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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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New Antutu record: a new leader reigns in the ranking of the most productive Android smartphones

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New Antutu record a new leader reigns in the ranking

The popular AnTuTu benchmark team has published its latest monthly rating of the most productive flagship smartphones based on the Android operating system.

New Antutu record: a new leader reigns in the ranking of the most productive Android smartphones

In November, there was a revolution in the ranking, which Antutu experts had been waiting for for several months. The latest smartphone Vivo X90 based on the new Dimensity 9200 platform scored almost 1.2 million points, overtaking all the flagships based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 that previously reigned in the ranking. Note that Vivo X90 became the world’s first smartphone on SoC Dimensity 9200.

However, places from second to ten belong to models equipped with SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1.

New Antutu record: a new leader reigns in the ranking of the most productive Android smartphones

Second place went to OnePlus Ace Pro with 1,115,759 points, and third place went to Red Magic 7S Pro. Rounding out the Top 10 are iQoo 10 Pro, Lenovo Legion Y70, iQoo 10, Moto X30 Pro, Xiaomi 12S Pro, Redmi K50 Extreme Edition and Vivo X Fold+

Statistics collected from November 1 to November 30, 2022. The AnTuTu ranking uses averages, not the highest scores. For each smartphone, the results of at least 1000 tests were taken into account – models with fewer tests are not included in the rating.

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Apple Declares 2013 and 2014 iMacs Obsolete and Watch Series 2 Smartwatches ‘Vintage’

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Apple Declares 2013 and 2014 iMacs Obsolete and Watch Series

Apple has added three models of iMacs to its list of obsolete products: a 21.5-inch screen from 2013, a 21.5-inch screen from 2014, and a 27-inch Retina 5K screen also from 2014.

Apple Declares 2013 and 2014 iMacs Obsolete and Watch Series 2 Smartwatches 'Vintage'

Apple typically deprecates products seven years after they were released, so it’s no surprise that the 2013 and 2014 iMacs are on the list.

As for smart watches Apple Watch Series 2, they are recognized as “vintage”. This category usually includes devices that have been released for five years. There may be problems with the official repair of the aforementioned iMacs.

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There are almost 1 billion 5G users. Ericsson report shows that operators often ask for more money for such tariffs.

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There are almost 1 billion 5G users Ericsson report shows

According to a report by Ericsson cited by The Verge, by the end of this year, the number of 5G subscribers in the world will reach 1 billion.

Of course, this is far from the performance of 4G networks, which are now used by about 5 billion people, but still this is a fairly significant part of the market.

There are almost 1 billion 5G users. Ericsson report shows that operators often ask for more money for such tariffs.

Of course, 5G adoption is far from uneven. In North America, about 35% of subscribers will use 5G networks by the end of this year.

At the same time, the report indicates that operators often ask for more money for the higher speeds offered by new networks. Dividing into corresponding tariffs is popular among operators in Western Europe, but overall, 25% of operators worldwide charge extra for 5G. And the average markup is 40%.

Ericsson believes that, unfortunately, this trend will continue for several more years, as operators need to compensate for the costs of developing a new network.

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