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"That’s one small step for a man; one giant leap for mankind." Today is Moon Day and, as you might have guessed from the quote, it is on this day in 1969 that the Apollo 11 Lunar Module successfully landed in the area of the Moon known as the Sea of Tranquility.
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UK heat wave causes Google and Oracle cloud outages
The ongoing heatwave in the United Kingdom has led to both Google Cloud and Oracle Cloud outages after cooling systems failed at their data centers.
According to BleepingComputer:
"To prevent permanent damage to hardware components and thus create a prolonged outage, both Google and Oracle have shut down equipment, leading to outages in their cloud services.
Oracle was the first to be affected, with the company reporting a cooling failure at approximately 11:30 AM EST today, causing "non-critical hardware" to be powered down.
"As a result of unseasonal temperatures in the region, a subset of cooling infrastructure within the UK South (London) Data Centre experienced an issue. This led to a subset of our service infrastructure needed to be powered down to prevent uncontrolled hardware failures," reads an Oracle Cloud status message that appears to have been first spotted by TheRegister."
I know many are having quite the hot summer this year, with some regions not accustomed to or quite equipped for this, so do your best to stay cool and, more importantly, stay safe.
WSUS vs. Windows Update for Business: Which Is Better for Enterprises?
I know we have more than a few members interested in this topic, some of which are experts in these subjects, so I wanted to spotlight this article by Brad Rudisail.
According to Spiceworks News & Insights:
"Which patch management tool should organizations rely on to patch Windows endpoints in a hybrid working setup? Enterprises looking to continuously update Windows endpoints often end up in a muddle when looking for a solution. In this article, we will compare Windows Server Update Services with Windows Update for Business and explore the best choice to safeguard your environment.
We have all heard repeatedly about the importance of keeping your Windows systems up to date. Keeping your machines patched with the latest security updates is one of the most effective security measures you can take to protect your systems from cyber threats. It also ensures that your users access the latest innovative features and fixes that improve system reliability. All of this leads to the question, what’s the best way to ensure that your fleet of your PCs gets the updates they need? "
Unpatched GPS Tracker Bugs Could Let Attackers Disrupt Vehicles Remotely
According to new research, security vulnerabilities in MiCODUS MV720 Global Positioning System (GPS) vehicle tracker can be easily exploited to track and remotely cut the engines of at least a million vehicles worldwide.
According to The Hacker News:
"The U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is warning of a handful of unpatched security vulnerabilities in MiCODUS MV720 Global Positioning System (GPS) trackers outfitted in over 1.5 million vehicles that could lead to remote disruption of critical operations.
"Successful exploitation of these vulnerabilities may allow a remote actor to exploit access and gain control of the global positioning system tracker," CISA said. "These vulnerabilities could impact access to a vehicle fuel supply, vehicle control, or allow locational surveillance of vehicles in which the device is installed."
Available on sale for $20 and manufactured by the China-based MiCODUS, the company's tracking devices are employed by major organizations in 169 countries spanning aerospace, energy, engineering, government, manufacturing, nuclear power plant, and shipping sectors."
But there's more going on in the
world universe than that.
Europe's 1st commercial staged rocket passes hot-fire milestone
Rocket Factory Augsburg (RFA) has completed the hot fire test of its Helix engine, which is an important step towards the launch of the RFA One rocket.
According to Space.com:
"The tests mark important progress towards an eventual launch of the RFA One rocket. "We are truly excited that our design has proven so reliable and performant," Stefan Brieschenk, the company's Chief Operating Officer, said in a press release(opens in new tab). "We have just made a huge leap towards our first launch by completing this first qualification campaign of Helix."
RFA next plans to perform an integrated system test at the end of the year with a Helix and a flight-qualified upper stage tank, firing the engine for the full duration of the upper stage flight. "
Cosmic crime scene reveals how black holes turn stars into 'spaghetti'
With a title like that, you just know I had to click on it.
According to Space.com:
"A cosmic crime scene has revealed the gory details of black holes' eating habits.
In a new study, astronomers studied a supermassive black hole's destruction of a star, revealing how these cosmic titans consume the material from objects that venture too close to them. The research shows that a significant amount of this material is blown away from, rather than being consumed by, the black hole.
The grisly act, which happened 215 million light-years from Earth, was first observed in October 2019 and represents the aftermath of a sunlike star being destroyed by a black hole over 1 million times its mass. This was the nearest example of a stellar body being "spaghettified" by the massive tidal forces generated by a black hole that astronomers have ever spotted."
And you can't not know this.
US researchers 'hack' fly brains and control them remotely
Yesterday, we posted about a brain-computer interface (BCI) device being implanted into a patient. Today, we're talking about remote control flies.
According to Interesting Engineering:
"A research team consisting of scientists from some of the top insitutes in the U.S. have demonstrated a wireless technology that allows neurons in a fly brain to be controlled in less than a second, an institutional press release said.
With advances in our understanding of how our brain works, scientists are looking for ways to tap into this functionality to achieve goals that were previously unthinkable. For instance, a research project funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) aims to develop a headset technology that can not only read the brain's neural activity but also write it for another individual.
Called Magnetic, Optical, Acoustic Neural Access (MOANA), the program aims to develop a wireless headset that can facilitate brain-to-brain communication in a nonsurgical manner. Jacob Robinson, an associate professor at Rice University is among the researchers working on the project, and his team has developed a method to hack fly brains wirelessly. "
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