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Hotels migrate to Chrome OS to escape ransomware

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the hotel chain Nordic Choice found a creative solution that could become a standard to reduce the damage of a ransomware attack against corporate servers.

In a press release, the company informs that it switched the infected devices, which used Windows as an operating system, to an infrastructure entirely based on Chrome OS. In addition to making the migration simple using a file and configuration transfer software, the hotel was able to save money by reactivating older PCs, which run smoothly on the new platform.

Because of the attack, which took place in December 2021, the network was unable to synchronize data between units and could not even issue room access cards.

It’s not a perfect method

Nordic Choice claims that it was already testing this possibility before ransomware, but only taking into account the economic factor. However, the cyberattack streamlined the plans and even proved that the system works — which means that it can be viable in other companies attacked by this type of scam.

According to the statement, in less than 24 hours one of the units had the Google ecosystem working normally and, two days later, that number increased to 2,000 computers in 212 hotels in five countries.

Disclosure of stolen personal data after non-payment of the ransom.Disclosure of stolen personal data after non-payment of the ransom.Source: The Record

However, the non-payment of the ransom caused guests’ personal data and details such as the date the person was in the rooms to be leaked on a forum. The network claims that no financial information has been released.

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Two of the latest SpaceX Raptor 2 rocket engines exploded: it hit the video

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Two of the latest SpaceX Raptor 2 rocket engines

For the past few months, there has been talk that the first orbital test flight of the Starship spacecraft is being thwarted by officials delaying the environmental review of the Boca Chica spaceport. But no less problem (if not the main one) remains the difficulties with the latest rocket engines – Raptor 2. Recently it became known about bench firing tests, during which two Raptor 2 engines exploded one after the other.

SpaceX and its officials have not commented on the incident. Elon Musk himself has recently been busy buying Twitter. But, according to various sources, two “pops” were heard at the test site in McGregor, Texas, when testing Raptor 2 engines.

Two of the latest SpaceX Raptor 2 rocket engines exploded: it hit the video

The events were recorded by surveillance cameras of the NASA SpaceFlight amateur astronaut team. Videos of both explosions are posted in the corresponding section of the Reddit forum: here and here. It is customary at SpaceX to test rocket engines under extreme loads in order to check in practice the acceptable performance of structural elements. Therefore, during the tests, it is quite possible to expect anything, up to the destruction of the engines.

Raptor 2 engines, which have tens of percent more thrust than first-generation engines, should be the basis for regular Starship commercial launches. Experts believe that without a mass-produced, reusable and easy-to-maintain rocket engine in the face of the Raptor 2, SpaceX is in danger of bankruptcy, which is confirmed by Elon Musk himself.

Two engine explosions in a row on the test bed don’t tie in well with plans to start regular Starship flights in the coming weeks. It remains to be hoped that the company will share the details on this matter.

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NASA to send Orion spacecraft to the Moon in August

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NASA to send Orion spacecraft to the Moon in August

NASA chief Bill Nelson, during a House Appropriations Committee hearing, said that the first unmanned flight of the Orion spacecraft to the moon as part of the Artemis program will take place in August this year.

NASA to send Orion spacecraft to the Moon in August

“At the moment I would say that in August. As part of a mission lasting about thirty days, all systems for unmanned flights will be tested., – Nelson answered the question of a member of the commission about the launch of the Artemis-1 mission. It involves the launch of an unmanned Orion spacecraft to the Moon, in whose orbit it will be for several weeks. Then the ship will return to Earth, and its descent capsule will splash down in the Atlantic.

Before launch, the launch vehicle must successfully pass a bench test. During the test, experts will simulate the procedures necessary for a successful launch, as well as check the operation of systems, interfaces and software.

On March 18, NASA reported that the 98-meter SLS rocket carrying the Orion spacecraft was transported from the vertical assembly shop to Kennedy Space Center Launch Pad 39B. However, due to a number of technical problems, the test was repeatedly postponed.

The test flight should demonstrate the readiness of the SLS rocket and the Orion spacecraft for a manned mission. The Artemis 2 mission will send a crew of four astronauts to the Moon. The manned spacecraft, which is currently scheduled to fly in 2024, will have to fly around the Earth’s natural satellite. After a long space flight, the Orion descent ship with astronauts will splash down in the Atlantic. As part of the Artemis 3 mission, American astronauts will have to land on the lunar surface.

The Artemis program was made public in September 2020. Its main goal is the return, after 53 years, of American astronauts to the lunar surface in 2025, the construction of a near-lunar station and the preparation of conditions for the possible colonization of the Moon in the future.

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The Pentagon will not cover up extraterrestrial life if it is discovered

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Pentagon officials, speaking to congressmen, assured that they would not hide the discovery of extraterrestrial life if it ever happened.

The Pentagon will not cover up extraterrestrial life if it is discovered

“There are structures in our government that are looking for life in other places, and they have been doing this for many decades, they are looking for extraterrestrial life”– said at an open hearing in the subcommittee of the select committee on intelligence of the House of Representatives of the Congress, Deputy Secretary of Defense for Intelligence Ronald Maltry. “We are part of the same government. And our task is not to hide something if we potentially find something, but to understand what might be beyond [нашей планеты]and explore what that could mean for us if there are any implications and implications for national security from a defense standpoint.”he assured.

One of the legislators asked Maltry why, then, some of the information at the UFO hearings, representatives of the Pentagon are ready to disclose only during the closed part, where secret information will be discussed. “What are we hiding?” he asked. In response, the US Deputy Secretary of Defense explained that the military department does not want to publicly disclose the methods by which information on UFOs is collected and analyzed, since similar technologies and procedures can be used in other areas related to national security.

In turn, US Navy Deputy Director of Intelligence Scott Bray told congressmen that a special task force created by the US Department of Defense to investigate cases of UFO sightings has not yet found any evidence of extraterrestrial origin of unidentified objects. “We do not have any material, and we in the target group did not record any phenomena that would indicate that this is something extraterrestrial in origin. But we will follow where the evidence leads us. We did not draw any conclusions as to what they [необъяснимые в настоящий момент случаи] are or are not. We are committed to understanding this.”he said.

US lawmakers on Tuesday held public hearings on UFO sightings for the first time in decades. A special task force formed in the US Department of Defense is studying these phenomena.

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