Mystery ‘Robin Hood’ Hackers Are Giving Away Stolen Bitcoin

A hacking group going by the name Darkside has reportedly tried to donate around $20,000 in stolen bitcoin to charity.

The gang posted receipts for two $10,000 bitcoin donations to The Water Project and Children International on a dark web blog post, the BBC reported along with screenshots of the transactions.

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Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies are often used by cyber criminals to extort victims thanks to their semi-anonymous nature. Ransomware attacks, where victims’ files are encrypted and only unlocked if bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies are paid to hackers, have become a common tool of cyber criminals in recent years.

Darkside hackers, who formed their seemingly sophisticated ransomware operation over the summer, say they want

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Google says DOJ anti-trust suit is without merit, will defend ‘vigorously’

The Securities & Exchange Commission Tuesday evening published an 8-K filing by Google in which the company rejected the U.S. Department of Justice’s anti-trust case against the company, saying it is “without merit.”

The DOJ on Tuesday morning filed sued against Google, saying that the company is illegally maintaining a monopoly over online search services and related advertising in the quest for profit, and as such, rival companies are being denied the opportunity to compete effectively.

Said Google in the filing,

In August 2019, Google LLC (“Google”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Alphabet Inc., began receiving civil investigative demands from the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and a group of state Attorneys General requesting information and documents relating to its prior antitrust investigations and certain aspects of its business. On October 20, 2020, the DOJ, joined by 11 state Attorneys General, filed an antitrust complaint against Google in the United States

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Amazon’s cloud gaming service, Luna, is now in early access

Amazon’s cloud gaming service, Luna, is entering early access today, the company announced. A small number of US-based customers will receive invitations to test out the service and even purchase Amazon’s game controller if they so choose (though it’s not required to play games on Luna).

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With early access, players will be able to access Luna, available across Fire TV, Mac, PC, and on web apps for iOS. An Android version is expected soon. Early access requires you to subscribe to the Luna Plus Game Channel, which comes with 50 games for $5.99 a month. A Ubisoft-specific channel is also expected to launch soon. You won’t have to purchase individual titles (Amazon isn’t offering full game purchases), and early access players get seven days of Luna Plus for free. But after that, Amazon will start billing you for its monthly subscription.


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Amazon announced Luna in September, though the

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Texas AG Ken Paxton turned to pay-for-play outlet after accusations

When Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton decided to break his silence about accusations by his top aides that he had committed crimes including bribery and abuse of office, he turned to a little-known legal outlet called the Southeast Texas Record.

In the exclusive interview, he trashed the aides and claimed that before his top deputy resigned, Paxton had planned to put him on leave anyway.

The website where that interview was posted has been identified as part of a national network of some 1,300 pay-for-play news websites that publish on-demand coverage for Republican political campaigns and public relations firms. According to The New York Times, those websites, whose names sound like ordinary local news outlets, have received at least $1.7 million from Republican political campaigns and conservative groups.

Ian Prior, who promoted the story for the Paxton campaign, denied to The Texas Tribune that the campaign had paid the outlet

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NASA is launching a 4G mobile network on the moon

It seems a little otherworldly, but NASA astronauts tweeting candid lunar rover selfies from the moon might be a real thing, beginning late 2022.

NASA announced that it has selected Nokia to build the first-ever 4G mobile network on Earth’s natural satellite. Nokia was chosen as one of 14 partners to advance technologies for sustainable development on the moon, according to NASA officials.

Nokia is best known for its iconic early cellphones, but it’s also widely known for equipment, from cell towers to satellites. The Finnish telecommunications giant in partnership with Bell Labs is providing its equipment to help NASA build the lunar network, with an effort to launch in late 2022.

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“Reliable, resilient and high-capacity communications networks will be key to supporting sustainable human presence on the lunar surface,” Nokia Chief Technology Officer

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Smart Grid Sensors Market Forecast to 2027

The smart grid sensors market was valued US$ 325. 00 million in 2019 and is expected to reach US$ 1,221. 61 million by 2027; it is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 18. 3% during 2020–2027. Demand for energy is less among most residences, and the grid was developed to provide electricity to residences with monthly bills.

