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42 years on, Voyager 2 charts interstellar space

WT24 Desk A probe launched by NASA four days after Elvis died has delivered a treasure trove of data from beyond the “solar bubble” that envelops Earth and our neighbouring planets, scientists reported Monday, AFP reports. But for every mystery Voyager 2 has solved about the solar winds, magnetic fields and cosmic rays that buffet the boundary between interstellar space ...

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‘Social media disinformation, surveillance growing’

WT24 Desk Governments around the world are increasingly using social media to manipulate elections and monitor their citizens, in a worrisome trend for democracy, a human rights watchdog said Tuesday, AFP reports. An annual report on online freedom by the nonprofit group Freedom House found evidence of “advanced social media surveillance programs” in at least 40 of 65 countries analyzed. ...

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Cybercriminals using enterprise-based strategies for phishing: Akamai report

Akamai’s latest report states that phishing is no longer just an email-based threat, but has expanded to include social media and mobile devices, creating a wide-reaching problem that touches all industries. WT24 Desk Cybercriminals are using enterprise-based development and deployment strategies, such as phishing as a service (PaaS), to leverage some of the worlds largest tech brands, with 42.63 per ...

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Measles erases immunity memory, new study finds

WT24 Desk Measles, the contagious childhood disease that is once more on the rise globally, is more harmful than previously thought, AFP reports.A new analysis of 77 unvaccinated children from the Netherlands carried out by an international team of researchers led by scientists at Harvard has found that the virus erases the body’s memory of previous pathogens — effectively wiping ...

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TikTok gets national security review in the US: Report

The Committee on Foreign Investment in the US has reportedly begun to review the purchase amid increasing concern about TikTok’s growing influence. WT24 Desk The US government has launched a national security review of the popular music-video app TikTok, which is owned by China’s ByteDance Inc., according to a person familiar with the investigation, Bloomberg reports. Beijing-based ByteDance bought Musical.ly two years ...

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WhatsApp hacked to spy on govt officials

WT24 Desk Senior government officials in multiple US-allied countries were targeted earlier this year with hacking software that used Facebook Inc’s WhatsApp to take over users’ phones, according to people familiar with the messaging company’s investigation, Agencies report. Sources familiar with WhatsApp’s internal investigation into the breach said a “significant” portion of the known victims are high-profile government and military ...

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Apple rolls out gender-neutral emojis

WT24 Desk Apple has put out new gender neutral emojis of most of its people icons — including punks, clowns and zombies — as part of an update to its mobile operating system, AFP reports. The tech giant has offered growing numbers of inclusive emoji designs in recent years, putting out a range of skin tones and occupations, with Google’s ...

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Russia test-fires missile from new nuclear-powered submarine

WT24 Desk Russia’s Borei A-class strategic nuclear submarine Prince Vladimir has successfully test fired a Bulava ballistic missile, the Russian Defense Ministry said Wednesday, Agencies report. The missile was launched from an underwater position in the White Sea to the Kura range on the Kamchatka Peninsula in far eastern Russia, it said in a statement. The flight of the missile ...

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Russia-linked hackers target sports organizations: Microsoft

WT24 Desk Microsoft Corp said it has tracked “significant” cyber attacks coming from a group it calls “Strontium” or “Fancy Bear”, targeting anti-doping authorities and global sporting organizations, Reuters reports. The group, also called APT28, has been linked to the Russian government, Microsoft said in a blog post. At least 16 national and international sporting and anti-doping organizations across three ...

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NASA to send mobile robot to map water ice on moon

WT24 Desk The US space agency NASA is planning to send a mobile robot to the South Pole of the moon in 2022 to get a close-up view on the water ice in the region and sample it for the first time, IANS reports. NASA announced on Friday that the golf-cart-size robot called Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover, or VIPER, ...

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