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Mega medical tester pester: It smacked a big one, that malware scam, if indeed it was SamSam

Testing giant LabCorp still recovering Analysis  One of the largest clinical testing specialists in the US, LabCorp Diagnostics, is coming out of recovery mode a week after being hit with ransomware – reportedly SamSam, the same malware that brought the US city of Atlanta to a standstill earlier this year.…

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Here's why AI can't make a catchier tune than the worst pop song in the charts right now

DeepMind tries to train a neural network on classical piano Neural networks are neat at spotting and reproducing patterns in images and text – yet they still struggle when spitting out audio.…

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Sorry, Neil Armstrong. Boffins say you may not have been first life-form to set foot on the Moon

Earth's satellite may have been habitable billions of years ago The Moon may not have been as desolate as it is today – and could have supported life on its surface after its formation some four billion years ago.…

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No big deal... Kremlin hackers 'jumped air-gapped networks' to pwn US power utilities

'Hundreds' of intrusions, switch could be pulled anytime, where have we heard this before? The US Department of Homeland Security is once again accusing Russian government hackers of penetrating America's critical infrastructure.…

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Psst, says Qualcomm... Kid, you wanna see what a 5G antenna looks like?

Oh, and Intel's modems are garbage, claims chip-slinger waving around speed test data Pic  Qualcomm is getting ready to ship one of the relatively boring bits of the 5G puzzle – well, perhaps boring for you, but fascinating for electronics geeks: a compact transceiver/antenna combo that fits inside phones to provide 5G millimetre-wave communications.…

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Big bad Bluetooth blunder bug battered – check for security fixes

Crypto cockup lets middle-people spy on connections after snooping on device pairing With a bunch of security fixes released and more on the way, details have been made public of a Bluetooth bug that potentially allows miscreants to commandeer nearby devices.…

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Oz digital health agency tightens medical record access as watchdog warns of crim honeypot

Human rights commish weighs in as Aussies opt out Australia's Human Rights Commissioner has weighed into the country's troubled electronic health records rollout.…

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