Recently Browsing 0 members
No registered users viewing this page.
SpaceX's Starlink is helping people connect in flood-hit Germany
by Sayan Sen
Image via The New York Times Europe is amidst one of the worst floods it has seen in recent times and Germany among other places is affected badly by it. To help, the Supervision and Services Directorate of Rhineland-Palatinate has announced today that it has deployed a dozen SpaceX's Starlink satellite dishes in the state's Ahrweiler district. It is hoped that the availability of internet service will help the affected people there connect and communicate with others as well as with those in authority. The Directorate has also assured that 23 more such dishes, for a total of 35, would also be set up over the course of time.
The following 11 places in Ahrweiler already have the dishes planted:
Liers Ahrbrück Brück Pützfeld Kreuzberg Rech Nord Rech Süd Dernau Marienthal Heimersheim Heppingen As stated above, the state of Rhineland-Palatinate is one of the worst-affected regions and parts of it have been hit with 148 liters of rain /sq meter, which is nearly double that of what it is generally used to. You can find the original announcement of the Supervision and Services Directorate of Rhineland-Palatinate here.
The German government may have had the foresight of the events to come as earlier this year it had decided to subsidize households that would help them to purchase the necessary equipment like those from Starlink's which would enable satellite internet options. The scheme was announced by the government so as to improve rural wireless internet connectivity throughout the country.
By Usama Jawad96
Microsoft is cracking down on private businesses selling cyberweapons
by Usama Jawad
Microsoft's war against private companies which sell cyberweapons is nothing new. Last year, the company coordinated with Cisco, GitHub, Google, VMWare, and more to file an amicus brief against NSO Group, which is known for its flagship Pegasus program used to hack WhatsApp. Today, the Redmond tech giant has reiterated that it is cracking down on private businesses which sell cyberweapons following the discovery of a new malware, allegedly developed by an Israel-based firm.
Microsoft says that the threat from malicious private companies is quite major, and yet another evidence of this is the "DevilsTongue" malware that it has recently observed to be targeting over 100 politicians, journalists, and activists around the globe, with almost half the victims residing in Palestine. The firm believes that this software was developed by an Israeli group that it has codenamed "Sourgum". Microsoft's partner in this investigation, Citizen Lab, has attributed the activity to the Israeli company Candiru with high confidence. Sourgum typically sells its malicious software to customers who then use it to orchestrate cyberattacks.
Successful DevilsTongue infiltration leads to elevation of privilege on PCs. Microsoft says that the malware was distributed using 0-day exploits present on Windows as well as one-time-use URLs sent via WhatsApp messages. Although Microsoft has fixed the security holes in Windows in its Patch Tuesday updates earlier this week, you can head over to the dedicated guidance here to determine the nature of the complex attack, Indicators of Compromise (IoCs), and how to protect yourself.
Microsoft went on to say that:
Moving forward, Microsoft says that it will continue to monitor and identify private-state offensive actors (PSOAs). The company has highlighted the development and selling of cyberweapons from private companies as a dangerous trend that needs to be nipped from the bud as soon as possible.
European TikTok users can get free Spotify Premium for four months
by Paul Hill
If you’re over 18 and live in the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Poland, or Turkey, you can redeem an offer from TikTok to get Spotify Premium for free for four months. The new offer is available to those who have not subscribed to Spotify Premium before.
To claim the offer, open the TikTok app on your phone and press the TikTok Rewards badge which can be found on the For You page and the Me page within the app. Additionally, you can head to the Discover page and find the TikTok x Spotify Rewards banner. You should be able to find a button that reads Get 4 months for free that’ll let you redeem the offer.
Commenting on the offer, Marc Hazan, Vice President, Global Head of Premium Business Development at Spotify, said:
If you plan to take advantage of the offer and you’re new to Spotify and want a place to start, TikTok has already compiled several playlists on Spotify which you can listen to and bookmark if you like the listed songs.
Germany could subsidise internet satellite receiver dishes for customers
by Paul Hill
Germany could help citizens in rural areas to buy receiver dishes for internet satellite services like Starlink, according to a report in Reuters. As things stand, the government is still fleshing out the details of a voucher scheme that would help customers get their homes kitted out with receiver dishes or any other technical equipment they need.
While the German government is looking to subsidise the technical equipment, it has said that customers in the rural areas of the country will still have to pay the monthly fee that’s part of their contract with the internet provider. Receiving internet connectivity from space does not come cheap, SpaceX’s Starlink, for example, costs €99 per month.
The subsidy that the government is looking into could save customers around $499. A Starlink kit includes a terminal to connect to the satellite network, a Wi-Fi router, and a mounting tripod. While quite expensive, the government has probably found that this is the cheapest option to connect people in remote areas.
In the UK, the government is spending £5 billion to upgrade rural broadband connections to gigabit speeds by 2025. The government is paying the bill because it doesn’t make economic sense for broadband providers to pay money to lay down the infrastructure just for the relatively few customers the hardware would serve. By subsidising the costs of satellite broadband, the German government is trying to meet similar ends as the UK government.
By Usman Khan Lodhi
Nearly 1,000 Apple employees call for company to support Palestinians
by Usman Khan Lodhi
Roughly 1,000 Apple employees have signed an internal letter imploring Tim Cook, the firm's CEO, to publicly condemn violence against Palestinians. The authors, who belong to the Apple Muslim Association (AMA), want the Cupertino firm to recognize that "millions of Palestinian people currently suffer under an illegal occupation."
The current violence in Israel and Gaza started after the Jerusalem District Court ordered six Palestinian families to leave their homes in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood on May 2 to make way for Jewish settlers. After 11 days of Israel's deadly bombing campaign in Gaza, at least 232 Palestinians, including 65 children, have been killed. 12 Israeli people, including two children, were killed by Hamas' missiles.
The members of AMA, which is an official employee group, stated that they were encouraged to write the internal letter due to Apple's failure in putting out a statement condemning violence against Palestinians. They wrote:
Additionally, the employees made the following request to Apple:
The letter was sent on Monday, and Cook hasn't formally responded yet.
Source: The Verge