Russian hackers hit US government using widespread supply chain attack

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Russian hackers have breached networks belonging to the US government and private organizations worldwide in a widespread espionage campaign that uses the global software supply chain to infect targets.
The US Treasury and Commerce departments are among the US government agencies hit in an operation that multiple news outlets, citing people familiar with the matter, said was led by Cozy Bear, a hacking group believed to be part of the Russian Federal Security Service or FSB. Word of attacks arrived on Sunday, five days after FireEye, the $3.5 billion security company, said on Tuesday it had been hacked by a nation-state.
On Sunday night, FireEye said the attackers were infecting targets using Orion, a widely used business software app from SolarWinds. After taking control of the Orion update mechanism, the attackers were using it to install a backdoor that FireEye researchers are calling Sunburst.Read 5 remaining paragraphs |


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EA set to pay $1.2 billion for Codemasters and its stable of racing games

Enlarge / Just some of the games that are set to become part of the EA umbrella early next year. (credit: Codemasters)
The board of directors for British developer Codemasters has reached a purchase agreement with Electronic Arts which would sell the company to the mega-publisher for an estimated $1.2 billion (or just under $8 a share) in early 2021.
The deal would put Codemasters’ popular racing-game franchises—including DiRT/DiRT Rally, Grid, F1, and Project CARS (which Codemasters acquired in 2019)—under the same umbrella as EA’s Need for Speed, Burnout, and mobile-focused Real Racing. That’s not quite a monopoly in the genre—thanks in large part to console exclusives like Microsoft’s Forza Motorsport and Sony’s Gran Turismo—but it’s as close as you’re likely to find for any major genre in gaming.
More than that, the acquisition reflects a continuing trend toward consolidation among the game industry’s biggest publishers. That’s a trend that includes Microsoft’s purchase


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Linux 5.10 LTS is here as a significant kernel update

Linus Torvalds has official announced the availability of version 5.10 of the Linux kernel. This release is significant not only because of the number of new features and fixes it includes, but also because it is a Long-Term Support (LTS) release that will enjoy five years of maintenance. In his release notes for Linux 5.10, Torvalds also calls upon developers working on version 5.11 to submit changes in plenty of time for Christmas. See also: Developers manage to run Windows 10 and Linux on M1 Macs Mageia 8 Beta 2 Linux distro now available with KDE Plasma, GNOME, and Xfce… [Continue Reading]


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