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  • This Week In Security: IPhone Unpowered, Python Unsandboxed, And Wizard Spider Unmasked

    As conspiracy theories go, one of the more plausible is that a cell phone could be running malicious firmware on its baseband processor, and be listening and transmitting data even when powered off. Nowadays, this sort of behavior is called a feature, at least if your phone is made by Apple, with their Find My functionality. Even with the phone off, the Bluetooth chip runs happily in a low-power state, making these features work. The problem is that this chip doesn’t do signed firmware. All it takes is root-level access to the phone’s primary OS to load a potentially malicious firmware image to the Bluetooth chip.

  • $100 Bluetooth Hack Can Unlock All Kinds Of Devices, Including Teslas, From Miles Away

    While they’re not impervious, at least you know where you stand with a good, old fashioned dumb lock. That’s in stark contrast to so-called “smart” locks, which studies have repeatedly shown to be easily compromised with minimal effort. One report showed that 12 of 16 smart locks they tested could be relatively easily hacked thanks to flimsy security standards.

  • Ransomware attack affects nearly 500,000 CPS students [Ryan: Bill Gates-affiliated organization enables ransomware attack on Chicago Public Schools teachers and faculty.]
  • [Old] What Should Graduates Know And Be Able To Do?

    Previously, Tom served as the first executive director of education for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, a public school superintendent in Washington State and has extensive private sector experience.

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  • Bill Gates-affiliated organization enables ransomware attack on Chicago Public Schools teachers and faculty.

    Battelle is also routinely affiliated with Tom Vander Ark, who previously had a high profile role in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as executive director of education.

    Since Bill Gates decided to “give away [his] wealth” to “philanthropy”, he has doubled his wealth, mainly through influence peddling through his fake charity, the Gates Foundation.

    People who hoard $80 billion dollars during times of recession and don’t pay much in taxes on it either are not a boost to the economy.

    Bill Gates has a troubled “relationship” with children. His personal engineer, Rick Allen Jones, was arrested in the Gates Mansion and found with a trove of child pornography. The detectives investigating the case also raided his apartment while Jones was at work in the Gates Mansion, and found bankers boxes full of VHS tapes, along with lots of hard drives and flash memory sticks and computers overflowing with it.

    When Jones got to court, the judge mysteriously ruled to keep Jones off the sex offender list and out of jail, and the charge of illegal possession of a handgun got mysteriously dropped.

    When Jones would accompany Bill and Melinda on trips abroad, he would photograph children on the beaches.

    Gates also flew around with Jeff Epstein on Epstein’s Lolita Express, a long time after everyone knew what Epstein was.

    When Melinda Gates divorced Bill, Epstein came up. Who would want to be married to a guy who pals around with many child molesters and those with dungeons ‘o child porn, and is possibly a pedophile himself?

    “I just couldn’t trust what we had.”.

    Why anyone lets Bill Gates deal with children is beyond me. He keeps “interesting” company.

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  • odcast: Why there were 56 OT vulnerabilities this week

    This week we cover the Ericsson mobility report that offers some stats on cellular IoT connections, including the surprising nugget that we won’t see 4G/5G connections surpass 2G/3G connections until some time next year. Then we hit another report. This one is from NPR and covers the state of audio and smart speakers. It proves that growth is slowing for smart speakers and that we may not do as many things with voice as we think. In dystopian news we cover China using COVID tracking apps to lock down protesters, and Microsoft stopping sales of some facial recognition tools. In new product news we talk about the latest Philips Hue gear, a new material that could generate electricity for wearables, and new MCUs from NXP. We also address the closure of SmartDry and explain how Google’s update on the Nest Max Hub may break your Nest x Yale lock. We end by answering a listener question about more accurate motion sensors.

  • Cortex XSOAR Tips & Tricks – Creating indicator relationships in automations

    In Cortex XSOAR, indicators are a key part of the platform as they visualize the Indicators Of Compromise (IOC) of a security alert in the incident to the SOC analyst and can be used in automated analysis workflows to determine the incident outcome. If you have a Cortex XSOAR Threat Intelligence Management (TIM) license, it is possible to create predefined relationships between indicators to describe how they relate to each other. This enables the SOC analyst to do a more efficient incident analysis based on the indicators associated to the incident.

  • Social Engineering Kill–Chain: Predicting, Minimizing & Disrupting Attack Verticals

    It was a Friday afternoon when Bill was on his way back home from work when he received a call that made him take the next U-turn back to his office. It was one of these calls that he was dedicating all of his working hours to avoid. He was not given much detail through the phone, but it seems that Andre, someone working in the account payments department, had just fallen victim to a scam and had proceeded to a hefty payment. A scam? Bill recalled all the training videos he had put this department through. What went wrong?

  • Daycare apps are insecure surveillance dumpster-fires

    Apps are like software, only worse.

