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Ajit Pai Knew FCC Cyberattack Was Fake for Seven Months but Kept Quiet

Released on August 8, the IG report found that senior FCC officials had misled Congress and the American public by first announcing, and later defending in letters to lawmakers, a claim that a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack had crippled the commission’s comment system last May, amid efforts by its Republican members to roll back Obama-era net neutrality protections. – Dell Cameron, Gizmodo https://ift.tt/2Bc2dUZ
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FCC net neutrality cyberattack wasn’t real, says internal report

An internal Federal Communications Commission report released Tuesday contradicted the agency’s earlier claim that a cyberattack was to blame for the failure of its online commenting system at the height of the net neutrality debate, suggesting instead that the agency hadn’t adequately prepared for a flood of visitors. – CNET https://ift.tt/2nj1esc

Every Nintendo Switch Can Be Hacked, And The Tools Just Went Public

Hilariously, Fail0verflow points out that you can use a simple piece of wire to bridge Pin 10 and Pin 7 on the console’s right Joy-Con connector. They’ve also linked to a 3D-printable accessory that can be created in tandem with a micro-USB connector. It’s only a few short steps, and acts as a “permanent” solution since the exploit needs to be executed at every boot. For now. – Jason Evangelho, Forbes https://ift.tt/2HWbIHw

YouTube hack hits popular music videos, causes biggest video ever to disappear

The most-viewed YouTube video of all time, Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito,” disappeared from YouTube today after being defaced by hackers. The video’s image was altered and replaced with a masked gang holding guns (from Netflix show Casa de Papel), and the description was changed by hackers calling themselves Prosox and Kuroi’sh. – Tom Warren, The Verge https://ift.tt/2qjgpDL

In just 24 hours, 5,000 Android devices are conscripted into mining botnet

The previously unseen malware driving the botnet has worm-like capabilities that allow it to spread with little or no user interaction required, researchers with Chinese security firm Netlab wrote in a blog post published Sunday. Once infected, Android phones and TV boxes scan networks for other devices that have Internet port 5555 open. Port 5555 is normally closed, but a developer tool known as the Android Debug Bridge opens the port to perform a series of diagnostic tests. Netlab’s laboratory was scanned by infected devices from 2,750 unique IPs in the first 24 hours the botnet became active, a figure that led researchers to conclude that the malware is extremely fast moving. – Dan Goodin, Ars Technica http://ift.tt/2E4H641
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