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Apple pays millions of dollars to student after repair staff leak her explicit photos online

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Apple has agreed to a multi-million dollar settlement to resolve a lawsuit with a woman whose explicit photos were leaked online by employees repairing her iPhone. 

The woman, a past student at the University of Oregon, handed over the mobile device in 2016 for repair for an unspecified issue at a Pegatron facility in California, as reported by The Telegraph

Pegatron has acted as a long-term supplier and partner with the iPhone and iPad maker.

At the time, two employees of the firm allegedly accessed explicit images and video stored on the device. This content was then posted on the woman’s Facebook account, to appear as if she shared it. 

The explicit material has been described as “photos of her in various stages of undress and a sex video.”

The woman was only made aware of the technicians’ activities when a contact alerted her to the leak, and she was able to take the images and video down. 

However, the damage was done and the student then launched a claim against Apple for privacy violations and the emotional distress caused. 

Apple reportedly settled for a multi-million dollar amount which was reimbursed by Pegatron. According to reports, the agreement includes a clause to prevent the woman from disclosing the value of the settlement. 

The tech giant also apparently demanded confidentiality, but a legal battle between Pegatron and its insurer — which disputed the amount requested for reimbursement — resulted in Apple’s role being identified. 

The technicians have been fired. 

Apple said in a statement that upon learning of the incident and “egregious violation” of data privacy and security policies, “we took immediate action and have since continued to strengthen our vendor protocols.”

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Acer Swift 5: An antimicrobial laptop that needs a good clean

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If you head to the Acer Swift 5 product page, it looks like the standard pitch for an Intel Evo laptop: Light, thin, and solid battery life.

The page even boasts an Nvidia discrete GPU that the Swift 5 series doesn’t have.

But scroll down, and under the fold lies a feature that seems to be made for a planet battling a pandemic — an antimicrobial solution.

The short version is the laptop has a silver ion coating on the chassis and screen, which is claimed to reduce the amount of bacteria on the laptop’s surfaces.

“For displays as well as touchpads, by incorporating silver ions (Ag+) as the antimicrobial agent into Corning Gorilla Glass, the glass surface can stay cleaner longer and less susceptible to odor-causing bacteria,” Acer said.

“This is done via trace amounts of silver ions leaching to the glass surface to eliminate the surface bacteria while still offering other benefits such as improved durability and improved scratch resistance.”

That all sounds good, but does it actually help?

“The antimicrobial protection is limited to the touch surface. All antimicrobial solutions including Antimicrobial Corning Gorilla Glass do not claim to protect users or provide any direct or implied health-‘benefit’,” a footnote says.

That would appear to be a no then, which is probably for the best because testing microbes per square millimetre is not a measurement I am prepared to take.

The full irony of boasting of such a feature in the 2020s is that the Acer laptop is absolutely riddled with crapware that customers most definitely did not ask for.

The Swift 5 has some nice additions, such as Firefox preinstalled, but then it has a collection of crap that is very annoying.

From almost full screen Dropbox and Firefox takeovers, to Amazon assistant and NortonLifeLock pop ups, and even free in-game currency, the advertising is relentless.

If you buy a Swift 5, the first recommendation for this machine is to wipe it with your own more pure copy of Windows, or put Linux on it, which is a shame because otherwise it is a very serviceable machine.

The main improvement users will notice on the Evo platform is the upgraded on-board graphics, otherwise the 11th generation Core i5 could be a few years old and you wouldn’t really notice, except it does runs a bit quieter when pushed, but not totally silent as the fan is noticeable.

Beyond its silver ions, the addition of the touchscreen is good, but the display resolution is only full HD, and when combined with the default 150% zoom level in Windows, barely passable.

Port selection on the Swift 5 is curious. There is a single USB-C port that can take power, as can the Acer barrel plug, both of which are on the left hand side, but the battery light is on the right. Otherwise, one HDMI port and a pair of USB-3 ports complete the line up.

