Thought for the day

"There is no worse mistake in public leadership than to hold out false hopes soon to be swept away. The British people can face peril or misfortune with fortitude and buoyancy, but they bitterly resent being deceived or finding that those responsible for their affairs are themselves dwelling in a fool's paradise." -- Winston Churchill


NASA has a long track record of engineering feats that have helped humans explore the depths of space. One of the agency's next projects will help humans travel to new celestial bodies – but it may also one day help you do your laundry. 

"You know, I'm ready for it. I'm tired of doing my dishes and laundry," Jeff Cardenas, CEO of Apptronik, tells ZDNET. 

There are three ways this attack works:

Prong No. 1: Pay out through PayPal: The first prong of the attack was the request for $699.99. While it's fairly unlikely that anyone who gets hit with this attack will click "Send Money," all it takes is one or two people doing that to make the entire attack worthwhile from the scammer's perspective. Don't pay enough attention, click the wrong button, and whoosh! Money gone.

Cyber criminals are losing millions of dollars to other cyber criminals after themselves falling victim to scams on dark web forums. And the way they're publicly complaining about it could help uncover the secrets of the whole underground economy.  

Online scammers and fraudsters cost consumers and businesses billions every year, and it appears that even cyber criminals, aren't immune to falling victim to scams. 

Seriously, that Washington Post article about “Shark Week’s” lack of diversity was not written by ChatGPT (or at least it wasn’t advertised as being so: granted, who knows how stressed for time the poor WP reporter was, and who can blame him if he outsources thankless assignments like this to an AI robot to finish off for him?) But iSteve commenter ic1000 more or less reproduces in it ChatGPT with a slightly more elaborate prompt:

A Washington DC-area Anomaly 6 firm is marketing illegal spy tech that can scrape an individual’s most sensitive personal data by tracking their smartphone. The British Ministry of Defence and GCHQ are potential buyers.

Leaked documents reviewed by The Grayzone reveal how a smartphone tracking technology tramples over fundamental data protection tenets and international law, while violating the privacy of citizens across the world without their knowledge or consent.

South Pacific vacations may be wrecked by ransomware malterwitty Thu, 12/08/2022 - 09:07

New Zealand government reels, Vanuatu’s spent weeks entirely offline

New Wi-Fi alert issued to all BT, Virgin and Sky users this month - do not ignore it malterwitty Thu, 12/08/2022 - 09:01

Broadband users are constantly being urged to check where they place their routers as objects around the house can wreak havoc with download speeds. Fish tanks, microwaves, TVs and other electronics can seriously hamper how well your internet performs and now there's a fresh threat to your Wi-Fi and it's all thanks to Christmas.

Yes, the glowing tinsel and light-filled trees we'll all be putting up this month are definitely not your broadband's best friend and it's vital to keep the decorations away from your router.

Shock Windows 10 warning will make you wish you owned a MacBook malterwitty Thu, 12/08/2022 - 08:57

New research has revealed the true scale of online threats and it makes for worrying reading if you own a Windows-powered PC. According to the team at Atlas VPN, there were a whopping 59.58 million new Windows malware samples detected in the first three quarters of 2022. That's a scary amount of threats and means Microsoft users faced over 160,000 attacks every single day.