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SolarWinds Officials Blame Intern for ‘solarwinds123’ Password

SolarWinds Officials Blame Intern for ‘solarwinds123’ Password
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The SolarWinds drama just won’t stop. It’s a tale of Russian hackers—and potentially Chinese hackers—alleged email spying, and a gaping hole of security vulnerabilities that seems to get worse as more details come to light. Now, we can add yet another twist to the story: the laughably insecure password “solarwinds123.” In this last case, SolarWinds would like you to know that it was the intern’s fault.

In a joint hearing on Friday, former SolarWinds CEO Kevin Thompson told representatives from the House Oversight and Homeland Security Committees that the “solarwinds123” password, which protected a server at the company, was “related to a mistake an intern made, and they violated our password policies.” Thompson explained to lawmakers that the intern had posted the password on their own private GitHub account.

“As soon as it was identified and brought to the attention of my security team, they took that down,” Thompson said.

The password security problem dates back to at least 2018, although testimony provided by SolarWinds on Friday indicates that it could go back even further. In December, security researcher Vinoth Kumar told Reuters that he warned SolarWinds that anyone could access its update server using “solarwinds123.” CNN reported that the password had been accessible online since at least June 2018.

However, at the hearing, Sudhakar Ramakrishna, SolarWinds’ current CEO, told lawmakers that the “solarwinds123” password was used on one of the intern’s servers back in 2017.

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FEB
24

By using solar energy, these smartbenches give you charging ports and public WiFi throughout the year!

By using solar energy, these smartbenches give you charging ports and public WiFi throughout the year!
By using solar energy, these smartbenches give you charging ports and public WiFi throughout the year! | Yanko Design

By 02/24/2021

How many different ways can you say, “Do you have WiFi?” It’s my most-asked question when visiting new cities. In today’s world, having access to WiFi is essential if you plan on making the most of any trip abroad. But far too often have I thrown my money down the drain for a tiny cup of espresso just to use a cafe’s WiFi and charging port. Replacing this costly exchange with their interpretation of a city hub, the makers behind Kuube designed a smartbench for city centers, equipped with all the necessities that a modern-day traveler might need to comfortably move through any city. Moreover, given the fragile nature of our climate and our energy grid, these smartbenches could prove to be a highly valuable public utility during blackouts by providing free charging and WiFi to everyone.

Kuube comes in three different sizes, each of which offers the same services to varying degrees. The Kuube Nano, their mid-sized bench, is solar-powered and accommodates up to four people, complete with a WiFi hotspot, two USB chargers, two wireless Qi chargers, and a single display screen, which provides environmental information like weather, air quality, and UV index. For the makers behind Kuube, adapting their conceptual design process to help mitigate the current global climate crisis in micro mobile ways (i.e.; city bikes, electric scooters) was their top priority. On the choice to generate each smartbench with solar power, the designers behind Kuube say, “Living in the times of climate crisis we believe it is very important to achieve sustainability in as many ways as possible…Our goal is to achieve sustainable smart cities [through] micro-mobility.”

By collecting solar energy for Kuube’s operation, each smartbench is able to provide modern necessities like WiFi and charging ports for the traveler new to the city or resident in need of a ride home. In addition to its solar-powered operation, Kuube smartbenches are entirely constructed out of ethically sourced materials, like its easy-to-clean, recyclable aluminum body, tempered safety glass, and ash wood accents. The Kuube’s larger bench, called Plus, functions even more like a city meeting place, accommodating up to eight people. While their smallest bench, the Kuube Eco accommodates three people and could operate more like a portable WiFi-ready traveling companion.

Designer: Kuube

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FEB
24

Apple fans are obsessed with this TikToker’s awesome iPhone hack

A newly unearthed iPhone hack shows how users can quickly rearrange multiple apps on their home screen all at once.The nifty trick makes it a lot easier for people to set up their iPhone exactly how they want.

As an avid iPhone user for more than a decade, I don’t typically come across iPhone tips and tricks that I haven’t encountered before. And sure, new tricks and workarounds inevitably bubble up to the surface every time Apple introduces a new iteration of iOS, but those discoveries are typically unearthed slowly but surely over the beta release period.

But every once in a blue moon, a new trick will appear out of nowhere and blow me away. And today, my friends, is one of those days. The most recent example comes to us via TikTok of all places. The trick in question provides for an incredibly efficient way for users to move apps en masse to a completely different phone screen. The tip is a lifesaver for anyone keen on reorganizing the layout of their iPhone or iPad.

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Say, for example, you want to move 8 applications from your home screen to the second page of apps on your device. Normally, you’d press down on an app and select the “Edit Home Screen” option from the contextual menu. Once the apps started wiggling, you’d manually drag each application, one by one, from the home screen to the second page of apps. Needless to say, this can quickly get tedious, especially if you’re trying to move apps from the home screen to, say, the fifth page of apps on your iPhone.

This iPhone trick, however, allows you to simultaneously select multiple applications and move them to another page all at once. Here’s how it works.

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FEB
24

EasyApache 4 February 24 Release

We are happy to announce that cPanel, L.L.C. has released an update for EasyApache 4! Take a look at some highlights below, and then join us on Discord or Reddit to talk about this update and much more.

2021-2-24

ea-nodejs10
EA-9587: Update ea-nodejs10 to 10.23.3, drop 10.23.2.
ea-openssl11
libcurl
EA-9567: Update libcurl to 7.75.0, drop 7.74.0.
mod_security2
EA-9584: Update Conflicts for C6.EA-9427: Change the PATH to use /usr/bin/ so perl doesn’t conflict.
ea-modsec2-rules-owasp
ZC-8471: Conflict w/ modsec 3 not ea-nginx.

This release includes a security patch that has been issued a fix for a CVE (Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures), the details of which are included below.

PGP Signed message:

EA4-2021-2-24-CVE.signedDownload

SUMMARY
cPanel, L.L.C. has updated RPMs for EasyApache 4 with OpenSSL version 1.1.1j. This release addresses vulnerabilities related to CVE-2021-23841 and CVE-2021-23840. We strongly encourage all OpenSSL users to update to version 1.1.1j.
 
 
AFFECTED VERSIONS
All versions of OpenSSL through 1.1.1i.

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FEB
23

Windows 10’s Photos App Is Too Slow. Here’s the Fix

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Windows 10’s Photos app is too slow. It was too sluggish the day Microsoft released Windows 10, and it still is. Follow our advice and your images will open three or four times as fast.

The Problem With Windows 10’s Photos App: It’s Slow!

The web is full of fixes for Windows 10’s Photos app. If Photos really does take 10, 20, or 30 seconds to open, you definitely have an unusual problem. You may want to reset the Photos app’s app data.

But most people, even when the Photos app is going as fast as it can, have a different problem. When you double-click an image in File Explorer, the Photos app just takes a little too long to open, possibly while also showing a black screen as it’s bringing up the image. For some images, you may see a blurry version of the image first before the Photos app loads a sharp version, which is the real image finally snapping into view.

You have a split second to wonder: Didn’t computers used to be faster than this? Why do images from the web load faster than images from my computer’s internal storage? Is all software doomed to get slower and slower over time?

There’s a better way. On our speedy desktop with a solid-state drive, our solution opened images three or four times as fast as Windows 10’s built-in Photos app.

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