Big Tech &
Motorola returns to flagship phones with the Edge Plus (3 minute read)
Motorola has revealed its new Edge Plus flagship phone at $999. It features a 6.7-inch FHD+ OLED panel, a Snapdragon 865 processor, 5G support, a 90Hz refresh rate, 12GB RAM, 256GB internal storage, a 5,000mAh battery, and a headphone jack. The Edge Plus has a triple rear camera system with a 108-megapixel sensor and other advanced camera features. A regular Motorola Edge will also be released with the same base design but with lower specs. The Edge Plus will be exclusive to Verizon in the US for its entire lifespan. The regular Motorola Edge will be sold more broadly but will be released later in the year.
Researchers Say They Caught an iPhone Zero-Day Hack in the Wild (5 minute read)
ZecOps, a San Francisco-based startup, recently revealed that it had discovered two zero-day exploits for iOS that were being used in the wild. The exploits will be patched in an upcoming release of iOS 13. One of the vulnerabilities could be triggered remotely, while the other required an additional vulnerability to be triggered remotely. They were used widely to target individuals working in companies. The hacks were discovered after ZecOps investigated a series of suspicious crashes on customers' iPhones. 🚀 Science &
Following the money in a massive “sextortion” spam scheme (10 minute read)
A massive 'sextortion' spam scheme sent millions of messages between September 2019 and January 2020 and generated nearly $500,000 in profits. The messages informed recipients that their computers were hacked and that the hacker had footage of the person viewing pornographic websites. It threatened to share the footage with the target's contacts unless the target paid a ransom of around $800 using Bitcoin. As the transactions were made using Bitcoin, they can be traced. An infographic is available in the article that shows where the money generated from the scam has been sent.
‘Closing borders is ridiculous’: the epidemiologist behind Sweden’s controversial coronavirus strategy (6 minute read)
Sweden didn't go into lockdown or impose social-distancing policies but instead opted for a trust-based measure which only advised its citizens to adhere to some guidelines. It has resulted in a higher number of coronavirus deaths in Sweden compared to its neighbors. The system relies on individuals understanding that they have a responsibility not to spread a disease. Sweden doesn't have laws that allow it to lock down a geographical area. It will not close borders. The Swedish government will focus on care for at-risk individuals. It believes that the evidence around asymptomatic carriers being infectious is weak and that the country should aim for herd immunity through infections rather than waiting for a vaccine as there has been little evidence for re-infection globally. 💻
Programming, Design & Data Science
Moloch (GitHub Repo)
Moloch is a large scale, open source, indexed packet capture and search system. It is built to be deployed across many systems and can handle tens of gigabits/sec of traffic. Moloch provides a simple web interface with multiple views of the data that it captures.
Pomerium (GitHub Repo)
Pomerium is an identity-aware proxy that enables secure access to internal applications. It provides an interface to add access controls. Pomerium gateways both internal and external requests, and can be used as a VPN alternative. 🎁
Magic Leap reportedly slashes 1,000 jobs and steps away from consumer plans (2 minute read)
Magic Leap, a company that makes wearable technology, has laid off roughly 1,000 employees and will be backing away from the consumer market to focus more on its enterprise customers. The company is also in the process of exploring a sale, with an estimated value of $10 billion. CEO Rony Abovitz stated that the company was moving its focus to the enterprise market due to COVID-19 complications.
Instagram Is Rushing To Roll Out A Memorial Account Feature Because Of COVID-19 Deaths (2 minute read)
Instagram has sped up plans for a new account memorialization feature that will add a 'Remembering' banner under a username to signal that the person has died. This feature has been in the pipeline for some time, but the project has been accelerated due to the COVID-19 crisis. Currently, family members can ask for accounts to be memorialized through a form on the Instagram site. The memorialized accounts remain active and unaltered, so users can still see and message the account. Give feedback by replying here or messaging me on Twitter @tldrdan!
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