‘Zombieload’ Flaw Lets Hackers Crack Almost Every Intel Chip Back to 2011. Why’s It Being Downplayed?

Intel disclosed a new secret-leaking chip security flaw called Zombieload this week, which uses an attack similar to the one used in the Meltdown and Spectre exploits that were disclosed last year. While Intel classified the threat as “medium,” security researchers have said Zombieload is far more serious. The vulnerability affects almost every Intel computer chip since 2011 and highlights how hackers could become savvier at targeting the security holes in Intel’s computer chips. “On a scale of 1 to 10, this is ’10’ serious,” says Robert Siciliano, CEO of security awareness training firm Safr.me. The Zombieload attack takes advantage of a design flaw in most Intel chips, allowing hackers… Read More

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What does it cost to compete with Disney and Netflix? Quibi bets $2 billion

If you’ve never heard of Quibi, the mobile short-form video platform started by former HP CEO Meg Whitman and Hollywood heavyweight Jeffrey Katzenberg, you’re likely not alone. The service hasn’t even launched yet, and it’s not supposed to for another year. But Quibi, which is named after the phrase “quick bite” for the types of easily digestible video content it aims to produce, plans to raise an additional $1 billion, on top of the $1 billion it already has, to get its service properly funded to get off the ground, according to a report this The Information. The eye-popping figure is, on the surface, a bit silly for a service… Read More

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Kickstarter will not voluntarily recognize its employee union

Kickstarter CEO Aziz Hasan and management will not voluntarily recognize Kickstarter United, its nascent employee union. (The staff is organizing with the Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) Local 153.) Instead, the company wants a National Labor Relations Board election. In an email to the entire staff, Hasan expressed concern that a union would hurt the company. Kickstarter has faced a number of challenges, Hasan writes. “I recognize the need for better communication, definition around roles and responsibilities, clarity around compensation, and processes that allow for perspectives to be shared and captured across the organization.” The company also suffers from what Hasan characterizes as “a lack of trust… Continue… Read More

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Environmental groups threaten legal action against Pittsburg manufacturing plant for flouting hazardous waste laws

Environmental groups are threatening to sue Dow, which they say is endangering residents near its manufacturing plant in Pittsburg by violating hazardous waste laws. The groups — Communities for a Better Environment, the Environmental Integrity Project and Environmental Advocates — on Wednesday sent Dow a notice of intent to sue. They allege the manufacturing plant is burning hazardous materials and operating a wastewater treatment system without the proper permits. The Pittsburg plant at 901 Loveridge Road manufactures fertilizers, insecticides and personal care products for DowDuPont, the world’s largest chemical company formed from the merger of Dow Chemical and DuPont in 2017. The environmental groups’ notice says the violations include treating… Read More

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