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The Download: Chinese hackers goal telecoms, and aviation emissions



This is at this time’s version of The Download, our weekday e-newsletter that gives a each day dose of what’s occurring on the planet of know-how.

Chinese hackers exploited years-old software program flaws to interrupt into telecom giants

The information: Hackers employed by the Chinese authorities have damaged into quite a few main telecommunications corporations world wide in a cyber-espionage marketing campaign that has lasted not less than two years, based on a brand new advisory from American safety businesses. 

How it occurred: The hackers allegedly breached their targets by exploiting outdated and well-known important vulnerabilities in common networking {hardware}. Once they’d a foothold inside their targets, the hackers used the compromised gadgets to realize full entry to the community visitors of quite a few non-public corporations and authorities businesses, US officers stated. They didn’t title these affected by the marketing campaign, nor clarify the impression it had. 

What it means: The marketing campaign is a warning in regards to the want for higher fundamental cybersecurity for a number of the most necessary networks on the planet, and a dramatic illustration of the hazard software program flaws pose even years after they’re found and made public. Read the full story.

—Patrick Howell O’Neill

The aviation business can hit emissions objectives, however new fuels must take flight first

Cutting carbon emissions from planes goes to be tough—however not unattainable, based on a brand new report by the International Council on Clean Transportation.

The report outlines potential paths for aviation to cut back emissions sufficient to do its half in maintaining international warming at lower than 2 °C above pre-industrial ranges, the goal set by the Paris settlement. It says that about 60% of emissions reductions are projected to come back from low-carbon fuels, with the remainder coming from efficiencies, and decrease demand. Read the full story.

—Casey Crownhart

The must-reads

I’ve combed the web to search out you at this time’s most enjoyable/necessary/scary/fascinating tales about know-how.

1 Twitter has agreed to offer Elon Musk entry to hundreds of thousands of tweets
Which might make it a lot tougher for him to again out of shopping for the corporate. (NYT $)
+ One of Musk’s financiers is linked to a Russian tycoon. (Bloomberg $)
+ Texas’ choice to probe into Twitter’s faux accounts is a purely political one. (NYT $)

2 How Big Tech’s knowledge hoarding harms us all
And why sharing it wouldn’t harm them, both. (Time $)
+ Collective knowledge rights can cease huge tech from obliterating privateness. (MIT Technology Review)

3 A start-up has been accused of meting out ADHD medication too liberally
Particularly through the pandemic, when laws round distant prescriptions had been relaxed. (WSJ $)

4 Bumpy batteries work higher in freezing temperatures
Flat lithium-ion batteries battle within the chilly—altering the form of its elements might be an answer. (New Scientist $)
+ This startup needs to pack extra vitality into electrical car batteries. (MIT Technology Review)

5 South Korea is investigating the corporate behind the stablecoin crash
Over claims a employee embezzled its crypto holdings. (FT $)
+ Workers considering of pivoting to web3 are having second ideas. (Vox)

6 Smart home windows are an apparent strategy to save vitality
The downside, as ever, is making them inexpensive sufficient to go mainstream. (Knowable Magazine)

7 The Caribbean’s hurricane exercise is at a historic low
And has been for a surprisingly very long time. (Hakai Magazine)
+ We might need to start out naming warmth waves the way in which we do hurricanes. (Axios)
+ How to maintain the ability on throughout hurricanes and warmth waves. (MIT Technology Review)
+ Tracking vibrations might assist specialists to get forward of flash floods. (Economist $)

8 Not all NFT artwork is horrible 🖼


It simply occurs that many of the actually well-known items are. (The Verge)
+ Bored Apes has been dethroned as the most well-liked NFT challenge. (Motherboard)

9 A saxophonist smuggled secrets and techniques into the USSR utilizing encrypted musical code 🎼
Rendering the knowledge indecipherable to everybody however practiced musicians. (Wired $)

10 It’s time to recover from The Current Thing
Our collective capacity to neglect what we’re outraged by ought to assist. (FT $)

Quote of the day

“There is actually not a pc in that clinic until I convey my laptop computer from residence in.”

—Mia Raven, director of coverage at an abortion clinic in Alabama, tells NBC News she’s stepping up safety measures as a part of measures to higher defend purchasers, as the danger of Roe being repealed looms. 

The huge story

Ghost ships, crop circles, and delicate gold: A GPS thriller in Shanghai

November 2019

On a sultry summer time evening in July 2019, the MV Manukai was arriving on the port of Shanghai, close to the mouth of the Huangpu River. The metropolis could be the American container ship’s final cease in China earlier than making its lengthy homeward journey to Long Beach, California.

As the crew rigorously maneuvered the 700-foot ship via the world’s busiest port, its captain watched his navigation screens intently. According to the Manukai’s screens, one other ship was steaming up the identical channel at about seven knots (eight miles per hour). Suddenly, the opposite ship disappeared from the AIS show. A couple of minutes later, the display confirmed the opposite ship again on the dock. Then it was within the channel and shifting once more, then again on the dock, then gone as soon as extra.

Eventually, mystified, the captain picked up his binoculars and scanned the dockside. The different ship had been stationary on the dock all the time. Now, new analysis and beforehand unseen knowledge present that the Manukai, and 1000’s of different vessels, are falling sufferer to a mysterious new weapon that is ready to spoof GPS techniques in a approach by no means seen earlier than. Read the full story.

Mark Harris

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