The sprawling, monthslong hacking campaign deemed a grave threat to US national security came to be known as SolarWinds for the company whose software update Russian intelligence agents stealthily seeded with malware to penetrate sensitive government and private networks. Yet it was Microsoft whose code the cyber spies persistently abused in the campaign's second stage, rifling through emails and other files of such high-value targets as then-acting Homeland Security chief Chad Wolf - and hopping undetected among victim networks. This has put the world's third-most valuable company in the hot seat. Because its products are a de facto monoculture in government and industry - with more than 85 per cent market share - federal lawmakers are insisting that Microsoft swiftly upgrade security to what they say it should have provided in the first place, and without fleecing taxpayers. Seeking to assuage concerns, Microsoft this past week offered all federal agencies a year of … [Read more...] about SolarWinds hacking campaign puts Microsoft in hot seat
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It's been a tough year for 007 fans. First scheduled for a release in March 2020 but delayed repeatedly by the coronavirus pandemic, No Time to Die is now set to premiere Oct. 8. The next James Bond installment will be the 25th film in the 007 franchise and the fifth and final (so he says) starring Daniel Craig as the British secret agent. Like every Bond movie , No Time to Die will span the globe , showing viewers not just London, but also far-flung locations like Italy, Jamaica, Norway and Scotland. From Dr. No to Spectre , each Bond flick is enough to give you the serious travel bug, even if you can't afford the luxury hotels someone on a government payroll seems to be able to manage. Editors' top picks Subscribe to CNET Now for the day's most interesting reviews, news stories and videos. As a Bond fan , I try to seek out sights shown in the series when I travel. Here are a few incredible places I've been so far and one I can't … [Read more...] about Amazing James Bond locales in real life: How to travel like 007
During today’s Resident Evil Showcase, Capcom announced that a second demo for its upcoming survival horror game, Resident Evil Village, will release on May 1st. That’s six days before the game’s official release date. Unlike the previous “Maiden” demo, this demo will be playable on all platforms the game will releases on, including PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X and S, Windows PC (via Steam), and Stadia. The demo will allow you to play for 60 minutes and explore both the village and castle areas, regardless of the platform. PS4 and PS5 users will have the option to preload the demo beginning today via the PlayStation Store. Additionally, players on these two platforms will receive early access to the demo on two separate weekends — April 17th at 5PM ET through April 18th at 4AM ET, and April 24th at 5PM ET through April 25th at 4AM ET. Each demo weekend will provide up to 30 minutes of gameplay. Capcom also released the fourth trailer for the game, which includes new footage and … [Read more...] about You can play the second demo for Resident Evil Village on May 1st, or earlier on PlayStation
The US logged another 4 million or so vaccinations Friday, bringing the total doses administered in the country over 200 million at the time of writing. Over 127 million adults—38.5 percent of the US population—have received at least one shot. Over 80 million adults—24 percent of the US population—are now fully vaccinated. The seven-day rolling average of US vaccinations per day is now around 3.35 million and the Biden administration is on track to make its latest goal of 200 million vaccinations within the first 100 days in office. Even with a current pause in use of Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine, Biden officials expect availability of vaccine to remain strong. “Vaccines produced by Moderna and Pfizer are still widely available,” Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said in a White House COVID-19 press briefing Friday. “We continue to work with pharmacies, states, and FEMA to make sure the vaccine supply remains robust across the … [Read more...] about At 38.5% vaccinated, US may be running low on people eager for a shot
If Jawbone has its way, you'll soon be wrapping this bendable, waterproof gadget around your wrist, tracking your health with it — and hardly ever taking it off. The Up, Jawbone's first foray into devices that aren't Bluetooth headsets or speakers, goes on sale Nov. 6 for $99 at all Apple, AT&T, Target and Best Buy stores. It syncs with Jawbone's Up app for iPhone (an Android version is in the works) via an audio jack hidden under that silver cap at the end. (That's my first problem with the device — it has a small removable part. I hope Jawbone has prepared plenty of spares.) It also charges via the audio jack, which you'll need to plug into a USB connector every ten days or so. What is the wristband tracking, exactly? In short: sleep and exercise. Much like the Lark, which we reviewed back in June , it looks for micro-movements at bedtime and can tell when you've fallen asleep. Like the Lark, it will wake you with gentle vibrations in the morning instead of music or noise, … [Read more...] about Jawbone Launches the Up: Will This $99 Wristband Rule Your Life?