Kaseya, an IT solutions developer for MSPs and enterprise clients, announced that it had become the victim of a cyberattack on July 2, over the American Independence Day weekend. It appears that attackers have carried out a supply chain ransomware attack by leveraging a vulnerability in Kaseya's VSA software against multiple managed service providers (MSP) -- and their customers. Also: Kaseya issues patch for on-premise customers, SaaS rollout underway According to Kaseya CEO Fred Voccola, less than 0.1% of the company's customers were embroiled in the breach -- but as their clientele includes MSPs, this means that smaller businesses have also been caught up in the incident. Present estimates suggest that 800 to 1500 small to medium-sized companies may have experienced a ransomware compromise through their MSP. The attack is reminiscent of the SolarWinds security fiasco , in which attackers managed to compromise the vendor's software to push a malicious update to … [Read more...] about Updated Kaseya ransomware attack FAQ: What we know now
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Humans have created a huge number of myths to account for the presence of life on Earth. It's only recently, however, that researchers have been able to investigate how the conditions on a primordial Earth could have generated molecules critical to life, such as proteins and DNA. We've made lots of progress when it comes to understanding the chemistry that can create things like the individual bases of RNA, and shown that long RNA molecules can catalyze a variety of chemical reactions. But there's still a gap between the two; specifically, researchers haven't identified conditions that would allow individual RNA bases to condense into long chains that could potentially be catalytic. Now, researchers have found conditions that would favor the replication and presence of longer nucleic acid sequences. They turn out to be remarkably simple: heat dissipation across an open rock pore. This sort of environment would have likely been widespread in the hot early Earth due to the presence … [Read more...] about Life might have gotten a boost from tiny pores in hot rocks
Both the Google Pixel 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE show that you no longer need to spend a king’s ransom in order to secure yourself a flagship phone experience. At a time when it’ll set you back well north of $1,100/£1,000 to obtain the ultimate smartphone experience, it’s phones like these that are carving out an essential niche of affordable luxury. There are many parallels between the two, including a similar release schedule and pricing, not to their both scoring 4 out of 5 star reviews from TechRadar. But there are also some fascinating differences at play here. So which late–2020 affordable flagship is best: the Pixel 5 or the Galaxy S20 FE? Google Pixel 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S20 FE price and availability Google hit us with its latest flagship phone late in 2020, with the Pixel 5 rolling into shops on October 15. It’s still selling at its launch price of $699 / £599 / AU$999 from the official Google Store. The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE landed just a … [Read more...] about Google Pixel 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S20 FE: which phone has smarter compromises?
LAS VEGAS—Networking, hob-nobbing, and schmoozing were the order of the day at the 2015 DICE Summit, as this is the industry's rare annual show to informally forbid all matter of announcements. No new games, systems, peripherals, engines, or even DLC packages reared their heads, which meant that higher-level industry conversations took the lead. DICE 2015's keynotes regaled attendees with stories about better hiring practices and decades of changing consoles . Its lectures and panels were hosted by a wide variety of industry veterans, and the advice they doled out ranged from maximizing profits to maximizing fun. Yet the most surprising commonality among the panels, which were meant for a largely triple-A crowd, was how gaming and education are becoming more inextricably linked. "What's interesting about video games from a government perspective tends not to be about the games themselves, but about the outcomes," former White House senior gaming … [Read more...] about What happened in Vegas: Gaming’s 2015 DICE Summit in words and photos
An x-ray laser may sound like something you'd only find in a James Bond movie, but scientists have made the device a reality. Today, physicists at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park, California, announced that they have coaxed test beams out of their Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS), the first laser working at "hard" x-ray wavelengths. With further refinement, the LCLS might be able to determine the structure of a protein by blasting just a single molecule with its beam; it also might be able to squeeze matter to high pressures and temperatures to simulate conditions in the centers of planets. X-rays are key to probing the atomic-scale structure of materials. In recent decades, physicists have built hugely intense x-ray sources that have been a boon to condensed matter physics, materials science, and structural biology. These sources rely on circular particle accelerators called synchrotrons; the particles circulating in them radiate x-ray photons as they whirl … [Read more...] about World’s First X-ray Laser Powers Up