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From: Don Green9/8/2023 8:38:33 PM
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The 2022 Lastpass Security Breach Just Got Worse
Published 1 day ago
If you never changed your passwords the first time around, now is the time.

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It's been almost a year since LastPass, one of the most widely used password managers out there, suffered a catastrophic security breach that all but eroded confidence in the service — and the company's prestige with the tech community at large. While it was looking like the worst has already happened, it now appears the consequences are more far-reaching than we initially thought, thanks to a series of thefts that are pointing to the breach as the likely culprit.

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Since the breach was disclosed, a series of cryptocurrency thefts have taken place over the months following the breach. These heists have targeted security-conscious people and have been documented by Taylor Monahan, the lead product manager of MetaMask (one of the top local cryptocurrency and NFT wallets, mostly used for the Ethereum blockchain). So far, the thefts have targeted over 150 people, which have been robbed of over $35 million worth of crypto. The root cause behind these thefts was mostly unknown, but now, Monahan mentioned that nearly all victims had previously used LastPass to store their seed phrase — a wallet's private key that can be used to gain access to the wallet.

Back when the breach was disclosed, it was known that hackers did gain access to encrypted password vaults in that breach, but according to LastPass, passwords and private information within those vaults were still encrypted and safe. Because of this, many people chose not to worry a lot about this — if hackers can't access the goods, then there's no need to change them.

If LastPass is indeed the culprit behind these crypto thefts, though, then it means malicious actors are indeed managing to decrypt the vaults and break into them, obtaining crypto credentials and any passwords contained there. And given how more than 25 million people had their supposedly secure vaults stolen, this would be extremely catastrophic news. For what it's worth, back when the breach was disclosed, it was followed by weeks of " oops, sorry, this might be worse than we thought," so we already knew that it was a disaster.

If you were a LastPass user affected by the breach, you should go ahead and immediately change any password you had stored within the service right now. In addition, you should make sure to take any appropriate measures for anything else that you have stored there — if you happen to have any cryptocurrency, you should move it to a different wallet.

Source: KrebsOnSecurity via Web3 is Going Just Great

About The Author

Arol is a tech journalist and news/feature writer at How-To Geek. He also writes at sister sites MakeUseOf and Android Police. Currently a Pharmacy student at the Central University of Venezuela, Arol has had a soft spot for everything tech-related since he was a child. When not writing, you'll either find him nose-deep into his textbooks or playing video games.

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From: S. maltophilia9/12/2023 10:17:24 PM
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A bogus travel guide that leaves you stranded is one thing, but a guide that gets you to eat hemlock is quite another.

Would You Trust AI to Help You Forage? Before you buy a plant field guide, make sure it wasn’t written by a computer. No, seriously.

atlasobscura.com

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From: Don Green9/13/2023 11:37:56 AM
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James Webb Telescope Spots Evidence of Plankton Living on Alien Ocean Planet

dg>>> able to spot molecule dimethyl sulfide on an earth-like planet 120 light-years away???

The molecule dimethyl sulfide naturally occurs from phytoplankton on Earth. Now the James Webb Space Telescope has detected the molecule's emissions on an exoplanet called K2-18 b.

Illustration of K2-18 b (Credits: Illustration: NASA, CSA, ESA, J. Olmsted (STScI), Science: N. Madhusudhan, Cambridge University)
NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope has spotted evidence of potential life on a hydrogen-rich ocean planet based 120 light-years away.

The planet is called K2-18 b and it orbits a dwarf star in the so-called “ habitable zone,” a distance where conditions might be right for life to exist. The space telescope recently analyzed the light emitted from the planet to discern its chemical composition.

According to NASA, the findings reveal the presence of “carbon-bearing molecules including methane and carbon dioxide,” which are all building blocks to life on our own planet. In addition, the telescope may have detected the presence of a molecule called dimethyl sulfide (DMS) in the planet’s atmosphere.

“On Earth, this is only produced by life. The bulk of the DMS in Earth’s atmosphere is emitted from phytoplankton in marine environments,” NASA noted.


