Website driveby attacks on routers are alive and well. Here’s what to do

Website driveby attacks on routers are alive and well. Here’s what to do

D-Link’s DI-514 802.11b router. It was a perfectly cromulent router for its time… but those were dark days, friend, dark days indeed. (credit: source unclear, GNU Free Documentation License.)

Website driveby attacks that try to boobytrap visitors’ routers are alive and well, according to antivirus provider Avast, which blocked more than 4.6 million of them in Brazil over a two-month span.

The attacks come from compromised websites or malicious ads that attempt to use cross-site request forgery attacks to change the domain name system settings of visitors’ routers. When successful, the malicious DNS settings redirect targets to websites that spoof Netflix and a host of banks. Over the first half of the year, Avast software detected more than 180,000 routers in Brazil that had hijacked DNS settings, the company reported.

The attacks work when routers use weak administrative passwords and are vulnerable to CSRF attacks. Attackers use the

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Microsoft Teams is now officially bigger than Slack

Microsoft Teams is now officially bigger than Slack

Enlarge / A Microsoft office (not to be confused with Microsoft Office). (credit: Julien GONG Min / Flickr)

Microsoft Teams may have only been around for two years, but the group-chat platform is already larger than one of its main competitors. Microsoft announced that Teams has more than 13 million daily active users. The amount rises to 19 million when looking at weekly active users. That means the service is now officially bigger than Slack, an independent platform for online chatting and collaboration.

This is the most specific Microsoft has gotten yet with information about its group-chatting platform. The only other update the company gave was back in March, when it revealed that 500,000 organizations were using the service.

In addition to the audience news, Microsoft shared some upcoming features for Teams. Today, it is rolling out what it’s calling “announcements,” which allows important news to be highlighted in

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Google Pauses Android Q Beta 5 Update Because of Installation Issues

Google Pauses Android Q Beta 5 Update (Updated: Resumed!)


  • UPDATE JULY 11: Google says that a “very small percentage of devices” were being rolled back to Beta 4 after multiple reboots. They don’t seem worried and have gone ahead and resumed the Q Beta 5 update rollout.

Google just paused the Android Q Beta 5 over-the-air (OTA) update because some users ran into issues installing it.

From the Android Beta reddit, the following message was posted:

We’re aware of an issue with Android Q Beta 5 related to installing updates. We’ve temporarily paused Beta 5 OTA updates to all Pixel devices as we investigate the issue. We apologize for any inconvenience, and will provide this post once the issue is resolved.

Note: this post was edited to reflect that Beta 5 updates have now been paused on all devices.

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DEAL: 50% Off These Wireless Earbuds With Bluetooth 5.0, Down to $18

DEAL: 50% Off These Wireless Earbuds With Bluetooth 5.0, Down to $18


Over on Amazon, you can now snag a pair of wireless earbuds with Bluetooth 5.0 from Syllable for just $18, down from their usual price of $36. At a price like this, there’s no reason you can’t go wireless these days.

Features for these earbuds include the Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity, easy pairing to devices, 4 hours of music playback on a single charge, a charging case for more battery life, noise cancellation, as well as different pairing modes.

By the end of 2019, I fully expect every single person to own a pair of wireless earbuds. There is no reason you shouldn’t, considering how ridiculously convenient they are.

To get the deal, add the buds to your cart, then enter in the coupon code for the 50% off.

Amazon Link (Coupon code: CHTGIXRO)

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Android Q Gestures are Bad.

Android Q Gestures are Bad.


There are a lot of things to dislike about Android Q’s full gesture navigation option, but because the explanations for why it’s bad are better in video form than written, I present to you this unnecessarily long video of me complaining.

In this video, we compare the full gesture navigation in Android Q Beta 5 to Pie’s 2-button setup, which is more of a gesture-button combo. I talk about why the back gestures from the sides are a disaster and work against so much of Android, not just slideout menus. I also point out some of the pointless changes that make for more work in these new gestures, where a couple of minor tweaks to the 2-button setup would have given us full gestures that make a lot more sense.

Again, this video is probably too long, but I cover it all.

Google, you can do better than this.

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Savage tick-clone armies are sucking cows to death; experts fear for humans

Savage tick-clone armies are sucking cows to death; experts fear for humans

Enlarge / Engorged Haemaphysalis longicornis female tick. (credit: Commonsource)

Ravenous swarms of cloned ticks have killed a fifth cow in North Carolina by exsanguination—that is, by draining it of blood—the state’s Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services warned this week.

Experts fear that the bloodthirsty throngs, which were first noticed in the United States in 2017, will continue their rampage, siphoning life out of animals and eventually transmitting diseases, potentially deadly ones, to humans.

Just last month, infectious disease researchers in New York reported the first case of the tick species biting a human in the US. The finding was “unsurprising” given the tick’s ferocious nature, according to Dr. Bobbi S. Pritt, director of the Clinical Parasitology Laboratory in Mayo Clinic. And it’s “extremely worrisome for several reasons,” she wrote in a commentary for the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases.

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Google workers listen to your “OK Google” queries—one of them leaked recordings

Google workers listen to your “OK Google” queries—one of them leaked recordings

Enlarge / The Google Home Mini, the original Google Home, and the Google Home Max. (credit: Google)

Google today defended its practice of having workers listen to users’ Google Assistant queries, following the leak of 1,000 voice recordings to a media outlet. Google also said it will try to prevent future leaks of its users’ voice recordings.

VRT NWS, a news organization run by a public broadcaster in the Flemish region of Belgium, said it “was able to listen to more than a thousand [Google Assistant] recordings” that it received from a Google subcontractor.

Google Assistant is used on Google Home smart speakers, Android devices, and Chromebooks.

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Dealmaster: Take 30% off one of our recommended dash cams for your car

Dealmaster: Take 30% off one of our recommended dash cams for your car

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Greetings, Arsians! The Dealmaster is back with another round of deals to share. Today’s list is headlined by a one-day deal on the Vava Dash Cam, which is down to $83 on Amazon. That’s a little more than 30% off its usual going rate of $120—though the catch is that the discount is only available for Prime members.

Still, while Vava isn’t exactly a household name, we liked this dash cam enough to include it in the most recent update to our dash cam buying guide. It shoots 1080p video at up to 60 frames per second, includes GPS, and has a built-in power bank that allows it to keep running for up to 30 minutes after you turn off your car.

Aside from being adept at keeping another set of eyes on the road, we also like the Vava cam for video sharing.

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Facebook AI Pluribus defeats top poker professionals in 6-player Texas Hold ’em

Facebook AI Pluribus defeats top poker professionals in 6-player Texas Hold ’em

This video shows sample hands from Pluribus’ experiment against professional poker players. Cards are turned face up to make it easier to see Pluribus’ strategy. Courtesy of Carnegie-Mellon University.

Poker-playing AIs typically perform well against human opponents when the play is limited to just two players. Now Carnegie Mellon University and Facebook AI research scientists have raised the bar even further with an AI dubbed Pluribus, which took on 15 professional human players in six-player no-limit Texas Hold ’em and won. The researchers describe how they achieved this feat in a new paper in Science.

Playing more than 5,000 hands each time, five copies of the AI took on two top professional players: Chris “Jesus” Ferguson, six-time winner of World Series of Poker events, and Darren Elias, who currently holds the record for most World Poker Tour titles. Pluribus defeated them both. It did the same in a second experiment,

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