  • 12 best patch management software and tools for 2022

    These 12 tools approach patching from different perspectives. Understanding their various approaches can help you find the right product for your needs.

Windows vs Linux: What's the best operating system?

The way you utilise your PC can often depend on the operating system you use as well as your level of technical knowledge. Even though most people will turn to macOS or Windows when deciding on an OS, if you want something you can customise, there's nothing better than Linux. Despite the fact that it isn’t as popular as Windows, Linux offers far more avenues for customisation than any other OS as it's built on an open source foundation. It's certainly more intimidating to the average user as a result, but it can be incredibly powerful, and rewarding, if you possess the skills to fully take advantage of it. Obviously, there are advantages and disadvantages with both systems that are useful to know before making the decision on which is best for you. Read more

today's howtos

  • FreeBSD Quick Guide: Audio on FreeBSD

    Whether for music, communication, or notifications, audio is an important feature of many personal computer systems. In a new FreeBSD system, an audio card will need to be configured to process audio files and send them to the connected speakers. Our newest FreeBSD quick guide will walk through setting up and configuring audio, connecting a pair of headphones (including pairing Bluetooth models), and testing the system’s sound, all in under 10 minutes!

  • Speeding up autoconf with caching - Julio Merino (jmmv.dev)

    In the recent Remembering Buildtool post, I described how setting up a cache of configuration checks was an important step in Buildtool’s installation process. The goal was to avoid pointless repetitive work on every build by performing such common checks once. Episode 457 of BSD Now featured my post and Allan Jude wondered how much time would be saved in a bulk build of all FreeBSD packages if we could just do that same kind of caching with GNU Autoconf. And, you know what? It is indeed possible to do so. I had mentioned it en passing in my post but I guess I wasn’t clear enough, so let’s elaborate!

  • How To Put Linux On A Laptop

    Linux is an operating system that comes with different distributions like Ubuntu, Debian, and Arch Linux. Just like macOS and Windows, Linux is also a popular operating system that is installed on computers and laptops to manage the hardware of the respective machine and perform the different tasks requested by the users. In this guide, different ways of installing or putting the Linux operating system on a laptop have been discussed.

  • What Is cURL Command and How to Use It (With Examples)

    This article explains the curl command in Linux and how to use it with examples based on best practices.

Raspberry Pi and Raspberry Pi Pico Projects

  • Tiny Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W Robot Made For Robot Sumo | Tom's Hardware

    The Raspberry Pi in robotics is a smart mix—but what happens if the kit you ordered doesn’t support the Pi? You get creative like maker and developer WallComputer, of course! In this Raspberry Pi Zumo project, they've converted the classic Pololu Arduino Zumo kit to support the latest Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W. This tiny robot uses tank-like treads to get around, which provide the traction needed for Sumo robots designed to push each other around. Traditionally this type of robot is controlled by an Arduino Uno, but this version uses both a Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W and an STM32 microcontroller with a little help from a couple of custom PCBs. To see how much has been modified, take a look at the original product listing for the Zumo kit over at Pololu’s website. This modification was not only necessary to use the Pi, but also to add additional features like a rechargeable battery pack.

  • Best Raspberry Pi Deals 2022 | Tom's Hardware

    With more than 40 million units sold and a powerful community of makers and fans behind it, Raspberry Pi is more than a single-board computer; it's a huge platform with an even bigger ecosystem behind it. Whether you want to build your own robot, create an A.I.-powered security camera, or just set up a simple computer for programming and web surfing, the Pi is for you.

  • Raspberry Pi Pico Drives $10 Nintendo 64 Flash Cart | Tom's Hardware

    We love retro gaming on the Raspberry Pi but there’s nothing quite like retro gaming with a Raspberry Pi. Instead of running an emulator on a Pi, this Raspberry Pi Pico Nintendo 64 cart project, created by maker and developer Konrad Beckmann, is using the Raspberry Pi Pico to host a ROM that runs on the original Nintendo 64 console. I built a working Nintendo 64 flash cart with a Raspberry Pi Pico, a breakout board and some extra flash for less than $10.It boots Super Mario 64. Can't wait to optimize, improve and add more features to it!Lots of stuff left before it's ready for general users though. pic.twitter.com/C1qVaTTfHiJune 22, 2022

  • Raspberry Pi Pico Detects Gamma Rays in Open Spectroscopy Project | Tom's Hardware

    There are many useful things you can do with a Raspberry Pi Pico (opens in new tab), as our listing of the best Raspberry Pi Projects (opens in new tab) underlines. However, here’s one we admit we’d never thought of: detecting radiation. Physicist Matthias Rosezky, AKA Nuclear Phoenix (opens in new tab), whose work has also been covered by Hackaday (opens in new tab), has written up a detailed account of building a DIY gamma-ray spectrometer in IEEE Spectrum (opens in new tab).