British Microsoft, Nintendo hacker given 18 month sentence

Enlarge (credit: Rural Learning Center) Two men were given suspended prison sentences in a London court yesterday after entering guilty pleas to hacking charges that saw both Microsoft and Nintendo breached. Zammis Clark, now 24, broke into a Microsoft server in early 2017 and for about three weeks had access to part of Microsoft’s network. …

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Here’s how Columbus is getting more people to switch to electric cars

Part of the Smart Columbus initiative is increasing the rate of electric vehicle adoption in the area. [credit: Smart Columbus ] In 2016, the city of Columbus, Ohio beat out nearly 80 other metropolises to win the Department of Transportation’s Smart City Challenge. The title is more than just bragging rights: there’s a $40 million …

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Brace yourselves: exploit published for serious Magento bug allowing card skimming (Updated)

Enlarge (credit: Mighty Travels / Flickr) Attack code was published on Friday that exploits a critical vulnerability in Magento e-commerce platform, all bug guaranteeing it will be used to plant payment card skimmers on sites that have yet to install a recently released patch. PRODSECBUG-2198 is a SQL injection vulnerability that attackers can exploit with …

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Initial findings put Boeing’s software at center of Ethiopian 737 crash

Enlarge / The Boeing 737 MAX’s MCAS software was officially linked by FAA investigators to the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines flight earlier this month. The software was intended to compansate for the aerodynamic differences caused by the aircraft’s larger engines. At a high-level briefing at the Federal Aviation Administration on March 28, officials revealed …

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Google Removes Controversial Gay Conversion App from Play Store

Google is pulling a so-called gay conversion app from its Play Store, after facing backlash and pressure from LGBTQ rights advocates. The app was developed by the Texas-based Christian group Living Hope Ministries, an anti-gay organization that claims to help gay people change their sexuality. Google previously refused to remove the app, arguing it didn’t …

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Texas AG Says Chick-fil-A’s Constitutional Rights Violated by Being Banned from San Antonio Airport

Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton thinks San Antonio City Council’s decision to ban Chick-fil-A from its airport is discriminatory. A week after the city council voted 6-4 to block the chain from getting a new concession contract at the airport, Paxton has announced he is investigating the city for potential First Amendment violations. While …

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