ReHacked #27: enhanced iceberg play, flying Dutchman, China plans for World domination and more.

ReHacked #27: enhanced iceberg play, flying Dutchman, China plans for World domination and more.
DAVID MORRIS/APEX An optical illusion caused the ship to appear as though it was hovering above the horizon

Hello, everyone! Today in the news: Swiss for privacy, Chinas plans for World domination, how to brew a nice cup of tea and more.


Square Acquires Tidal in $297 Million Deal #internet #socialnetworks #economy

The announcement comes less than two weeks after Jay-Z announced that he would sell 50 percent of his champagne company, Armand de Brignac — better known as Ace of Spades — to LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton amid a downturn in the entertainment industry caused by the pandemic that has affected some of Jay-Z’s holdings.

Troll Research Station: how to operate an airport in Antarctica #nature #engineering

Before 2005, getting personnel to the Norwegian Polar Institute’s Troll Research Station (AT27/QAT) in Antarctica involved a weeks-long boat ride followed by a 250 kilometer trek over snow, ice, and rock. But in 2005, the research station opened its 3000 meter blue ice runway. With the summer season coming to a close and most personnel flying home this week on an Icelandair 767, we wanted to learn more about what it takes to operate an airport in Antarctica. We spoke with Sven Lidström, the operations manager at Troll Station to learn more.

A reminder that none of your deleted Reddit posts or accounts goes away. (post in r/privacy) #privacy

Some fun for ones who enjoyed playing with icebergs - Iceberger remixed - now with melting, forces showed and multiple icebergs enabled. The first version was announced in ReHacked #23 #science #fun

How to destroy the Earth @ Things Of Interest #sci-fi #science #space

The Earth is built to last. It is a 4,550,000,000-year-old, 5,973,600,000,000,000,000,000-tonne ball of iron. It has taken more devastating asteroid hits in its lifetime than you've had hot dinners, and lo, it still orbits merrily. So my first piece of advice to you, dear would-be Earth-destroyer, is: do NOT think this will be easy.

This is not a guide for wusses whose aim is merely to wipe out humanity. I can in no way guarantee the complete extinction of the human race via any of these methods, real or imaginary. Humanity is wily and resourceful, and many of the methods outlined below will take many years to even become available, let alone implement, by which time mankind may well have spread to other planets; indeed, other star systems. If total human genocide is your ultimate goal, you are reading the wrong document. There are far more efficient ways of doing this, many which are available and feasible RIGHT NOW. Nor is this a guide for those wanting to annihilate everything from single-celled life upwards, render Earth uninhabitable or simply conquer it. These are trivial goals in comparison.

dearMoon 8 crew members wanted! #space #fun

8 crew members wanted for the mission to the Moon in 2023!

'Hovering ship' photographed off Cornish coast by walker #nature

Images of what appears to be a hovering ship have been captured as the result of a rare optical illusion off the coast of England.

David Morris took a photo of the ship near Falmouth, Cornwall.

BBC meteorologist David Braine said the "superior mirage" occurred because of "special atmospheric conditions that bend light".

At Least 30,000 U.S. Organizations Newly Hacked Via Holes in Microsoft’s Email Software — Krebs on Security #security

At least 30,000 organizations across the United States — including a significant number of small businesses, towns, cities and local governments — have over the past few days been hacked by an unusually aggressive Chinese cyber espionage unit that’s focused on stealing email from victim organizations, multiple sources tell KrebsOnSecurity. The espionage group is exploiting four newly-discovered flaws in Microsoft Exchange Server email software, and has seeded hundreds of thousands of victim organizations worldwide with tools that give the attackers total, remote control over affected systems.

Chinese Hacking Spree Hit an ‘Astronomical’ Number of Victims #security

WHEN NEWS HIT earlier this week that Chinese hackers were actively targeting Microsoft Exchange servers, the cybersecurity community warned that the zero-day vulnerabilities they were exploiting might have allowed them to hit countless organizations around the world. Now it's becoming clear just many email servers they hacked. By all appearances, the group known as Hafnium breached as many victims they could find across the global internet, leaving behind backdoors to return to later.

Animated Engines #engineering #fun

Digital identity scheme shot down by voters over data privacy concerns #privacy

Voters in Switzerland have thrown out a law governing a proposed electronic identity system. The result is blow for plans by parliament and the government amid fears about data protection.

How to make a nice cup of tea #fun

ISO 3103 is a standard published by the International Organization for Standardization (commonly referred to as ISO), specifying a standardized method for brewing tea, possibly sampled by the standardized methods described in ISO 1839.

Hacker Forum Maza Hacked #security #privacy

In the latest in a string of “hits” on Russian dark web forums, the prominent crime site Maza appears to have been hacked by someone earlier this week.

This is kind of big news since Maza (previously called “Mazafaka”) has long been a destination for all assortment of criminal activity, including malware distribution, money laundering, carding (i.e., the selling of stolen credit card information), and lots of other bad behavior. The forum is considered “elite” and hard to join, and in the past, it has been a cesspool for some of the world’s most prolific cybercriminals.

China five-year plan aims for supremacy in AI, quantum computing #politics #economy #science #world

China's tech industry has been hit hard by US trade battles and the economic uncertainties of the pandemic, but it's eager to bounce back in the relatively near future. According to the Wall Street Journal, the country used its annual party meeting to outline a five-year plan for advancing technology that aids "national security and overall development." It will create labs, foster educational programs and otherwise boost research in fields like AI, biotech, semiconductors and quantum computing.

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