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  • Apple ends production of its iconic iPod

                                       

                                           

    Apple announced Tuesday that it's discontinuing the iPod Touch — the last iPod model produced by the company — marking an end for the gadget that helped shape the music listening experience for 20 years.

                                       

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  • Apple discontinues the iPod after 20 years

                                       

                                           

    The iPod Touch going away marks the end of an era. As Apple notes, it introduced the first iPod “over 20 years ago.” The original FireWire-equipped model acted as just a portable music player, and Apple made models that were pretty much exclusively for listening to audio up until 2017, when it discontinued the iPod Nano and Shuffle. While the iPod Touch has been embraced by some iPod enthusiasts as the new classic music player, it also found a following for those who wanted an iPhone-like experience but didn’t actually need a phone

                                       

                                   

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  • Microsoft May 2022 Patch Tuesday fixes 7 critical vulnerabilities, 67 others
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  • Attribution of Russia’s Malicious Cyber Activity Against Ukraine [iophk: Windows TCO]

                                       

                                           

    Today, in support of the European Union and other partners, the United States is sharing publicly its assessment that Russia launched cyber attacks in late February against commercial satellite communications networks to disrupt Ukrainian command and control during the invasion, and those actions had spillover impacts into other European countries. The activity disabled very small aperture terminals in Ukraine and across Europe. This includes tens of thousands of terminals outside of Ukraine that, among other things, support wind turbines and provide Internet services to private citizens.

                                       

                                   

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  • Russia seems to be co-ordinating cyber-attacks with its military campaign [iophk: Windows TCO]

                                       

                                           

    The number of Russian cyber-operations has doubled every month since December, when 15 were reported. This only includes attacks that Microsoft was able to detect in its own networks—the true number is likely to be higher. But because the Russians are conducting disruptive attacks, they are much more likely to be found out than pure espionage, such as Chinese intelligence gathering against America, reckons Benjamin Read, director of espionage analysis at Mandiant, a cybersecurity firm.

                                       

                                   

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  • No kidding, Microsoft now charges firms to tackle Windows ransomware [iophk: Windows TCO]

                                       

                                           

    I kid you not. No other operating system suffers ransomware attacks, though helpful security experts try to spread the burden a bit, and suck up to the big M, by claiming they have seen similar malware for Linux and the Mac.

                                           

    But no attack in which a ransom has been demanded and a company put out of operation for a while has involved anything other than Windows.

    This kind of money making is in keeping with Microsoft's culture; the one thing the company possesses in spades is chutzpah. It is absolutely brazen in its bid to make money off something which its own products allow to happen.

                                       

                                   

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  • Risky Biz News: Costa Rica declares national emergency after ransomware attack [iophk: Windows TCO]

                                       

                                           

    The attack hit the Central American state right in the middle of its presidential transition, with former president Carlos Alvarado Quesada telling journalists on April 21 that the attack had destabilized the government in a period of transition.

                                       

                                   

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  • Costa Rica’s new president declares state of emergency after Conti ransomware attack [iophk: Windows TCO]

                                       

                                           

    The newly-inaugurated president of Costa Rica – Rodrigo Chaves – declared a state of emergency due to a devastating ransomware attack launched by the Conti group.

                                           

    Following his swearing-in ceremony on Sunday, Chaves held his first government council, where he announced a national emergency and attributed it to the attack’s effects on the Ministry of Finance, which has been hit hardest by the attack.

                                       

                                   

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  • US State Department announces $10 million bounty after Costa Rica ransomware attack [iophk: Windows TCO]

                                       

                                           

    The US State Department says the attack “severely impacted the country’s foreign trade by disrupting its customs and taxes platforms” and offers “up to $10 million for information leading to the identification and/or location” of the organizers behind Conti. The US government is also offering $5 million for information “leading to the arrest and/or conviction of any individual in any country conspiring to participate in or attempting to participate” in a Conti-based ransomware attack.

                                       

                                   

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  • Costa Rican president begins tenure with ransomware national emergency declaration [iophk: Windows TCO]

                                       

                                           

    President Rodrigo Chaves Robles, who began a four-year term as president Sunday after winning the country’s April 4 election, signed the declaration on May 8 as one of his first official acts, according to local news outlet Amelia Rueda. The executive decree reads, in part, that Costa Rica is “suffering from cybercriminals, cyberterrorists” and that the decree allows “our society to respond to these attacks as criminal acts.”

                                       

                                   

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