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12/3/2021

Tesla now has a vehicle for kids ages 8 and up: the electric Cyberquad all-terrain vehicle, which tops out at 10 mph and can travel up to 15 miles. The four-wheeler can be ordered on Tesla's website, but for now, the Cyberquad is only available for customers in the US.

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The Verge
12/3/2021

The US Federal Trade Commission is opposing Nvidia's proposed $40 billion acquisition of Arm, with the FTC Bureau of Competition Director Holly Vedova saying, "The FTC is suing to block the largest semiconductor chip merger in history to prevent a chip conglomerate from stifling the innovation pipeline for next-generation technologies." Gartner semiconductor analyst Alan Priestley doubts the deal will be completed.

12/3/2021

Nine widely used Wi-Fi routers sport 226 security bugs collectively, even when the routers have the newest firmware, IoT Inspector and CHIP magazine report. Patches have been released by the device-makers, which include Asus, Netgear and Linksys, and affected users are urged to update their devices, strengthen their passwords and turn on automatic updates.

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BleepingComputer
12/3/2021

Alexa's latest sound detection feature can trigger routines if the smart assistant hears running water or an appliance chime. Additionally, Amazon Pharmacy customers can now receive delivery updates and refill their prescriptions via Alexa.

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The Verge
12/3/2021

Microsoft's decision to move away from passwords will benefits users and cybersecurity teams, but it comes with the need for investment and training, writes Secret Double Octopus CEO Raz Rafaeli. "Being able to point to Microsoft and other big tech companies that are successfully instituting password-free policies should bolster team-wide trust and convince skeptics that these moves are being made with security at top of mind," Rafaeli notes.

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12/3/2021

Cybersecurity expert Jeff Moulton points out that ransomware attacks threaten companies in two distinct ways: by locking down data for ransom or threatening to make data available on the Dark Web. Moulton says identifying critical systems needed to continue operations and creating a list of agencies to alert following an attack are best practices.

12/3/2021

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency has named 23 people to its new Cybersecurity Advisory Committee, including representatives from big technology companies, government, academia and journalism. The panel will provide the agency with "recommendations for how to better defend the nation against cyberattacks ... with the spotlight on topics such as strengthening the cyberworkforce, reducing risk to critical infrastructure, and addressing disinformation and misinformation around the security of critical systems," Maggie Miller writes.

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The Hill
12/3/2021

A rise in ransomware and other cyberattacks on public and private infrastructure has prompted the White House to support the accelerated hiring of cybersecurity professionals, with the Commerce Department tracking 600,000 IT vacancies in the US. "It takes way too long to bring people into the federal government," Jen Easterly, director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, told lawmakers.

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12/3/2021

The Pennsylvania Office for Civil Rights data breach portal is tracking a spike in cyberincidents, including ransomware attacks on midsize health care facilities. For example, TriValley Primary Care notified patients that their private information was potentially exposed, though no indications of misuse of the data have been discovered.

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12/3/2021

The People's Republic of China refuses to recognize the legitimacy of the Republic of China, commonly known as Taiwan, which is home to a large share of global semiconductor production, Ciel Qi of the Rhodium Group writes. "While Taiwan undoubtedly enjoys its current semiconductor dominance and the leverage that gives it over both China and the US, neither feel comfortable with the status quo -- and both have taken measures to make the situation more favorable to themselves," Qi notes.