Hackers extort Apple, Moto G5 Plus reviews, Senate votes on Privacy

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A group of hackers claims to have access to over 300 million Apple accounts, and is attempting to use them to extort Apple. The group, who call themselves the Turkish Crime Family, say they’ll delete the cache of data if Apple hands over either a) 75 thousand dollars in Bitcoin or Ethereum, another popular cryptocurrency, OR, b) 100 thousand dollars worth of.. iTunes gift cards. These hackers are music fans, apparently. Apple has replied to the situation, stating there have not been any breaches in any of Apple’s systems, and that the logins the hackers have are old data. However, ZDnet managed to obtain a set of 54 credentials from the cache, and 10 of those were confirmed valid by their owners. The rest appeared to be invalid or inactive, including some now-discontinued “me.com” and “mac.com” accounts from back in the year 2000. All this to say, if you have an Apple account, you should probably change your password just in case. Especially if you haven’t changed it since the year 2000. That’s stupid.

 

Reviews for the Lenovo Moto G5 Plus are out and about, and for the most part, they’re pretty glowing. Announced at Mobile World Congress in late February, the phone has two tiers: 64GB storage and 4GB of RAM for 299, and 32GB storage and 2GB of RAM for 299. It’s also got a 5.2 inch 1080p LCD, 12 megapixel camera with f/1.7 aperture, fingerprint reader, microSD card slot, and runs Android 7.0 Nougat on a Snapdragon 625 processor. Reviewers seem united on its premium-feeling build, near-stock Android experience, and large battery, while remaining affordable. But if you need an even lower price, you can get a discounted version on Amazon, but you’ll have to put up with ads showing up on your lock screen. So.. if you’re an impulse buyer, might be wise to skip this deal. Unless you’re such a bad impulse buyer that you’ve already bought it by the time I finished that sentence, oh! Dude you need some help.

 

And the US senate has voted in favor of overturning the FCC’s internet privacy rules set in place last October. Those rules were meant to prevent Internet Service Providerss from sharing or selling their users’ web browsing data without users’ permission. If this measure makes it through the House of Representatives, it means ISPs could give out their users’ personal data like finances, health conditions, and.. I mean, just your regular browsing history, that may be scary in itself. However, on HTTPS sites, ISPs can see you visited the site, but can’t see specific web pages. To fully hide your history, you’ve got to encrypt your internet traffic, and that requires either Tor anonymity software or VPN services, like… Buffered VPN. And yes. Today’s sponsor is Buffered VPN, but… I put them in today’s episode because this was a big story. So. Heh.

 

It’s time for, aheh, haha, heaaaa QUICKBITS

Earlier this week, a number of press outlets reported that the Vulkan graphics API would only support multi-GPU on Windows 10, but now the Khronos Group has clarified that is not the case. It is possible to use other OSes for multi-GPU, but it will indeed be easier on Windows 10. So. Glad we cleared that up.

At CeBIT 2017, which is a tech conference in Germany, Antec showed off a slick new version of the Mercury All in One liquid cooler, along with a new mITX case, the Cube, which supports liquid cooling and has a Razer Special edition.

Today Razer launched their “Paid to Play” program, where you can earn zSilver, the company’s virtual currency, by launching games through the Razer Cortex software. zSilver can be used to redeem discounts on Razer products and exclusive swag. Like a … mug holder. nice.

AMD has promised a fix for the freezing issues some Ryzen users have experienced when running FMA3 code, used in compute and floating point applications. So update your BIOS, Ryzen people.

And Dell has started shipping their 32-inch 8K monitor, the UP3218K, for 5 thousand bucks US. So. if you got money to blow for a mediocre joke, you can buy it and be like, what is this, a Start button for ANTS? Cuz. Scaling.

Sources for all of today’s news stories can be found in the NCIX Forum post linked in the description.

 

Please say “Ey yo, wanna listen to my mixtape”, and u HAVE to say like you’re being held against your will.

 

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