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The practice causes one-way interaction, making it difficult for the grid to respond to the changing and rising energy demands of today’s world. Adoption of the smart grid offers a two-way dialogue where electricity and data can be exchanged between customers and the utility. Growing network of controls, communications, computers, automation, and new advanced technologies

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More People Saving For Emergencies As Use Of Mobile Banking Soars

More people are saving for emergencies and other unexpected expenses as the use of mobile banking soars, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) revealed in a report on the ways Americans bank.

Saving for emergencies and the unexpected such as a sudden illness, job loss, or home or car repairs rose to 64.2 percent of households in 2019 from 56.3 percent in 2015

The popularity of mobile banking has more than tripled in the four years, the survey said.

The number of households that told the FDIC they use mobile as their primary way of accessing their bank accounts climbed to 34 percent in 2019 from 9.5 percent in 2015.

At the same time, the use of online banking as the primary means of access to 22.8 percent from 36.9 percent.

Explaining the difference between the two ways of paying bills, conducting other transactions, and looking up balances, the FDIC

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Gartner: IT spending to grow 4% in 2021

Worldwide IT spending is forecast to reach $3.8 trillion in 2021, an increase of 4% from 2020, according to research firm Gartner, but still shy of pre-pandemic levels. IT spending in 2020 is expected to total $3.6 trillion, down 5.4% from 2019.

Certain industries facing prolonged lockdowns due to COVID-19, such as entertainment and air transport, have cut IT spending by more than 30% in 2020, according to Gartner, which delivered the current outlook for the global IT market at its virtual IT Symposium/Xpo 2020 Americas.  

Back in May, Gartner’s forecast was more dire; the firm had projected IT spending across the globe to total $3.4 trillion in 2020, a decline of 8% from 2019, due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the latest forecast, all IT spending segments — including data center systems, IT services, communications services, enterprise software and device spending — are set to

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Facebook Sues Companies Caught Selling Fake Instagram Followers

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As part of Instagram’s ongoing crackdown on the scourge of fake followers leaving fake likes on the accounts of equally fake influencers, parent company Facebook announced earlier today that it filed two separate lawsuits targeting four individuals whose stock and trade was selling fake engagement.

The post notes that Facebook had previously sent multiple cease and desists to the companies in question since 2017, months before Instagram formally announced it was cracking down on accounts sporting a suspicious number of likes, follows, or comments of dubious origin. According to the legal filings for both suits, Facebook also took the time to disable any Instagram accounts affiliated with these businesses, which were sometimes used to hawk their engagement wares. Apparently, neither company was deterred by the tech giant, leading to today’s lawsuits.

One of the companies named, Boostgram, spent the past five

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Silicon Valley’s biggest billionaires have reportedly poured millions into a super PAC-run series of anti-Trump TV ads ahead of Election Day

Dustin Moskovitz, Eric Schmidt are posing for a picture: Facebook cofounder Dustin Moskovitz and ex-Google CEO Eric Schmidt have reportedly donated to a a pro-Biden super PAC that is running a series of anti-Trump TV ads in the home stretch before Election Day. Horacio Villalobos - Corbis/Getty Images; Win McNamee/Getty Images

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Facebook cofounder Dustin Moskovitz and ex-Google CEO Eric Schmidt have reportedly donated to a a pro-Biden super PAC that is running a series of anti-Trump TV ads in the home stretch before Election Day. Horacio Villalobos – Corbis/Getty Images; Win McNamee/Getty Images

  • Silicon Valley billionaires like Facebook cofounder Dustin Moskovitz and ex-Google CEO Eric Schmidt have poured millions into a Democratic super PAC that is behind a slew of anti-Trump TV ads in the home stretch to Election Day, per a Recode report.
  • The super PAC is spending more than $100 million on TV ads in support of Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden, an amount that surpasses any other group’s spending.
  • The report comes as the tech world continues to fight off Republicans’ claims that the industry harbors an anti-conservative bias on online platforms.
  • It also comes after reports that employees from Apple, Amazon, Facebook,
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