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  • Microsoft Retracts Paper Claiming Quantum Computing Breakthrough

    “I don’t know for sure what was in their heads,” University of Pittsburgh professor Sergey Frolov who was not involved in the research, told Wired, “but they skipped some data that contradicts directly what was in the paper. From the fuller data, there’s no doubt that there’s no Majorana.”

  • Microsoft-led team retracts quantum 'breakthrough

    And now, the researchers have accepted they were wrong. Their errors included:

    having "unnecessarily corrected" some of the data and not having made this clear

    mislabelling a graph, making it misleading

  • Retraction Note: Quantized Majorana conductance

    We can therefore no longer claim the observation of a quantized Majorana conductance, and wish to retract this Letter. After informing Nature of this decision, Nature issued an Editorial Expression of Concern and initiated the retraction process.

  • Peter Dutton launches Cyber Security Industry Advisory Committee Ransomware Paper [iophk: Windows TCO]

    To build awareness about the ransomware threat, the Minister for Home Affairs, Peter Dutton, and Chair of the Cyber Security Industry Advisory Committee, Telstra CEO Andrew Penn, have released the Committee’s first paper: “Locked out: Tackling the ransomware threat.”

    We're told this paper, a detailed, 14-page PDF, "helps educate businesses to protect themselves by making a number of recommendations relating to email security, multi-factor authentication, software updates, training, back-ups, data lifecycle management and built in security features.

  • Verkada surveillance cameras at Tesla, hundreds more businesses breached: [crackers]

    The [cracking] group, if it had chosen, could have used its control of the camera gear to access other parts of company networks at Tesla and software makers Cloudflare Inc and Okta Inc, according to Kottmann.

  • [Crackers] Target Tesla, Sandy Hook Elementary School in Sweeping Security Camera Breach

    Kottman said the collective then gained access to live feeds of 150,000 surveillance cameras, as well as the video archives of all of Verkada's customers and Verkada's balance sheet. Most company balance sheets contain a listing of its financial assets, liabilities and equity for any owners.

  • Is Congress finally ready to pass meaningful ransomware legislation? [iophk: Windows TCO]

    With the epidemic of digital extortion showing no signs of abating, though, and as ransomware attacks claim ever more victims across all parts of the U.S., evidence is mounting that the next two years could bring a more concerted push for legitlation.

    “I think it will be a focus because essentially every congressional district has had some kind of ransomware incident, whether public or not,” said Michael Garcia, a senior policy adviser in the national security program at Third Way, a center-left think tank. “Just look at the number of hospitals getting hit, of schools being hit.”

  • Spanish labor agency suffers ransomware attack, union says

    The cyberattack on Spain’s State Public Employment Service (SEPE) affected the agency’s offices around the country, forcing employees to use pen and paper to take appointments, according to the Central Independent Trade Union and Civil Servants. The union alleged that the SEPE had aging IT systems that the agency had not upgraded.

    SEPE plays an integral part in distributing unemployment benefits in a country where the coronavirus pandemic has hammered the economy. The number of jobless people in Spain is now 4 million, its highest rate in five years, according to official data. But SEPE Director Gerardo Gutiérrez said an interview with Spanish broadcaster RNE that the incident had not affected unemployment benefits, and that it has not led to the theft of personal data.

  • Federal agencies warn Microsoft vulnerabilities pose 'serious risk' to government, private sector

    The FBI and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) warned Wednesday that recently uncovered vulnerabilities in a Microsoft email application pose a “serious risk” to federal agencies and the private sector, noting that thousands of groups were at risk of being targeted by hackers.

    The two agencies additionally assessed that both nation-state actors and cyber criminals were exploiting the previously unknown vulnerabilities on Microsoft Exchange Server, which were reported publicly by Microsoft last week.

Verkada Security Firm Cameras Hacked, Includes Tesla

  • Verkada Security Firm Cameras Hacked, Includes Tesla [Ed: Do not connect proprietary software to an Internet network]

    While security hacks are always disconcerting, the recent Verkada security firm camera hack did have a benefit – at least for one of the hackers. He revealed the reason the cameras were hacked was it was “too much fun not to do it.”

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