One other factor that doesn’t help the Swift 5 is its recommended price of AU$2,400 for the Core i7 version. At the time of writing, it was possible to pick it up from a major retailer for AU$1,800. This puts it directly up against the likes of Dell’s latest XPS, which also has an Evo sticker on it, or potentially the Lenovo Yoga 9i.

It also means the Swift 5 is around the same price point as an Apple M1 MacBook Air. In that competition, Intel needs every extra bit of grunt to compete, and doesn’t need to be slowed down by Norton wanting to annoy you with an ad claiming it will speed your laptop up. The best way it could do that would be to uninstall itself at the earliest opportunity.

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Acer Swift 5: An antimicrobial laptop that needs a good clean

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If you head to the Acer Swift 5 product page, it looks like the standard pitch for an Intel Evo laptop: Light, thin, and solid battery life.

The page even boasts an Nvidia discrete GPU that the Swift 5 series doesn’t have.

But scroll down, and under the fold lies a feature that seems to be made for a planet battling a pandemic — an antimicrobial solution.

The short version is the laptop has a silver ion coating on the chassis and screen, which is claimed to reduce the amount of bacteria on the laptop’s surfaces.

“For displays as well as touchpads, by incorporating silver ions (Ag+) as the antimicrobial agent into Corning Gorilla Glass, the glass surface can stay cleaner longer and less susceptible to odor-causing bacteria,” Acer said.

“This is done via trace amounts of silver ions leaching to the glass surface to eliminate the surface bacteria while still offering other benefits such as improved durability and improved scratch resistance.”

That all sounds good, but does it actually help?

“The antimicrobial protection is limited to the touch surface. All antimicrobial solutions including Antimicrobial Corning Gorilla Glass do not claim to protect users or provide any direct or implied health-‘benefit’,” a footnote says.

That would appear to be a no then, which is probably for the best because testing microbes per square millimetre is not a measurement I am prepared to take.

The full irony of boasting of such a feature in the 2020s is that the Acer laptop is absolutely riddled with crapware that customers most definitely did not ask for.

The Swift 5 has some nice additions, such as Firefox preinstalled, but then it has a collection of crap that is very annoying.

From almost full screen Dropbox and Firefox takeovers, to Amazon assistant and NortonLifeLock pop ups, and even free in-game currency, the advertising is relentless.

If you buy a Swift 5, the first recommendation for this machine is to wipe it with your own more pure copy of Windows, or put Linux on it, which is a shame because otherwise it is a very serviceable machine.

The main improvement users will notice on the Evo platform is the upgraded on-board graphics, otherwise the 11th generation Core i5 could be a few years old and you wouldn’t really notice, except it does runs a bit quieter when pushed, but not totally silent as the fan is noticeable.

Beyond its silver ions, the addition of the touchscreen is good, but the display resolution is only full HD, and when combined with the default 150% zoom level in Windows, barely passable.

Port selection on the Swift 5 is curious. There is a single USB-C port that can take power, as can the Acer barrel plug, both of which are on the left hand side, but the battery light is on the right. Otherwise, one HDMI port and a pair of USB-3 ports complete the line up.

One other factor that doesn’t help the Swift 5 is its recommended price of AU$2,400 for the Core i7 version. At the time of writing, it was possible to pick it up from a major retailer for AU$1,800. This puts it directly up against the likes of Dell’s latest XPS, which also has an Evo sticker on it, or potentially the Lenovo Yoga 9i.

It also means the Swift 5 is around the same price point as an Apple M1 MacBook Air. In that competition, Intel needs every extra bit of grunt to compete, and doesn’t need to be slowed down by Norton wanting to annoy you with an ad claiming it will speed your laptop up. The best way it could do that would be to uninstall itself at the earliest opportunity.

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Acer’s Swift 3X has plenty of plus points, including Intel’s discrete Iris Xe MAX graphics and a competitive price, but we’d like to see another USB-C port and a more robust chassis.

