NSA and FBI warn that new Linux malware threatens national security

Enlarge (credit: Suse) The FBI and NSA have issued a joint report warning that Russian state hackers are using a previously unknown piece of Linux malware to stealthily infiltrate sensitive networks, steal confidential information, and execute malicious commands. In a report that’s unusual for the depth of technical detail from a government agency, officials said the Drovorub malware is a full-featured tool kit that was has gone undetected … [Read more...]

Epic files suit against Apple after Fortnite pulled from iOS App Store [Updated]

Enlarge / Fortnite seen in the App Store on an iPhone on May 10, 2018. (credit: Andrew Harrer | Bloomberg | Getty Images) Update 4:05pm ET: In a video message premiering in Fortnite's own Party Royale mode, Epic wrote that it has "defied the App Store Monopoly. In retaliation, Apple is blocking Fortnite from a billion devices. Join the fight to stop 2020 from becoming '1984.'" The video directly parodies Apple's famous 1984 Macintosh … [Read more...]

New Zealand baffled by new COVID-19 cases, eyes frozen-food packaging

Enlarge / WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - AUGUST 13: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks with media at a COVID-19 briefing on August 13, 2020. COVID-19 restrictions have been reintroduced across New Zealand after four new COVID-19 cases were diagnosed in Auckland. Auckland has been placed in Level 3 lockdown for three days from Wednesday, August 12, with all residents to work from home unless they are essential workers and all schools and childcare … [Read more...]

The 2020 McLaren GT—never mind the looks, love the way it drives

I'm not in love with the way the McLaren GT looks, but I did fall in love with the way it drives. [credit: Jonathan Gitlin ] It has been interesting to watch McLaren Automotive making the most of its platform. The company has been highly resourceful, using the same (or highly similar) basic building blocks—a carbon-fiber monocoque tub and … [Read more...]

FCC beats cities in court, helping carriers avoid $2 billion in local 5G fees

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | Viktoryia Vinnikava | EyeEm) The Federal Communications Commission has defeated dozens of cities in court, with judges ruling that the FCC can preempt local fees and regulations imposed on wireless carriers deploying 5G networks. The ruling is good news for AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile. The FCC voted to preempt cities and towns in September 2018, saying the move would prevent local governments from charging … [Read more...]

Grab our favorite Thunderbolt 3 dock for its lowest Amazon price to date

Enlarge (credit: Ars Technica) Today's Dealmaster is headlined by a nice price on CalDigit's TS3 Plus Thunderbolt 3 dock, which is currently down to $210 at Amazon and B&H. While the dock's street price has steadily fallen from its original $310 over the past year, we still typically see it hover in the $240-$250 range online. We saw it briefly drop to $200 at B&H back in March, but this deal brings it to its lowest price since and represents … [Read more...]