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Ransomware attack on a prison

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We have already seen in the past how some hackers carry out ransomware-type attacks on hospitals, hijacking computers, locking them remotely, asking for money in exchange for unlocking.

Companies and public institutions have also been victims of this type of attack, but when it is carried out in hospitals, each day of delay can cost lives, so on many occasions they end up paying the requested ransom, opening the doors for the attack to be repeated. weeks later.

The fact is that now the first attack of its kind on a prison has come to light, an attack that disabled the entire computer system of the detention center in the Bernalillo County, Albuquerque, New Mexico area.

The consequences could have been dire. It is believed that the idea was to test the system to see if it was possible to release prisoners in this way, although this is only a rumor. What actually happened it was the opposite, since the prisoners had to stay in their cells, under physical lock, for hours, until the problem was solved.

The prison also ran out of Internet, making it impossible to consult the records of inmates, and security camera coverage failed. The incident tracking database, with the fights and reports of sexual assault within the prison, was also not accessible.

From January 5 to 10, they had problems of various kinds, and put the prison in a situation of possible violation of the terms on prison conditions (regular access to telephones and others).

This type of digital extortion is becoming more and more common. If you want more details about what is ransomware and how to avoid it, don’t forget to consult the articles we have already published on the subject here on WWWhatsnew.

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Canadian company Frontiers North Adventures wants to replace northern tourism vehicles with electric vehicles

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Every year, thousands of ecotourists come to the Canadian village of Churchill on the shores of the Arctic Ocean for the chance to see polar bears. Frontiers North Adventures, a local travel company, uses 40-seat diesel-powered Tundra Buggy buses to transport tourists across the ice.

It recently announced plans to replace all twelve custom cars with zero-emission electric vehicles.

Unlike companies that can turn to the automaker in such cases, Frontiers North Adventures had to do most of the engineering for the electric version of the Tundra Buggy in-house.

Canadian company Frontiers North Adventures wants to replace northern tourism vehicles with electric vehicles

“The biggest problem we had with the first vehicle is that this has never been done before. We were working with donated batteries so we had to build our own systems and we had to do it all from scratch… it took a very long time because we had to figure everything out,” explains Jessica Burtnick, Manager of Frontiers North Adventures for Marketing and Communications. – We hope to redo the second [Tundra Buggy] it will be a little easier… and when we get to the 12th, we will reach perfection.”

The company expects the transition to electricity to be a boon for the environment, reducing CO2 emissions by 3,600 tonnes over the next 25 years and helping to insulate the business from fuel price fluctuations. In addition, cars will become much quieter.

Funding for the project came from dedicated Manitoba funds and in-kind support and technical services were provided by Red River Polytechnic College’s Transportation Technology and Energy Center. Batteries for the car were donated by electric bus manufacturer New Flyer from Winnipeg.

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Although in “cloud” on Switch, Dying Light 2 delayed at Nintendo

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Techland announced that Dying Light 2 won’t happen on Switch at the same time as the other versions of the game. However, the version offered on the Nintendo console will not be practicable other than on the cloud, making this postponement somewhat curious.

The good technical performance of the first part on Switch could give hope for a sequel brought with so much effort. However, it was quickly confirmed that if the Switch was going to receive Dying Light 2 Star Human, it would only be a question of a version playable in “cloud”, or on the cloud.


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The good news with these kinds of announcements is that no concessions are made to allow Switch audiences to enjoy the same experience as everyone else. The bad news is that it requires these players to have a stable and quality connection to keep the game fluid, not to mention queues to observe.

Dying Light 2 delayed on Switch: the release will take place within six months

At this point, suffice to say that Switch players no longer expect much from Dying Light 2, whose very output will take the form of a small miracle. On Wednesday, its developer Techland, however, managed to create disappointment in a lack of enthusiasm. Thus, while Dying Light 2 to be launched on Friday, February 4, 2022 on PC, Switch, PlayStation 4 and 5, Xbox One and Series X / S, the title will miss the start at Nintendo.

“Techland aims to deliver the game to the Nintendo Switch family within six months of the original date”.

The explanations for this postponement are very vaguely, if not at all, given by Techland, which is thus content to say that this decision has been taken “in order to provide fans with the gaming experience at the level that they deserve and that Techland wants to provide”.

This maximum six months delay would have been completely understandable if Techland had sweated liters of sweat to get Dying Light 2 in the nails of the Switch. But making potential buyers of “streaming” games wait does not encourage leniency. We add that if Dying Light 2 following the sad example of control and Hitman, the eShop sheet should make no mention of the price of the access pass, necessary to play the game beyond the free trial period.

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768 stream processors, 4GB GDDR6 memory, and only two DP 1.4 ports for $230. Radeon PRO W6400 graphics card introduced

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The range of AMD 3D accelerators for professional use has been replenished with the inexpensive Radeon PRO W6400 model. It is priced at just $230. For comparison, standing one step above the Radeon PRO W6600 is priced at $650.

768 stream processors, 4GB GDDR6 memory, and only two DP 1.4 ports for $230.  Radeon PRO W6400 graphics card introduced

The Radeon PRO W6400 is built around the simplest Navi GPU, Navi 24, which is also used in the recently introduced Radeon RX 6500 XT consumer graphics card. The GPU is manufactured using TSMC’s 6nm FinFET process. It has 12 execution units and 768 stream processors, single precision performance is 3.5 TFLOPS.

768 stream processors, 4GB GDDR6 memory, and only two DP 1.4 ports for $230.  Radeon PRO W6400 graphics card introduced

The Radeon PRO W6400 received 4 GB of 16 GHz GDDR6 memory, 16 MB of fast Infinity Cache and a 64-bit memory bus. The novelty is endowed with two DisplayPort 1.4 connectors, supports PCIe 4.0 interface (four lines) and is characterized by a TDP of 50 watts. The Radeon PRO W6400 occupies only one slot in a PC case.

768 stream processors, 4GB GDDR6 memory, and only two DP 1.4 ports for $230.  Radeon PRO W6400 graphics card introduced

768 stream processors, 4GB GDDR6 memory, and only two DP 1.4 ports for $230.  Radeon PRO W6400 graphics card introduced
768 stream processors, 4GB GDDR6 memory, and only two DP 1.4 ports for $230.  Radeon PRO W6400 graphics card introduced

Even before the release of the Radeon PRO W6400, it was clear that this video card would compete with Nvidia’s budget 3D card for professional use T600. In the slides of the official presentation of AMD’s new product, there is a comparison with the Nvidia T600, and we can say that these models are comparable in performance.

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