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Govt Alerts Apple Devices’ Users To Spyware



Govt Alerts Apple Devices' Users To Spyware

The Federal Government has alerted Apple devices users to a spyware “Pegasus” that affects the products.

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) spokesperson Hadiza Umar said this on Wednesday in a statement issued in Abuja.

Umar said that the released security updates for a newly discovered zero-day vulnerability affects every iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple Watch.

According to her, research revealed that the zero-click exploit, which targets iMessaging, is used to illegally spy on iPhone Operating System (iOS) devices.

She said that the attacker infects and exploits an Apple device without the victim’s knowledge or the need for the victim to carry out any action.

“A spyware called Pegasus gets deployed into a targeted device, turns on the camera and microphone to record messages, texts, emails and calls, even if sent via encrypted messaging apps.

“Once the attacker has control of the device, the attacker compromises the user’s credentials, gains access to the entire infrastructure, identifies sensitive assets and moves laterally within the network,” she said.

She said that iOS versions 14.4 and 14.6 were majorly affected.

Umar warned that users should immediately update their iOS devices with latest patches iOS 14.8, which was available for free from Apple.

“Plug your device into power and connect to the internet with Wi-Fi, go to Settings: General, then tap Software Update.

“Tap Install Now, if you see download and install instead, tap it to download the update, enter your passcode, then tap Install Now.

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“After the install process begins, a message that says ‘Verifying Update’ appears, wait for it to finish.

“After verification is complete, your device will restart the Apple logo and a small progress bar in the centre of the screen, when installation is complete, you can unlock and use your iPhone again as usual,” she said.

She also said that installing patches on Apple watch requires opening the Apple Watch app on your iPhone, tap My Watch, go to General- Software Update, then, if an update is available, tap Download and Install.

Umar added that for users to update a macOS from the Apple menu on the corner of their screen should click system preferences, click Software Update, then Update Now or Upgrade Now.

“Update Now installs the latest updates for the currently installed version, while Upgrade Now installs a major new version with a new name.

“If Software Update says that your Mac is up to date, then macOS and all of the apps it installs are up to date,” she said.

Apple on Tuesday launched iPhone 13 pro. The phone has a memory capacity of up to one terabyte and costs between $1,000 and $1,500.


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Elon Musk’s Neuralink Brain Computer Startup Is Beaten Again



Elon Musk’s Neuralink Brain Computer Startup Is Beaten Again

Elon Musk’s Neuralink brain computing startup has yet to receive approval from the Federal Drug Administration to implant its technology in humans. However, Neuralink’s competitor, Synchron, has implanted its first device into the brain of a U.S. patient — in this case one with ALS, a neurodegenerative disease that’s affected the patient’s ability to move and speak, as reported by Bloomberg.

The hope is that the patient will be able to browse the web and communicate through email and text just by thinking. The device would translate the patient’s thoughts into action through commands sent to a computer.

Synchron had already implanted its devices in four patients in Australia. These patients are reported by Bloomberg to have no side effects, and the device has allowed them to send messages through WhatsApp and make online purchases.

Synchron had received FDA approval in July 2021 to begin a human trial of its stentrode device to insert into the brain’s of six patients.

The stentrode can be inserted into the brain without cutting through the patient’s skull or damaging their tissue. A doctor makes an incision in the patient’s neck, from there the stentrode with the help of a catheter is placed into a blood vessel within the motor cortex, an area involved in the planning, control, and execution of voluntary movements.

Once the device is implanted, a second procedure connects it to a computing device implanted in the patient’s chest. The stentrode reads the signal produced by neurons firing in the brain and then it sends the signal to the computing device, which sends it to a computer or phone through Bluetooth.

Meanwhile, Neuralink is working to develop a surgical robot to implant its small, disc-shaped device into a patient’s brain. The device would then process and filter signals on the embedded computer chips.

And although its human trial in the U.S. is a first for Synchron’s device, it’s not a first in the field. The Utah array, a microelectrode array technology that is a small, silicone square with 100 needles that are pushed into the brain when implanted, has been the standard for relaying electrical signals from a brain to a computer since its development in 1992 by researchers at the University of Utah. Until last year, it was the only FDA approved BCI, or brain-computer interface, and it has shown significant results, like allowing paraplegics to control robot arms.

But the array is based in 1990s technology and can only cover a fraction of the brain’s 86 billion neurons.

Musk founded Neuralink in 2016 with the goal of developing a device that, after being implanted in a human brain, would allow a computer to translate a person’s thoughts into action. He wants not only to treat brain diseases and disorders but cure them.

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Despite Musk’s ambition, Neuralink has yet to be tested on humans.

“Neuralink is working super hard to ensure implant safety & is in close communication with the FDA,” Musk tweeted in Feb. 2021. “If things go well, we might be able to do initial human trials later this year.”

Neuralink still has not conducted human trials.

Fortune has previously reported about Neuralink, including management upheavals and employee conflict. Its former president and biomedical engineer, Max Hodak, left abruptly and is now an investor of Synchron, according to Bloomberg.



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Investors Dump Twitter As Elon Musk Drops Buy Bid



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The failure of billionaire Telsa CEO Elon Musk to tidy up his attempt to buy Twitter has made the price of the social media company to fall.

Elon decried a breach of agreement as the reason for pulling out.
As at the time of this report, it was learnt that Twitter’s share was down -5.10%, selling at $36.81 on the exchange floor, in contrast to the $38.79 it closed Friday’s session with.

The sell-off came on the heels of Musk cancelling the $44 billion acquisition deal after a long disagreement over the percentage of bot accounts in the monetised daily active users (mDAU).

Monday’s dip reflects how investors negatively reacted to report of the deal falling through. They engaged in a sell-off out of fear that the share would fall as a ripple effect from the termination.

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The bears knocked the market capitalisation of Twitter down, with the company now valued at $28.13 billion, -36% below Musk‘s offering price. It was valued around $30 billion prior to Musk’s 100% offer in third week of April.

Mike Ringler, Musk’s lawyer, said: “Twitter has not complied with its contractual obligations.”

“Twitter has failed or refused to provide this information,” hence his reason to terminate the deal, he added.

However, Twitter’s board has vowed to take Musk to court, to compel him to live up to the acquisition agreements, one of which is the break fee, which stipulates that any party who walks away from the deal would pay a sum of $1 billion.


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Elon Musk Places Twitter Deal On Hold



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By John Michael OjoW

World richest man, Elon Musk has announced a temporary suspension of his deal with Twitter.

The billionaire, who had earlier disclosed his intention to acquire the micro-blogging platform at an agreed price of $44 billion, on Friday cited issues of spam and fake accounts as the reason for the temporary suspension.

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“Twitter deal temporarily on hold pending details supporting calculation that spam/fake accounts do indeed represent less than 5% of users,” Musk tweeted.

The Tesla CEO, had maintained that one of his objectives would be to remove “spam bots” from Twitter.

Musk, 50, is also expected to serve as a temporary CEO of Twitter for a few months when the deal finally materialises.

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