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9/17/2021

Elon Musk has tweeted that SpaceX's Starlink will be exiting beta next month, suggesting the service has worked out potential issues and is ready for a broader launch, writes Michael Kan. The move could also mean faster speeds are on the horizon, Kan notes.

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PC Magazine
9/17/2021

GoPro's Hero10 Black sports a faster GP2 processor that is said to boost frame rates for an array of resolutions. The updated processor also facilitates HyperSmooth 4.0 stabilization, 3D noise reduction and video algorithms with tone mapping.

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Digital Camera World
9/17/2021

Akira Amari, a leading lawmaker in Japan's Liberal Democratic Party, wants to set conditions for the proposed merger of Kioxia Holdings with Western Digital, such as maintaining facilities in Japan and the US. "If Kioxia ties up with a foreign company, in particular an American company, then at the very least it will be necessary to have equal bases of operations in both countries," Amari said in an interview with Reuters.

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Reuters
9/17/2021

Threat actors, including advanced persistent threat groups, have been tapping a critical authentication bypass bug in the Zoho ManageEngine ADSelfService Plus platform to launch remote code execution attacks, lift admin credentials and gain control of cloud accounts and Active Directory files, government security agencies report. A joint advisory issued by the FBI, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, and the Coast Guard Cyber Command notes the bug presents "a serious risk to critical infrastructure companies, US-cleared defense contractors, academic institutions and other entities that use the software."

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Threatpost
9/17/2021

Bitdefender's free decryptor tool aims to help victims of REvil/Sodinokibi ransomware attacks that occurred before July 13. Created in collaboration with a law enforcement organization, the tool can be deployed on individual machines, across networks, and on remote machines via the command line.

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TechRepublic
9/17/2021

Nabu Casa has launched the Home Assistant Amber, the Raspberry Pi-powered home automation hub without Bluetooth or Wi-Fi connectivity that opts instead for the stability of an Ethernet connection. The system foregrounds security and privacy, while also letting users operate smart home devices when their internet connection is unavailable.

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The Verge
9/17/2021

Chris Rouland, CEO of Phosphorus Cybersecurity, likens printers to the best Swiss cheese—"the highest quality, but full of holes." Rouland points out that many printers last more than 20 years, meaning "there are no longer any effective security updates."

9/17/2021

The average data breach cost a Canadian company $5.3 million last year, one of the highest such figures in the world and the most since IBM Security began tracking the country seven years ago. The financial sector was the hardest hit, with losses calculated at about $300 per record stolen or lost.

9/17/2021

Metropolitan hubs in the US, including Dallas, Chicago and Washington, D.C., have no overarching plan for cybersecurity, The Economist reports in its 2021 Safe Cities Index. The study points out that each city would need a unique strategy, since most have chosen different methods to move into the digital smart city realm.

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GCN
9/17/2021

An organization in Canada is looking for military veterans interested in technology. "If you look at the skill set that someone in the military has—leadership, attention to detail, things like that—those soft skills are what makes for the best individuals in software development and cybersecurity," says Jeff Musson of Coding For Veterans.

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Canadian HR Reporter