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 Thursday, 15-February-2024  22:26:50 (GMT +10) - by MUTMAN

The old trick of leaving a USB stick lying around waiting for an unsuspecting human to plug it into their computer is still a thing. USB malware drops have been around forever, and as always, we do not recommend you randomly plug in a flash drive you find out in the wild. However, this initial access method is still working for threat actors, which is what researchers found tracking threat actor group UNC4990. Beyond the initial access, though, this group is interesting, thanks to its creative techniques for hosting payloads beyond the first malware stage.

Speaking of USB sticks, it's not just the software that's dodgy. CBL Data Recovery posted that the quality of newer memory components in microSD and USB sticks is declining, and it reported that USB sticks where the NAND manufacturer's logo had been removed from the chip are increasingly turning up in its data recovery laboratory. It suspects that flash chips from manufacturers such as SK hynix, Sandisk or Samsung that fail quality control checks are being resold into the market, but marked as components with lower memory capacities.

High speed internet connectivity is cool, and somehow Starlink are making it even cooler. Hello NBN my copper is dead, still. The Elon Musk-led SpaceX will send out a team to build an entire facility that is dedicated to receiving 10Gbps of broadband speeds from Starlink's orbiting satellites. Regular Starlink users get sent a satellite dish, but 10Gbps isn't normal... it's a monumental amount of speed from a satellite internet service. This isn't some off-the-grid government black-level facility, it will be on someone's land feeding 10Gbps of speed for $750K a month... not bad.

Those that sail the high seas of the high speed internet and like to talk about it on Reddit, can breath easy again. Movie companies have lost a third attempt to unmask Reddit users who posted comments discussing piracy. In an order on Wednesday, the US District Court for the Northern District of California rejected movie copyright holders' demand for seven years' worth of "IP address log information" on six Reddit users. In a motion to compel that was filed last month, movie companies Voltage Holdings and Screen Media Ventures argued that "Reddit users do not have a recognized privacy interest in their IP addresses." But in Wednesday's ruling, US Magistrate Judge Thomas Hixson said, "The Court finds no reason to believe provision of an IP address is not unmasking subject to First Amendment scrutiny."

Reading a physical book and not a device? Gen Z are weird. Gen Z is reviving the trend of reading physical books over digital ones, with a notable increase in library visits and book purchases, as evidenced by celebrities like Kaia Gerber and Kendall Jenner promoting literature and book clubs. The Guardian reports: This week the 22-year-old model Kaia Gerber launched her own book club, Library Science. Gerber, who this month appears on the cover of British Vogue alongside her supermodel mum, Cindy Crawford, describes it as "a platform for sharing books, featuring new writers, hosting conversations with artists we admire -- and continuing to build a community of people who are as excited about literature as I am." "Books have always been the great love of my life," she added. "Reading is so sexy."

I think we linked the Women in Tech Fest event in 2022 and it looks to be even bigger this year. After a sell-out year in Melbourne in 2022, Australia’s foremost women in technology event returns to Victoria with exciting new speakers, all new content, an engaging new format, and more networking opportunities than ever before. Now in its 8th year, the Women in Tech Fest is Australia’s only event that equips you with the technical knowledge, in-demand skills, and leadership strategies you need to move your career and your organisation forward. No other event delivers so many exclusive keynote addresses from tech leaders, panel sessions featuring the who’s who of Australian tech, live 1-on-1 interviews with industry trailblazers, and practical case studies that will prepare you for 2024 and beyond.

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