The Download: Chinese hackers target telecoms, and aviation emissions

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Chinese hackers use years-old software flaws to break into telecom giants

News: Hackers operating by the Chinese government have sabotaged a number of major telecommunications companies around the world in a cyber-espionage campaign that lasted at least two years, according to new advice from US security agencies.

How it happened: Hackers allegedly violated their targets by using old and well-known complex vulnerabilities in popular networking hardware. Once they set foot inside their target, hackers used compromised devices to gain full access to the network traffic of numerous private companies and government agencies, U.S. officials said. They did not name the people affected by the campaign, nor did they describe the impact.

What it means: The campaign is a warning about the need for better basic cyber security for some of the world’s most important networks, and is a dramatic example of the risk even after years of discovering and exposing software flaws. Read the full story.

– Patrick Howell O’Neill

The aviation industry can achieve emissions targets, but new fuels need to fly first

According to a new report by the International Council on Clean Transportation, it is difficult, but not impossible, to reduce carbon emissions from aircraft.

The report outlines possible avenues for aviation to play its part in keeping global warming below pre-industrial levels below 2 ° C, a goal set by the Paris Agreement. He says about 60% of emissions reductions are estimated to come from low-carbon fuels, with the rest coming from efficiency and low demand. Read the full story.

-Casey Crownheart

Must read

I used the internet to find the most fun / important / scary / pictorial stories about technology today.

1 Twitter has agreed to give Elon Musk access to millions of tweets
Which may make it more difficult for him to return to buy the company. (NYT)
, One of Musk’s financiers is linked to a Russian tycoon. (Bloomberg 2)
, Texas’ decision to investigate fake Twitter accounts is purely political. (NYT)

2 How Big Tech’s Data Hoardings Hurt Us All
And why sharing it wouldn’t hurt them. (Time 2)
, Collective data rights can prevent big tech from abolishing privacy(MIT Technology Review)

3 A start-up has been accused of distributing ADHD drugs too generously
Especially during epidemics, when the rules surrounding remote prescriptions were relaxed. (WSJ)

4 Bumpy batteries work better in cold temperatures
Flat lithium-ion batteries struggle with cold – reshaping its components may be a solution. (New Scientist)
, This startup wants to pack more energy into the battery of an electric vehicle(MIT Technology Review)

5 South Korea is investigating the company behind the Stablecoin crash
An activist embezzles his crypto holdings over claims. (FT)
, Workers looking to pivot on Web 3 have other ideas. (Vox)

6 Smart windows are a clear way to save energy
The problem, as always, is making them cheap enough to get into the mainstream. (Magazine to know)

7 Caribbean hurricane activity is at a historic low
And surprisingly long. (Hakai Magazine)
, We may have to start naming heat waves the way we do hurricanes. (Axes)
, How to keep the power on during storms and heat waves(MIT Technology Review)
, Tracking vibrations can help experts deal with sudden floods. (Economist)

8 Not all NFT art is terrible
It just so happens that most are really famous pieces. (The Verge)
, Board apps have been dropped as the most popular NFT project(Motherboard)

9 A saxophonist smuggled secrets into the USSR using encrypted musical codes
Renders vague information to everyone but studies musicians. (Wired $)

10 It’s time to move on
Our collective ability to forget what we are offended by should help. (FT)

Quote of the day

“The clinic is literally no computer until I bring my laptop from home.”

– Mia Raven, policy director of an abortion clinic in Alabama, tells NBC News that she is stepping up security measures as part of measures to better protect consumers, as the risk of Ron’s expulsion is low.

Big story

Ghost Ship, Crop Circles and Soft Gold: A GPS Mystery in Shanghai

November 2019

On a blissful summer night in July 2019, MV Manukai was coming to the port of Shanghai, near the mouth of the Huangpu River. The city will be the last stop for an American container ship in China, before a long voyage to its home in Long Beach, California.

As the crew carefully maneuvered the 700-foot ship through the world’s busiest harbor, its captain took a closer look at its navigation screen. According to Manukai’s screens, another ship was steaming the same channel at a speed of about seven knots (eight miles per hour). Suddenly, another ship disappeared from the AIS display. Moments later, Screen showed the other ship back to the dock. Then he was in the channel and moving again, then back to the dock, then went once more.

Eventually, mysteriously, the captain picked up his binoculars and scanned the doxide. The other ship was stationary all the time. Now, new research and previously unseen data show that Manukai and thousands of other ships are falling victim to a mysterious new weapon capable of manipulating the GPS system in a way that has never been seen before. Read the full story.

,Mark Harris

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