US House of Reps tells staff: No Microsoft Copilot for you!

The Register - Mon, 01/04/2024 - 23:34
At least not until Redmond's government edition is ready to roll

Staff working at the US House Of Representatives have been barred from using Microsoft's Copilot chatbot and AI productivity tools, pending the launch of a version tailored to the needs of government users.…

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Malicious xz backdoor reveals fragility of open source

The Register - Mon, 01/04/2024 - 22:16
This time, we got lucky. It mostly affected bleeding-edge distros. But that's not a defense strategy

Analysis  The discovery last week of a backdoor in a widely used open source compression library called xz could have been a security disaster had it not been caught by luck and atypical curiosity about latency from a Microsoft engineer.…

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Nearly 3M people hit in Harvard Pilgrim healthcare data theft

The Register - Mon, 01/04/2024 - 15:45
Also, TheMoon botnet back for EoL SOHO routers, Sellafield to be prosecuted for 'infosec failures', plus critical vulns

Infosec in brief  Nearly a year on from the discovery of a massive data theft at healthcare biz Harvard Pilgrim, and the number of victims has now risen to nearly 2.9 million people in all US states.…

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Ex-White House CIO tells The Reg: TikTok ban may be diplomatic disaster

The Register - Mon, 01/04/2024 - 14:15
Theresa Payton on why US needs a national privacy law

Interview  Congress is mulling legislation that will require TikTok's Chinese parent ByteDance to cut ties with the video-sharing mega-app, or the social network will be banned in the USA.…

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AT&T admits massive 70m+ mid-March data dump is real, but claims it's years old

The Register - Mon, 01/04/2024 - 13:34
Time to update that password - and four-digit account pin, which was also among the pilfered records

That rumored AT&T dark web customer data dump from mid-March has been confirmed, and it's a whopper: A total of more than 73 million current and former customers are included in the cache, AT&T confirmed over the weekend.…

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Rust developers at Google are twice as productive as C++ teams

The Register - Sun, 31/03/2024 - 17:33
Code shines up nicely in production, says Chocolate Factory's Bergstrom

Echoing the past two years of Rust evangelism and C/C++ ennui, Google reports that Rust shines in production, to the point that its developers are twice as productive using the language compared to C++.…

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