Acer Chromebook Spin 13 review: A versatile and affordable Chromebook with impressive battery life

If you’re looking for an affordable workhorse laptop that can handle web browsing and Microsoft Office all day long, the convertible Chromebook Spin 13 has a lot to offer.

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Biden and Putin spar over cybersecurity, ransomware at Geneva summit

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Ransomware was a major point of discussion for both US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin during their first in-person summit on Wednesday. After the three-hour meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, both leaders held separate press conferences where they hinted at key points of discussions and potential compromise.

Putin denied that Russia was harboring ransomware groups and refused to answer questions about other cyberattacks. Biden was also vague about what was agreed upon between the two leaders but confirmed that he pressed Putin specifically on the issue of ransomware. 

“I talked about the proposition that certain critical infrastructure should be off limits to attack. Period. By cyber or any other means. I gave them a list, 16 specific entities. 16 defined as critical infrastructure,” Biden said.

Tom Kellermann, a member of the US Secret Service’s Cyber Investigations Advisory Board, said the 16 entities Biden was referring to were what CISA has defined as “critical infrastructure sectors.”

Kellermann added that the 16 sectors are chemical, commercial facilities, communications, critical manufacturing, dams, defense industrial base, emergency, energy, financial services, food and agriculture, government facilities, healthcare and public health, information technology, nuclear reactors, materials and waste, transportation systems, water and waste systems.  

All of these sectors have faced dozens of ransomware attacks over the last three years, and Biden said he pushed Putin to understand what the US was going through. He referenced the ransomware attack on Colonial Pipeline, which left parts of the East Coast scrambling for gas for days. 

“I looked at him and said: ‘How would you feel if ransomware took on the pipelines from your oil fields?’ He said: ‘It would matter.’ I pointed out to him that we have significant cyber capability. And he knows it,” Biden said to reporters. 

He went on to say that there were “reputational” consequences to the cyberattacks being leveraged from Russia that Putin was aware of.

The meeting follows a stern warning that was sent out by the US and other G7 countries on Monday that specifically called out Russia for either launching their own cyberattacks or harboring ransomware organizations. 

The G7 said Russia needed to “identify, disrupt, and hold to account those within its borders who conduct ransomware attacks, abuse virtual currency to launder ransoms, and other cyber crimes.”

NATO also sent out a statement after the summit in Brussels reaffirming the idea that “the impact of significant malicious cumulative cyber activities might, in certain circumstances, be considered as amounting to an armed attack.”

Kellermann, who is also head of cybersecurity strategy at VMware, said the summit was “a seminal moment for civilizing cyberspace” and praised Biden for highlighting the need to protect critical industries.

“As a result of this delineation, I believe that significant ransomware attacks against major critical infrastructures will diminish now, but possibly increase against traditional corporations, such as in the retail and financial sectors.”

Many cybersecurity experts said the summit would have little effect on ransomware groups allowed to operate with impunity in a number of countries. 

But the idea that cybersecurity had reached a level of concern worthy of mention among two world leaders was a positive sign for some.

“It was an excellent use of the ‘bully pulpit’ to let the world know that cybersecurity matters to America — and specifically the office of the president. We in the cybersecurity world already have an ‘all-hands-on-deck’ mentality — but it’s healthy to see that our concern is now shared in the prism of leadership, outside of our sector,” said YouAttest CEO Garret Grajek. 

Elena Elkina, a partner at privacy and data protection consulting firm Aleada, noted that Putin does not like demands or being told what to do, and she predicted he would respond to Biden’s forceful talk about cyberattacks in a more understated way. “It will be something more tangible that makes obvious his opinion,” she said. 

Cybersecurity researcher Chloé Messdaghi said the summit was just one manifestation of a deeper cyber Cold War that both countries needed to back down from. While the summit was a good start to addressing the problems between both countries, Messdaghi said formalized pacts around cybersecurity would be hard to come by. 

