Banned UMN Researchers Apologize to Linux Community

University of Minnesota (UMN) assistant professor Kangjie Lu, along with graduate students Qiushi Wu and Aditya Pakki, apologized to the Linux community on Saturday for the controversial research into “hypocrite commits” that got the entire university system banned from contributing to the Linux kernel.

In an email to the Linux kernel mailing list, the trio said that the research in question, which sought to highlight one of the ways open source projects such as Linux can be undermined, was carried out in August 2020. The findings were published to GitHub on February 10; they didn’t appear to attract much attention

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The Lavie Mini is a modern netbook that doubles as a game console

With tablets and full-size laptops as pervasive as they are, it can be easy to forget that — for a few years there, at least — netbooks were all the rage. And why wouldn’t they be? What they lacked in pure power, they made up for with portability and cost-effectiveness. It’s no wonder some people get nostalgic over them; we just didn’t expect them to be in a position to pitch new products at Lenovo. Enter the NEC Lavie Mini: a sort of modern take on the classic netbook that, with the right accessories, doubles as a Switch-style game

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iOS 15: Major iPhone software update will change how notifications and home screen works, report claims

An upcoming update to Apple’s iOS will change how its notifications and home screen works, according to a new report.

It will allow people to customise their notifications, redesign the home screen on the iPad, as well as bringing new privacy protections, according to a new report from Bloomberg.

The iOS 15 update is expected to be unveiled this summer ahead of a full release around September, as in previous years.

But the new report claims to reveal some of the key features that will be introduced to that upgrade, both for the iPhone and iPad.

Perhaps chief among them

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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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Shield TV homescreen ads might be around the corner

The Nvidia Shield TV has long been one of the best Android TV devices and after Google revamped the platform’s homescreen to include “recommendations” it was one of the only products spared. Now, though, it seems like the Shield TV is about to get updated with the latest Android TV homescreen with the Discover tab and, unfortunately, the top-row ads.

Recapping briefly, Google updated the Android TV homescreen in the second half of 2020 with a “cinematic highlights” row that essentially put ads on the homescreen for the first time. It was obviously a major shift for a platform that,

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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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