TrickBot botnet survives takedown attempt, but Microsoft sets new legal precedent

The TrickBot botnet has survived a takedown attempt orchestrated by a coalition of tech companies on Monday.

TrickBot command and control (C&C) servers and domains seized yesterday have been replaced with new infrastructure earlier today, multiple sources in the infosec community have told ZDNet.

Sources from companies monitoring TrickBot activity described the takedown’s effects as “temporal” and “limited,” but praised Microsoft and its partners for the effort, regardless of its current results.

“Our estimate right now is what the takedown did was to give current victims a breather,” a security researcher said.

While some companies agreed to go on the record, ZDNet decided to refrain from using any of our interviewed source’s names to avoid indirectly criticizing the entities involved in the takedown (Microsoft’s Defender team, FS-ISACESETLumen’s Black Lotus LabsNTT, and Broadcom’s cyber-security division Symantec).

But in private interviews, even security

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Best Prime Day deals 2020: Smartphones and everything mobile

Who doesn’t like a good deal? I’m all for saving money, so for me, Amazon Prime Day is a good time to pick up those essentials (or bits of kit you need to boost productivity) while at the same spending less. And with more and more people now working and learning from home, it seems that there are never enough cables, chargers, adapter, and hubs to go around.

With that in mind, I’ve trawled through the unbelievable number of deals that are available over Prime Day 2020 — tens of thousands! — and distilled them down into a handful of the best.

Deals come and go over the Tuesday, Oct. 13 to Wednesday, Oct. 14 that Amazon Prime Day 2020 runs over (eagle-eyed amongst you will notice that’s two days), so I’ll be updating this post with fresh deals. Keep checking back.

Also, if you find a good deal I’ve

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Apple announces new era for 5G with iPhone 12

Apple has announced the long-awaited launch of the 5G-compatible iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini.

The 6.1-inch iPhone 12 and 5.4-inch iPhone 12 mini are said to feature the most 5G bands on any smartphone and offer the broadest 5G coverage worldwide. US models support millimetre wave – the higher-frequency version of 5G – allowing the iPhone 12 to reach speeds up to 4Gbps.

iPhone 12 models also feature Smart Data mode, which extends battery life by intelligently assessing 5G needs and balancing data usage, speed and power in real time.

At the heart of the devices is an Apple-designed A14 Bionic, claimed to be the fastest chip in a smartphone. Said to be pushing the limits of machine learning, A14 Bionic features a 16-core Neural Engine – for what Apple says is an 80% increase in performance – that is capable of completing 11 trillion operations per second.


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Google Analytics 4 launches with AI-powered insights, deeper integration with Google Ads, cross-device measurements, and more granular data controls (George Nguyen/Search Engine Land)

George Nguyen / Search Engine Land:

Google Analytics 4 launches with AI-powered insights, deeper integration with Google Ads, cross-device measurements, and more granular data controls  —  The new Analytics adds AI-powered insights, tracks users across devices and provides more granular data controls.… Read More