Displaying items by tag: Sam Varghese

From time to time, people from Microsoft come up with stupid takes to divert attention from the fact that the products put out by their company are full of security holes. The tech world is chock-full of spin and Microsoft is not reluctant to indulge in it.

Published in Open Sauce

The US is thinking of cutting off Chinese telecommunications equipment vendor Huawei Technologies from accessing any American components, including those from Intel and Qualcomm, a report claims.

Published in Technology Regulation

The parent company of a private defence contractor in India has been compromised by the Windows Alphv ransomware (aka BlackCat), with the group releasing a number of documents on the dark web and claiming to have stolen 2TB of data.

Published in Security

The US has taken down the Hive ransomware group that attacks Windows, the Department of Justice claims, adding that the campaign to effect this had been going on since July last year.

Published in Security

India's Supreme Court has delivered Google a slap in the face, ruling that it would not make any changes to an anti-trust order that seeks changes in the Android mobile operating system.

Published in Technology Regulation

Global smartphone shipments fell below the 1.2-billion unit mark in 2022, with the 11% year-on-year drop marking a low point for the industry, according to the technology analyst firm Canalys.

Published in Mobility

Chinese smartphone vendor Oppo has released another model from its budget range in Australia, aiming to attract buyers to the A17 through a combination of price and decent specs, plus a 30-day mobile subscription.

Published in Mobility

Swedish telecommunications equipment provider Ericsson has set aside 2.3 billion kronor (US$211 million) to settle a breach levelled against the company by the US Department of Justice with regard to its activities in Iraq some years ago.

Published in Telecoms & NBN

A senior IT security practitioner has played down the chances of AI tool ChatGPT being used to develop professional ransomware right now, even though there have been reports that the tool has been used to build basic malware.

Published in Security

Shipments of PCs in 2022 hit a low note in the final quarter, with total shipments of desktops and notebooks falling by 29% for a total of 65.4 million units.

Published in Hardware

Global semiconductor revenue will fall 3.6% year-on-year in 2023, the technology analyst firm Gartner has forecast, adding that the 2022 market would be up by 4% with revenue rising to US$618 billion (A$929 billion).

Published in Hardware

Researchers at Auckland University have investigated the use of electric vehicle charging pads on a section of the city's freeway, evaluating if it is a better alternative to charging an EV at a plug-in charging station.

Published in Automotive

The European Union is likely to begin an anti-trust investigation into Microsoft in the wake of a complaint made by messaging app Slack two years ago, accusing the Redmond firm of bundling applications in order to increase market share.

Published in Technology Regulation

The Australian Communications and Media Authority has ordered Telstra to comply with rules governing financial hardship after the telco was found to have taken credit management action against 70 customers.

Published in Telecoms & NBN

A bifurcation of the global semiconductor industry will be expensive and risky, and pose threats to quality and reliability as well, the rating agency S&P Global Ratings says in a research note issued earlier this month, adding that China and other Asia-Pacific producers are likely to suffer more.

Published in Technology Regulation

Australian law enforcement agencies appear to have resorted to psyops in a bid to send a message to network attackers that Australia is not the best place to do business.

Published in Security

European security firm MDSec has taken exception to the release of a blog post by another security outfit, Proofpoint, about its penetration testing framework Nighthawk, accusing the latter of making "unsubstantiated and speculative projections" about the framework.

Published in Security

Security researchers at Nozomi Networks, a California firm devoted to industrial cyber security, have found 13 vulnerabilities in the firmware of baseboard management controllers on an expansion card made by a Taiwan-based company.

Published in Security

Telecommunications providers in the Asia-Pacific region are increasingly turning to selling towers to ease the financial strain they are under, the global ratings agency S&P Global Ratings says in a research note.

Published in Telecoms & NBN

The UK competition regulator has confirmed it is investigating the dominance enjoyed by Apple and Google in cloud gaming and mobile browsers.

Published in Technology Regulation

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