Why lawmakers are so interested in Apple and Google’s “rentals”. | GeekComparison

Enlarge / Perhaps this textbook is from the Ma Bell era? #ThanksStockGettyImages designer491/Getty Images Josh Hawley had some questions about how Apple got the money to buy back $58 billion worth of stock last year. “I want to focus on one major source of that revenue,” the Republican senator told Apple’s attorney. “It’s not innovation, … Read more

More US agencies may have been hacked, this time with Pulse Secure exploits | GeekComparison

Getty Images At least five U.S. federal agencies may have suffered cyberattacks targeting recently discovered security flaws that gave hackers free reign over vulnerable networks, the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency said Friday. The vulnerabilities in Pulse Connect Secure, a VPN employees use to remotely connect to large networks, include one that hackers were … Read more

Attack on meat supplier came from REvil, the most killer gang of ransomware | GeekComparison

Getty Images The cyberattack that shut down some operations at the world’s largest meat processor this week was the work of REvil, a ransomware franchise known for its ever-escalating array of killer tactics designed to extort the highest price. The FBI made the attribution on Wednesday, a day after it became known that Brazil-based JBS … Read more

Stack Overflow sold to technology investor Prosus for $1.8 billion | GeekComparison

Enlarge / If you’ve ever searched for answers to software development questions, this screenshot probably looks familiar. Jim Salter Legendary programming Q&A site Stack Overflow is acquired by Prosus NV, Europe’s largest technology investment company. According to a press release on the Prosus website, the two companies signed a definitive acquisition agreement yesterday. According to … Read more

Ransomware now gets priority at Justice | GeekComparison

The Justice Department has created a task force to centrally monitor and coordinate all federal cases related to ransomware or related forms of cybercrime, such as botnets, money laundering, and bulletproof hosting. “To ensure we can make the necessary connections between national and global cases and investigations… we need to improve our internal tracking of … Read more

This is not a drill: VMware vuln with a severity of 9.8 is under attack | GeekComparison

A VMware vulnerability is actively exploited with a severity score of 9.8 out of 10. At least one trusted exploit has been made public and there have been successful attempts in the wild to compromise servers running the vulnerable software. The vulnerability, tracked as CVE-2021-21985, resides in the vCenter Server, a tool for managing virtualization … Read more