Author: Aditya Lenka

AT&T Reports Major Data Breach Affecting 109 Million Customer Accounts Massive Data Breach at AT&T AT&T announced on Friday that it experienced a significant hacking incident. In April, data from approximately 109 million customer accounts, including records of calls and texts from 2022, was illegally downloaded. The company stated that the FBI is investigating the breach, and at least one individual has been arrested. The compromised data was copied from AT&T’s workspace on a third-party cloud platform. Details of the Compromised Data The stolen data includes AT&T records of calls and texts between May 2022 and October 2022. This affects…

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Microsoft Steps Back from OpenAI Board Amid Antitrust Concerns Microsoft Relinquishes Observer Seat Microsoft has given up its observer seat on OpenAI’s board to address antitrust regulators’ concerns in the U.S. and UK regarding its control over the AI startup. This move comes amid the rising popularity of generative artificial intelligence. Apple’s Position Apple, which recently announced integrating OpenAI’s ChatGPT into its devices, has decided not to take an observer role on OpenAI’s board. This decision was unexpected, as reported by the Financial Times, citing an insider. Apple has not commented on this matter. New Approach to Stakeholder Engagement An…

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Archaeologists Discover Elite Chimu Remains in Peru Unearthing Chimu History Archaeologists in Peru have uncovered the remains of eleven individuals believed to be wealthy members of the Chimu civilization. This pre-Inca society thrived for centuries on the arid plains between the Pacific Ocean and the Andes Mountains. The remains, estimated to be around 800 years old, were found adorned with necklaces, earrings, and bracelets. Findings at Chan Chan Lead archaeologist Sinthya Cueva reported the discovery in the Chimu capital of Chan Chan, near the modern city of Trujillo. Chan Chan is renowned for its elaborate mud-brick architecture, once one of…

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Resilient Desert Moss from China Could Aid Mars Colonies Scientists have discovered a resilient desert moss species in Xinjiang, China, which might aid future Mars colonies. The Chinese Academy of Sciences has revealed this in a recent study. Resilient Desert Moss The moss, Syntrichia caninervis, can withstand extreme dryness, ultra-low temperatures, and radiation. It was subjected to Mars-like conditions, showing impressive resilience, as reported in The Innovation journal. This moss could become crucial in establishing and maintaining an ecosystem on Mars by producing oxygen, sequestering carbon, and enhancing soil fertility. Ecological Benefits Researchers believe the moss can support atmospheric, geological,…

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Meet Gaiasia jennyae: The Prehistoric ‘Swamp Thing’ of Namibia About 280 million years ago, a formidable creature prowled the swamps and lakes of what is now Namibia. This creature, ‘swamp thing’ resembling a salamander but with fearsome fangs, was a top predator in a chilly ecosystem long before the age of dinosaurs. Discovery of Gaiasia jennyae Named Gaiasia jennyae, this ancient predator lived during the Permian Period and measured at least 8 feet (2.5 meters) long, potentially reaching up to 13 feet (4 meters). Its large, round, flat skull measured over 2 feet (60 cm) long and featured interlocking fangs…

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India Joins SERA: Human Spaceflight Programme The U.S.-based Space Exploration and Research Agency (SERA) announced on Monday that India will join its human spaceflight programme. This programme aims to launch six citizen astronauts from various countries into space. Collaboration with Blue Origin This initiative, conducted in partnership with Blue Origin, targets countries that have sent “few or no astronauts” to space. Citizens selected for the programme will embark on an 11-minute journey in Blue Origin’s reusable suborbital rocket, New Shepard. They will receive training at Blue Origin’s launch site in West Texas. “We aim to make space accessible to everyone…

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Hack of CDK Global Disrupts U.S. Auto Dealerships A cyberattack on software maker CDK Global has disrupted operations at auto dealerships across the United States. This incident is part of a growing trend where ransom-demanding cybercriminals target major companies through their software suppliers. Impact on Auto Dealerships CDK Global produces software widely used by car dealerships to process sales and other transactions. Following the hack, many dealerships have resorted to manual processing, according to local press reports. Who is BlackSuit? The hacking group behind the CDK Global breach is known as BlackSuit. This relatively new cybercriminal team emerged in May…

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Earliest Evidence of Down Syndrome Found in Neanderthal Child A fossil found in eastern Spain has revealed that a Neanderthal child, around 6 years old, had Down syndrome. This discovery provides remarkable insights into the lives of these ancient humans. Discovery and Significance The fossil was unearthed at the Cova Negra archaeological site near Xàtiva, Valencia. It represents the earliest known evidence of Down syndrome and hints at compassionate caregiving among Neanderthals. Scientists have nicknamed the child “Tina.” Excavated in 1989, the fossil’s significance was only recently recognized. It is a fragment of the right temporal bone, which helps form…

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A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket is fuelled before planned lift off with the fourth and final satellite of the next-generation series of geostationary weather satellites for NASA and NOAA in Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S. June 25, 2024. REUTERSA SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket lifts off with the fourth and final satellite of the next-generation series of geostationary weather satellites for NASA and NOAA in Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S. June 25, 2024. REUTERSA SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket lifts off with the fourth and final satellite of the next-generation series of geostationary weather satellites for NASA and NOAA in Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S.…

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Protecting 1.2% More Land Could Prevent Major Extinctions Protecting an additional 1.2% of the world’s land as nature preserves could prevent the majority of predicted plant and animal extinctions. This initiative would cost about $263 billion, according to a study published on Tuesday. Global Efforts for Protecting Biodiversity The world is striving to meet a target to protect 30% of global land by 2030. This goal aims to safeguard wildlife from the devastating effects of climate change, pollution, and habitat destruction. Global policymakers will convene at a United Nations summit in Colombia in October to discuss strategies for achieving this…

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