WHO Raises Coronavirus Threat Assessment To Its Highest Level

World Health Organization officials said Friday they are increasing the risk assessment of the coronavirus, which has spread to at least 49 countries in a matter of weeks, to “very high” at a global level. From a report: “We are on the highest level of alert or highest level of risk assessment in terms of spread and in terms of …

Freeman Dyson, Visionary Technologist, Is Dead at 96

darenw shares a report: Freeman J. Dyson, a mathematical prodigy who left his mark on subatomic physics before turning to messier subjects like Earth’s environmental future and the morality of war, died on Friday at a hospital near Princeton, N.J. He was 96. His daughter Mia Dyson confirmed the death. As a young graduate student at Cornell in 1949, Dr. …

Senate Unanimously Approves Bill To Ban Purchase of Huawei Equipment With Federal Funds

The Senate unanimously approved legislation on Thursday that would ban the use of federal funds to purchase telecommunications equipment from companies deemed a national security threat, such as Chinese group Huawei. From a report: The bipartisan Secure and Trusted Telecommunications Networks Act, which the House passed in December, bans the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from giving funds to U.S. telecom …

Congress gives small ISPs $1 billion to rip out Huawei/ZTE network gear

Enlarge / Huawei’s logo at the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona in November 2019. (credit: Getty Images | SOPA Images) The US House and Senate approved legislation to create a $1 billion fund that will help small telecom providers remove and replace Huawei and ZTE networking equipment. The bill, which awaits President Trump’s signature, also prohibits telcos from …

Bernie Sanders Has an Audacious — and Hugely Expensive — Climate Plan

Senator Bernie Sanders, the front-runner for the Democratic nomination in this year’s presidential election, has put forth the most audacious climate plan among the contenders. But there are doubts about the political and economic feasibility of his sweeping vision, as well as the wisdom of some of his particular technical proposals. From a report: Notably, the plan restricts tools that …

Printing’s Not Dead: The $35 Billion Fight Over Ink Cartridges

America’s onetime innovation icons are wrestling over their biggest remaining piles of money. From a report: The HP 63 Tri-color ink cartridge retails for $28.99 at Staples. Stuffed with foam sponges drenched in a fraction of an ounce of cyan, magenta, and yellow dyes, this bestseller, model No. F6U61AN#140, can spray 36,000 drops per second in the Envy printers made …

Stealing advanced nations’ Mac malware isn’t hard. Here’s how one hacker did it

Enlarge (credit: CyberHades) SAN FRANCISCO—Malware developers are always trying to outdo each other with creations that are stealthier and more advanced than their competitors’. At the RSA Security conference this week, a former hacker for the National Security Agency demonstrated an approach that’s often more effective: stealing and then repurposing a rival’s code. Patrick Wardle, who is now a security …

Global Stocks Plummet Again in Worst Week Since 2008 Financial Crisis

Global stock markets plummeted for a seventh consecutive day on Friday as the coronavirus continued to spread, increasing fears that the epidemic will wipe out corporate profits and push some of the world’s biggest economies into recession. From a report: China’s Shanghai Composite closed down 3.7%, bringing losses for the week to 5.6%, the index’s worst performance since April 2019. …

Report Identifies the Most Dangerous Mobile App Store on the Internet

9Game.com, a portal for downloading free Android games, was the mobile app store hosting the most malicious apps in 2019. From a report: 9Game ranked number one on the list of app stores with the most “new” malicious app uploads, but also number one on the list of app stores with the highest concentration of malicious apps overall. According to …