Atari VCS hands-on: A computer-console hybrid with an identity crisis

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Like the storied brand it takes its name from, the new Atari VCS has a complicated history. Originally a crowd-funded project, now years overdue, it’s finally starting to ship to crowdfunding backers and, soon, to the general public. Just as the original Atari company got caught up trying to figure out if it was a game console manufacturer, a software publisher, a computer maker or just a cultural icon, the Atari VCS feels similarly conflicted. It might be a game console. It might be a DIY-friendly, small-form-factor desktop PC. It doesn’t fully satisfy as either, even at

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A Computer Chip Shortage Has Hobbled the Auto Industry

Around the world, auto assembly lines are going quiet, workers are idle and dealership parking lots are looking bare.

A shortage of semiconductors, the tiny but critical chips used to calibrate cars’ fuel injection, run infotainment systems or provide the brains for cruise control, has upended automaking.

A General Motors plant in Kansas City closed in February for lack of chips, and still hasn’t reopened. Mercedes-Benz has begun to hoard its chips for expensive models and is temporarily shutting down factories that produce lower-priced C-Class sedans. Porsche warned dealers in the United States this month that customers might have to

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New Superconducting Thermometer Can Accelerate Quantum Computer Development

The new quantum thermometer on a chip, in the foreground. It is probably the world’s fastest and most sensitive thermometer for measuring temperature at the cold end of a waveguide at the millikelvin scale, according to the Chalmers researchers. Credit: Claudia Castillo Moreno/Chalmers University of Technology

Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden, have developed a novel type of thermometer that can simply and quickly measure temperatures during quantum calculations with extremely high accuracy. The breakthrough provides a benchmarking tool for quantum computing of great value – and opens up for experiments in the exciting field of

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Computer giant Acer hit by $50 million ransomware attack

Computer giant Acer has been hit by a REvil ransomware attack where the threat actors are demanding the largest known ransom to date, $50,000,000.

Acer is a Taiwanese electronics and computer maker well-known for laptops, desktops, and monitors. Acer employs approximately 7,000 employees and earned $7.8 billion in 2019.

Yesterday, the ransomware gang announced on their data leak site that they had breached Acer and shared some images of allegedly stolen files as proof.

These leaked images are for documents that include financial spreadsheets, bank balances, and bank communications.

Acer data leak on REvil ransomware site
Acer data leak on REvil ransomware site

In response to BleepingComputer’s

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Logins for 1.3 million Windows RDP servers collected from hacker market

​The login names and passwords for 1.3 million current and historically compromised Windows Remote Desktop servers have been leaked by UAS, the largest hacker marketplace for stolen RDP credentials.

With this massive leak of compromised remote access credentials, researchers, for the first time, get a glimpse into a bustling cybercrime economy and can use the data to tie up loose ends on previous cyberattacks.

Network admins will also benefit from a new service launched by cybersecurity firm Advanced Intel called RDPwned that allows organizations to check whether their RDP credentials have been sold in the marketplace.

What’s so special about

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Massive Qlocker ransomware attack uses 7zip to encrypt QNAP devices

Update 4/22/21: A bug was discovered last night that allowed victims to recover their 7zip password for free but was fixed soon after being discovered. More info in update below.

A massive ransomware campaign targeting QNAP devices worldwide is underway, and users are finding their files now stored in password-protected 7zip archives.

The ransomware is called Qlocker and began targeting QNAP devices on April 19th, 2021. Since then, there has been an enormous amount of activity in our support forum, and the ID-Ransomware ransomware identification site has seen a surge of submissions from victims.

ID-R submissions from Qlocker victims
ID-R submissions from Qlocker victims
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Bug in AMD’s Online Store Allowed People to Easily Buy Graphics Cards

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UPDATE 4/23/21: A product stock alerting service says the bug in AMD’s online store that enabled the bypass actually isn’t a vulnerability.

The developer behind PartsAlert says the bypass discovered by originofspices was simply taking advantage of the normal add to cart process, and then looking at the backend web data returned. The data can tell you if the product is in stock and how many quantities are left.

“Let me be clear, this reported ‘vulnerability’ did not give bots any significant advantage, despite what the previous posts said or what the media reported,” the developer “recursiveGecko” wrote

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OSF Healthcare computer system down Friday morning

PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — OSF Healthcare experienced some network issues Friday.

OSF spokesperson Libby Allison confirmed the problem started early Friday morning and impacted some IT systems.

The cause of the outage is still under investigation.

Allison said the systems are recovering and many are back online. She said they expect the programs to be up and running normally by the end of the day.

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Intel Ships Record Number of Laptop Chips on Rising PC Demand

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In another sign of surging demand for PCs, Intel shipped its most ever laptop processors during Q1, the company announced in a Thursday earnings call.

The chipmaker didn’t break down the exact shipment number for laptop processors, but in Q1, volumes soared by 54% year over year, according to an Intel stock exchange filing. “The PC ecosystem in particular is experiencing resurgence,” Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger said on the call.

Indeed, demand for PCs has soared to levels not seen in a decade, due to COVID-19 forcing millions of people to work and study at

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How Do Bots Buy Up Graphics Cards? We Rented One to Find Out

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It’s Sunday morning, and I’ve just purchased two AMD graphics cards from Amazon—all without being anywhere near my computer. 

Given the ongoing shortage for GPUs, it feels like I’ve pulled off a miracle. But I had help. For the past week, my Windows laptop has been running a bot. Or rather, a piece of automated software that scalpers have been using to nab PC graphics cards from all the major online retailers. 

The bot can do what I can’t: Every three seconds, the program checks Amazon’s listings for various PC graphics cards. If they’re back in stock, the

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