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The wealthy who don’t want to keep their own jets or rent them, and want to avoid flying in the same vehicle with “common” passengers are probably the target market. The speed and perceived exclusivity will be selling points. I can imagine the marketing pointing out any drawbacks in the current first class passenger experience to drum up sales. The type of folks who complained when increasing numbers of people earned enough frequent flyer miles to enter exclusive lounges at airports will probably go for this.

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It turns out the Feds were able to trace this payment through multiple transactions to "a specific address, for which the FBI has the ‘private key’,” the DoJ said. “This Bitcoin represents proceeds traceable to a computer intrusion and property involved in money laundering, and may be seized pursuant to criminal and civil forfeiture statutes.”

How the FBI had this private key is not entirely clear: it could be that the Feds were able to gain access to a system hosting the key. It could be that someone gave them the key, or that the bureau got the key from them. Darkside complained in the middle of May that its servers had been seized and its money taken.

So it is quite possible Darkside’s infrastructure was commandeered by the Feds, who were able to return the 75 BTC ransom minus the fee already paid by the ransomware gang to their affiliate that did the actual job of infecting the Colonial Pipeline’s computers – which was said to have occurred via a compromised VPN account.
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FBI drops subpoena to identify readers of USA Today article about shootout with agents

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The subpoena, challenged by Gannett [PDF], sought the IP addresses, user agent strings, and other device identifiers (ESN, MEIN, MEID, SIM, MSISDN, IMSI, IMEI, MAC address, and phone numbers)

USA Today shouldn’t have any of those other identifiers if readers were using a browser, and if they were using a USA Today app, it’d better not be leaking those.

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‘I put the interests of the country first’: Colonial Pipeline CEO on why oil biz paid off ransomware crooks

The boss of Colonial Pipeline has appeared before a Senate Committee to explain the events which led to US East Coast fuel supplies running dry last month and some $5m being handed over in ransom.

Speaking yesterday before the Senate Homeland Security Committee, Joseph Blount was quizzed about the incident before it became clear that a poorly secured legacy VPN was to blame.
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Didn’t quite know where to put it but the young man here whose brother was murdered in the racist massacre has said, what I hope will be, the last word on this.

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Unbelievable, fucking hollywood vultures.

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EA Games looted by intruders: Publisher says ‘no player data accessed’ after reported theft of FIFA 21, Frostbite source

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$28m scores mystery bidder right to breathe same air as Amazon kingpin Jeff Bezos in Blue Origin flight

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Almost half of the amount that kind old Amazon has had to cough up for stiffing its drivers of their tips.

Not that the cash from the winning bid will go anywhere near Amazon’s coffers; the amount is to be donated to Blue Origin’s foundation, Club for the Future.
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I was just thinking about putting this obscene wealth into middle-class terms.

If Bezos is worth about ~$200bn in combined assets, let’s divide by a million to approximate an upper middle class person’s combined assets ~$200k (car, some home equity, possessions in home).

So from Bezos’ point of view this would be roughly equivalent to paying $28 to go to space.

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Things at Freenode have only gotten worse:
https://www.devever.net/~hl/freenode_suicide

HN discussion thread:
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=27510824

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Yeah, I saw that on HN this morning. Wild!

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