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US natural gas operator shuts down for 2 days after being infected by ransomware

Ars Technica - 1 hour 9 min ago

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A US-based natural gas facility shut down operations for two days after sustaining a ransomware infection that prevented personnel from receiving crucial real-time operational data from control and communication equipment, the Department of Homeland Security said on Tuesday.

Tuesday’s advisory from the DHS’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, or CISA, didn’t identify the site except to say that it was a natural gas-compression facility. Such sites typically use turbines, motors, and engines to compress natural gas so it can be safely moved through pipelines.

The attack started with a malicious link in a phishing email that allowed attackers to pivot from the facility’s IT network to the facility’s OT network, which is the operational technology hub of servers that control and monitor physical processes of the facility. With that, both the IT and OT networks were infected with what the advisory described as “commodity ransomware.”

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Judge rules a 2019 law singling out Huawei isn’t unconstitutional

Ars Technica - 1 hour 25 min ago

Enlarge / A customer looks at a Huawei smartphone in a Huawei store in Moscow. (credit: Sergei Karpukhin / TASS via Getty Images)

A federal judge has slapped down a Huawei lawsuit that sought to overturn a ban on federal agencies buying Huawei telecommunications gear. Congress passed the legislation, part of the military's 2019 appropriations bill, out of concern that the Chinese government could infiltrate Huawei-based networks.

Huawei had argued that the law was unconstitutional under the Constitution's ban on bills of attainder. The federal government argued that was nonsense. On Tuesday, Texas federal Judge Amos Mazzant sided with the government.

The Constitution prohibits Congress from imposing "bills of attainder"—legislation that singles out individuals for punishment without trial. This was an infamous practice in Great Britain in the decades before the American Revolution. Huawei argued that it was a "person" under US law and hence entitled to this protection.

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'The Paywalled Garden: iOS is Adware'

Slashdot - 1 hour 55 min ago
Categories: Geek, Opinion

Ring doorbell makes two-factor verification mandatory

BBC Technology News - 2 hours 10 min ago
Amazon's video doorbell system has faced criticism for not having more robust security for users.

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