Geekly Update - 26 January 2022

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What happens when you boop a robot on the nose? Could your spam folder hold the key to fabulous riches? What's the best thing to do with your old, obsolete smartphone? And are we selling science by the pound now? Get answers in today's Geekly Update... it's jam-packed with the latest tech news. This issue is guaranteed to make you 146% smarter -- you'll see why. Read, think, and, comment!

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A headline on proclaimed: "Spacex Dragon Splashes Down Off Florida Coast With Nearly 5,000 Pounds of Science on Board". That made me wonder... how much does a pound of Science go for these days?

Kaspersky Labs is warning about new malware dubbed MoonBounce, which worms its way into your computer's BIOS. It operates in memory only, and is capable of persisting in the system even after formatting or replacing your hard drive.

It pays to check your spam folder every once in a while. You might find an email that was mistakenly classified as junk mail, or an email confirming that you won three million dollars in the Lottery. That actually happened to Michigan resident Laura Spears, who found the notification from the Michigan Lottery while checking her spam folder for a missing message from a friend. Take that, Nigerian princes!

Ameca, a humanoid robot created by Engineered Arts, has realistic facial expressions and can respond to physical interactions. And unlike human babies, it does NOT like to be booped on the nose. Ameca's reaction "freaked out even those who work with it on a daily basis."

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Do you have an old smartphone gathering dust in your junk drawer? You can turn your abandoned Android or iPhone into a free wireless security camera in just a few minutes. The article on FastCompany shows how to enable live-streaming surveillance, two-way talk and motion detection on pretty much any phone.

If you want to fly through space at (almost) the speed of light, all you need is a ring inside a box, attached to each end by a spring. So says NASA engineer David Burns. An engine based on this principle could theoretically go as fast as 99 percent of the speed of light, without any fuel. So much for warp speed.

Beware of smishing expeditions, says FBI Special Agent Aaron Rouse. Smishing is phishing, only it happens via text (SMS) messages. If a scammer succeeds in enticing you to click on a link in a text message, it could lead to malware, identity theft and other types of fraud. A few current examples are texts purportedly from AT&T saying your bill has been paid, with a link to claim a gift, or a Netflix scam asking users to click on a link if they want to "keep watching."

IEEE Spectrum says Wi-Fi 7 "stomps on the gas" and leaves devices running Wi-Fi 6 in the dust. Devices using the Wi-Fi 7 standard can achieve data transfer speeds up to 40 gigabits per second, four times faster than with Wi-Fi 6. All you need is a 40 gig internet connection, which is 40 times faster than anything available to consumers today.

The Chrome operating system isn't just for Chromebooks. You can install Chromium OS (an open-source version of Chrome OS) on your Windows, Mac, or Linux computer. Or, you can try it out without installing it, by booting from a USB drive. Alphr's How To Download And Install Chrome OS has the details and caveats.

Facing foreclosure on their home and farm, a Georgia couple created Dastardly Ducks, a collection of 100,000 cartoon ducks to raise money. The collection of NFTs created by the programmer/graphic artist team sold out in less than six hours, earning them just under $120,000.

Bleeping Computer reports that SysJoker malware is targeting Windows, Linux, and macOS computers. Sysjoker runs as a backdoor process, and has the ability to evade detection on all three operating systems. Run for the hills?

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Most recent comments on "Geekly Update - 26 January 2022"

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Kenneth H
26 Jan 2022

What no trolls commenting on how wonderful Linux &/or MacOS are and how horrible Windows is?
"Bleeping Computer reports that SysJoker malware is targeting Windows, Linux, and macOS computers. Sysjoker runs as a backdoor process, and has the ability to evade detection on all three operating systems."

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26 Jan 2022

Is the white list system used by PC Matic going to stop the "sysjoker" malware in its tracks?

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Brian B
26 Jan 2022

@Lucy. I certainly hope so. I eagerly await any answer to this.

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Brian B
27 Jan 2022

PCMatic has confirmed that SuperShield will protect against SysJoker. There's a lot to be said for whitelists.

Posted by:

Bob Mc
27 Jan 2022

Bob, re SysJoker malware, it seems that intel HD Graphics Control Panel Service (igfxCUIService.exe) is or at least was a part of an Intel graphics module. Some suggestions online that it was replaced by Intel Graphics Command Center, but haven't been able to confirm that. Many references to the Intel product online using google.

How to distinguish the Intel product from the malware?

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30 Jan 2022

Bought a new 5G Moto phone cheap on Cricket. Keep receiving those AT&T "we've got a prize for you." Checked it out once. Avast mobile antivirus blocked the web link. Also had to replace a notebook 1TB hard drive (Seagate) which kept corrupting the system. Thought that might have been a virus. Didn't register with smart drive as failing. But another program cautioned use as drive is going to fail. Using computers is beginning to be like enduring a meteorite storm.

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