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Friday is right around the corner! But, before we start thinking too much about weekend plans, let's dive into today's Snap!
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Ransomware gang creates site for employees to search for their stolen data
Sometimes ransomware gangs can be so thoughtful (please note that yes, I am being sarcastic), such as ALPHV, which created a dedicated website that will allow people to check if their data was stolen in an attack. And, by people, I do mean their victims.
According to BleepingComputer:
"To pressure victims into paying, ransomware gangs create data leak sites where they slowly release portions of the stolen data or email customers and employees warning them that their info was stolen.
However, these extortion techniques do not always work and companies simply decide not to pay even though their corporate, employee, and customer data is at risk of being leaked.
For this reason, ransomware gangs constantly evolve their tactics to apply additional pressure on victims."
£18m cyber-security hub centre opens at Abertay University
The cyberQuarter, a research and development centre into cyber security, officially opened today at Abertay University in the city of Dundee, Scotland.
According to BBC:
"The cyberQuarter centre, which is the first of its kind in Scotland, covers four floors for use by businesses, academics, and students.
NHS National Services Scotland cyber-security wing is one of its first clients, creating 30 new jobs.
The hub is funded by the university and the UK and Scottish governments through the Tay Cities Region Deal.
Abertay said students on its ethical hacking, computing and cyber-security programmes will learn directly from industry professionals."
Whatever you do, don't show initiative if you value your job
The "Who, me?" articles on The Register are usually pretty interesting... and this one definitely is!
According to The Register:
"Our story comes from "Harry" (not his name) who was working for a major medical products company back in the days when Windows XP was the hot new thing and software was, frankly, a bit simpler.
We've also turned the Regomizer on a new hire assigned to Harry. We'll call him "James" since we imagine he'd rather his true identity never be made public considering what happened...
However, back to Harry for now. Harry was a line engineer, responsible for ensuring "the enormous series of complex machines spat out the product in just the right way to avoid any defective products getting out of the factory.""
But there's more going on in the
world galaxy than that.
Mars rover Perseverance spots shiny silver litter on the Red Planet (photo)
As the subject says, they found detritus on Mars. Could this be evidence of advanced Martian life? Spoiler alert, no, it's not.
According to Space.com:
"No, this isn't evidence of advanced (but careless) Martian life.
On Monday (June 13), NASA's Perseverance rover snapped a photo of a shiny silver object wedged between two rocks on the floor of the Red Planet's Jezero Crater, which the car-sized robot has been exploring since its February 2021 touchdown.
This space trash is not native to Mars; Perseverance hauled it from Earth, the rover's handlers said."
Fastest-growing black hole ever seen is devouring the equivalent of 1 Earth per second
I feel like there have been more articles about black holes lately but when you see a subject like this one, I feel like I just have to click to learn more. And I am glad I did as it is really interesting, if not also a little frightening.
According to Space.com:
"The fastest-growing black hole ever seen is swallowing the mass equivalent of an entire Earth every second.
This gargantuan black hole has a mass 3 billion times that of the sun, and its rapid consumption is causing the behemoth to grow rapidly, an international research team found. The black hole gorges via a process called accretion, in which it siphons matter from a thin disk of gas and dust rotating around the massive object.
Other black holes of a similar size stopped growing billions of years ago, but this newly discovered black hole is still getting larger. It's now 500 times bigger than Sagittarius A*, the supermassive black hole at the heart of the Milky Way, and would fit the whole solar system behind its event horizon, the boundary beyond which nothing can escape. "
I wonder if this black hole hears comments as I do from my partner about how quickly I devour my food.
And you can't not know this.
512 disk drives later, Floppotron computer hardware orchestra hits v3.0
I've been holding on to this one for a few days after community member Floppotron 3.0 has arrived. I can wait no longer!let us know that
According to The Register:
"The Floppotron computer hardware orchestra has reached version 3.0. The question is, where do you even find 512 floppy disk drives? Its creator, Paweł Zadrożniak, tells all.
The Floppotron is a marvellous bit of engineering. Its tones frequent many a YouTube video (this writer was rather taken by the rendition of "Take On Me" performed by the device's second iteration) and as a repurposing of obsolete hardware, it would be hard to come up with a more imaginative approach."
Time to give my Spotify account a break and listen to the sweet sounds of Floppotron!
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