computers, even if they were turned off, provided they were plugged into an outlet, according to the firm, which makes security products for embedded and smart devices.