A tale of Twitter fraudsters, an infosec biz boss, and a quest for one honeypot hitFraudsters masquerading as ISP support agents to phish payment card details have been unmasked – after they tried to scam a Brit infosec biz cofounder.Kurtis Baron, director of the Cambridge-based penetration-testing outfit Fidus Information Security, told El Reg today how his cofounder Andrew Mabbitt received a private message from what appeared to be a legit Virgin Media customer support account on Twitter, a message that tried to harvest his bank card details.The scam began when Mabbitt complained publicly to UK broadband giant Virgin Media on Twitter about a dodgy internet connection.A crook, operating a Virgin Media support lookalike account, clocked the gripe, and slid into his DMs asking for personal details to help out."It seems those behind the account(s) are watching for keywords in real time and sending these messages very quickly; exploiting both the speed of a reply and the frustration being held by the person writing the initial tweet."
“Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me” is a Sunday staple on the radio.But you if you can’t get enough of the show, you don’t have to wait for its normal timeslot on NPR.You can play it any time in the comfort of your own home thanks to the new Wait Wait Quiz available for smart speakers including devices powered by Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant.The interactive game is hosted by Peter Sagal and Bill Kurtis, and you’ll stand in as the contestant.The Wait Wait Quiz will challenge you to fill in the blank on a number of questions pulled from the week’s headlines.Peter and Bill will even respond when you give your answer just like you’re calling in on the real show.
NPR is turning its popular game show program “Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!” into a voice application for smart speakers, including both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant-powered devices.The new app lets listeners play along at home by answering the fill-in-the-blank questions from this week’s news — just like the players do on the NPR podcast and radio show, which airs on more than 720 NPR member stations.Also like the NPR program, the new smart speaker game includes the voice talent of the comedy quiz show’s hosts, Peter Sagal and Bill Kurtis.To get started, you just say either “Alexa, open Wait Wait Quiz” or “Hey Google, talk to the Wait Wait Quiz,” depending on your device.After hearing the question, you can then speak — or shout — your answer at your smart speaker to find out if you got it right.The game is five minutes long and updated every week, NPR says.
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Steam is one of the most popular gaming services in the world, with 67 million monthly active players, putting it head-to-head with Sony's PlayStation Network.Valve engineer Kurtis Chinn said this meant transaction fees for customers buying games went up and down too quickly as bitcoin fluctuated in value.Steam first began accepting bitcoin in April 2016.In a blog post announcing the changes, Steam engineer Kurtis Chinn wrote: "As of today, Steam will no longer support Bitcoin as a payment method on our platform due to high fees and volatility in the value of Bitcoin."Steam rivals Sony's PlayStation Network as the world's biggest gaming service, with 67 million monthly active players versus Sony's 70 million monthly active users.The decision to halt bitcoin payments doesn't seem to be related to the various controversies around bitcoin — such as whether it predominantly benefits criminals and is a massive energy drain — but because it's skyrocketing value means higher transaction fees.
Bitcoin is causing too many complications for Valve, so the company has announced that it will no longer accept the digital cryptocurrency.Valve runs Steam, which is the the biggest PC-gaming distribution platform outside of China, and it started taking Bitcoin as a payment in April 2016 after talking about the possibility for years.But high fees and the roller coaster market value have convinced Valve to give it up as a viable alternative to traditional payment methods.In a blog post, Valve engineer Kurtis Chinn lays out its reasons for ditching Bitcoin.“In the past few months we’ve seen an increase in the volatility in the value of Bitcoin and a significant increase in the fees to process transactions on the Bitcoin network,” wrote Chinn.“For example, transaction fees that are charged to the customer by the Bitcoin network have skyrocketed this year, topping out at close to $20 a transaction last week — compared to roughly 20 cents when we initially enabled Bitcoin.”
It s always entertaining when smart people say stupid things, but we probably shouldn t be surprised by what Thiel said in Chicago a couple of weeks ago.As brilliant as he has been at predicting the future and making investments that hit big, the man isn t known for his for pulling punches – or worrying about what others think of him for that matter.Not that I really need to tell you, but last week while speaking to an audience in Chicago, Thiel basically told the room they weren t very bright or they wouldn t even be there.If you are a very talented person, you have a choice: You either go to New York or you go to Silicon Valley.You can almost hear the cringe.There s no arguing that a lot of the best and brightest from every city in the world have flocked to the coasts for the chance to catch the next rising star.It s been reported that UW provides the Valley with more tech workers than any school except Stanford.I admit that s hard to watch, especially when there are so many great things happening in Waterloo.We boast the second highest density of startups outside of the Valley.
Facebook has formally informed its investors that it could be on the hook for billions more in back taxes if the Internal Revenue Service s legal efforts are successful.This notice comes weeks after federal investigators asked a judge in California to force Facebook to open up its financial and business records for 2010—the year that the social networking giant established a subsidiary in Ireland largely for tax reasons.Facebook and many other tech firms have recently come under increased scrutiny for using this method to drastically—and legally—reduce tax burdens.The "Double Irish" technique was phased out in early 2015, but companies already using it have until 2020 to transition to something else.Government investigators accuse Facebook of possibly not charging its Irish subsidiary enough to license its own technology, which has the effect of substantially lowering its tax obligations.In a Thursday filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the company wrote:
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GIF Gif: IndyCar/YoutubeToday s Indy cars look drastically different than those that ran in the first Indianapolis 500 in 1911, and that has a lot to do with the series aerodynamic advancements.The Verizon IndyCar Series has a video showing just how much slipperier cars have become throughout the decades, and take this as a warning: nerdy Computation Fluid Dynamics lies ahead.The Automotive Research Center, or ARC, in Indianapolis decided to run some Computational Fluid Dynamics simulations used to predict fluid behavior on four Indy cars—a 1911 Marmon Wasp, a 1955 Kurtis Kraft 500C, a 1965 Lotus 38 and a 2011 Dallara—to see just how much better the newer cars are in the wind tunnel versus their predecessors.Of course, designers back then didn t have the tools we have today to simulate fluid flow, so we can t be too hard on the engineers.He also says the rear of the car makes no downforce at all, and that the front actually produces lift!The car also produced zero downforce, which could make cornering a bit hairy.
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