(Credit: NASA)
The space agency will need to observe K2-18 b more to validate the findings. But if true, it could mean a plankton-like organism—which on Earth act as a crucial food source for other marine life—is present on the alien world.

However, K2-18 b is quite different from Earth. To start, it's about 8.6 times larger. The data from the James Webb Space telescope also suggests K2-18 b is a hydrogen-rich world covered with an ocean surface, making it a “Hycean exoplanet.” That said, it’s possible the planet’s surface is too hot for life, or for it to sustain a liquid ocean, NASA added.

“The planet's large size — with a radius 2.6 times the radius of Earth — means that the planet’s interior likely contains a large mantle of high-pressure ice, like Neptune, but with a thinner hydrogen-rich atmosphere and an ocean surface,” the space agency said. (In contrast, Earth's atmosphere is made up mostly of nitrogen and oxygen.)

The space telescope was able to discern the planet’s chemical composition by taking a spectrum, which involves dissecting the emitted light from K2-18 b’s atmosphere. Although other telescopes have taken spectrums of K2-18 b before, James Webb features more powerful sensors, which allowed astronomers to gather more data of the planet’s atmosphere.

"These results are the product of just two observations of K2-18 b, with many more on the way,” University of Cambridge astronomer Savvas Constantinou told NASA. “This means our work here is but an early demonstration of what Webb can observe in habitable-zone exoplanets.”

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From: Don Green9/17/2023 9:33:52 PM
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/How to Check Open TCP/IP Ports in Windows

Everything that connects to the Internet uses ports in one way or another,

howtogeek.com

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From: Don Green9/18/2023 2:29:27 PM
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12 Largest Data Centers In The World In 2023 [By Size]
January 3, 2023

rankred.com

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To: Don Green who wrote (1382)9/18/2023 2:46:55 PM
From: S. maltophilia
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I was surprised to see that they only used electricity in the 100 MW range.
cf archive.ph

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From: Don Green9/18/2023 4:48:33 PM
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Browser tabs tend to multiply, and finding your way back to a specific browser tab can be a challenge. But there's a better way.

This tip gives you a way to quickly find any open tab in just a few keystrokes. It offers a nice bird's-eye view of all your open browser tabs, too.

This works onboth Windows 10 and Windows 11.

Windows Intelligence subscriber Dave N. shares an incredibly useful keyboard shortcut for cutting through the tab clutter:

In either Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge, press Ctrl+Shift+A. You'll see a pop-up menu with a list of all your open browser tabs and recently closed browser tabs. Type to search them, and press Enter to go to one.



You can even use this trick if you don't plan on searching: Pressing Ctrl+Shift+A will show you a nice list of all your open tabs across all your open browser windows, so you can see everything at a glance — and even close the tabs you don't need anymore, right from this menu.

In Google Chrome, you can also click that down arrow to the left of the minimize button at the top-right corner of the browser window to view this tab list.

(Unfortunately, this keyboard shortcut doesn't work in Mozilla Firefox, though you can click the down arrow to the left of the minimize button at the top-right corner of your Firefox window to view a list of all your open tabs.)

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From: Don Green9/19/2023 8:36:40 PM
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Why Safari is no longer my browser of choice on MacOS - and what I use instead
Safari is a good browser, but there are certain behaviors that make it too frustrating to use as the default browser.

zdnet.com

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To: Don Green who wrote (1385)9/21/2023 2:47:56 PM
From: Zen Dollar Round
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Of the two problems mentioned in that article with Safari, neither one is an issue for me.

If I want to make sure to open a link in a new tab, I simply right-click and choose that option from the contextual menu.

The second problem with Safari telling me a site it using too much memory is rare for me, and I tend to think it has to do with how much RAM is installed on the Mac. The author doesn't indicate how much RAM is in his MacBook.

He is correct though that it should not occur and other browsers don't have the same problem.

I'm glad he didn't recommend Google's Chrome browser (he recommended using Opera). I kicked Chrome to the curb years ago for being both a memory hog and over concerns for my privacy.

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To: Zen Dollar Round who wrote (1386)9/21/2023 4:54:25 PM
From: Don Green
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When using Safari How many active tabs have you ever had opened est?, just curious

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