“The reality is that we may never have absolute and effective treaty-level accords on cyberattacks because so much is done by proxy, but each global superpower must strive to prevent chaos within their borders,” Messdaghi added.

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Biden and Putin spar over cybersecurity, ransomware at Geneva summit

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Ransomware was a major point of discussion for both US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin during their first in-person summit on Wednesday. After the three-hour meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, both leaders held separate press conferences where they hinted at key points of discussions and potential compromise.

Putin denied that Russia was harboring ransomware groups and refused to answer questions about other cyberattacks. Biden was also vague about what was agreed upon between the two leaders but confirmed that he pressed Putin specifically on the issue of ransomware. 

“I talked about the proposition that certain critical infrastructure should be off limits to attack. Period. By cyber or any other means. I gave them a list, 16 specific entities. 16 defined as critical infrastructure,” Biden said.

Tom Kellermann, a member of the US Secret Service’s Cyber Investigations Advisory Board, said the 16 entities Biden was referring to were what CISA has defined as “critical infrastructure sectors.”

Kellermann added that the 16 sectors are chemical, commercial facilities, communications, critical manufacturing, dams, defense industrial base, emergency, energy, financial services, food and agriculture, government facilities, healthcare and public health, information technology, nuclear reactors, materials and waste, transportation systems, water and waste systems.  

All of these sectors have faced dozens of ransomware attacks over the last three years, and Biden said he pushed Putin to understand what the US was going through. He referenced the ransomware attack on Colonial Pipeline, which left parts of the East Coast scrambling for gas for days. 

“I looked at him and said: ‘How would you feel if ransomware took on the pipelines from your oil fields?’ He said: ‘It would matter.’ I pointed out to him that we have significant cyber capability. And he knows it,” Biden said to reporters. 

He went on to say that there were “reputational” consequences to the cyberattacks being leveraged from Russia that Putin was aware of.

The meeting follows a stern warning that was sent out by the US and other G7 countries on Monday that specifically called out Russia for either launching their own cyberattacks or harboring ransomware organizations. 

The G7 said Russia needed to “identify, disrupt, and hold to account those within its borders who conduct ransomware attacks, abuse virtual currency to launder ransoms, and other cyber crimes.”

NATO also sent out a statement after the summit in Brussels reaffirming the idea that “the impact of significant malicious cumulative cyber activities might, in certain circumstances, be considered as amounting to an armed attack.”

Kellermann, who is also head of cybersecurity strategy at VMware, said the summit was “a seminal moment for civilizing cyberspace” and praised Biden for highlighting the need to protect critical industries.

“As a result of this delineation, I believe that significant ransomware attacks against major critical infrastructures will diminish now, but possibly increase against traditional corporations, such as in the retail and financial sectors.”

Many cybersecurity experts said the summit would have little effect on ransomware groups allowed to operate with impunity in a number of countries. 

But the idea that cybersecurity had reached a level of concern worthy of mention among two world leaders was a positive sign for some.

“It was an excellent use of the ‘bully pulpit’ to let the world know that cybersecurity matters to America — and specifically the office of the president. We in the cybersecurity world already have an ‘all-hands-on-deck’ mentality — but it’s healthy to see that our concern is now shared in the prism of leadership, outside of our sector,” said YouAttest CEO Garret Grajek. 

Elena Elkina, a partner at privacy and data protection consulting firm Aleada, noted that Putin does not like demands or being told what to do, and she predicted he would respond to Biden’s forceful talk about cyberattacks in a more understated way. “It will be something more tangible that makes obvious his opinion,” she said. 

Cybersecurity researcher Chloé Messdaghi said the summit was just one manifestation of a deeper cyber Cold War that both countries needed to back down from. While the summit was a good start to addressing the problems between both countries, Messdaghi said formalized pacts around cybersecurity would be hard to come by. 

“The reality is that we may never have absolute and effective treaty-level accords on cyberattacks because so much is done by proxy, but each global superpower must strive to prevent chaos within their borders,” Messdaghi added.

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