Ukraine has accused the Russian government of hacking into one of its government Web portals and planting malicious documents that would install malware on end users’ computers. “The purpose of the attack was the mass contamination of information resources of public authorities, as this system is used for the circulation of documents in most public authorities,” officials from Ukraine’s National Coordination Center for Cybersecurity said in a statement published on Wednesday. “The malicious documents contained a macro that secretly downloaded a program to remotely control a computer when opening the files.” Further Reading Six Russians accused of the world’s most destructive hacks indicted Wednesday’s statement said that the methods used in the attack connected the hackers to the Russian Federation. Ukraine didn’t say if the attack succeeded in infecting any authorities’ computers. Further Reading Found: “Crash Override” malware that triggered Ukrainian … [Read more...] about Ukraine says Russia hacked its document portal and planted malicious files
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In brief: We've long been warned not to buy older, second-hand graphics cards from eBay that have been used for mining. It's assumed their continued use causes wear and tear that impacts gaming performance, and a YouTube channel has investigated this claim by testing an RTX 2080 Ti that's been mining for 18 months. Testing Games (via Tom's Hardware ) compared the 4K performance of several titles, pitting a brand-new Turing consumer flagship against one that had been mining for around 18 months. Not too surprisingly, the newer card was the better performer, offering about 10 percent more FPS in games such as Cyberpunk 2077, Battlefield V, and Assassin's Creed Valhalla. One exception was Forza Horizon 4, where the difference was slightly greater. Buying an ex-mining card might not be as bad as you think As you can see in the video, the main reason behind the performance difference is the mining card running at a lower clock speed and with higher temperatures. The older … [Read more...] about See how an RTX 2080 Ti’s gaming performance compares to a new card after 18 months of mining
Texas' power grid was on the verge of failure after a cold snap brought record low temperatures, snow and rolling blackouts across the state. Millions of Texans were without power, and some people have questioned why a state that produces the most power in the US is unable to keep the lights on. Misinformation about the blackout has also started to spread online, falsely putting the blame on wind and solar energy. Roughly 4 million people in Texas had to deal with outages for most of the week as power generators and natural gas pipes froze, crippling the state's production capabilities. This led the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), which manages the state's power grid, to administer rolling blackouts to avoid a grid failure. ERCOT ended the emergency conditions Friday because no more outages were required. Smarten up Get the best reviews, videos and comparisons in CNET's Smart Home and Appliances newsletter. Here's what you need to know about the power … [Read more...] about Texas power outages: Why blackouts hit as temperatures fell
What do IT leaders believe the future of the profession will be, and what kind of threats will be most pervasive down the line? Dallas, TX-based cloud security firm Trend Micro recently carried out new research which reveals that over two-fifths (41%) of IT leaders believe that AI will replace their role by 2030. Featured Your home office tax deductions checklist The best tax software for small businesses and personal preparation Smart pills and the future of medicine: Insights from your insides Best VPN services: Safe and fast don't come free Its predictions report, Turning the Tide , forecasts that remote and cloud-based systems will be ruthlessly targeted in 2021. The research was compiled from interviews with 500 IT directors and managers, CIOs and CTOs and does not look good for their career prospects. Only 9% of respondents were confident that AI would definitely not replace their job within the next decade. In fact, nearly a third … [Read more...] about AI set to replace humans in cybersecurity by 2030, says Trend Micro survey
High in the Himalayas, a four-to-five-day trek from the nearest village, sits an unassuming glacial lake called Roopkund. The spot is beautiful, a dollop of jewel-toned water amid rough gravel and scree, but hardly out of the ordinary for the rugged landscape — except for the hundreds of human bones scattered within and around the lake. These bones, belonging to between 300 and 800 people, have been a mystery since a forest ranger first reported them to the broader world in 1942. Lately, though, the mystery has only deepened. In 2019, a new genetic analysis of the ancient DNA in the bones, detailed in the journal Nature Communications , found that at least 14 of the people who died at the lake probably weren't from South Asia. Instead, their genes match those of modern-day people of the eastern Mediterranean. Related: 11 famous places that are littered with dead bodies What's more, these bones were far newer than most of the others at the lake, which date to … [Read more...] about Hundreds of skeletons fill this remote Himalayan lake. How did they get there?